Apr 11 2018
You know, I’m not very keen on darts.
I’m also not that keen on coin magic.
And the reasons are pretty similar. Allow me to elaborate…
Darts first. There are so many games out there that are truly skillful. My particular favourites are backgammon, poker, chess and, of course, ker-plunk. You pit yourself against another player. A battle of wills ensues. Your next move depends on theirs. As James Bond himself said in Casino Royale, “You play your opponent, not the cards”. (In the lesser known book, “Ker-plunk Royale”, he uses the phrase, “you play your opponent, not the straws”. But, I digress.) The point is, the opponent isn’t just part of the game, they are the game.
Darts though is a bit shit in comparison. You really don’t give flying fig what your opponent does. They might as well not even be there. No darts player would ever think, “Ooh, they just missed the board entirely. I’ll see if I can spell out my phone number with the next few arrows. Just for a laugh.”, or “Ooh, that was a cunning throw you worthy adversary, I’d best pull my Sicilian Defence out of the bag”. Of course not. They just think, “Lets try and score as much as possible. Again. Treble twenty is probably a good bet”. It really doesn’t matter if your opponent is any good or not. You just keep doing what you do.
Now, I hate to seem so negative. There are good points about darts. It’s great for teaching youths their 3 times table. And take aways. And it’s good for promoting a competitive streak amongst the less svelte who typically aren’t terribly sporty. It’s just never going to be an intellectually stimulating, interaction between two people.
Which brings me to coin magic.
There’s not much to be done with coins. They disappear. They reappear. They leap from one hand to another. That’s it. No one gets surprised by coin magic. Impressed maybe. But not surprised. Not ASTONISHED. No one has sleepless nights wondering how that coin got behind that child’s ear. Spectators are just that – spectators. They don’t play a part. There is no interaction between the astonisher and astonishee. The poor spectator just watches coins doing their thing. Disappearing, reappearing, leaping from one hand to another. Good magic should involve people. Make them feel a part of it. Coins don’t cut it for me. In the same way that darts can never hold a candle to ker-plunk.
Coin magic is skillful. Don’t get me wrong. It’s very hard to get good at. But then again so is darts. It just seems an awful lot of effort for something that is a bit, well, unsatisfying and uninvolving.
However, people love darts. And, it would seem, people love coin magic too. I did some at a gig, and, annoyingly, it went down a storm. Some people it would seem have no taste.
But, if I’m going to do it, I’m going to try and do it properly. The classic of coin trickery is to make THREE coins appear from nowhere, then disappear again. So, that is what I’m currently trying to perfect. As these pictures show, I’ve already mastered the second half of it.*
The good news – it may uninvolving, but it’s 3 times more uninvolving than the standard version.
The bad news – it costs me 30p every time I do it.
* How dare you suggest these are staged photos! Of course I can do it! Click here for proof!