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Brian Morgan
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Where can I find a good Miser's Dream routine. I already do the one from the McBride video and I've seen the one in Modern Coin Magic. Any other good ones?
Curtis Kam
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If there's only one routine in your MCM, it's The Miser's Dream, i.e. the act performed by T. Nelson Downs.

The New Modern Coin Magic, the revised and enlarged edition, has some of the more modern routines, notably the Charlie Miller and Glen Harrison routines. They are worth the trouble of finding the revised edition.

Then, you might want to look up "A Phantasy in Silver" in Arthur Buckley's "Principles and Deceptions", the Ron McMillan routine printed I don't know where, Geoffrey Buckingham's act in "It's Easier than you Think", and the handful of approaches described in Jean Hugard's "Coin Magic".

Good examples for encouragement, not copying, exist on tape. John Carney, Al Flosso, and a few others.

That should be enough to get you started. By the time you've found all of this, you'll have heard about the others. Ah yes, there are others.....
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Vibono Magic
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You can find RonMcMillans routine in his and Walt Lees book Mordden Art of Coin Manipulation.
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Curtis gives you a wealth of references for this classic of magic.

Arguably the nicest night club/small venue version I have ever run across (and perform) is Wally Dean’s. It is found in Bruce Elliott’s “The Classic Secrets of Magic” (which arguably is the best general magic book ever published!).

It is brilliant thinking and gives a brisk, highly visual, and magical routine. The routine begins with the production of a stemmed wine glass filled with beverage. The glass is used as the container (bucket) for the Miser’s Dream routine. The coins being dropped into the glass create both a visual and auditory “proof” that they are real and solid.

The Dean version of the Misers Dream uses only 11 coins (smooth palming coins recommended)! The11 coins are actually produced one-at-a-time and dropped openly into the glass. The routine still ends with the traditional stream of multiple coins poured from the hand to the glass! All that accomplished with just 11 coins and two basic slights (Downs Palm and Finger Palm).

The best part of the Dean routine is that it is short! A problem I have seen with many of the current stock of Misers Dream routines is that they go on and on and on and on and…

I think that you will have a bit of fun researching and then building your own routine.
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