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Topic: Johnson Magic Products Review
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 05:17PM)
How many would recommend Johnson Magic Products - http://www.johnsonmagicproducts.com/shop/index.php - for their coin magic.

I have not bought anything from JMP but am planning to buy several stuff. Would like to hear your thoughts on JMP's products.

Thanks for the help, guys!
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 11, 2015 05:29PM)
Most of my coin gaffs come from Johnson. I have the Coin Off Ribbon, the Magnetic Silver & Copper, Eisenhower Dollar, Kennedy Half, English Penny and American Quarter Expanded Shells, the Jardine Ellis Ring, the Stack of Quarters, the Hopping Half, the Folding Half and Quarter, both, and the Chinatown Half. I also have Silver Extraction, but I don't see that one there any more.

I [i]love[/i] my Johnson Gaffs! I have dealt with them since the 1970's! :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 05:44PM)
This alone has sold me into going Johnson! Alright. Gonna make my purchase of a S&S set now.

Doug, you have a PM ;)
Message: Posted by: karnak (Jul 11, 2015 06:34PM)
They have a lifetime guarantee on their products, too. If anything ever breaks or goes bad, they'll replace it.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 06:38PM)
WOW! Alright, guys. This is it. Place your orders now. I am placing mine. Just finalizing some details.
Message: Posted by: Zee (Jul 11, 2015 07:25PM)
Their coin gaffs are pretty descent. I did not expect those good qualities qualities but when I first saw Johnson Clad [s, I was quite impressed.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 07:34PM)
[quote]On Jul 11, 2015, Zee wrote:
Their coin gaffs are pretty descent. I did not expect those good qualities qualities but when I first saw Johnson Clad [s, I was quite impressed. [/quote]

Thanks for all the replies. Good to find another gem of a magic maker.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 07:34PM)
Http://www.johnsonmagicproducts.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15

I'm new to this. Is this a Scotch & Soda set?
Message: Posted by: Zee (Jul 11, 2015 08:16PM)
I don't understand why Copper/Silver coin needs a bang ring. But I guess it is a Scotch Soda set. You might have to contact them for specification though.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 08:21PM)
I have sent an email. Will wait on a reply.

Thanks, Zee.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Jul 11, 2015 08:39PM)
I have it. Yes, it's just like a Scotch & Soda, in that it is locking (not loose), hence the need for a bang ring. The only difference is simply that it uses an English penny, instead of a Mexican 20 centavos coin. Otherwise, same basic effect.
Message: Posted by: videoman (Jul 11, 2015 08:54PM)
Also good to check if an extra English penny is included or not, it would be nice to have to allow for more effects.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 09:05PM)
Thanks for the info, Karnak.

Videoman, yes, I will write in here once I get my reply from JMP.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Jul 11, 2015 09:07PM)
The set, as I bought it long ago, consists of an unexpanded half dollar [ , a shaved-down but otherwise regular English penny that fits the [ loosely, and a silver/copper insert that fits the shell tightly ("locking," needing a bang ring to remove).
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 11, 2015 09:26PM)
Karnak has given the answer :)
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Jul 12, 2015 07:18AM)
Johnson does put out quality work, although I think their flipper is still an original design. There's been much improvement since then.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 12, 2015 07:30AM)
I have just made a purchase for 3 different items from JMP. I can't wait to experiment new routines with them.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 12, 2015 11:57AM)
Ultimate Silver & Copper with Brass Bang Ring? I don't have that. I like the idea. You could use it as an S&S I guess. I have the Vodka & Orange Juice version:

http://www.mjmmagic.com/store/vodka-and-orange-juice-p-12898.html#.VaKcvY5Viko

Ellusionist makes a nice set:

http://www.ellusionist.com/scotch-and-soda-coin-trick.html

Doug
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Jul 15, 2015 10:26AM)
I got a few things from him, the Eisenhower expanded [ and the half dollar copper/silver coin where great quality. There half dollar expanded [ was also good, much better coverage than a tango one I had, about 80-90% vs around 50%.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 15, 2015 08:13PM)
There are some really good testimonies here.

I am glad I went with it and bought four products from Johnson. They have now been shipped and will probably reach me in less than 2 weeks. I will post my experience with the coins later when I get them.
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Jul 26, 2015 09:56PM)
I bought a 64 Kennedy half expanded shell from Johnson over 20 years ago and it's still great.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 27, 2015 07:25AM)
My Eisenhower Expanded even fools ME! It was spendy at $60, but man! What a gaff!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Jul 27, 2015 08:33AM)
I am still waiting for my order to arrive in my country. It takes a long time sometimes. But reading all these comments makes me wish I have ordered more from them. There were many other things I'd like to get.
Message: Posted by: Bob Magic (Jul 27, 2015 05:48PM)
Hello Zlwin;

I purchased my first Johnson coin in 1972, a '64 Kennedy 'Copper/Silver' and I am still using it. I have visited their manufacturing site in Arcadia and met Kathy who still works there. I have six Johnson coin sets, a set of their solid milled cups and their brass wand which is no longer available. Johnson gives good quality at a reasonable price. Johnson sometimes offers coin sets and gimmicks that are not practical so stay with standard well known choices. Johnson coins cannot be compared with Todd Lassen's work which is far superior but is expensive.

