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Topic: Great Scott's Coins, Coins, Coins...:)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 27, 2009 07:06PM)
Got a peek at something pretty special recently and boy is it a treasure chest. :)

You guys know Scott Guinn here on the Café, he stops by the coin forum here every so often and it's good reason he does as within all his fine magic the guy is also a pretty darn good coin man. Not just a trick or two but a whole book worth of effects he has done throughout his magical career. He decided to grab the best of his plentiful this & that from previous works and bring them together in one effort, his latest work, "My Best To You" a book of coin magic.

Besides the book reflecting Scott's regular penchant for excellence in production and instruction, it is very conversational and comprehensive and tackles a battery of coin effects that aren't difficult to get down, have plenty of plot to them and are engaging and fun to do. Not to mention there's a little of that Steve Dusheck inventiveness in The Great Scott...This guy is a real tinkerer and is not against using a tool or even making one to help make the magic happen in a big way. Even that is easy enough to do with his simple enough instructions.

It's a lot of good stuff, well explained with clear photos and Scott's easy-understanding way of teaching. He's got something in there for everyone, every level. Clever stuff with everything from lollypops to a giant ring to a horseshoe wallet to a magic salt shaker that Goshman would be proud of. Oh, and yes there are loads of coins in every routine. These are not short quickie effects and you won't fall asleep on them either...They are progressive in nature and built up in phases of more and more amazement. Just well thought-out magic from a guy that has done it all from closeup to stage.

There are 13 effects in this gem of a book. If you just master 2-3 of them you're loaded for bear. All of them are creative and take you through the classics as well as Scott just freelancing as he puts forth in "Great Scott's Flurry." Some of my favorites are "UN Coins Thru Table," "Eye Con," "Worm Hole" and "Sucker Trick." You'll find your own favorites in this ecletic bag of coin tricks but Scott shows you how all the way through. And it's not any such knucklebusting stuff, just good doable coin magic that will amaze people in a variety of settings. There's even a sleight index of coin moves and a lot of the props you will probably already have.

I love the layout of this book from the first word to the last. This is some of his best coin work from over the decades he has presented in books, shows and presentations. It's real world stuff that has withstood the test of time from a good guy and accomplished magician. It's well written, gives credit where it's due and should be on everyone's magic book shelf.

It'll be coming out soon at a great price (and you know I like great prices) from Scott's website at http://www.scottfguinn.com as a download. Easy, easy, easy...How cool is that? :) Stay on the look out for this one real soon, a great value from The Great Scott.

Message: Posted by: MarkTirone (Feb 27, 2009 09:55PM)
Any chance that a review can be in order ;) It seems like a really cool book.
Message: Posted by: Pauldela (Feb 27, 2009 10:19PM)
How do you pronounce Scotts last name, is it like Goo-uhh-I-Nuu?
Message: Posted by: Griff (Feb 27, 2009 10:33PM)
Hey MB thanks for the heads up. I will check it out. I know Scott's reputation. It must be good!
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Feb 28, 2009 12:10AM)
Hi guys!

Thanks MB, for your kind words. I truly appreciate it.

The book will be on my website shortly, along with a few other new things. Give me about a week, and it should be available for purchase.

Griff, thanks for your nice words as well--much appreciated.

Pauldella, my last name is pronounced Gwin. Just like "Quinn" but with a G instead of a Q.

The two books I previously published on coin magic were "Great Scott! It's Coin Magic!" and "Profiles in Coinage." I sold the rights to these books and both are out of print. However, I retained the rights to excerpt material from the books, and that's what this book is--a compilation of some of my best routines from those books, edited, in many cases substantially updated, and put together in one package. So even if you have the previous versions, you find some new tips, finesees, extra phases, and different handlings that weren't in the originals. Plus, better writing and editing.

Anyway, thanks again for the nice words. I'll let you know when it's available. It'll be a PDF instant download, and probably around $20-$25.

