Originally posted by Jonathan Townsend:
Going "international" and using a gaffed coin set of some kind is not so likely to add value to audiences and introduces a vulnerability to "grabby" muggles.Originally posted by Pete McCabe:
[b]So what's a copper/silver, chopped liver? [/b]Originally posted by Todd Lassen:
[b] ...but isn't there some way to gaff this? Too much purist stuff isn't good for EVERYONE.
For those who INSIST on going gaffed: consider using a c/s and a s/B along with a legit S and a legit B for the routine. Then one can use the HPC variation to unload the gaffs and turn them over as you apparently put then down after they penetrate. This approach is an almost trivial variation of one gaffed method for doing a Latta Coins Across routine from CoinMagic, or if you stay at the fingertips... :D
Anyway I abandoned this gaffed approach over twenty five years as it tends to distance the audience instead of inviting them closer to the magic. For a counter example of this in action, check out Doc Eason's handling of the C/S/B routine.
In short: Like his Matrix routine, this elegant piece of routined magic can be encumbered, endangered and weakened by introducing unexaminable props [/b]
I very much like that approach. I had that and similar working many years ago for the coins across effect and am almost ready to kick myself for not applying that thinking to the expansion of texture effect.Originally posted by Pete McCabe:
Thanks Al. It does avoid the problem that Jonathan mentions, because the C/S stays in your hands at all times and is never available for a spectator to grab.
Sorry for repeating myself, but I wasn't sure if Jonathan had read my post.
not only awesome but explained in great detail in last month's magazine!Originally posted by musicalspirit:
Awesome! I know that this may be an old post, but, and forgive me, I am new to the forum. Very beautiful Mr. Schneider. Very Beautiful...
Nice Clean site by the way...
I look at it every now and then as a reminder of how magical and direct a routine can look.Originally posted by kevin_fortin:
...I watched the video at least a dozen times in a row, many times just for the directness and beauty of the effect....
It's extremely insightful - thank you for sharing it!Originally posted by Al Schneider:
Both Matrix and Osmosis emerged because I spent a great deal of time trying to avoid these problems. The idea was to set up the trick to do and do it by constantly moving forward. These tricks are not necessarily briliant. They just obey this concept. The result is quite spectacular. It is a simple mechanical solution.
Just thought I would share that.
Guest wrote:If you haven't seen the video of this trick on Al\'s site , you haven't lived. If you haven't read the effect yet, see the video first.
This wonderful effect can be fairly easily adapted to produce the ultimate version of Expansion of Texture. Hold a half and an English Penny in the left hand, under the hank, and a Copper/Silver in the right. Whichever coin the spectator names, no magician's choice, you pull visibly right through the handkerchief. Then pull the other through (or don't). The C/S stays in your hand the entire routine and is automatically switched out at the end.
Thanks for releasing this, Al. It is a thing of rare beauty.