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My pal Rocco did a great lecture for the guys over at Penguin Magic (It rocks btw). The following review was originally published in the December 2014 issue of Genii Magazine and I'm sharing it with our Café community with kind permission from Richard Kaufman. Smile

Rocco Review by Joe M. Turner

Rocco Silano LIVE (download) $30

Rocco Silano has closed the first half of the Saturday night show at FFFF for a decade for two reasons. First, he’s a strong performer who is practically unfollow-able. Second, the crew needs an intermission to clean up the debris from the storm that is a Rocco performance. The man has an unnatural ability to come up with magical manipulation that uses non-traditional items, and the seven-minute act he performs here is a fine example. Food, liquid, chocolate bars—they all go in and out of his unmodified jacket sleeves.

Host Dan Harlan gets some one-on-one coaching on Rocco’s technique during what turns out to be a master class on sleeving, choreography, and misdirection. The rest of the lecture is a stream-of-consciousness adventure through a table of the props, including the “Flicker Coin,” a deck of cards cut for easier palming, silk roses, “Jumbo Linking Pins,” and even “Slydini’s Knotted Silks.”

The technical aspects are mostly fine, though perhaps a little dark. Like Rocco himself, this lecture is difficult to categorize—it’s robust, creative, and surprising, but it’s like drinking from a fire hydrant. Dan Harlan does his best to add some structure and commentary, but he may as well be trying to abridge Faulkner. That’s the silver lining to Rocco’s creative tsunami.

The lecture lasts over three hours, so if you are frustrated or confused by any part of the lecture, you’ll still find yourself inspired by the rest.

Rocco Silano · Penguin Magic ·

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