Many of my efforts in creating and compiling these effects strive to show how a little
extra effort in preparation will reap great rewards in effect. Many take advantage of
gimmicks in ways never thought possible, and provide the means for an incomparable magical
experience. I have also included a wealth of additional effects…coin and non-coin,
for a total of 18 effects. Every one of them is absolutely blockbuster. These
are designed for the established magi - to present an extra-special magical demonstration
that goes over the top. If God did a matrix, it would look like this...
Matrix God’s Way has 100 pages, and is generously illustrated with
over 400 actual photos showing the intricate details and workings of
every effect. However, I did not stop there, as I know that a book cannot fully
communicate the crucial timing and choreography that play a dramatic role in the success
of these effects. To greater enhance the learning experience, included with every book
comes the “Matrix God’s Way Performance CD.” This offers a
professional quality performance of approximately half the effects in the book. It is not
only a great learning tool, but an awesome display of choreographed magic that you will
enjoy viewing over and over. Below is a description of each and every effect. Welcome
to the next generation in coin technique…
1) Mini 4 of a Coin* - Using a miniature deck of cards, produce,
one at a time, the four aces. These cards are tossed, spun, and set on the table (with
empty hands before and after). Yet, when the cards are lifted, a half dollar is produced
under each!!! Two methods explained! Absolutely impossible, as the coins barely fit
under the cards. Has consistently fooled every magician performed for.
2) 4 of a Coin* - Produce the four aces one at a time. The cards are
feely handled, spun through the air hand to hand, and set on the table one at a time. When
the aces are lifted, four half dollars (already prepared to do "Matrix God's
Way") are produced. After doing this you go right into the no-card matrix
with no further preparations. The coins can be shelled and will NOT make a sound!
3) Matrix God's Way* - Hailed by all magicians that have seen it as the
best no-card four coin matrix routine ever! A 5 phase routine, it starts out as a jazzed
up version of “Translocation”. The matrix introduces itself through a one coin
at a time assembly into the corner. Offering to do it again, the magician puts one coin in
each corner. Waving over the coins, all four instantly assemble in the top RIGHT hand
corner. Another wave, and without the hands crossing the center of the mat,
all four coins are back in their respective corners (John's ground-breaking kickback). For
the finale, a final wave brings all coins to the upper LEFT cornet of the mat. Throughout
the routine constantly show empty hands and only four coins. The coins are examined by the
spectator in the end. Magicians and the laity alike are floored.
4) Matrix ReBorn* - Previously released in "Coin Classics" from
Steven's Magic Emporium - it is shadow coins with a KILLER ending! At the end cover the
half dollars and they all become Chinese coins! Do it standing up! This was reviewed in
the April of 2001 issue of Genii Magazine, and was hailed as "unbelievable. The
surprise really caught me off guard and it's as strong a coin assembly as I've ever
5) Borrowed Quarter Matrix - No shells on this one. John applies a
brilliant principle to the impromptu matrix to make it twice as clean and visual, as well
as extremely practical for the performer!
6) Off The Hook* - The magi performs an amazing spiced up version of John
Kennedy’s “Translocation” with four English pennies, causing the coins to
travel from one side of the mat to the other. At the end of the effect the magi shows his
hands empty. Covering the coins once again, the coins change to half dollars, and the
hands are again shown COMPLETELY CLEAN. Oh yeah…go ahead and show both sides of the
half dollars. An absolute breakthrough in coin magic.
7) Totally Off The Hook - The magi performs an amazing spiced up version
of John Kennedy’s “Translocation” with four English pennies, causing the
coins to travel from one side of the mat to the other. At the end of the effect the magi
shows his hands empty. Covering the coins once again, the coins change to half dollars. Oh
yeah…go ahead and show both sides of the half dollars. The hands are again shown to
be COMPLETELY CLEAN. Now, pick up the coins, place them in your left hand, and they
immediately become Chinese coins that can be examined!!! End COMPLETELY CLEAN!!!
8) Over The Top – “Triple change shadow coins…”
Perform shadow coins with four casino coins. At the end they visually change into English
pennies. Perform John’s “Off The Hook” or his “Matrix God’s
Way.” Show your hands empty, and change these coins into half dollars, ending
COMPLETELY CLEAN!!! Oh…and show both sides of the half dollars. But wait, toss the
coins into your right hand, and they become Chinese coins, which can be completely
examined, and ending you, once again, COMPLETELY CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!
9) Silver Dream - Take “4 Of A Coin” to a whole new
level…The magi produces the four aces and cleanly shows his hands empty. The aces are
pulled back to reveal four half dollars. The magi waves his hands and immediately ten
coins appear! However, he doesn’t stop there, as he continues to produce a total of
sixteen half dollars, two “two inch” coins, and a jumbo “three inch”
half dollar!!! A nineteen coin production that can’t be beat…
10) Fingertip Three – A beautifully choreographed stand-up routine
in which three dollar-sized Japanese coins appear, disappear, and penetrate a silk. For
the finale, not one, but two 5-inch Japanese coins are produced.
11) Hole-dout - How to construct John's extremely dependable Chinese
coin holdout for half dollar or dollar size coins. Ideal for steals out of the
pocket, body loads, and prop loads!!!
12) Purse-onally Ironic* - The magi presents a “purse without a
frame.” Out of it he ironically produces a “frame without a purse.” Setting
the bag aside the magi displays the purse frame, with hands totally empty. He then
proceeds to open the frame and produce a coin. A great application for John’s
IMPOSSIBLE coin production, and the perfect way to introduce a coin for a single coin
13) Muscle Catch* - The magi rubs his hands together, turns them palm up,
and shows them to be unmistakably empty. Immediately a coin appears at his fingertips.
14) Bite Me – This is what John does when a spectator repeatedly
begs you to bite and restore the frickin’ coin, after you’ve done it for them
like twenty times.
15) Trans-Knee-Cation - Lacking a proper table, the magi proceeds to sit
down and perform an awesome version of John Kennedy’s “Translocation” on
his knees! With a simple wave of his hand the four coins travel one-at-a-time from his
left leg to his right.
16) Finger Ringer* - A very cool three-phase impromptu routine with your
17) Silver Seasoning – Take the classic “quarter under the
saltshaker” effect to a whole new level. This outstanding three phase routine is a
masterpiece example of utilizing the element of surprise to your full advantage. For the
finale, the magi pours both salt and pepper into his closed left fist. The hands are
cupped and shaken, mixing the two seasons. In one quick move the hands split into two
separate closed fists. The left hand pours its contents onto the table, which happens to
be all salt. The right hand pours its contents onto the table…showing all pepper.
Somehow the two seasons have miraculously separated.
18) Gotta Light? - One of the coolest moments in magic. The magi is asked
for a light. He checks his pockets, and presents the lighter in his right hand. Before the
lighter is handed over, the magi looks up and says… “Watch.” The left hand
holds a wand made out of paper. The lighter is lit, and held up to the edge of the wand.
In a burst of flames it catches fire, sending a string of fire down the left hand. Once
the fire ceases, the lighter is seen to appear in the left hand. The spectator looks to
the magi’s right hand, which is seen to be completely empty!
* Indicates its inclusion on the “Matrix God’s Way Performance
Expected availability around Friday 16 May, 2014.