I'm taking the liberty of pasting in here, what I earlier did post at another board and I have some more comments too..
Once again, this routine is about the greatest single piece of impromptu close-up magic that came along within the last 50 years..and I mean it..
Not only that, but even a child could do it..with proper handling and practise, anybody has a true reputation maker at his hands!
This routine should never have gotten released, not even to me, it's a masterpiece of deception, anybody can ruin it too..
The first step re 'vanishing' the coin is an OUTSTANDING piece of simplicity and comes as close to real magic anything ever can..
I don't know how it is in the States, but a short visit to several local malls did reveal that there is a s*it lot of difference between 'cans', especially re the design of the top of it..some have very smal 'access' some have a real big once..
Strange enough, I even suspect the Cokecans sold in the States are different re this, compared the ones we have here in Europe..yes, sounds strange, but they might use local producers of cans here?
The Cokes I've seen, have very smal 'entrances', the Carlsberg beer one I found, has a very large one..
So ppl in Europe will have a hard time to study the diff. designs of cans and in my case especially beer cans... ..and I have to be sober preferably...
Well, let's put it this way..it is a 'pleasure'
Once again, what a shame this routine is so freely available, it simply is too outstanding and easy to do to be that easily available..
OTOH, it doesn't matter here in Europe, as the *Mindfreak* series haven't been broadcasted here yet, so -apart from the fellow magicians and who cares- have seen this routine, one still can get out and have fun with what it's aimed at..'normal' ppl, wanting to have a good time and no doubt getting almost crazy when getting the VISUAL impact of this routine..
It's simply pure MAGIC!!
(Compare this routine with ABYSS and you might better understand 'why' I always thought it wasn't worth to do!)
PS. My point is, STUDY the type of cans they have at the place you are, before attempting to perform the effect!!!
Salute to Wayne Houchin for 'inventing' a perfect magic *trick*, that plays bigger then 'walking through a brick wall'...
The above where my original comments..
In the meantime, I have had a look around at diff. cans available and I was astounished how much difference there is at the top, where the 'tap' to pop it up later, is..
My advice is, to be very carefull and check out BEFORE performing the effect, which cans are available at the place you are performing.
To me, this is a GREAT routine, that is best been performed in a pub, bar or outside at a BBQ, or on/at the street.
Perform it when you didn't intend to perfom anything....
One day you're out enjoying yourself, f.ex. in summertime at an outside BBQ or in a pub.
As this routine is 100% impromptu, one has to stress the fact, that EVERYTHING should get borrowed, the coin, the speedmarker, the can..
That great routine is so impromptu, it IMHO also should get performed impromptu, as mentioned, when one not even oneselfes did expect to perform..
The big advantage in this case also is, that -if you are a pro perfromer- this easily would get you some bookings when done f.ex. in a pub or a BBQ with ppl around you aren't aquantant with.
I actually worked on an alternative handling to avoid the 2 handed shake of the can close to the ear, it works, but I'm not yet sure, if it is as good as the original handling, I simply did that 'other' handling one day when playing with a can and a coin and just did it automatically, then I analized it and did it on purpose, it works well, but I not yet have decided if I should replace the original handling with the one I fooled around with..
I'm solely speculating about this, because I -right from the beginning- was not too much in favour of the *2 handed* shake of the can...
Well, my problem..but all the above just to let you know, that IMHO, this routine of Wayne Houchin's is the GREATEST single impromptu close up effect, in respect to making a VERY BIG impact on your audience, I've seen during the last 30 years or so!!..it's hard to top and plays bigger then walking through a brickwall..
Sorry for the long posting ;) ..one more comment..
IMHO, after the coin has arrived inside the can and is shown clearly to be the signed one, don't remove/shake it out yourself, but hand the can to the spec thet loaned you the coin...he might have a hard time to get the coin out, also depending on how the pushed down tap is positioned, you can influence this during your handling..the coin doesn't just fall out of the can..and the fact that quite some shaking is needed, maybe even a tool, adds to the effect... they'll remember forever the *guy* that performed that *coin in can* thingy for them..
Believe me....this routine is outstanding!!!