-Bob
Message: Posted by: JustJoshinMagic (Jul 28, 2015 10:00AM)
I own a Johnson flipper (Kennedy Half Dollar) that I bought used and I recently had an expanded shell custom made by them. Both are incredible and have never let me down. I'm ridiculously happy with both of my purchases and couldn't recommend them more!
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Aug 3, 2015 07:13AM)
[quote]On Jul 27, 2015, Bob Magic wrote:
Hello Zlwin;

I purchased my first Johnson coin in 1972, a '64 Kennedy 'Copper/Silver' and I am still using it. I have visited their manufacturing site in Arcadia and met Kathy who still works there. I have six Johnson coin sets, a set of their solid milled cups and their brass wand which is no longer available. Johnson gives good quality at a reasonable price. Johnson sometimes offers coin sets and gimmicks that are not practical so stay with standard well known choices. Johnson coins cannot be compared with Todd Lassen's work which is far superior but is expensive.

-Bob [/quote]


Thank you for your reply, Bob. It was really insightful. It's amazing to know that Johnson is such a powerhouse to build such good coin gimmicks but not many people know about them. I only discovered about Johnson while searching the forum for "best scotch and soda set" or something similar to those lines.

My order just got in today, many weeks after I bought. It is because I live in a far country. I opened the package and couldn't believe what I saw.

The coins are AMAZING. I want to buy more products from them now.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Aug 3, 2015 07:15AM)
I received my order today and I couldn't be any happier. The coins are amazing. It's so solid and well made. I am sure I will be passing them on to my children's children one day. Maybe making it a family heirloom!
Message: Posted by: Kabbalah (Aug 3, 2015 08:25AM)
Enjoy your purchase!

Now, get to practicing!
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Aug 3, 2015 08:30AM)
I've gotten the Scotch and Soda done. Can't wait to try it on some people! Boooyahhh!!!! :D
Message: Posted by: BCS (Aug 3, 2015 01:05PM)
Zlwin .... Congratulations, I am glad that you are happy with your new coins. Work on getting the copper coins to turn brown for a higher contrast between them and the silver half dollar.

You might want to give the copper coins a good cleaning to start the patina process.

Good luck,
Bruce
Message: Posted by: magojose| (Aug 13, 2015 02:53PM)
I donīt have any Johnson coin set, but have his Jardine Ellis ring....such a pice of art!
A friend of mine has a Morgan shell, and we compare his fitting and coverage with the shells that I have from Schoolcraft and Lassen......both are superior, but Johnson still is the gold standard of coin gimmicks, when you put it besides a Tango one, Johnson beat it by far.
Itīs a wonderful starting point for your magic coin collection

Have fun with them!
Message: Posted by: magicbrady (Sep 18, 2015 01:32AM)
Without question, Johnson makes the best coins out there. Pricey, but worth every penny.
Message: Posted by: jtyska (Oct 31, 2015 11:46PM)
I just purchased the Ultimate Silver and Copper and wanted to do a sanity check. Attempting to perform the routine described in the instructions, it would seem that that copper penny should fit loosely under the half dollar S...l but it does not. it actually gets jammed. Sent an email johnson and they said that yes that is the case (it will jam) but could not walk me through the routine. Told me to look online.

My mistake was buying directly from the vendor instead of my local magic store but I got lazy and thought I would save a trip. Won't do that again.

If anyone could confirm whether the penny should not jam. I'd be greatful. I have many of the Johnson products (scotch and soda, hopping half, etc) and have never had an issue before.

Thanks.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Nov 1, 2015 09:31AM)
The gaffed c/s coin should lock securely within the [, but not the ordinary copper coin supplied.

Are you sure you're only using the supplied one, and not just any English penny? Because it isn't really "ordinary"; it's been reduced to fit (loosely).

If the supplied copper penny is sticking, then it sounds like a rare defect, and should be exchanged.
Message: Posted by: jtyska (Nov 3, 2015 05:17PM)
Great. I'm not crazy then. Thanks for replying.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 23, 2015 09:04AM)
I love the coin work done by Johnson's. It is very good and quite affordable. I have gotten several things from them over the years and I still have them in perfect working order…Just a great value!

Of course you can also get gaffs from top coin makers out there, but most times at much greater cost, and oftentimes just ridiculously so IMHO - But to each his own. :) But Johnson's has always provided good work inexpensively to the masses. And for what you use these things for, it's really all you need unless you just gotta have something special-special. :D

I still have a C/S coin and a half dollar sh*ll from Johnson's that I continue to admire greatly whenever I use them now & again. Their other trick coin sets are nice too, and they have always been a reliable source for general good quality work.

Highly Recommended!!!
Message: Posted by: Jamie-boy (Nov 23, 2015 09:55AM)
I am with you, Mr. Boykin.

When I was starting out, the only coin gaffers seemed to be Johnson, Sterling and Sasco. In those days I opted for the higher priced Johnson products. I am glad I did. They have held up well through the years. The '64 Kennedy heads side [ is beautiful and hard to tell from other Kennedys in side by side comparison.

Just my opinion.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Charles Gaff (Nov 30, 2015 04:20AM)
I've got csb, hopping halves, cig thru quarter, in bottle, magnetic copper silver. They all are awesome, and have helped me provide magic to people for years.If you can't fool em with these, then back to bobo with you for awhile!