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Topic: Quarter Shim Shell
Message: Posted by: insight (Aug 12, 2010 01:12PM)
If you have a quarter shim shell, can you use it to place another quarter inside the shell? Or does the coin have to be a nickel, dime, or penny?

Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Aug 12, 2010 04:08PM)
You should be able to put another quarter in it. It should be an expanded shell.

Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Aug 13, 2010 01:34AM)
Nope. A shim shell is non-expanded. You can place coins that are smaller than a quarter in it. For a quarter you need an expanded shell.

Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Aug 13, 2010 10:18AM)
Thanks J-Mac. My bad. I sometimes suffer from Gaffheimer's disease.

Has anyone seen a shimmed expanded quarter shell?
I mean a commercially available one, not one from the custom gaffers.

Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Aug 13, 2010 12:11PM)
I haven't personally, but that doesnít mean that there aren't any. Back when I first developed an interest in coin magic I wasnít sure of the difference between the two when I was shopping online and saw both at a web site - not sure which shop it was way back then. Anyway I ended up ordering one of each. I think they are Sasco or a similar make - considered pretty poor quality nowadays. But I still have both and they look and work fine here! TBH I hardly ever used the shim shell as I would have to be working with dimes, nickels, or pennies and I generally donít work with coins that small. Quarter exp shell has gotten a fair amount of use over the years and has served me well!

I wish I could find a couple more quarter gaffs, as using them with spectators' coins packs a powerful punch! No one carries half dollar or dollar coins to borrow unfortunately.


Message: Posted by: insight (Aug 13, 2010 04:05PM)
Thanks, useful info!

Message: Posted by: insight (Aug 14, 2010 08:17PM)
I did an extensive google search---I don't think expanded shim shells exist for any denomination. Expanded and shim categories are mutually exclusive, at least it appears that way!

Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Aug 15, 2010 12:02AM)
Thanks for checking into it Mike.
I use the outer sh**l of my triple threat for a Morgan shimmed sh*ll when doing coins across.

I haven't really explored quarter magic. But agree that if you can do magic with specs quarters, it will be very powerful.

Dogone those state quarters. They sure make things more difficult, when it comes to gaffs.
Message: Posted by: Jake Murphree (Aug 15, 2010 10:33AM)
Hahaha - Sammy, I remember watching a Banachek DVD where he talked about the worst thing to happen to magic was the US Dept. of Treasury putting state designs on quarters.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 15, 2010 07:39PM)
Sammy & Murph, you are so right about the state quarters. I have a Johnson Expanded Quarter, and when I do Coins Thru The Table, I'm finding that I have to bring my own quarters, now. Most people have the darn state quarters, and I have to resort to something else, if I want to do coin magic with borrowed quarters.

Maybe I just have to bust open my wallet and just get an expanded STATE quarter, heads. Man..the nickel has changed too. Sheesh! They should leave the coins alone, darn U.S. Mint! LOL!