Posted: Feb 28, 2009 7:08am
The book is now up on my site--got it done faster than I thought, thanks to a free add-in to Publisher I was able to download that prints as a PDF, saving all the hyperlinks.

It's on the books page of my site, price is $22.50. The first 50 who buy a copy will get a $10 credit on any other downloads on my site. Just send me an email or PM telling me what you want, and I'll get it to you.

Thanks for your support, guys!
Message: Posted by: feher (Feb 28, 2009 09:53AM)
Anything from Scott is good, I have Great Scott its Card magic and Great Scott its Coin magic. Great stuff in both.
Looks like I'm gonna have to get this one too.
Message: Posted by: Darrin Cook (Feb 28, 2009 10:37AM)
I just got a hold of Scott's new coin book, and it's filled with excellent routines.

As Scott mentions in the preface, there's nothing in here that is a knucklebuster. Something that keeps many magicians from performing coin magic is the level of difficulty --in Scott's book you'll find something (if not many things) within your skill level, such as a stunning Thieves and Sheep routine.

As I read the manuscript I was struck by Scott's encyclopedic knowledge of magic, so he's able to come up with neglected, little-known moves that are killer, such as a variation of the paddle move that I wasn't aware of, the Hirata master move, an easy-to-make pull, a devious coin display that conceals a jumbo coin, etc.

I've been working on a master's degree for the last couple of years, so I haven't been performing magic. As I get ready to start performing again, two routines are going into my repertoire --Scott's coins to glass and the Wormhole routine.

The coins to glass has clever thinking and a powerful ending that would play well in a parlor setting.

The wormhole routine is a novel plot that reminds me of Shoot Ogawa's purse frame routine (only Scott's came out first, with credits to David Penn). A coin disappears and reappears into a "wormhole" represented by a ring. If you do a mini rings routine, all you need is a half dollar and a jumbo coin and you're good to go.

There's been a lot of interest in CSB routines, and Scott's is very magical and clean, without any trips to the pockets.

All in all, it's a great book, filled with magic that's accessible to anyone.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Feb 28, 2009 07:43PM)
Tim and Darrin,

Thanks for your very kind words. I really appreciate it.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Mar 1, 2009 07:56AM)
Scott's book will soon be on my web site VINNYMARINI.COM as well
Message: Posted by: puggo (Mar 1, 2009 09:15AM)
I would like to vouch for Scott's products. I haven't got this one yet (3 kids, birthdays, Blackpool convention.. blah blah blah!!), but previous stuff has been top notch.
Real world, workable, and most importantly, CLEARLY described and illustrated, so you don't struggle to understand the routines.
Its nice to read a few thoughts and experiences from Scott as well.

I'll pick this one up when I have a few spare 'sheckles', even without a detailed review. Such is the quality of previous output.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Mar 1, 2009 11:20AM)
You mention on your site that this is volume 2 in the "My Best" series. Did I miss out on volume 1, or am I just not looking in the right place for it?
Message: Posted by: MacIrish (Mar 1, 2009 12:52PM)
I believe that you will find out that "Magic that’s FUN... for Profit!" is Volume 1 of his "My Best" series. It sure seems like it according to the description.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 1, 2009 07:05PM)
No, that's incorrect. "Magic that's fun..." is the lecture note booklet from my last lecture tour. I turned it into a PDF and put it on my site.

Volume 1 is My Best to You, Volume 1: Cards, and contains 13 of my best card routines from:
Officiously Yours
Never Miss a Trick
Great Scott! It's Card Magic!
Magishing My Way
You'll Be Pleasantly Surprised

It's not on the site yet because I had to re-shoot a few photos, but it will be there shortly.

I also just added Marked for Death, my book on my do-it-yourself marked deck. And in the next week or so I'll be adding a big book with all-new material (except for one routine in it, which has some extra stuff) called: A Little Something.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Mar 1, 2009 08:48PM)
Scott, will the The Guinn Utility Backslip get to be on a dvd or as a down load in the future?

Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Mar 1, 2009 09:43PM)
Do yourself a favor and hunt down a copy of "You'll Be Pleasantly Surprised!" It has all you need to know about the GUB.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 1, 2009 10:02PM)
Thanks, guys!

Regarding the GUB: It was in several of my early books, and it is also available as an ebook on my site--currently the last item on the books page.

But if I'm understanding Chris correctly, he's asking if it will be available in video format at some point, and the answer is yes. I haven't had the technology to do that in the past, but I intend to make a video download available on my site that will demo/teach the GUB.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Mar 2, 2009 11:28AM)
Thanks Scott!

This book reveiw should also be in the books, Pamphlets & Lecture Notes
Message: Posted by: Review King (Mar 4, 2009 10:55AM)
I downloaded the coin manuscript and found music to my ears:

"you don‘t need ―palms of steel‖ and you won‘t ―bust your knuckles‖ with my stuff. There‘s a simple reason for that. Both of my hands, both thumbs, and many of my fingers have been broken (or badly dislocated) at least once; some multiple times. I simply cannot physically do things that some of the ―big boys‖ can. I try to get around this with subtlety, clever routining, and the use of gaffs"

I have had the same problems with my hands. I LOVE watching the stuff, but I can't do it.

I juts started reading, but it's filled with photos and I like Scott's writing style ( I'm dyslexic, so writing has to be very easy on my eyes and brain for me to 'get it" ).

Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 4, 2009 06:53PM)
Hey, thanks Chris! I appreciate your kind words and I'm glad you find my writing understandable. Did that make sense? I'm not sure I put that clearly... ;)
Message: Posted by: manreb (Mar 5, 2009 11:18PM)
Sounds just great just what I was looking for. Just placed my order based on this site recommendation.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 6, 2009 08:03AM)
Thanks for your order. Let me know what you think.
Message: Posted by: feher (Mar 7, 2009 01:03PM)
My Best to You Volume 2: Coins by Scott Guinn (Ebook)


Scott has put together 13 of his best routines for this ebook and let me say your in for a treat !!!!!!

Every routine taught is from Scott¡¯s working repertoire tested and worked work out through the years to perfection.

He starts off with a trick called ¡°Sucker Trick¡± and how sweet it is. You have a sucker and a dime the dime penetrates the sucker a few times then sticks to the sucker then at the end the dime goes right through the wrapper to be stuck inside. The only way to get the dime out is to open the wrapper. Strong magic for walk around.

Next is Scott¡¯s take on Coins to cup ¡°Glass Action Suit¡± is a coins to cup with every coin that travels is done in a totally different way then the next for the final all the coins travel at once. Let me not forget if you don¡¯t have a cup handy Scott shows you how to do it in the spectators hand. Now that¡¯s in your face magic.

You continue on your journey with the next routine called ¡°Wormhole¡± Just awesome is all I can say, any time you add props to your coin magic you have a winner in my book.
You have a 5 inch ring and a coin when the coin goes into the ring it becomes invisible you take it out its visible you do this a few times in different ways, then at the end you make one last toss of the coin into the ring and the coin becomes 3 inches in size right before your eyes. I love it !!!!! It reminds me of my Somthin Nothin Routine.

Don¡¯t put that 5 inch ring away just yet because the next routine taught is ¡°Into the Fourth Dementia¡± Here you have three silver coins and one by one you pick up a coin and drop it into the 5inch ring but when the coin lands on the table it has changed into copper, the second goes the same way but the third well it has issues and only one side changes into copper. If you want a different take on a Wild coin or Spellbound routine then this is it.

¡°Eye Con¡± is next up, if you work restaurant then this one routine could be all you need. This is a multiphase routine where it could be stooped at any of the phases in case the food comes and it will feel the routine is over..

