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Norbert

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Hello everybody.
I have just watched "Death by Magic" on Netflix. From all the tricks Drummond performes I was absolutely faszinated by two coin tricks. Trick number 1 in part 1, Capetown, he performs a coin trick with a woman (06:20 ....) and in part 7, Edinburgh, he performs a coin trick with three people in a bar (21:00 ....). Does anybody know what the tricks are called and if there is a place to study/learn them?

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Hey, Norbert. I see you registered awhile back, but posted for the first time today - It's about time! Glad to have you and look forward to getting to know you.

For the benefit of those of us unfamiliar with the program you cite, can you briefly describe the tricks you are interested in learning? Are they vanishes, transpositions, color changes, etc? Any detail will help. Also, if you could let us know a bit about your interest in magic and skill level, we might be in a better position to help out.

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Hi, Anthony.
Sorry I didn't introduce myself. That wasn't very polite of me. So some facts about me: I'm 57 years old, from Austria, and have been working as a High School teacher for more than 30 years now. I've always been interested in magic, mainly close up (cards, coins). I'm not an experienced performer, I perform every now and then for family members and my students. I'm more interested in studying a "trick", learning the "moves", the "idea behind a trick". I do like learning new tricks (I'm really a teacher, you see). So I've basic skill level, no beginner ... advanced I would say.

Now to the two tricks: The first one is a transposition. The spectator marks a coin (x or initials) and holds it in her left hand, the magician covers the marked coin with some other coins. On the count of three the magician tries to steal the marked coin by grabbing for it, while the spectator closes her fist as fast as possible. When the performer opens his hand, it is empty. Obviously he has failed. But then he opens his other hand and there is the marked coin! Absolutely flabbergasting! (Netflix; Death by Magic; Episode 1; 06:20 .....)

Trick #2: About thirty coins of the same value are spread out on the table, heads up. Spectator 1 takes a coin, markes it on the tail and puts it back on the table, heads up. Spectator 2 looks away while the coins are thoroughly mixed. Then spectator 2 turns around and starts taking coins away till only one coin is left on the table. When the coin is turned tails up ... it is the marked coin. Amazing! (Netflix; Death by Magic; Episode 7; 21:00 ....)

Sometimes when I watch the performances I think they must be camera tricks. They amaze me more than the big illusions Drummond performs as a highlight at the end of each episode.

So hope this helps a bit!
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Norbert,

Thanks so much for the intro! I think you will find that you fit right in here. There is a nice mix of hobbyists, amateurs, semi-pros, and pros on the forum.

The tricks you describe do sound interesting. If I have some time this afternoon I will pop over to Netflix and check them out. I have seen the program listed, but for whatever reason it did not appeal to me - and for the same reason as you listed; I get the impression that some of the magic is accomplished through camera trickery. If I get the chance to take a look I will let you know my thoughts, such as they may be. I do have a suspicion about the second trick you describe, but will need to take a look to be certain that I am in the ballpark.

In the meantime there are a couple of coin guys who hang out here and perhaps they will see your post and have an idea or two about where you might find those tricks, or something similar, published.

Again, welcome!

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Hi Norbert,

I’m loving the series. I have seen the first 5 episodes and did see the coin grab in episode 1 (my favourite episode so far). I don’t know how he did it. I really like his presentation and style. He builds rapport quickly and he is a magician that loves a kicker, like me.

To the rest of the forum with access to netflix, the premise of the shows are; each episode DMC (who is actually heir to the Baronny of Latymer a member of English aristocracy, but don’t hold that against him.) investigates incidents in history where magician’s attempts at certain effects have been their undoing. He tells the story and with well constructed episodes builds up to his version of the effect or a related effect.

He shares magic with each person he meets along the way. Some standards of close up and some I haven’t seen before. He delivers them all very well.

I’ve been following his progres for a few years on social media and he is the genuine article and a true student of magic. You may know him as the creator of the DMC Elite playing cards.

Anyway I would encourage anyone to give the first couple of episodes a go and let us know your thoughts. It’s not perfect but it’s damn good entertainment. It is getting great reviews.
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Watched part of the first episode last night. Couldn't finish. Just not my cup of stuff. Nothing against DMC, he is obviously practiced and engaging, but the program itself made me Run. (Okay, old school pun may not register with some of you, but that's okay. My peeps will get it and grin.) 

The Capetown coin trick was interesting, but it seems evident to me that we were not treated to the entirety of the performance. Clever camera edits provided us with, perhaps, a close approximation of the effect as the spectators might recall it, but omitted critical, need to know information required for any serious back-tracking to suss out the method. A couple of ideas come to mind, but just as with the correct number of licks required to reach the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.

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My wife and I just watched the first episode. I enjoyed it and even found myself a little nervous for him as he tried to escape the straight jacket in time.

The coin tricks that he did were cool, but I don’t know if their methods are taught somewhere. Seeing that he performed an effect of Woody Aragon’s, it’s quite possible that these tricks are from books that are on our shelves.

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