When Dr. Sawa burst onto the magic scene back in the 1970s, he caused an international sensation.
His work with paper, seashells, ropes and especially coins, was simultaneously whimsical and astonishing. Some years ago, for private reasons, Dr. Sawa vanished from the magic world. Happily, he has resurfaced—his enthusiasm for magic not only renewed, but actually increased. L&L Publishing is proud to present this multiple-DVD set, containing almost fifty new and astonishing coin routines on a total of six DVDs.
The Professor, Dai Vernon, summed up Dr. Sawa this way:
“One of the most creative magicians I have ever known. As the saying goes, you have to see it to believe it—and even then, you won’t!”
1. See-Through Pendant: A solid silver dollar, worn on a chain, transforms into a cut-out coin. Through a devilishly clever method, you end clean.
2. Silvers: Four silver dollars immediately change into four assorted denominations, and then return to their original form.
3. Mr. Feather-Light: Here’s something you haven’t seen before. Imagine an “Oil & Water” routine using coins—with an amazing Coins Across conclusion.
4. Submarine Coins: When rubbed against the close-up mat, coins invisibly move from one hand to the other in poetic fashion.
5. A Hand Slit: One by one, four large coins penetrate through the performer’s hand, with a whimsical presentation.
6. Head & Tail: Six coins are used. Instantly, five of them vanish, then the remaining coin also disappears—and then they’re all reproduced.
7. Cheers in Bretagne!: A charming “wedding ritual” using eight silver dollars and a champagne glass. Mystifyingly, the dollars merge into a single coin.
8. Pushman: A Sawa classic revised. Twelve coins are pushed into a standard-size Okito Box. Then, literally dozens of coins are produced from the box. And there’s an eye-popping climax that delivers gasps!
1. Gold: Three oversized copper Belgian coins are used. The first becomes gold, then the second. The third becomes silver, and then becomes gold!
2. Maple: Using a deviously simple method, a large silver Canadian coin suddenly develops color, and yet only one coin is used.
3. The Locked Room: A beautiful penetration of a coin into an inverted wineglass, followed by a penetration through a dinner plate, with a bonus surprise at the finish.
4. Pin Point: A coin with a hole through its center is fastened onto a large safety pin. The coin jumps from one rung to the other, so that now it can’t be removed—an “impossible object” that can be thoroughly examined.
5. Cushion Impossible: A ballpoint pen is pushed through two half-dollars, causing visible holes to appear, then vanish. Finally, the two coins change into Chinese coins with the holes returned!
6. Lincoln’s Paper Weight: Three pennies are pushed inside a solid block of transparent acrylic. They’re really inside! The coins are pressed deeper, then all the way through, leaving the block unharmed.
7. Goat: A Sawa classic updated. Twisted tissue is used to create a “goat” that eats paper balls. When fed paper currency, the goat coughs up change!
8. Bermuda Triangle: An exotic presentation wherein oversized coins pass through a table, with an extraordinary unexpected ending.
1. Whitehouse: Various presidents (who happen to appear on U.S. coins) are produced from thin air, each production larger than the one before.
2. Better Half: A pair of half dollars display their mutual affection, first by jumping from one hand to the other, then becoming impossibly joined together. Sawa has kept this for himself for 20 years; now, it can be yours.
3. Cuponkia: A diabolical version of Coins Through the Table. One by one, three coins pass through the table, landing audibly in a glass bowl. And the last phase is done standing up—no lapping!
4. The Mint Bureau: When influenced by an old-style Japanese coin, four plain washers transform to match. Then they expand in size, and finally one instantly changes into a jumbo coin.
5. Blade Runner: A highly unusual plot: Coins are tossed up and caught on the flat blade of a tableknife. Then, one is balanced on the edge of the knife. And the final balancing demonstration is simply astonishing.
6. Genuine Silver: A half dollar coin turns into a silver finger ring, in a visual change that causes gasps. It’s promptly repeated with a second coin
7. Octopus: A masterful method for causing four coins to penetrate from within an Okito Box through the magician’s hand.
8. Backstage: The performer offers to let the audience “behind the scenes”—but of course, they end up more baffled than ever, as over and over the coins change shape and size and multiply, beyond belief.
1. Grade Up Coins: A quadruple transformation! Four large silver coins change, two becoming old Japanese coins with holes, each coin a different shape; the other two immediately grow into even larger coins.
2. 1 = 6: A strange math lesson: One coin splits into two, then splits again and again until there are half a dozen. Then, all six merge back to one.
3. Bad Tailor: A Sawa classic renewed. A coin penetrates a closed purse, goes back inside, then through the performer’s pocket, then back into the purse. Finally, the purse penetrates the pocket, with a great kicker finish.
4. Tornado Story: Five coins of different sizes represent a family, caught in a cyclone, with amazing results and a happy ending.
5. Ancient Earring: Four silver coins change into Chinese coins with holes, but that’s mild magic compared to the subsequent double change that follows. You’ve never seen an outcome like this!
6. Lovers: After 30 years, this is Sawa’s latest version of this amorous effect: Two coins are caused to cling together, defying the rules of attraction.
7. P.O. Box: Innovative magic with an Okito Box, as “computer files” (that look very much like half dollars) are repeatedly sent across cyberspace.
8. Policeman Heiji: This is Louis Falanga’s favorite routine on these DVDs. The audience agreed, as they gave it a spontaneous standing ovation. When you see the multiple payoff, you’ll agree.
1. Five Cents Panic: A series of unbelievable changes, starting with four half dollars. One becomes two quarters. Another converts to five dimes. The remaining pair changes into no less than 20 nickels!
2. One Dollar is One Dollar: A single silver dollar splits into two half dollars, converts back again, then splits again, then reconverts to its original form.
3. Pendant Cantabile: A circular frame on a silver necklace lends itself to a variety of magical moments, as coins change size, color and form.
4. Brown Trout: It’s eagles versus fish in this fanciful account of interspecies rivalry.
5. Surgical Effect: Ready for something weird? Many magicians have pushed a coin through the hand, but never as slowly and graphically as this!
6. Engaged Coins: A lovely copper/silver routine with a romantic storyline that’s sure to engage your audience.
7. A Beggar: A Sawa classic reworked. This quirky tale involves a charitable exchange gone awry, with results both magical and humorous.
8. Pantomime Silvers: No patter is necessary as the magic becomes progressively more amazing. It starts with a single coin, but where it goes will leave you speechless!
1. Ornament: You’ll lose count of how many remarkable effects take place as this routine flows. Suffice it to say, if you like Scotch & Soda, it’s time you tasted sake!
2. Canadian Mystery: Something really different, involving a bunch of pennies and dimes. Mixed by a spectator, the magician is uncannily able to separate them into discrete groups, with which an extra climax takes place.
3. Kangaroo Coins: A coin purse represents a grandmother kangaroo, which sets the scene for the magical “hopping” of Australian coins.
4. Karate Coins: Prepare to be perplexed! The magician abruptly shoves his thumb through four coins, producing large holes in all of them. The sneaky method will delight you.
5. Doppelgänger Phenomenon: Strange events, as four silver dollars disappear and reappear in ghostly fashion, then turn into four completely different coins.
6. The Hole: Further miracles with an Okito Box, this time used to pass coins through the table, all done while standing up. Plus, there’s a surprise magical punchline.
7. Five Wishes: Coins beget coins, with increasing surprises along the way.
8. Silver Maniac: An appropriate title for a fast-paced series of successive transformations that build to a mindboggling finale.