John Ramsay's classic "Cylinder and Coins" routine embodies what makes close-up magic so special. Many would argue that it is a rite of passage for magicians in the same vein as the Cups and Balls or an Ace Assembly. However, as it is not as well known and the props have started to feel dated in recent years, it is rarely performed by modern magicians.
It is truly a shame that audiences are being robbed of an effect filled with so many moments of genuine surprise and astonishment. So, Joshua Jay set out to create an innovative and contemporary version of this beloved close up routine.
While the basic idea stays the same, nearly every other aspect has changed. This includes brand new props and a shocking surprise ending that brings the whole routine to a perfect conclusion. Check out the full performance in the trailer above to see it in action before continuing.