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J. B. Bobo - Modern Coin Magic

Postby BaBaBoom » Sat Nov 08, 2003 4:53 pm



The Effect Want to do something magical with coins?



Cost £7 - £10
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486242587/ref=sr_aps_books_1_1/026-8258160-8614818
http://www.magictricks.co.uk/prodshow.asp?code=112


Difficulty 4-5, by the time you reach the hard bits it wont feel like a 5 but for somebody new to coins starting at the beggining is the only real option.
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)



Review
This is a classic book, in my top three magic books and probably in my top five books of all time. Why haven't you got it yet?
Ok so what's in the book? Here are most of the contents :

Coin Concealments (palms, holds, flips)
Basic Techniques (switches, flips, changes)
Steals
Vanishes
Complete Coin Vanishes
Sucker, Hank, Envelope
27 Quick Tricks
Cuffing
The Art of Sleeving
Coins Across
Coin Classic Tricks, 34 of them
Coin Boxes
Coin Trickery, another 27 tricks
Shell and Folding Tricks, 18 of them
Stage Coin Magic, another 5 tricks
The Misers Dream
18 Routined Coin Acts

Do you need to count how many tricks and look at the price again?
£7 to £10, 18 Routined Coin Acts and all those tricks.
Yes you need to put plenty of practice in but yes it IS worth it and yes it does give some of the best value in a book I have seen.
Honestly, serious value for money and a seriously complete addition to your skills.
Take the chapter on Coin Concealments for example, this contains the Classic Palm, Edge Palm, Thumb Palm, Downs Palm, Finger Palm and another 4 types, all shown with pictures and clear words.

Ahhh the pictures, there are many many pictures explaining the craft, this book is easy to follow but the pictures are hand drawn (this is an old book) and some of the work is written for people in long sleaves. In those days everyone had dinner jackets on I guess.
These aren't negatives, just dont expect photographs, a hand and a coin isn't that hard to draw right (and are drawn well here) so you wont have any problems.
It is difficult to tell you more of the contents really, it covers pretty much everything, is well over 200 pages, well laid out and comprehensive.

In my opinion and many others, it is THE bible of coin magic.
Not to be missed, not to be purchased and left on the shelf either.
A must for both learner and learned.


Overall
I love coin magic for a couple of reasons, firstly you always have a coin on you, no matter what situation you are in it wont be counted as rude/disrespectfull/unbusiness like/staged etc if you have a coin.
Secondly its an art that makes you look very very skilled and is done with something everyone has so they can try themselves when they get home and realise how good you are ;)

I wouldn't have the coins skills I have without this book, nor would I have such a love for it, a classic book that everybody should have.
It can feel a little too hard to start with, as it did with me but practice on and it WILL come to you.
When you palm a card it sticks in your hand, easy peasy. When you try and palm your first coin you may well think its never going to happen convincingly.
This is due to a couple of reasons and neither of them is your cack-handedness or hand size. I work in computers, I have soft and weak hands. When I first tried a palm I struggled due to any lack of real muscle in my hands, with practice this builds quickly and it suddenly falls into place.
Also, worth a mention is the UK money, it is small, smaller than a learner should start with. Get an american coin or the UK 5 pound coin and you will feel better about it.
It makes a world of difference, when you have mastered the big coins work your way down, don't demoralise yourself with a UK 10p at first.

So in closing I must say again, why haven't you got this book??
If you want to be a serious coin magician or just look cool and win some bets in the pub, or catch a ladies eye across a busy bus, this book will teach you all that and more.
Don't think a read and an hours practice will do you though because it wont, you will need to put some work in but then thats why you will look so talented, because the viewers haven't.
:)
Enjoy it, love it, learn it. Just go buy it!!

Hope that helps somebody..
BaB

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Postby nickj » Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:26 pm

Incredible, somehow we have all managed to miss the fact that there wasn't a review of this!
I think I will ground myself for a week...... Actually I'll wait till next week since it is my birthday on wednesday!

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Postby BaBaBoom » Mon Nov 10, 2003 2:19 pm

I did it for the glory Maa, the gloryyyyyy.

Yeah kind of surprised me as well.
Though I guess most people here aren't new to magic and so know all about Bobo, so nobody noticed because nobody needed a review.

