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Topic: Thank you, so much...
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 3, 2020 11:29AM)
Hey everyone, :)

Just wanted to say "Thank you." 🙏🏽

Why, you say? Well, I'm just appreciative over all these years that you guys, actually people from all over the world, have shown so much interest in my work. Now, I'm no great and powerful Oz as some other might be regarded as, but I have happened upon a few things now & again that had some real punch to it, and you guys recognized that, and showed great interest by purchasing my effects. Heck, you're still doing it to this very day. :)

I am just blown away by it. And I have to give a big hand to Vinny "The Godfather," for first recognizing me and showcasing my thinking on his website. I have been offered many other ways to go as to magic websites big & small, but I have remained where I was first given a chance...Just seemed like the right thing to do. 🤔 I mean, your home may not be the biggest place, but it's home, right? :)

Plus, as you all know of my work, it has always been affordable, and down right cheap. :D This was more of an attempt to share than to make bags of money with it. Nothing wrong with making money, but I guess I was more into sharing the good magic I was lucky to find, and became decent-at-best with, to show and explain to good folks like you from my learning and doing of the journey.

So, that's simply it...I just wanted to say "Thank you." And as always, as you might've heard it heartfelt said before, "I'll [continue to] leave the light on for you." :)
Message: Posted by: Wednesday (Jul 3, 2020 03:56PM)
I haven't bought any of your works, but I greatly appreciate your wealth of knowledge and experience that you freely give on these forums with the warmth and enthusiasm you're known for. At least from my perspective.

So congratulations on your successs.
Cheers.
Message: Posted by: countrymaven (Jul 3, 2020 10:09PM)
WE all owe a big debt to you. Even those who have not discovered your coin magic yet but who will.
Your "MB Active Finger Palm" is one of the greatest coin sleights and hideouts ever. Why? Angle proof, Totally convincing, while they see your "empty hand." Besides all the other great magic you have given us.
Message: Posted by: Rizzo (Jul 3, 2020 11:16PM)
MB a true gentlemen with a Smooth touch with the coins!
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jul 4, 2020 04:05AM)
A smile and a wink! Don't forget those.

Ever there - always ready. That is where the magic come from.
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Jul 4, 2020 06:37AM)
Thank you MB for sharing your work and being you.
Message: Posted by: gkfreed (Jul 4, 2020 07:51AM)
Marion,

Thank you for your friendship and all you have shared.
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Jul 4, 2020 12:12PM)
Thank you MB for helping me with my sl***ing.
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Jul 4, 2020 12:16PM)
Where might I find this MB Active Finger Palm of which you speak?
Message: Posted by: countrymaven (Jul 4, 2020 01:16PM)
Hint hint. It is all through his work. This is a rare case where someone has not gotten credit for an innovation that is huge. I would suggest getting his "Short Pockets" download. Look at the video of his Crimp Change. Is it possible he is hiding something in his hand?

This is an innovation which puts the Ramsay subtlety on steroids. Yes is is a small innovation . But small innovations have been the reason for great leaps in magic and technology. Since MB has not gotten credit for it, I choose to name it the "MB Active Finger Palm." Because when you hold it there and move your fingers (this movement is why it is the "Active" FP), which are at an angle, it SEEMS UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE THAT A COIN COULD BE THERE. IF YOU MANAGE IT PROPERLY, WHICH IS EASY TO DO, IT IS ANGLE FREE. Thanks Marion, you deserve the credit.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 5, 2020 01:22PM)
Appreciate it fellas. :)

Hey, I haven't done this in a while, but it's great to know that people still like doing it out there, everywhere. :D

Anyway, a little from the journey... :)

[YOUTUBE]PCPFEVGPFSs[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: TC Ryder (Jul 5, 2020 04:50PM)
MB,
You are a true professional and I am thankful to have been fortunate enough to have met you through the Café.
I love watching you perform your coin magic miracles and learn something new every time I watch one of your videos. Thank you for all you do and I look forward to continuing the journey with you leading the pack!!

