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On 2007-10-29 11:00, Dan Watkins wrote:
While I was messing with the properties of gravity, the magnetic principle at work would be Gallo's lap. (Those who were at the DVD filming know.)


Was that the Vanishes, Productions, and Penetrations DVD, or some other DVD I didn't know about?
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On 2007-10-29 12:25, Kainoa wrote:
Was that the Vanishes, Productions, and Penetrations DVD, or some other DVD I didn't know about?


Yes, on the Vanishes, Productions, and Penetrations DVD; the other DVD was on girth, not magnets. Smile
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I don't know guys,

Between Gallo's magnetic lap, Giacomo's little finger, and Kainoa's new hand puppet, this might be the most popular NY coin seminar DVD yet.... That is if that footage makes it though editing.
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On 2007-10-29 13:31, Dan Watkins wrote:
Yes, on the Vanishes, Productions, and Penetrations DVD; the other DVD was on girth, not magnets. Smile


DAN!!! You beat me to it on the girth thing lol...I was hoping I'd be the first to throw it out there.

Anyways, I was unable to attend the seminar on Saturday but I was lucky enough to have an invitation extended to me to attend the filming on Sunday. I'm sure glad I accepted, not that I even would've declined. Between Kainoa's hand puppet (Kainoa, the eyes made the whole thing lol), Gallo's gravity issues, and Giacomo's pinky finger, I was in aw(sp?).

The highlight for me, other than getting to hang out with a group of really cool and really funny guys, was to see Bertini perform. I couldn't believe the things he was doing with those coins. Dan when you told him to show me that one move between takes, I still can't believe how it's done even after seeing an explanation. He just has some great stuff overall.

Mike (mfeld), I feel I need to specify, there are way too many darn Mike's around. Dude you totally fried me with your routine. Don't want to spill the beans on that one yet, whoever hasn't seen it, I want to be there when they do for the first time. What a great routine and great thinking as well.

Sunday was a great day. I hope next year I'll be able to attend the seminar too.

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Any pictures? Group photos.
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I think these guys pretty much summed up the weekend. Of the three NYCMS I've attended, this was by far the best. I'm never disappointed when attending these seminars, but seriously guys, this one really took the cake.

For those not in the know, the subject was basically vanishes, productions and penetrations. To say that a lot of material was covered in the 8 hour seminar would be a gross understatement. There was such a magic overload that I'm still reeling from the experience. A few effects that stood out for me included:

Michael "That's a one" Rubinstein's live performance of Bologna Debut
David "Squash" Roth's Tuning Fork
Michael "I've got Girth" Gallo's Cylinder and Coins routine
Kainoa "The other guy from Hawaii" Harbottles' Kinky Flying Wombat
Giacomo "Shift Pass" Bertini's Printing Press routine

I've said it several times. If you ever have a chance to make it to one of these seminars, PLEASE don't let the opportunity pass you by. ANY serious student of coin magic would benefit greatly from personal instruction from these living legends. Catch them now before they're nothing more than "Old Dead Coin Guys"

PS...

Dan....that purse routine has some great moments that I can't wait to play with. First 4 coins, your hands. Now this. Gimme some time to catch up.....lol

Michael Feldman....Your offbeat loading techniques were a joy to behold. I'm proud to have seen your routine live.

PPS...

Marc Desouza..if you get to read this, thanks for holding the seminar at your wonderful theatre/library/museum again this year. Being surrounded by your vast collection of magic added to the event and made things seem that much more prestidigious. I enjoyed your work on Cylinder and Coins and Coins in the Hat. I hope they make it to the DVDs....
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I'm with Eric on this one....

If you ever have a chance to go to one of these seminars, it's simply something you shouldn't miss. It's a ton of great magic, great lectures, and a chance to session with some amazing coin magicians - both lecturers and attendees.

for me, here are some highlights
Kainoa's flying wombat vanish (just another effect that makes him happy)
Mike Gallo's vanishes and productions based on the gallo pitch (during the breakout session)
seeing David Roth's tuning fork routine live
Michael Rubenstein's plethora of unpublished material
Actually getting to see Eric Jones' 3fly (Without the grainy video)
Commiserating with other coin magicians over the drama of the coin magic world (and magic wands)

Meeting a ton of people from the Café and actually being able to recognize them (despite not wearing exactly what they were wearing in their Café avatar)
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I heard from someone in the know that Michael Feldman's routine that he showed was absolutely stunning! A "visual" pleasure to bare witness to.

I am excited to see it live some day!

Wish I could have been there!

