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Elmwood magic has released this. It sounds very interesting without the high cost of other holdouts:

http://www.elmwoodmagic.com/?tagent=elm-......tml=full
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Recently released at the prestigious 4F Convention to rave reviews - now the TRABUCCO HOLDOUT can be yours for this special introductory price...and ONLY from Elmwood Magic.

Victor Trabucco has combined his forty years of magic experience with his desire to create truly magical moments for his audience to produce a device that will take your magic to a whole new level.

The TRABUCCO HOLDOUT is unlike any traditional holdout available. There is no lengthy learning curve in mastering the TRABUCCO HOLDOUT...most magicians will be using it within minutes of setting it up. More importantly, this powerful yet simple tool, works from each hand and uses only the most natural of gestures.

Once mastered, it can be used at any moment. Your audience will be stunned as coins vanish, appear, and change at your fingertips. Your hands can be shown empty before, during, and after each routine and there are no bad angles. But it doesn't end there...

The TRABUCCO HOLDOUT can be used for a wide variety of effects and items. From the kit you'll discover the secrets to:

A two-coin transposition that is so clean it's scary
A visual nail bend in which the spectator can even keep the nail
A matchbook will vanish in a misty haze of smoke
A solid nut will join back on to a bolt under the most impossible of conditions
And MUCH More
The kit includes: 2 Trabucco Holdouts - one for each side of your body, an instructional DVD in which Victor himself teaches each routine in detail, Victor also covers the complete installation of the holdout as well as how to apply the holdout to everything from silk effects to mentalism, you'll also receive all of the necessary component parts to begin using your holdout from the minute you've installed it.

Here's What the Pro's Are Saying..

"A great idea that can be used with cards, coins and more. A must have for those that want to leave the spectators clueless." Bill Malone

"It was not until Victor tipped the Trabucco Holdout to me that I realized how badly he had fooled me with it. What a powerful tool." Tom Gagnon

"Your innovative holdout is ingenious, yet simple. The possibilities for mind-blowing magic are endless. Thank you for taking my magic in a new direction." Harrison J. Carroll

"Great Idea . . . very practical for a working professional. You fooled me not once, but again and again!" Paul Gertner

"It looks like real magic!" Dan Block

"Vic's ideas and handlings of his TRABUCCO HOLDOUT have created some wonderfully magical experiences in a very disarming manner." Herb Zarrow

"With Vic's hold-out, there are no quick movements or body swings and no sleeving. Coins may be vanished and retrieved at will - and the device is portable from one coat to another. It is ingenious and should prove to be a large seller." Paul Cummins

"My other holdouts are in a drawer. They're just too messy to deal with. Vic's holdout is in my coat all the time. My sleeves are rolled up and yet objects are appearing from nowhere and disappearing without a trace. There are no funny hand twitches or tossing motions. Vic's holdout won't end up in your drawer. This is something you will use, and use, and use" Mike Powers
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Can I use this Holdout when I'm sitting at the table ?

Thanks for your help.
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How about this Trabucco holdout vs Bob Kohler Professional Holdout system ?
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Well, if it's "almost" as good, that's quite a savings
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Yuji, you just can't make that comparison. Judge each one on its merits and weigh those merits up against the vastly different costs - only you can decide whether that evaluation leaves one ahead of the other.
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Some excerpts the FAQ on the elmwood magic site:

"The TRABUCCO HOLDOUT uses no pulls, wires, strings, or elastics. Once installed it is always ready to uses and requires no reset at all.

the Holdout does not use sleeves in ANY way"


This holdout is not even remotely related to a gravity one given those comments.

I am guessing it is some type of stationary holdout where you can put things and take things - like a secret pocket or clip or something just inside the jacket.

But that's just a guess from reading their FAQ - I really don't know for sure what it is.
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I guess we need a review from MagicChis when he get it.

It seems it should not be called a holdout, if it is not a holdout.
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Well - a "holdout" in its most basic definition holds an item in secret until it is needed.

Using this definition even a clip worn on your belt to hold a billard ball or a magnet in your back pocket is a type of holdout.

Where its actually "held" how it delivers the item, how mechanical it is, etc. are all secondary characteristics that define the type of holdout.
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Staying out of Webster's. I don't think custom terms used in an industry can be defined buy a general public dictionary. Many trades have there own definitions as do magic, computer, doctors, lawyers, etc. There is a term for this but I cannot think of it, dang.

A 'holdout' that has always been supplied to magicians and gamblers, did include a delivery system as well as a place to hold out the item secretly. Therefore, I do not think this new item qualifies as a holdout.

