The Tuning Fork:  My Tribute to David Roth

Back in 2006 on a Magic Café forum post, Brad Burt described David Roth’s “The Tuning Fork” as "The Most Perfect Coin Trick  (Click the link to read Brad’s post).

Like Brad, the first time I saw “The Tuning Fork” I thought it was one of the most interesting concepts ever applied to a coin routine.  The routine deceives the mind first with sound.  David demonstrates a concept with a Tuning Fork, which in itself is stunning to the uninitiated.  He then takes the concept further by separating the sound from the coins and manipulating the sound itself.   After the audible chicanery, a visual one-two punch occurs.  Somehow several coins appear and then they vanish as quickly as they came, much like the fleeting echoes of the Tuning Fork…

On 10/16/2010 at the New York Coin Magic Seminar 8, I had the distinct honor to pay tribute to him by performing “The Tuning Fork”.  The concept, script, and presentation are all David’s.  I only modified the methodology for stand-up performance.  I think one of the most enjoyable parts for David was the fact that I memorized his script verbatim (with a few contextual adaptations).  If you catch my smile while I’m talking about the violin it’s because David was mouthing the words to the routine as I was performing it.  He told me afterwards that he couldn’t believe I had memorized the entire script.  To be quite honest, memorizing that script is almost as challenging as performing the magic!  The trick is 80% presentation, 20% magic, but the magic is very powerful.

The standup version of the routine was something I have held close for years.  I mentally debated back and forth before putting it up for public viewing, but in the end, I can’t imagine that I would ever get a better contextual venue in which to perform this routine.  Magic is meant to be performed and experienced by others.  It was an unforgettable experience to perform it for David and the coin magic aficionados in attendance.

I hope you enjoy the performance as much as I did presenting it...