Corey

P.S. Not the Eric needs another mention...if he had an ego his head would be HUGE by now. HAHAHAHA. However I hear that Eric also kicked some serious arse that day.
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Yeah I had fun at the seminar.

Actually I had a terrific time. Me and Remy drove for 10 fricking hours to get there but was sooo worth it. ( he drove I navigated)

I was literally stunned by Marc's house. His collection of books is huge and so many rare props. Then they tell me theres another room over there!! wow. The stage area was beautiful with extremely comfortable seats. Remy took a lot of pictures I hope he shares:)

The lectures were incredible one after the other so much stuff!!. The workshops were very useful as I gained very valuable tips and techniques on improving my sleights. Mr Rubinstein showed me a really awesome stand up version of coin's through the table, there was a really neat subtlety move. I learned a ton of stuff. Mike Gallo showed some interesting stuff with the pitch which I have been practicing now. Mr. Roth gave me a really tip on my classic palm.

The guests were amazing. Kainoa has some insane stuff, the flying wombat vanish is diabolical. His work is truly an art. I really enjoyed it when he produced 18 coins from his seemingly empty hands. Not to mention that he had me laughing so hard at his hanging coins routine. The one where the little alligator eats the coins.

What next? Giacomo Bertini showed us his phenomenal work. It was pure magic. Jaw dropping moments after watching his routines. Oh and by the way Mr Rubinstein did an excellent job as translator.

The attendees were terrific and highly skilled people. They showed me amazing routines. Like I said ton of stuff:)

Speaking of stuff. We all receives gift bags which were very generously filled up. I mean really generous. They mentioned over 100$ worth of stuff its more like over $200 worth of stuff. Tons of lecture notes and dvds were inside along with a spectacular palming coin. Kudos Mr. Roth.

I really want to thank all of you guys not only for your generosity but for your time and effort you all put in. I learned a lot this weekend and was so sad to leave.
Thank you so much.

Oh ya I haven't even mentioned the most tastiest pizza I have ever eaten. I'm not such a big pizza guy never really in the mood for it but I could eat this stuff 6 times a day. Marc truly knows his sense of taste. He is such a nice guy letting us come over to his house and play with his toy collection.

This was truly an amazing experience and I was so delighted to meet everyone.
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I cannot say enough good things about the seminar. I rarely post on the Café, although I lurk quite a bit. I knew only a few people coming to this seminar (Eric a little, Marc, and I had met Roth once). Everyone at this event was extremely kind!! I had a blast. I think that out of everyone there, there were 3 or four of us who were way under the leauge and skill level of everyone else. I felt immediatley welcomed into the group and was treated as an equal by some amazing technicians and performers.

Thanks to everyone who was there, especially Giacamo, for traveling all this way and making a fantastic effort to communicate his routines to us. I have so much to work on.. its not even funny.

It was great to be involved the shoot the next day. There was so much material that was covered that sadly due to time will not be on the DVD. However, there is some great stuff on there. Many thanks as well to Scott the awesome camera guy, who spent the entire day behind the cameras, was patient, and didn't flip out when we who were sessioning got too loud with laughter many times, and almost interrupted the filming.

Gallo for those of you who don't know, in addition to being one of the best magicians I've seen, has so many great stories about magic and otherwise, and he was a pleasure to work with.

Roth was humble, patient and was nice enough to fool the hell out of me over and over again.

Rubenstein was great as well. He organized the whole *** thing, which god knows must have been very hard. He was kind enough to take time away from his lunch to go over moves that I needed extra help with (the ROPS move is awesome, its going straight into my work).

Kainoa pulled of the most difficult moves with greatest of ease and presentation. he is also hilarious. Quite possiblly the most articulate without sounding pretentious magicians I've seen. That must come from being an English Prof.. By the way Kainoa, are you selling those Barbers? I don't know if I am blessed or cursed, but apperantly Kainoa and Curtis are now respectively the "other guy from Hawaii". I was so nervous talking to these guys that I couldn't remember Curtis' name.

Probably one of the best magic events I've been to in a long time, I hope they have more.

Can't thank Marc enough for holding the thing at his beautiful place, and accomidating us despite the horrible weather.
Thanks again to anyone I missed. EVERYONE WITH THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST IN COIN MAGIC NEEDS TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS.

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This was my first time attending one of the NY coin seminars, and I doubt it will be my last. I can't add too much to the previous reviews, but will try.

The setting was great, Marc's house was amazing; His collection is the largest I've seen in person, and many cool and interesting props are on display. The theatre made for an extremely comfortable viewing of the event, every seat had a great view.

