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At the moment I do mainly card magic; I'm wanting to learn some coin magic. Can anyone recommend any DVDs on coin magic? Please no books, I find it much easier to learn from DVDs.

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You can't go wrong with David Roth's Expert Coin Magic Made Easy Volume 1 or Michael Ammar's Introduction to Coin Magic. I think David Stone's Basic Coin Magic Vol. 1 also just came out on DVD.

Go to Dan Watkin's site under product reviews for a great review and comparison of
all three.

Don't ignore books though. Modern Coin Magic and Expert Coin Magic are filled with gems. Consider looking into them when you get a handle on basics from the DVDs.
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Ammars Easy to Master Money Miracles is really good.

Don't get scared by the Expert in the David Roth title, It's great stuff.

You've got to get Bobo's if you do coin magic. You can pick it up cheap.
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He said he does not want books, but I would also recommend Bobo's coin magic. You can't go wrong with anything by Ammar.
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This may not be your 'way' but I would go down to the local library and check what they have on the shelf. You can also use interlibray loan to get any DVD's any library may have. Hope this helps.
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What is interlibrary loan?
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HI Ollie, May I highly recommend INTRODUCTION TO COIN MAGIC Michael Ammar

If you are serious about starting into coin magic and you are stuck on DVD'S and dead set against coin magic books. His DVD is perfect for beginners and very easy to understand . JUST MY RECOMMENDATION!



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My three recommendations are
1. Michael Ammar's Easy To Master Coin Magic DVDs.
2. David Roth' Expert Coin Magic Made Easy DVD.
3. Johnny Thompson's 4 DVD set.
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Ollie, I agree that DVD's are best for learning the basic coin sleights, because there is nothing quite as helpful as actually watching someone else perform the sleights properly. Otherwise, you can waste a lot of time doing something the wrong way, and then you'll just have to start all over again.

But after you get some sleights under your belt, you might want to consider books for routines and tips on misdirection, handlings and variations. In my opinion, it's not quite as easy to teach this sort of material on a DVD, or for a viewer to absorb it this way. Books can be very helpful with this aspect of coin magic -- don't sell them short. Good Luck! SETH
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I have two bits of advice:

1. Get Doug Brewer's Unexpected Visitor DVD.

2. Of course, everyone learns quicker from DVDs but the books are what you can take with you anywhere, refer to later, enjoy at anytime. They also smell much better than DVDs. Plus, when you read a book, your own personality is automatically embedded into the routine instead of the author's.

2a. Get Doug Brewer's Unexpected Visitor Book to go with the DVD. You will be very glad you did.

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Interlibrary loan allows you to check out just about any book in any library in the U.S. You submit the request at your local library where you have a card, your local library will locate the book and have it sent over, then check out the book to you. Depending on your library you may have to pay some of the postage.

Just ask the librarian they will know all about it. Living in a small town I use ILL a lot. Even keep blank forms handy so I can fill them in before going to the library.

Hope that helps.
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I recommend Michael Ammar's Easy To Master Coin Magic
I would recommend Bobo if you would consider book, but since you want DVD then Ammar will be fantastic.
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Ammar is great. Start with his complete introduction to coin magic,then work yourself into his easy to master money miracles serries. you can also get some of Dean dill's stuff, those are good. you cant go wrong with those. hey is Ammars matrix good? or is Dean dills better, thanks
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I would follow the above advice, and also look into Michael Rubinstein's 3-DVD set Encyclopedia of Coin Sleights...this will take you into the next level...armed with a choice number of your favorite sleights, you'll be ready to put them into a routine (the next level I mentioned)...

Whatever you do, don't be in a HURRY. Try not to tackle too much at once, and avoid the temptation to go out and show stuff that you're still practicing. You'll see what I mean.

Good luck!

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First I know you asked about DVD's instead of books. But let me recommend going with books over video at first. You'll develope your own style and you will learn a lot about why things happen as they do. You miss this with pure video based training. In the long run this will pay off for you.

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If you start with something like the Roth or Ammar DVDs you can see what the basics look like. Then you might want to spare yourself the clever stuff and start working on the better material in the older books. all the coins I've dropped here
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Like others have said, although you feel you can learn easier from DVDs, you can learn better from books. Get a copy of J.B. Bobo's Modern Coin Magic and apply yourself. You won't regret it.
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