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Hernan
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Levents Misers Dream gave me so much stuff, so many gimmicks,
I am still working down the list of Levent Gimmick's.

I do like the simplicity of Capehart's decades old street routine.

Levent and Kenton both advise a cheap gimmick called thread. I will let you
look that up. Levent uses thread a couple times.
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BTW, it's literally a MINI-DVD that comes with the Mikame set. It's a 3" mini disc with a 15 minute explanation demo on it. It was hidden on the bottom of the box that it comes in. It's all in Japanese, I might add...but there are some subtitles and it's pretty self-explanatory. It really simplifies things for a Miser's Dream routine, IMHO.
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Levants Misers dream seems to cover it all. And I personally like pure slight of hand, but if gimicks improve the magic I'm all for it.

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Cpontz wrote:
Levants Misers dream seems to cover it all. And I personally like pure slight of hand, but if gimicks improve the magic I'm all for it.
Craig


Craig,
I RESPECT YOUR OPINION.

But in a friendly ribbing kind of way.

A lot of what Levant does is with gimmicks!
His cruise ship bucket is a swiss army knife of possible gimmicks!

It always amazes me what big stage people (I am not talking about fat stage people, but people who perform on _BIG_ stages)

can get away with. Is that even real magic? It seems more like presentation.
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Hernan

Yes, on a technical level you can get away with a lot on a big stage. What is really difficult on a big stage is drawing the audience in and holding their attention for a long time especially with small props.

On my Miser's Dream DVD set I show how my personal routine works. Not because I fully expect anyone to do my routine, but really in the hope that it will provide inspiration and show that you should never give up on making a trick match your artistic vision. And to some extent I imply this on the video. If you ask me, I would say that the two best routines on the DVDs are the Flosso routine and the real Charlie Miller routine (as opposed to the Miller routine from "Modern Coin Magic"). Those two routines are masterpieces from two giants in the Art. If you get a volunteer on stage the Flosso routine is unbeatable. And if you work alone, you can't do better than Charlie Miller. And with the exception of Flosso coin wand, neither routine uses gimmicks. Just a pail and a handful of coins.

Best regards,
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The Mikame set is very nice, coins and holders are good and well made. I use a champagne bucket and it's nice to start off in a natural way - remove an empty bottle from the bucket, turn the bucket upside down - a few drops of water fall out - the bucket must be empty, right?? No need to "over prove" anything. The bucket is not the focal point - catching coins from nowhere is the effect.

My favourite coin for this effect was always the old half-crown. Nice size and weight. The Mikame holders will hold six of these.

I love this set. Very pleased with it.

Riley
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I bought 2 Mikame sets because I loved it so much. I am all for a pure sleight of hand routine but the gimmick allows so many more options, i.e. removing your hand from the bucket, getting rid of the gimmick whenever you want, keeping the coins all together pre-trick very conveniently. on and on and on ...

It also allows you do do the routine and get into it with very little hassle, even surrounded. The gimmick is not so much (for me) about making the routine easier, it makes the routine easier to get into in all situations.

I retrofitted my gimmicks to use magnets. Nope. No silver dollars will work with this model. Maybe a different model in the future.
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Is the mikame gimmick ok for norm nielsons palming coins. please pm me, thanks.
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I don't think so.

Norm's palming coins are dollar sized. This takes half dollar sized coins.
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I'm really liking this

Just might have to order it

Lots of laughs doing kids shows with this..pulling coins from the kids shoes..elbows..etc.

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I own this. I love it. The gimmick makes the routining of this effect extremely easy and the coins are very nice too. Highly recommended by me.
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Just one tip :

I like the Mikame gimmick but I find the coins too little for stage work.
I transformed the gimmick to use with Norm Nielsen palming coins.

Cut the gimmick in two parts, then epoxy the parts on a metal piece (with the correct space in between for the Nielsen coins).

Little tricky to make, but it works perfectly.
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I agree about the stage work thing. The coins are a bit quiet for stage work.
Too light weight. That's the only drawback.

However, since you can use half dollars instead (just fewer of them) I find that acceptable. You can always use the palming coins for a stream of coins which would be fine. I do consider switching back to half dollars in the gimmick itself for that very reason but have not done so yet.

Instead of 10-11 coins you'd be down to 6 in the gimmick but I think that is more than acceptable. I love using this gimmick. It doesn't remain in the bucket for very long during my routine. Just long enough to make the people wonder and say WTF to themselves, and then it's gone.

Being able to show both hands completely empty and perhaps the bucket as well, before the trick begins is a great plus to me.
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That's exactly how I use it. Show both hands empty, hold the bucket upside down to show it empty and away we go...
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I retrofitted my gimmicks to use magnets. Nope. No silver dollars will work with this model. Maybe a different model in the future.

I asked about this in another thread. Knowing this and seeing an actual picture of the gimmick on an ad copy has sold me.

If Levent had a digital download of his Miser's dream for sale I would be watching it now as well. I hate waiting for things in the mail.
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Everyone that sees this gimmick ends up loving it. I have yet to have someone buy it and come back saying they wont use it and find it helpful.

The only thing I wish is that Mikame sold just the palming coins if we wanted to expand a set.

but overall this is one of those items that is worth every penny.

With that said, I think I will order a few more for the shop tonight!
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Looking for mine to arrive and am very excited to include it in the show. I'm really glad to read I made a good choice. Thanks for the posts to help answer questions.

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Mikame gimmick, Levent DVD's - a perfect match
quick & efficient
Both are quality items
Keep on Entertaining

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Will this gimmick work with a "Chris Capehart--Bed, Bath & Beyond" size bucket? He recommends a small diameter bucket because it reduces the abilty to see hand movement when dropping the coins.
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I had the same question about using it with the utensil holder recommended by Chris Capehart -- see here.
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