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Richard Evans
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I think you'll be very happy with the Michael Rubenstein's tapes. Let us know what you think when you've had the chance to look through them.

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My vote is David Roth'series. The Ammar series, I've heard, is better for beginners.

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Coin videos and dvd's that this nearly normal guy has found useful include.(in no particular order)

David Stones
Curtis Kam
Reed McClintock
Michael Rubenstein

Of course I still like books and manuscripts from the "old school" including S.York, Bobo, and Neighbors. C. Kam has and interesting book out there and M. Rubenstein (Anyone out there tried jumbo coins through table?)
and D. Neighbors have great old manuscripts.

What is old is new.

Though I have been playing with coins since the 70's, I learned a lot about the "basics" from the encyclopedia series. The more I know, the more I know I don't know.

I like the idea of finding what fits you, rather than trying to fit you into someone elses performing personality.

Be safe and well.

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Michael Rubenstein was much too modest to mention his own video of coin sleights which I personally find superior to the Michael Amar stuff. There are a lot of good coin men here so this is definitely the place to ask.
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[quote]On 2005-01-11 11:19, foreverriel wrote:
Isn't there a new DVD out with Rubinsteins effects? Its like a 2 for 1 thing?
Yes he has a 3 vol coin magic series called knock out coin magic

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Thanks to all for your responses, the result of which is that I broke down and bought both Rubinstein's encyclopedia and also Roth's export coin magic dvd's.

Rubinstein is definitely the best sleights teacher. He has an immense wealth of sleights in his set, and explains each one in painstaking detail, even better than I expected. A slight "glitch" though is that usually you cannot see the first demo of the sleight since it is covered up by the title screen. Fortunately, the sleights are all demoed at least 5 times from different angles, even before he starts explaining! This is the first place I saw the ROPS move explained, and this really blew me away.

Roth's series is more similar to Ammar's, though more comprehensive, but I would say of about the same didactic quality. However, his routines are far more exciting. I can understand why they are so prevalent in discussion. After such high expectations, I was ready for an anti-climax, but happily enough all the famous routines "chink-a-chink", "hanging-coins", etc were well worth it.
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Rubinstein is definitely the best sleights teacher.

I second that. His DVDs brought my coin work to a whole new level.
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How well are the sleights taught on Rubenstein's Knock Out Coin Magic as compared to his Encyclopedia of coin magic? I'm interested in learning the R.O.P.S. and Rubenstein click pass.
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For coin sleights I only have Rubinsteins Encyclopedia and Bobo's book of course and they have a LOT of good stuff. I only wish I were more creative. If you don't have it and you want sleights, get it. I have not seen the Knock Out video yet so I can't compare. But get the encyclopedia.
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My Fav's DVD's
Curtis Kam (magic Café regular)
Reed McLintock (same)
David Roth

If you want to see a GREAT performance
See if you can locate
Al Goshamn (who in my opinion is not mentioned nearly enough)
Fred Kapps for his jumbo coins (I actually held one of the coins he used)
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