Review: X Coin Bend by Steven X

Reviewer: Nique Tan

 

According to the blurb, this is a coin bending effect performed with a borrowed, signed coin. The coin can also be examined before and after the bend has taken place, and the DVD supposedly teaches new principles in coin magic, with methods that do not require misdirection.

Firstly, this is pitched like a real time coin bend. However, I would say that the approaches taught on the DVD are approaches that one would take before real time methods were made available. The methods taught will work, but I actually prefer the methods that are available now, that actually perform the bend during the routine. It is tough but I hope I am being cryptic enough for those who do metal bending to understand.

As for how the routine looks, well, it is said that your hands are always shown empty throughout the performance. Yes, that is true; however there is always a compromise somewhere and in this case the handling of the borrowed coin looks a little awkward to me. You borrow a coin, hold it at the fingertips and hand a marker to your spectator. You then offer the coin to be signed at this point, but the way it is being held looks terribly constricted and contrived; it comes across nothing like how I would naturally ask a spectator to sign a coin.

Next, a little about production value of the DVD – it left a little to be desired. There were points where the shot was completely out of focus and you could not see what was happening. I am certainly no expert in shooting and producing videos, but surely a basic requirement would be to maintain focus in a shot?

As far as performances go, there were only studio performances – no live ones. Some parts of the method to me are very angle sensitive, and would not work for the type of environments that I usually work in (walk around, pre-event, cocktail settings) where I am surrounded by people. Thus, it would have been nice to see the actual routine and method in action, but there were no live performance footage on the DVD.

As such, the studio performances that were provided did not give me anything. They were done silent, with music in the background and I got the impression that they were included for the sake of being nothing more than to run through the moves involved in performing the routine.

All in all, if you already do a coin bend in your act, real time or not, there is no need to pick this up. If however, you do not already perform one but are curious, I guess you could pick this up just to get an idea for one type of approach in performing this effect.

5 Stars (5 / 10)

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