Your Friend,

TC
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jul 5, 2020 08:19PM)
Hi Marion just want to say that you are my friend for life, your work has grown immensely over the years .
I Thank you for being my friend I always believed in your work, because it was and still is so original Your style s is so care free and
doable in the real world.
Marion weather you know it or not you are a world class magician, magicians all over the world recognize this, as I do.Over the past 20 years and more, your magic has grown and grown
and now you are one of the best coin workers on the planetm, not only for your skill, but also for your creativeness.
your Friend vinny

the godfather of magic
Message: Posted by: Kanawati (Jul 6, 2020 07:48AM)
Grandpa’s Coins 2...that was beautifully done! Btw...Vinny is no slouch either in the skill and creativity department and in being generous with his knowledge. Thank you Vinny. I agree with everything that has been said by everyone so far. I’d like to also take the opportunity to thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and skill and creativity and for taking the time to support and encourage others including me. I’d also just add that not only do you share your work but you regularly shine the spotlight on others and bring the work of others to the attention of the wider community. We’ve never met but I really do think of you as a friend on the other side of this big pond. John
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 7, 2020 03:53PM)
Awwwwww, thanks fellas...Appreciate all your kind words. ;)

Here's aonther one that came from all the hills & valleys of the journey...It's one of my favorites and I hope it's one of yours... :)

[YOUTUBE]iG6nWQwUt3k[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Nev Blenk (Jul 7, 2020 04:12PM)
Hi Marion - we have never met and we have different styles of coin magic but I'd gladly share a beer with anyone who has as much fun as you looked like you were doing those routines..... all the best to you and thanks :)

Nev
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 8, 2020 12:26PM)
:cheers:

There's so many people outside my small sphere of influence that know of my work (who woulda thunk it?), 😁 and to know that I've had even a teeny-weeny influence to encourage and or assist folks in the craft is something I am quite humbled by and extremely proud of.

Where I come from, we have an old saying from the streets, "Each One, Teach One"... As to magic and most other things, it has been my way of thinking & doing, and I truly hope that simple philosophy continues from one magician to another, and ever onward. 🍻
Message: Posted by: JoeHohman (Jul 9, 2020 10:34AM)
A great magi, and an even better person! A true gentleman, always quick to offer encouragement, as well as being a true knowledge resource.
Thanks for being one of the many really good guys here on the Café, MB.
Message: Posted by: fonda57 (Jul 9, 2020 03:11PM)
Keep up the good work, MB :spinningcoin:
Message: Posted by: dj (Jul 9, 2020 05:14PM)
Marion, you are really a great coin magician and a very helpful and nice person.
We have never met in person, but we often have contact.
I hope we will meet someday.


Darko
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 10, 2020 06:26PM)
I always enjoy watching your performances, Mb. So much skill yet very relaxed and warming - you're like a fine single malt Scotch whisky.

Your teaching material is a joy, too - I still get a lot of pleasure practicing Double Trouble several times a week, many months after buying it. It's fantastic and I'll be treating myself to another of your routines very soon (..any recommendations?).

So thank *you*, Mb. The pleasure is all ours.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 10, 2020 08:31PM)
Hey, thanks, my friend...😁 Truly appreciate that. 🙏🏽

That people appreciate my work, makes all the work of it worthwhile.

Here’s one you might want to take on...Some nice stuff in it, with a doozy of an ending I came up with. 😉

[YOUTUBE]rxTF04vddfo[/YOUTUBE]

*Did you know that this video has garnered nearly “2,000,000” views, I think maybe more than any other magic video in YT history. 😊 Not exactly sure how it happened, but seemingly people viewing a music video got magically re-directed to my little video somehow. 🤭 Now, many folks weren’t happy about it and wondered as to where in the world they had been jettisoned to, but many also enjoyed the surprising magic after landing there. I was always happy about that, that despite their displacement, they came to enjoy my magic. 😁 Anyway, now you know the rest of the story. 🎩
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 11, 2020 08:32AM)
Great stuff, Mb, and an amusing story, too. :)

I remember being drawn to quite a few of your routines when I picked up Double Trouble so I'll have another look before deciding. Decisions, decisions - what a nice problem to have!

Thanks again, Mb.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jul 11, 2020 08:53AM)
More than decade and half ago in a series of eMail chats with Mb he sent me "a dream."
He did not say I could share ti, but didn't say no either. The thinking has inspired several new effects by me ...


