However, if a beginner truly studies and learns the effect (as I suggested without just purchasing it and then trying to do it), and if they learn to perform under heat with the most difficult audiences, they will develop into a much better performer.
For a beginner, it does not matter what effects they are learning as long as they learn them correctly which does not mean purchasing ti and then doing it. That is NOT a magician. If it were, why not walk into a magic shop, buy a few self working tricks and go next door to the printers and have some business cards printed calling you a magician. No wait!!!! Many already do that.
What I am advocating is that even for a beginner, start to learn the REAL magic, effects that you cannot simple walk in, purchase and do. Something that takes practice and rehersal is what seperates the real men from the boys (sorry ladies it's only an expression). If they properly learn to do a good coin switch, under pressure, they will blow away anyone that knows the secret of the trick. I do it all the time, with a "mental" bent to it, and it never fails to have jaws drop. One just needs to learn how to do it correctly. Why on earth should a beginner not learn that too?
Paul Alberstat http://www.stores.ebay.ca/abstagecraft