If anybody is ploughing through this book for the first time, I have a Bobo study guide if it helps anyone.

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Postby bananafish » Mon Nov 10, 2003 2:32 pm

Though I guess most people here aren't new to magic and so know all about Bobo


Many will know about Bobo's and many won't. Either way - it's nice having a review of this fundamental volume on are forums. Well done.

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Postby taneous » Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:19 am

ok - this is a bit of a confesion, but most of the time when I heard Bobo I thought "been there, done that". I bought the book ages ago and studied the sleights and kind of skimmed through the rest. I was a little disappointed in that a lot of the stuff I had already in other books (so I thought).
Thanks to the whole CUPS 'support group' I diecided to start studying the book again. Wow - I missed a whole lot in my first few reads. I don't want to repeat what's already been said, but there really is a wealth of info in that book :)

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Postby Midas Kid » Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:39 pm

You kids, spoilt by the DVD!

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Postby Mandrake » Thu Feb 05, 2004 4:01 pm

You kids
thanks for the compliment!!

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Postby magicdiscoman » Thu Feb 05, 2004 4:21 pm

somebody did a review of a cd that contained this book :?: oh that was me but this review is much better.
but just to through a spanner in the works and for thoughs of us that are visualy impared the origional text is a bit small and hard to fathom, thank goodness for scalable printers.

can anyone suggest a companion dvd for this book as for most of us it would be usefull to see the slights as well as read them. :shock:

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Postby bananafish » Thu Feb 05, 2004 4:43 pm

I don't have many coin video's/dvd's but I think a good one to start with would be Ammar's "Introduction to Coin Magic" It goes through all the fundamentals just like in Bobo's.

In fact as a long time "CUPS" sufferer, I think I will be getting it out and watching it again real soon.

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Postby MagicIain » Sat May 22, 2004 4:24 pm

Just for my two-penny's worth...

I got this book a couple months back and have really struggled with it.

The book tells you how to 'do' everything, but doesn't necessarily tell you how to 'practise' everything. Anybody else understand what I mean???

It may be the topic of coins in general that scares me slightly or maybe it's just because I find it difficult; but the book doesn't have a teaching style about it like RRTCM and others.

I may have to get hold of a DVD of some kind, I think Ammar was mentioned above.

For the begicians reading this, don't be put off by what I've said... this book really does contain SO MUCH material. But, as I'm sure any 'coin artists' (see what I did there?! :lol:) will proudly tell you:

COIN MAGIC IS NOT EASY and definitely not a skill that comes quickly.

However, it does produce some of the most amazing effects and reactions when studied and performed properly.

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Postby BaBaBoom » Sat May 22, 2004 4:45 pm

Hello m8ty, I have just mailed you a short study guide to this book, hope it helps :)

I think you are right, it isn't any easy skill at all, when I first started I thought I would never be able to do it properly but if you stick with it, one day it just gets much better :)

Anyway, let me know if it helps,

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Postby magicdiscoman » Sat May 22, 2004 4:48 pm

since this post started ive done my reasearch and can certainly echo peoples view of amars intro to coin and also sugest the encyclopedia of coin slights which covers all you will need to get you started.

coin work is hard to start with little reward but after several months practise and a few slights under your belt you can do some of the strongest magic around then progress through sankey for some imposible magic.
you will also get an apreciation for the american half and the almighty dollar unless you have a botomles pit of money and can aford £2 and £5 coins to play with :lol: .

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inspired me

Postby balejben » Sat May 29, 2004 8:56 am

i had the book for ages well i got e book. I have now been inspired to spend this weekend learning coin magic. Again, the book is great buy it if u have not got it.

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Study Guide

Postby timepic » Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:15 pm

BaBaBoom wrote:I did it for the glory Maa, the gloryyyyyy.

Yeah kind of surprised me as well.
Though I guess most people here aren't new to magic and so know all about Bobo, so nobody noticed because nobody needed a review.

If anybody is ploughing through this book for the first time, I have a Bobo study guide if it helps anyone.

BaB


Hi BaBaBoom!

Any chance you could email me a copy of the study guide for this, it would be a great help.

Thanks

Tim

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Postby Mandrake » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:34 pm

Er, did you check the date of Bababoom's post? It was over 5 years ago :D .

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