This is the fifth event, and they've arrived at just the right amount of organization: enough to keep things running smoothly, but not so much that the event seemed stiff.

I learned enough material to keep me busy for quite some time to come. I returned to magic a few months back after pursuing other interests fro the last fifteen years, so this was an eyeopener to the latest in coin magic. both Kainoa and Giacomo had some beautiful material that was displayed and explained. And David, Michael, and Mike easily lived up to their reputations.

After the event we enjoyed a nice dinner with some nice routines. Eric showed a coins across he was working on that looked great. and there were others as well.

Schedule permitting; I plan on attending Coin Seminar 6, whenever that happens.
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Anybody who loves coin magic should attend one of these seminars. Instead of spending 250 bucks on a bunch of DVDs and/or a couple of coin gaffs, go to this seminar.

Coin seminar #5 was my second time. I went to coin seminar #2 a couple of years ago.

Others have covered a lot of the general experience so I will touch on a few highlights.

My favorite part of the seminar was the breakout sessions. Mike Gallo, David Roth, and Mike Rubinstein devoted individual attention to our specific needs and interests. I have a bit of trouble with the timing of the Gallo pitch. Mike Gallo helped me to come up with a practice approach that will get me where I want to go. David Roth helped me adjust just where and how to handle edge grip with my stubby fingers. Mike Rubinstein helped me with the details of the ROPS move and some click pass variations. You can't get this from lecture notes or DVDs.

Mike Gallo's Miser's Dream was a highlight of course.

Giacomo Bertini was amazing. His ability to move the coin around borders on star trek transporter technology, at least it seems so at first. It seems that he has post-it stickum on his fingers and hands. The funniest moment to me was when he was lecturing and the sound of coins dropping on the floor increased exponentially with time all around the room. It will definitely take some practice!

Kainoa produced some great magical moments for me with his catching a coin between two other coins. Understanding the mechanics does not diminish the magical nature of the effect.

It was great to meet Café Members in person too.

Next time these guys put a seminar together, please go. You will love it.
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Having been to many magic conventions over the years, it is always a thrill to experience a new type of magical happening, and last weekend I had the good fortune to do so by attending the New York Coin Magic Seminar #5 at Marc DeSouza's house outside of Philadelphia. It was like a Coin College where you were taught by both the legends of coin magic and the new heavy hitters of the art. It did not take place in a large college lecture hall or classroom, but in an intimate theater setting with a teacher to student ratio of about 1:5. Now, that’s the way to learn!

The professors were David Roth, Dr. Michael Rubinstein, Mike Gallo, Kainoa Harbottle, and Giacomo Bertini. Their subject was coin productions, vanishes, and penetrations. The formats were lecture, hands-on breakout sessions, and screening of rarely seen coin magic videos. Attendees came from across the country and Canada – a nice blend of beginner, intermediate, and advanced ability levels.

Was it worth the trip? You bet it was!

Here are a few personal highlights:

1. The opening close-up show. All three performers (David and the two Michaels) all shined. It was a treat to see many of the classic David Roth effects again – especially The Tuning Fork.

2. The small hands-on breakout sessions were rare opportunities to ask questions and receive personal instruction from the pros. I had never seen such a feature at any magic convention before. Everybody was doing the magic with coins in hand. Small groups were formed according to ability level, and David and the two Michaels spent about a half an hour with each group. I cannot imagine a better way to learn the Gallo pitch than from Mike Gallo himself. He gave insights that I had not seen in print before. The same goes for the discussion of the Spider Vanish covered by both Mike and David. Besides discussing details of the shuttle pass and palming, David re-taught step-by-step the very practical and easy-to-do coins through the table effect he presented during his lecture. This effect included contributions by Slydini, Goshman, and Dingle. Michael Rubinstein cleverly taught his unique coin techniques through a three coin production and vanish sequence. Again, I cannot think of a better way to learn the ROPS move than from its inventor! Both Michaels also taught false counting techniques with coins. Tricky!

3. The video footage of Arthur Buckley performing his Fantasy in Silver act on “You Asked for It.” Move by move, Principles and Deceptions came to life!

4. The new stars of coin magic: Giacomo Bertini and Kainoa Harbottle. Anybody who has viewed the video footage on Giacomo Bertini’s website knew that something special was in the offering, and Giacomo did not disappoint. I would bet that most knowledgeable magicians would be baffled by his presentations. Over the past months, his reputation has grown by word of mouth. But here at the Coin Magic Seminar, his first time in America, he revealed his innovative secrets…including for the first time his handling of Ramsay’s classic Cylinder and Coin Routine. Thank you, Michael Rubinstein for your excellent translations.

