Fingertip Muscle Pass

Magic download (video) by Kainoa Harbottle and Colin McNamara
4.7 | 15 reviews
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Fingertip Muscle Pass

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Magic download (video) by Kainoa Harbottle and Colin McNamara (12.00)

The muscle pass is the most elusive coin sleight. It's hard to do and it requires constant practice to maintain it. What Kainoa has developed is an alternative sleight that simulates the same thing--a coin defying gravity--but the move is now performed with the fingertips. You can use this incredible new technique to cause coins to become magnetic, to fly from hand to hand, or to defy gravity. Perhaps most interestingly, the sleight can be used invisibly to secretly transport coins from one hand to another. All of this is covered--including a fun guest appearance—in this terrific new download.

Running time: 16 minutes

As part of our Community Captions project, the explanation video for this download has optional English subtitles.


Customer reviews for Fingertip Muscle Pass

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Very cool move! Something you can obsessively practice in your off time. I am starting to get the move down slowly!





The standard muscle pass is an advanced sleight that requires (minor) anatomic remodeling of the hand. This is a move out of reach for most non-professionals. This clever and accessible substitute is within the capability of almost anyone. Despite this, applicability is substantial, as shown in the video instructions with practical demonstrations. It is fun to perform with real visual impact. Accessible for strong beginner to intermediate coin manipulators.



This is a relatively inexpensive tutorial on an extraordinary sleight, with some really cool applications thrown in. Yes, the move is knacky, but the effect that one can create with it is worth the effort. Yes, the instruction on the actual move in the video is sparse, but I'd argue that's just because Harbottle has been doing the move for so long that he doesn't realize all the subtleties that he is doing in the handling.

This said, given how scant the advice on handling is in the video, in the spirit of Erik' & Jeffrey's reviews of this product I would add:
-Using the pad of one's thumb in an action more akin to striking a match (or the reverse of snapping, perhaps?), rather than using the tip of one's thumb in a "tiddlywink" action, aids with having the coin shoot out straight rather than up.
-If you need additional resources, Danny Goldsmith has an excellent tutorial of his handling as part of his "Insights" video through Copeland Coins, though much more expensive.
-Using more "soft" coins will help you not wear out your thumbs.

TLDR: Buy the video, get practicing, and talk with other magicians who are trying this out. The more we collaborate, the more we all can learn.



I love how clean this move looks when performed by Kainoa but, it is definitely something I would never perform. It is definitely in “move monkey” territory. I am giving it high marks because it is a great sleight however, it is not for me.



Have I mastered this? No... Not even close. I'm more of a card guy but trying to expand my horizons. However, I do know that if I want to learn any coin routines, sleights, etc, I want Kainoa Harbottle teaching it. Really, really great download.



Very quick and easy to use.







i am going to have to disagree with micheal on his review.

I had never done,seen, had a vision of, the fingertip muscle pass. could do this, not well, in about an hour by playing around with coin/ finger placement. within two days of messing around(not spending hours at it), I was loosing my coins because they would wizz off past my hand. I would say that the hardest part is catching the thing when you got the speed. this is with a silver cnd half.

there isn't a lot of instruction to give on this. it's nacky. probably a little different for everyone due to finger size,strength,chubbiness.

my tips, if they will allow to publish it.

first ,feel your fingers at the very end. there is a little bump on the end of every finger that is bone, shallow, just below your nail. place fingers facing you. then coin at a 90 degree angle,edge on top of those little bumps. if you got long finger nails, it will hinder things, mine are cut real short. do the "move" and it should shoot out. I had trouble till I found the sweet spot. you can do this with nails, I just find it easier with them not in the way.

tip two, practice " horizontal/palm up" first. people who bought this will understand. it makes it easier to catch.

tip three, practice with both hands(both ways). why most magicians practice sleights and tricks with one hand or one way always confused me. I have found that if you are having trouble with a sleight , if you use your weaker hand, you will gain insight into what you are doing wrong. that, and you will be able to do the sleight, and trick, the opposite way which is super handy if people want to see something again.

even though I can make a silver half wizz out 2 meters horizontal, vertical lift of the same coin is drastically reduced to a few inches. a dime, make sure no ones face is in the way. maybe they should have a warning on this for pointing it at someones face. small enough coin, you could hurt someones eye with this.

I find this useful, fun to do, and I have played with it every day since I bought it. it does have a knack, but it is well with in reach of some one just starting out. it's not an advanced move in the sense of actually doing it. control during usage is where your practice will mostly lie, so you don't take someones eye out with a dime.

hope this review has helped people make a decision. this is just nacky. once you get it ,though, you'll feel stupid for how easy it is.



I saw this move on Ponta The Smith’s Sick when it came out, but never found where it is explained. Then a magician named Jeff Corn taught me the move in Las Vegas, but it was in 2011, but it was a really quick explanation so I didn’t get the little details. Even that the explanation is pretty short, is very clear and understandable. What I liked the most about the applications is to use it in a 3Fly. It’s a great move!



Have 2 other sources for this sleight but must rate this as the best so far. It can be found among a couple pages in his book "Cointopia" and he has a much shorter video (very generically shot but sufficient) on his website. This is done very professionally, well detailed and with context added to boot. Definitely worth the small investment even if you own the other 2 sources. This could easily replace the "much harder" (IMHO) "muscle pass" in most situations and is much more comfortable. 10/10 from me.





I was disappointed with this. The handlings were all good, and the quality of production was fine, but there was very little instruction on the actual move. If you're already on your way to being able to propel the coin this way, this video might be great for you. But if you're wanting to be really walked through making this look right, I think you might do better elsewhere.


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