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Rick Holcombe

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Been working on this routine. Trying to present the box in a different way and I'm pretty happy with it.

Would love to know what you think.


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Rick...some really great/original thinking went into this routine. I was wanting more! A strong final phase is worth considering. This is the type of routine that could win a trophy at a magic contest.

Keep up the great work!
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Rick... fully agree with Waterman about adding another final phase.
Great work and ideas though.

Two quick thoughts:
1. Keep things moving when reading from the card. The reading causes starts and stops in the execution. Keep things moving and overall impression will be much smoother.
2. You may wish to move the instruction card to your right and closer when you do the first turnover move. The bigger action will distract from the smaller action.

Otherwise, GREAT job!
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That's a great routine Rick! Love it.

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Rick Holcombe

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Thanks for taking a look guys! Glad you liked it.

I'm now trying to think how I might accomplish a complete vanish of the whole box with coins inside and lid as a finale. Hmmmmm.
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Rick,

That was great! Nicely structured, and your reactions were appropriate. I have no feedback on the mechanics, but do have a recommendation or two for your consideration regarding the narrative.

Since the overarching theme is bewilderment, consider a narrative that finds you discovering the box at an estate sale or as part of a lot purchased at an auction. Hand write the instructions on aged parchment or velum. 

Thanks for sharing your work!

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Rick Holcombe

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Anthony, I like that idea a lot! Thanks!
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Another idea is to switch the box out for an Okorto box .. this is an Okito that is the same size as the one you are using, but the interior wall is a tiny bit thicker. Bottom line is you cannot insert the coins back in. Let the specs examine the coins and do a simple (Bobo-type) switch of the boxes. Then after they look at the coins, let them look a the newly switched-in box and ask them to put the coins back in the box so you can just put the whole thing away and move on. They won't be able to this.
It's a nice funny ending to wrap up the mysteriousness of your routine.

NOTE: Look at various magic shops/online for the Okorto Box Set. For a very reasonable price, you get an Okito box, a Boston box and the Okorto base.  It is quite a good deal! A nice routine for the set comes packed with the Johnson products version of the set. 
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Along the lines that Mbreggar was talking about, you could end with a solid plug. It's like Shawn Farquhar's ending where the cups are solid. Chazpro makes such an item for the Buddha box. They have the "plug" as well as the "sucker box" that Mbreggar was speaking of. I like the plug approach better than the sucker box.

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Yes, the plug idea would work well too.  The whole concept is to take this mysterious thing "one step further" and see what happens.


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😀 A real feel good bit. I really enjoyed that.
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Rick, this is great! Although there have been some good ideas from others, I think it’s perfect as is. I’m impressed.
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Hi Rick

I love the concept, and the magic is very strong.  One small observation: when the lid vanishes and returns to the bag, I found myself questioning whether the lid was ever on the box.  Rewinding convinced me that it was, but at the moment of the vanish I had no clear memory of seeing the lid.  I suggest mentioning it as you bring the box out of the bag for the first time.  "I have this box here ... with a little lid (as you remove it) ... and inside there are four old silver half dollars".  I know we are all supposed to avoid narrative patter but you are introducing an interesting object so I think it is ok to "state the obvious" here.

I would pitch it as something I was trying for the very first time, not something I have been working on ... but maybe that's just me.

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Thanks Robin,

Good tips.
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Hello Rick,
It is an entertaining routine with good effects. Like Robin Dawes I also questioned myself whether the lid was on the box, when the box was introduced. So mentioning the lid of the box with the intro in one way or another will increase the impact of the effect and I also agree that the routine needs a strong finale.
I really enjoyed your presentational approach that the magic happens to you.

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Will Jung

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Just seeing this now. Great job Rick. Nice meeting you at TRICs last week. 
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Just seeing this now. Great job Rick. Nice meeting you at TRICs last week. 


Thanks Will! Good meeting you too.
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I enjoyed the “out of the box” thinking in this routine.

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Huh -- just seeing this now... not sure why I missed it before.

I'm fascinated by Okito/Okorto/Boston routines. I said 'fascinated', not 'proficient' 😉

I thought this was great … loved it!

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That was a really enjoyable routine to watch. Can’t really add anything to what’s already been said. Well done
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This is outstanding!
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Rick Holcombe

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Thanks for the continued interest guys! Glad you all like it
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Excellent routine, Rick.  I just saw it for the first -- and second -- times.

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