One of my long time favorites from Scott is next. ¡°Pouched CSB¡± this is Scott¡¯s take on the Copper/Silver/Brass If your looking for a C/S/B routine I would give this a try for sure. Very Strong magic through out the routine and at the end all coins are examinable. Everything is done right in the open, no going to your pockets like most of the routines out there for this gimmick.

Go put your shoes on we need to go to the barn next for ¡°Sheep and Thieves¡±
Here is a complete, multi-phase routine based on the classic ¨DThieves and Sheep plot. No standard patter line here, instead he chooses to go with a pseudo-scientific explanation of how the copper coins have a negative charge and the silver coins a positive charge, causing them to repel each other.
This routine is relatively easy to do. It is structured to put the audience at ease when you¡®re dirty, and at the end you are clean and everything can be examined!

¡°North American Jumping Coins¡± is next on the list. Do you ever use that Scotch and Soda gaff anymore¡­..I¡¯ll say probably not. Well its time to get it back out and dust it off because you¡¯ll need it for this slick coins across routine. Who what¡¯ve thought Scotch and Soda for Coins across.

Its time to get the table out so we can do ¡°UN Coins thru Table¡± Three coins are set on the table; a Mexican twenty-centavo, an English Penny, and a US Eisenhower dollar. One by one they penetrate the table top. This can be done while standing !!!!!!! If your willing to put in some time with this one you¡¯ll have a great Coins thru table routine.

Its time to steal your Wifes, Moms, or Girlfriends nail polish and empty it out. We need to do ¡°Struck, Packed, & Pitched¡± This is a coin in bottle done and presented in a totally different way, who says everybody know about that trick. That might be so that¡¯s why we need to present them in different ways to throw them off.
You borrow a quarter and cause it to magically penetrate inside a small bottle with its lid still firmly screwed on. You remove the lid. The neck of the bottle is clearly far to small to extract the coin. Yet you take a tweezers, insert the nose into the bottle and grip the coin, and visually extract the coin through the bottle¡®s neck. The coin is immediately returned, and you are absolutely clean! Can you say WTF if you can¡¯t that¡¯s OK because your spectators will after you perform this baby.

In this next routine Scott is really wanting you to take out some old gaffs ¡°Shelled, Folded, & Hooked¡± The Hanging Coins¡¬ plot is one of the neo-classics of coin magic. Here is Scott¡¯s very simple and straightforward handling of this effect. If John Ramsey could see this he would be proud.

Scott goes into another classic The Cap and Pence plot, He calls this ¡°Stacked, Waxed, & Huacked¡±
Seven quarters are introduced and fairly shown on all sides. The quarters are placed in a stack on the back of hand. A dollar bill, folded so that it forms a cylinder, is placed over the stack of coins.
You make a mystic pass over the covered coins and then instruct the spectator to carefully lift the bill with their other hand. To their amazement the coins have magically changed into US copper pennies! Your hands are empty and everything may be examined!

Now a ebook of this magnitude would¡¯nt be complete without a one Coin Routine.
¡°Great Scott¡¯s Flurry¡± is a thing of beauty. It would have to considering all these guys has a influence in this routine David Roth, John Ramsay, Slydini, David Harkey, Michael Ammar, John Bannon, Bob Kohler, Dai Vernon, Gary Ouellet and Max Malini

I can¡¯t recommend this Ebook enough it has alittle of everything in it. Nothing is to hard to do but it will take practice. Scott goes into great depth on explaining and crediting everybody involved.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 7, 2009 02:40PM)
Thanks Tim, for your very kind and in-depth review!
Message: Posted by: fonda57 (Mar 12, 2009 06:16PM)
I bought that book, too. Great stuff. So far I've worked on the coins to cup and wormhole and into the fourth dementia. Very magical.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 13, 2009 05:39PM)
Thanks, Mike! Glad you like it. Those routines are some of my favorites from the book.

