Let's see here. Mike Gallo, David Roth and Doc Rubinstein. Who's the coins only guy . . .
The good vet, that's who.
Gallo and Roth have no doubt heard of Mike Close's Workers series. If Doc Rubenstein says he hasn't heard of them, I believe him. He knows coins and critters. In the heat of Magic Board madness he extended his ignorance to his partners.
This entire topic fits neatly into the:
Magicians think everyone shares their opinions and experiences box.
Don't take that the wrong way. I have the Workers series. Bought it twice. Once as MC was publishing and again on CD. I think Mike Close is a bad-ass, magical legend. That doesn't mean some coin guy from NYC is knowledgable about Close's stuff.
Gallo - Big Mikey Gallo knows who in the hell Mike Close is. They've probably sat down and told each other lies. If anybody would've asked him about using Workers in the title, he'd have said, "Ah that's Close's goddamn thing, leave it be."
I don't know Mr. Roth. Seen him lecture.
Whoever called those three guys hacks . . . Jesus, Jumpin' Christ on a stick!
The two Kaufman books, "Coin Magic" and the "Expert Coin Magic" broke more ground than anyone knew existed. The second book is almost all Roth, the first one, has him as the main contributor. Calling Roth a hack is just stupid. Plain old ugly, butt-thumpin' stupid.
Gallo a hack? He's from upstate New York, so maybe he's a hick. He's not a hack. Any magician who ever sees him work knows that this he's a consummate magician, the guy's world-freakin' class.
I have only seen the good doctor work on video. His were the first magic VHS tapes I ever bought. (if you don't count porn) Watching him do coin magic that transcended anything I could envision from Bobo stays with me do this day.
So . . .
The NY Coin guys are not hacks goddamnit. They or some of them chose a sub-title that was at best poorly chosen and at worst damned embarassing. Doc Rubenstein freaking apologized. He showed more grace than most would have.
I'm no fan of video anyway. Here's a link to buy the most important written work, by a single creator/writer in magic, if you're ready for it. You're not, by the way.
http://www.michaelclose.com/index.php?m ... ucts_id=14
If you haven't read this you are missing out. I can't explain how freakin' important it is that you buy this and read it. Do memdeck stuff, seminal work's in here. Wanna do Travellers and make people laugh 'til they pee, it's in here. SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY PAGES OF . . . well . . . I'd call them Workers!
Video - yuk. Somebody ought to get Gallo to write a book.
PS. To Ted M. These guys only read their own reviews! C'mon you knew that.