“There was a magician, a very good one that was doing some really great coin effects,
and this old guy walked up and did a very simple trick that left everyone including the magician dumbfounded.
He showed his hand to be empty, closed it and asked a little girl to name a coin.
She did and when he opened his hand there was the exact coin, a nickel.
He closed his hand again and asked a young man to name another coin, and when he opened his hand again, the coin had changed to that coin, a quarter...
He then finally asked the magician and he smartly said "how about a silver dollar-sized copper coin."
Thinking he had the old man stumped, with a confident smile the old guy just as easily closed his hand very slowly and opened it to show the quarter had indeed become a big copper coin,
that he freely twirled in his hand...
As he turned to walk away, he tossed the coin to the little girl and when she caught it, with true amazement it was a piece of candy.
He winked and walked away, and with wonderment on all our faces, so did the magician.”
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 12, 2020 12:06PM)
Hey funs, yeah I remember that dream. I've thought of a few ways as to making it happen, but still none as good as I dreamed it. :) I've never been able to get as close, except for this... ;)

[YOUTUBE]GoVjnrr73Vg[/YOUTUBE]


*And thanks Kong for the kind words as to my work, and hope you keep enjoying "Double Trouble," it's a fun set. :D
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Jul 14, 2020 01:43AM)
Marion's coin magic is the kind of magic I like: direct and to the point. Magical.

He is extremely generous with his knowledge as well. Encouraging.

A good-all-around chap!
Message: Posted by: countrymaven (Jul 15, 2020 12:23AM)
Please do not neglect MB's great contributions to coin magic. One of which is the Active MB Finger Palm. Invisible. Palm is empty, fingers are moving. An impossible palm that works surrounded. One of the greatest achievements in coin magic. Try it . Master it.
Show it. YOu will be shocked. They all say not he only has one coin. No ditching, just
"open palms" hehe. thanks MB.
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 17, 2020 10:38AM)
[quote]On Jul 15, 2020, countrymaven wrote:
Please do not neglect MB's great contributions to coin magic. One of which is the Active MB Finger Palm. Invisible. Palm is empty, fingers are moving. An impossible palm that works surrounded. One of the greatest achievements in coin magic. Try it . Master it.
Show it. YOu will be shocked. They all say not he only has one coin. No ditching, just
"open palms" hehe. thanks MB. [/quote]

This sounds interesting! I'm currently deciding which of MB's routines to buy next and you might have just swung it for me. Do you know which teach this palm?

Thanks.
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Jul 17, 2020 07:11PM)
[quote]On Jul 17, 2020, Kong wrote:
[quote]On Jul 15, 2020, countrymaven wrote:
Please do not neglect MB's great contributions to coin magic. One of which is the Active MB Finger Palm. Invisible. Palm is empty, fingers are moving. An impossible palm that works surrounded. One of the greatest achievements in coin magic. Try it . Master it.
Show it. YOu will be shocked. They all say not he only has one coin. No ditching, just
"open palms" hehe. thanks MB. [/quote]

This sounds interesting! I'm currently deciding which of MB's routines to buy next and you might have just swung it for me. Do you know which teach this palm?

Thanks. [/quote]

Yes I'd also like to know where to find this?

BW

Steve
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 19, 2020 10:28AM)
Hey thanks guys for all the good words and interest. I've gotten a lot of PMs and emails behind it and I keep pointing the same way I've been pointing for years now, www.VinnyMarini.com :)

That's the street I live on and where all my magic is kept. ;)

And Maven is right here, you'll find that move in several of my works under, "Liwag Subtlety." Check the download videos on the website, and wherever I so deliberately show my palms, it's probably in there like you see here... ;)

[YOUTUBE]5J7W-5ter1k[/YOUTUBE]

It really is one heckuva move as Maven describes here above, and caused more discussions than a little bit as to what it is, why it is, how can it be, etc. :D People spin it many ways, but what I have shown and taught as to it is as you see it, or maybe as you don't see it, ;) I don't think anyone has shown it or explained it as in-depth like that, at least not when I first started doing it years ago. I thought a lot of the little move, so I did show it, explained it again & again, as I shared it with you. :)
Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Jul 20, 2020 04:52AM)
Thank you Marion, for all the advice, help and general nice guyness.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 22, 2020 12:05PM)
Hey thanks Tom, that's awfully nice of you. :D

And y'know, the advice I give I also take myself, and that's how I kept developing my work, sorta like this...Which in time became so much more, as to both the change and the deception of it all. ;)

[YOUTUBE]DFppp4tARZw[/YOUTUBE]

What a journey! :)
Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Jul 25, 2020 03:29PM)
Wow!
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jul 26, 2020 02:49AM)
EXCELLENT MARION
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Jul 26, 2020 05:57AM)
Brilliant MB 😃
Message: Posted by: TC Ryder (Jul 26, 2020 05:48PM)
MB,
You are a true Ambassador of coin magic and continue to inspire all of us.
I only wish I lived closer to you so we could spend time together jamming.
Keep on trucking my friend!!