I guess it is okay to change definations, that way noone will know what the other is talking about. Makes for good communication.
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I have seen the Trabucco holdout in action. The most important thing to know is that it is very magical. One can produce and vanish items in a stunning manner. It is relatively easy to use and very clean. The product comes with a DVD that illustrates and explains a number of applications and I am sure more applications will follow. This is a real reputation builder. My guess is that the introductory price will rise once the word gets out on this product.
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Sounds fantastic...can't beat the price!
I'll be taking the plunge with a revue ASP.
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I won't wait for a review-I TRUST elmwood and will report back!!!
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Well Mike Powers, who has the most lengthly blurb in the ad, is a member here on the boards.


Perhaps he can fill us in on some of the details, what makes this different from other holdouts and such, or give us a longer review before MagicChris gets his.


It says no sleeves, but that it must be put into a coat..... interesting.



As a side talk, how do you guys feel about utility items? How tightly guarded should the secret be?

Since it isn't an effect, do the normal rules of secrets come into play? I just hope MagicChris and others aren't paying for 2 huge PK magnets to stick in your jacket pockets that hold coins and such to your side.... heh.
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I've known Vic for twenty years and he not only a true gentleman, one of the top glass artists in the world and a great magician, but one of the nicest people in magic.

I have not personally seen Vic work his holdout but I heard nothing but rave reviews from those who saw it at FFFF. All of the magic I've ever seen Vic perform is flawless. He's one of the great underground close up workers from Buffalo in the Fechter/Gallo tradition. I can't imagine this release is anything less than great.

I was tipped what the method is. It is certainly a great tool that is well worth the investment.

Vic's concept actually can be used at the same time as a gravity holdout. Each complements the other, making both more powerful.
I'm sure that the Trabbuco Holdout will find it's way into your routines and not into your drawer!

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Bob:

You took the words right from my "typing fingers"! I will pass your kind words on to Vic.

I have been using the Trabucco Hold out for several months and I love the thing. BUT I would also be the first to say the Fitch/Kohler Holdout is VERY different from the Trabucco Holdout…comparing the two is like comparing "apples & oranges". I too could imagine someone using the two together with devastating results.

In regards to the keeping of secrets, I am always stunned by how many magicians treat them with so little respect. The Internet and message boards like this ARE not "hidden corners" of some secret magic gathering.

Bob, I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of secrets. I’m reminded of a quote, which I believe was from Winston Churchill who said, “When eagles are silent, parrots begin to jabber.” As magicians, we would all do well to decide which we would rather be.

Best Wishes,
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Mr.Bob Kohler is a true gentleman.
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What a classy post from Bob. He's one in a million!!!

And Magi need to start claming up. We do more damage than the Masked Magician ever did!
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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The Trabucco Hold Out sounds great, I will wait to see the reviews
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I ordered from our Friends at Elmwood today and will report back. If Mike Powers likes it, it must be INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Okay, here's my review (good and bad):

For what it's worth, I found the Trabucco holdout to be an interesting utility device, though unfortunately it could not quite do what I had expected. While the device itself is not bad, some of the wording (hype) of the advertisement made me disappointed when I saw what could actually be accomplished. Overall, there's nothing really earth-shattering in the techniques, but it does allow for some nice, clean routines.

The advertisements, while technically correct, are a little misleading-- coins don't exactly "change at your fingertips" the way you'd think based on the advertising, and as to "a matchbook will vanish in a misty haze of smoke," well, that also is not what I had envisioned (I was thinking "open your hand and it's gone, leaving just smoke"). I think that if these sort of statemtents were not made, I'd have been more pleased with my purchase.

That being said, I thought the body motions that are used were quite graceful. This is the holdout's advantage over other methods of ditching / retrieving things. The motions are smooth and impreceptable, though you do need to position yourself in a certain way (as with any device). The buyer should also know that there are some limitations to what you can hold out-- things can't be very bulky, and you may have to gimmick some of your objects to get them to work (sorry, I can't elaborate without giving away the secret).

The switches demonstrated were very, very good. Having a holdout on both sides really makes the switching actions natural.

Regarding comparison to the Fitch-Kohler holdout, it's not like comparing apples to oranges. It's more like comparing apples to hotdogs (not that I'd say which is the hotdog Smile ). You just can't compare the two... except, perhaps to say that the FK holdout is much more versatile. And, as Bob mentioned, the two could be used together, though I'm not sure doing so would really offer one that much of an advantage.


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