Magic download (video) by Raphael Macho ($9.95)
Apate is something Raphael has used in front of real audiences for years. He initially started on it way back in 2014. We're delighted he's finally happy to release this routine to the world. Here's the effect: a coin and a pen continually switch places, disappear and reappear in crazy locations.
Visual, close up magic at its finest. The only things you need are one pen, one coin and one jacket. No gimmicks are used in the routine.
The instructional video is over twenty five minutes long and even includes some variations as a bonus.
If you like coin magic sleight of hand, you're going to love Apate. This is real world, audience tested eye candy at its best.
When you buy, you'll get instant access to the tutorial video - you can start learning Apate right now.
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Customer reviews for Apate
Great little routine, well constructed. The teaching is clear. Most of the moves can be learned by a beginner too I think. (I consider myself a beginner and with some practise I'll be able to learn most of the routine.)
Apate – First impressions review.
I’m a big fan of the pen/coin plot and have a well practiced and used routine that is derived from the work of Rune Klan, Rick Merrill and more recently, Tom Crosbie/Matthew Wright (from the Marvelous Pencyclopedia). I like to explore a variety of work on plots I’m interested in, hence picking this up.
The trailer does not show the routine, however this is good as otherwise it would be fairly easy to reconstruct.
Download and teaching quality:
It’s okay. I would have liked to have seen a full performance(s) to an audience, but you only get a run through in Raphael’s bedroom and the camera angles/quality is not great – but it does the job.
The explanation is filmed outside with better lighting and visibility, as well as some shots from the performer’s perspective. Overall, the teaching is reasonable, but not of ‘studio’ quality.
Sleights are covered, but only briefly, so perhaps best avoided by the novice unless they are prepared to work and learn the detail elsewhere. A few crediting references are included in the closing titles/credits.
How practical/interesting/unusual is the routine:
The routine is good – I was surprised by some of the new or unexpected moments it had. There was one phase which I do not recall having ever seen before which looked fun.
Raphael does not discuss the angle limitations of the routine in any depth – not a problem for an intermediate magician who actually performs for real people, but if you don’t (perform much), there are a few phases that need careful angle management and some thought about where people are standing. Its not knuckle busting, but is approaching an intermediate sleight of hand level routine.
Overall thoughts on the product and value:
Although the download was not long and lacked depth/production quality in places, the routine certainly has enough content that is unusual/different to make it worthwhile even for those with experience.
I will certainly be looking to work on and incorporate one or two of the phases in my own routine which has been unchanged for a year or two now. More importantly (for me), this product made me think and has inspired some practice of ‘new’ things which means that I feel like I have got value from it.
Overall - Good job Raphael!