Your Pal,

TC
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 27, 2020 12:00PM)
Man, you all are the best! Thanks and so glad you appreciate the work. :)

*Oh, and here's what that little vid (part) above eventually became for me...a real gem of a trick, even sitting down, and standing & moving about makes it even more devilshly deceptive! ;) And I typically hand out the coin to the specs which blows their mind even more. :D

[YOUTUBE]rCcD5JFSkk8[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Jul 28, 2020 05:25AM)
Wanted to give a shout out to MB for his lovely little C/S twist routine which I'm currently trying to perfect. As usual his demo is slick and enjoyable, while the method is fairly straightforward but devilishly clever. I love it. Thanks MB for this great contribution, and kind support and encouragement.

BW

Steve
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 30, 2020 10:29AM)
Thank you for that, happy you like the work. :) I have a lot of work like that, aimed at helping folks better learn the basics as to developing a good understanding of how the smaller things become the bigger things. ;) Here's another example... :D

[YOUTUBE]tmbj2To69_k[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Jul 30, 2020 10:57AM)
Nice MB. Is it a similar level of difficulty?

Cheers

Steve
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Jul 30, 2020 11:33AM)
"Ike and Mikes Revenge" is one of my favorites.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 31, 2020 09:23AM)
Thanks again guys, Ike & Mike first appeared in my [b]Short Pockets[/b] download as a practice trick, but it evolved to be able to stand on it's own as a really nice coin effect. I've received a great deal of PMs and emails as to it. It was always aimed at building basic skills into greater & greater magic. It's just 2 coins, but really so much more. ;)

And while I'm at it here, I just want to mention how important it is to mix in other things with your coin work. While coins are my favorite part of magic, variety is what helps make you a better overall closeup man. I mix the coins in with other things and the specs are always take by surprise, as I veer left & right on a real roller coaster ride. :DThe coins are the stars of the show, most times open & close, but the jelly in the middle is the variety of other things. That's why in some of my magic I have included little card effects I've thought of. And during these quarantine situations, with so much time on my hands over the many months now, well, let's say it wasn't all coins... :D

[YOUTUBE]GWTTIFHQWxw[/YOUTUBE]

It's helped a decent-at-best coin guy like myself, look like a pretty darn good card (and better all-around closeup) man as well. ;)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 1, 2020 04:09PM)
[quote]On Jul 30, 2020, stevie c wrote:
Nice MB. Is it a similar level of difficulty?

Cheers

Steve [/quote]

Oh, and stevie, my friend… “Ike & Mike” is not difficult at all, but it does take some practice to use the moves deceptively as you see me play around with it here. I used to do this on the fly for people all around the New York City streets. A lotta fun for one coin that very magically becomes two, and then oh boy, watch out now! 😁
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 3, 2020 10:29AM)
[quote]On Jul 6, 2020, Kanawati wrote:
Grandpa’s Coins 2...that was beautifully done! Btw...Vinny is no slouch either in the skill and creativity department and in being generous with his knowledge. Thank you Vinny. I agree with everything that has been said by everyone so far. I’d like to also take the opportunity to thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and skill and creativity and for taking the time to support and encourage others including me. I’d also just add that not only do you share your work but you regularly shine the spotlight on others and bring the work of others to the attention of the wider community. We’ve never met but I really do think of you as a friend on the other side of this big pond. John [/quote]

[I]"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." [/I]

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now, that's what real magic is all about...and why I say, "Thank you" here. 😊
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Aug 3, 2020 11:28AM)
Thanks MB. I picked I & M up from VM's site. I'm really enjoying working on this stuff and playing around with the different techniques :)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 6, 2020 07:20AM)
Hey, thanks stevie. I hope you enjoy it. It’s like a seed that keeps growing that allows you to learn, build & create. 😉

And here’s another neat way to get into it from something Michael Eaton does, and a little of my own deceptive razzle-dazzle mixed in. 😉

[YOUTUBE]MMzvaKLGMQA[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 7, 2020 03:25PM)
[quote]On Jul 11, 2020, Kong wrote:
Great stuff, Mb, and an amusing story, too. :)

I remember being drawn to quite a few of your routines when I picked up Double Trouble so I'll have another look before deciding. Decisions, decisions - what a nice problem to have!

