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March 24 Kainoa Harbottle Lecture

Kainoa’s lecture will feature close-up card and coin routines designed with visual impact, cleanliness of method, and modular climaxes. The material and techniques were developed in the strolling and table-hopping environments of Waikiki. He will also be discussing how to transform your close-up pieces into stand-up material using before and after examples from his repertoire, including a coins across that plays for over 300 people.

While there is material for the novice performer, Kainoa will also be presenting routines that will challenge the hardcore among you. His thinking is revolutionary, and he enjoys surprising other magicians by making the most difficult material look easy. Couple that with his engaging personality and offbeat sense of humor and you have what is sure to be an unforgettable experience of great magic. Don't miss this chance to see a true "one of a kind" performer.


Magicians recognize Dr. Kainoa Harbottle from the first two DVDs of the Palms of Steel series, where he appeared alongside some of the most innovative workers in modern coin magic, Curtis Kam and Reed McClintock.  He has since been featured at the New York Coin Magic Seminars—at Marc DeSouza’s house in Pennsylvania and the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas—at the request of David Roth, Michael Rubinstein, Geoff Latta, and Mike Gallo.  He was also spotlighted in a number of their DVD volumes.

His own books, Coins on Edge and Cointopia, contain some of the most revolutionary material the world of coin magic has seen in years. In Coinapalooza I:  Shell Shocked and Coinapalooza II: International Deceptions, he continues this trend, featuring coin magic for all skill levels. His most recent set of notes called "On Standing Up" give practical examples of how to turn skills and plots you already use for close-up into pieces that can be performed for large audiences. Kainoa has taught college level courses on English, Theatre, Performance History, and Magic--sometimes all in the same class--and has researched extensively on Victorian magic at the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature at the University of London and at The Magic Circle.


For those interested in a more intensive learning environment,

Kainoa Harbottle will provide a coin magic workshop limited to 20 participants. The hour and a half long session is customized around the sleights or routines the group is interested in discussing. There is also a smattering of theory on what makes coin magic memorable. Whether you are new to coin magic or a pro, you will learn something useful. This workshop has not yet been booked. If you are interested, please let us know at

Past lecturers have included the following:  Aaron Fisher, Aldo and Rachel Colombini, Arthur Trace, Bill Abbott, Bob Sheets, Bruce Bernstein, Chris Capehart, Dan Fleshman, Dan Harlan, Darwin Ortiz, Daryl (twice), David Calzada, David Merry, David Parr, David Regal, David Roth, David Solomon, David Stone, David Williamson, Doug Malloy, Eric Jones, Eugene Burger, Geoff Williams, Glenn Morphew, Jeremiah Zuo, Jim Krzak, Jim Sisti, John Lovick, Keith Fields, Kozmo, Michael Ammar, Mike Hall, Nathan Kranzo, Oz Pearlman, Paul Gertner, Paul Green, Peter Eggink, Richard Sanders, Sean Bogunia, Steve Bryant, Steve Daly, Steve Draun, Tom Dobrowolski (twice), Tomas Medina, Tony Noice, and Whit Haydn.

In addition, we have an annual magic contest which is recorded and broadcast on Comcast Cable's "It's Magic" television show.

2013 Contest Winners: 1st Place Bruce Young; 2nd Place Jaime Aponte; 3rd Place Mark Doetsch

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