I have been a Kainoa Harbottle fan ever since I first saw him on a Curtis Kam video several years ago. Kainoa’s lecture showed why he is a rising star – top notch technique and great entertaining style. His effects included original edge grip techniques and new coin moves from other performers.

5. The camaraderie at the Pizza lunch.

6. The New York Coin Magic DVD shoot that took place the following day included additional material not covered in the seminar. I wonder if they will include some of the bloopers! Some pretty funny things happened. David closed the marathon taping with a special presentation of his Endless Chain.

7. Last, but not lease, the gift bag. Some conventions provide gifts that at best make a nice souvenir but are usually not useful. Not here. The New York Coin Magic Souvenir provided a package worth probably over $100! It included a DVD from every presenter a special DVD produced by Fantasma, lecture notes by Michael Rubinstein and David Roth, a Roth’s Rosin, and a commemorative David Roth Coin produced by Fantasma. Plus pens and a notebook for the serious student!

In short, it was a great weekend!

I cannot wait for the real souvenir – the DVDs of the entire seminar. In the meantime, I will go back and re-watch the previous New York City Coin Seminar DVDs.
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The new coinGIRL Smile from CANADA had a good time, too.

The other night I was checking out the DVD David provided of his lecture. Combining that info with the personal instruction he gave me at the seminar has already led to an IMMENSE improvement in my CP. Look out, guys. Smile
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Finally got a chance to look at the goody bag provided at the coin seminar, very nice indeed, I'll be busy tomorrow !
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By George, I think I've got it! Smile
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For those still wondering what the difference between going to the seminar, and buying the dvd is.... when you get the dvd, multiply the amount of good material on it (so everything on it) by about 5, and that's closer to how many gems there were at the seminar! Laurie, that lecture DVD is great, isn't it! I love the story about the tattoo, which he David also told at the lecture.
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Absolutely. Since hearing David's story, twice, as you say, I've considered getting a tattoo of that sort. Needless to say, I won't be needing one afterall. Smile
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Others have covered most of the content of the recent CoinSeminar #5 and I certainly agree with all that has been said in praise of the weekend. If the weekend only consisted of the contributions of Mike Rubinstein, Mike Gallo, and David Roth it would be a smashing success. When this body of expertise is focused on a single facet of coin magic - in this case, the production and vanish of coins - the result is something that is simply not available anyplace else. Geoff Latta was missed and we all send him our best - his name and contributions were often mentioned.

Since others have done so, I won't cover the contents of the carry bag stuffed with goodies that are worth the price of admission in and of themselves. I have to mention the contributions of the always innovative DR. Kainoa Harbottle (yes, Kainoa can now get reservations in the better restaurants - congratulations on your academic achievement) and the simply unbelievable Giacomo Bertini. If you can imagine a room filled with some of the best and most knowledgeable coin magicians in the world watching a performer in absolute stunned silence, then you have a glimmer of what it was like to witness Giacomo. On top of this amazing ability, he is a wonderfully warm and personable human.

Following these two masters of the impossible was a series of mini performance/lectures by Dan Watkins, Eric Jones, and Mike Feldman each of which was not only most enjoyable but also very instructive. Somewhere in this over nine hour marathon there was a pizza break and a few bathroom breaks during which time one can briefly browse the immense collection of magic, autographed guitars, and other memorabilia - all worthy of a weekend in themselves. Then to be invited back for Sunday and the taping session which began at 9 AM and continued until early Sunday evening - and the opportunity to see kindred spirits both old and new - some of them only avatars before this weekend (what a treat to finally meet the charming Magicalaurie now known as the new COINgirl from CANADA).

I would be remiss if I didn't mention what was a thread running through all of this - something that Giacomo alluded to briefly during his performance - that being the passion that was evident in both performers and participants. A passion that Giacomo welcomed because it is so seldom experienced in any form of magic. A passion that permits creativity and improvement to fourish. A passion for the preservation of the history and advancement of a form of magic that transends the cost of tuition or any material thing. The showing and preservation of the old films of past coin magic greats and the stories and anecdotes, the time and detail to do things correctly and the sharing and fellowship all create something that is both intangible and real at the same time. It rubs off on you and makes everyone better for being a part of it. All in all it is simply priceless. What Mike Rubinstein, Mike Gallo, Geoff Latta (for the first four) and David Roth are doing in presenting these Coin Seminars is something very special that goes beyond coin magic. They are setting a standard that all other forms of magic should follow.

If and when they do this again - do not miss the chance for a weekend you will never forget.
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