Posted: Mar 23, 2009 10:01pm
I'm offering a special on this right now for Magic Café readers [b]only[/b]...

You have two options.

Option A: Get this book for $22.50 and I'll give you a $15 credit toward any download you want on my site.

Option B: Get this book and one of the other volumes in the "My Best to You" series, and I'll give you the third volume free, plus you'll get my marked deck ebook free, and a $15 credit toward any other download--that's a $60 value when you spend only $45!

If you've already purchased this book, send your PayPal receipt to me in an email, and I'll still give you the deal above.

Just my way of saying thanks to all my friends here on The Café who have encouraged and supported me over the years.

To get this deal, buy the first item(s) from the options above through the cart on my site. Then send me an email (scott@scottfguinn.com) stating that you want Café Option A or Café Option B, telling me what free items you want, and I will send them to you.

Thanks again guys, for all your nice comments and support!
Message: Posted by: bouche (Mar 25, 2009 09:00PM)
My favourite effect from his coin book is the wormhole. I never imagined being able to segue from a coin routine into a ring and rope but this routine fits the bill perfectly!

I also took advantage of this offer for Magic Café readers. Showed him my receipt and requested the downloads and received them the next day. Great tricks, great offer - totally worthwhile.

Thanks Scott.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 26, 2009 02:14AM)
Thanks bouche! I appreciate your kind words and I'm glad you feel the material is worthwhile.

I like Wormhole,too, and my favorite part of it is the extra phase I've added since it originally appeared in Profiles in Coinage. That part just fries 'em, and is probably the easiest phase in the routine!
Message: Posted by: close_up_act (Mar 28, 2009 12:05AM)
Its' a little late but I'd like to say that My Best To You 2 is one of the best investments any close up performer can make. It is well written. The explanations are superb and the effects are "workable" and fun to perform.

The sleight index is a nice touch to the ebook. Scott has some great coin work in here. I was entertained from the very first effect to the last....

BTW the Sucker Trick is a gem...The reaction you get from your audience when you hand them the sealed lollipop with the dime inside to keep reminds me why I do magic. Scott has 13 wonderful ROUTINES.

I enjoyed it from start to finish. if your even thinking about getting it just do it. You can purchase it at http://www.scottfguinn.com I just want to thank Scott for sharing these great routines and can't wait for more.

Happy Coining
Junior :)
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 29, 2009 05:59PM)
Hey Junior!

Thanks for your encouragement. I really appreciate it. I'm glad you like the book.

Just a side-note here, as I want folks to be happy with their purchases. I got an email from someone who was putting together a coin act for a magic club meeting with the theme of magician foolers. He wanted to know which of my routines I'd recommend for this. I replied: None.

I do magic in the world for "real people." None of my stuff is designed or intended to "fool the boys." Now parts of some of it may do that, but if you're looking for magician's magic (that is, magic to fool other magicians), you probably won't like my stuff. Also, if you're looking for advanced, cutting-edge technique, you'll probably be happier with something else.

If, on the other hand, you want practical, commercial material that has been used in paying gigs to good response, you might like my stuff.

I post this simply in the interests of full disclosure.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Apr 6, 2009 07:30PM)
I have had a few people ask me if I have this book in stock. just to be clear...

Unless otherwise noted, everything on my site is an instant download eBook. If it is on the site, you can get it immediately.

Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement. It's nice when you put something out there and people find it to be of value to them.
Message: Posted by: Maforen (Sep 20, 2009 06:08PM)
I can't find anything on this sleight, The Guinn Utility Backslip. It all sounds good, but seeing is believing. I don’t buy sight unseen, "who does that"? I got a bridge to sell you...
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Sep 20, 2009 06:41PM)
You can substitute other sleights for the GUB. Obviously, I'm biased, so my recommendation is pretty much worthless. But you don't have to know the GUB to do anything in this book. Use any control that suits you.