Thanks again, Mb. [/quote]


My pleasure KONG, [B]Double Trouble[/B] is one of my favorite on-the-spot coin effects to do for people, just fun stuff to play with and a bit of nice magical kit to learn & build from. ;)

[YOUTUBE]ibLDOJAQ3rI[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 16, 2020 12:43PM)
[quote]On Jul 4, 2020, gkfreed wrote:
Marion,

Thank you for your friendship and all you have shared. [/quote]

To hear from [b]Gary Freed[/b] here is quite humbling, in that he is a really good closeup man with one of the great classic packet card tricks of all time to his name, you might've heard of it, "NFW."

If you've never tried it, you should...It's that good! :) It's truly an amazing trick and I spent many years doing it for people everywhere I went along with my coin effects. Just a perfect card trick for a coin guy, and what fun! :D

That he took time to share a good word here is really something....A sorta recognition of cross pollination that is absolutely magical. :)

Again, again, & again...Thank you, thank you all. ☺️
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 19, 2020 09:01AM)
[quote]On Jul 11, 2020, Kong wrote:
Great stuff, Mb, and an amusing story, too. :)

I remember being drawn to quite a few of your routines when I picked up Double Trouble so I'll have another look before deciding. Decisions, decisions - what a nice problem to have!

Thanks again, Mb. [/quote]

Hey thanks Kong, that take on "My Fly" was something I came to do a bit more streamlined and casually as a pet effect... :D

[YOUTUBE]X626qo-4nds[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 24, 2020 10:17AM)
...But if you don't want an effect to be so involved, you just want something cute & fun to do for people as you move about, then perhaps something like this one would work good for you. Nothing hard to it and it is delivered via a nice little story. I have done it for adults and kids as well, they all appreciate the magic in it. :D

[YOUTUBE]EhuxUbbWeMY[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Kong (Aug 27, 2020 07:34PM)
I'll be studying your Crimp Change Redux now, Mb. :) It looks fantastic and is something I'll enjoy practicing so I couldn't resist.

Am I right in thinking you cover your Liwag Subtlety in this one?

It's finished downloading now so I'm off for a look.

Thanks again, Mb!

Edit:
I see that you do cover the Liwag Subtlety. Great stuff.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 31, 2020 11:49AM)
Thanks for checking it out, it's some of my best work. :)

After first putting out the Crimp Change long ago now, I came to learn quite a bit more about what made the move look and work even better. The [b]Crimp Change ReDux[/b], addressed all the nuances that made the move even more magical. In wrapping it with other devilish deceptions, like the [b]Liwag Subtlety[/b] and using the [b]Quick Pitch[/b], it makes it all more of a weapon than simply a move. :D

I've received a lot of interest in this work over the years, and so happy to see that people still appreciate me sharing what I found and kept finding as to this gem. I've done a lot with the move, like this... ;)

https://vinnymarini.com/index.php/product/marion-boykin-crimp-karate-koin/

Incidentally, I hope you like the manuscript I try to include in most of my downloads. It's where I get to better explain my thinking, and I think it's a better overall value than just you downloading instructional videos, which I also include as well. :) So, while I don't have a book of my work, my manuscripts are sorta my little contribution to that kind of more literary effort.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 8, 2020 09:58PM)
And funs, as to that old dream effect with the old man, well, I mentioned coming up with a few ways to make that sorta magic happen but nothing any better than the Crimp Change, mostly because it kept leading me further & further down the trail as to magical possibilities, that I really didn’t see anyone else doing quite this way. Not an exact bullseye but another real winner none-the-less... ;)

[YOUTUBE]cFk5PcrIwdc[/YOUTUBE]

I’ve posted quite few of my effects in this string, probably none of which you’ll find in any book, which is why you need to look a bit further than that a lot of times, if for nothing else but to maybe find what you don’t quite expect, from someone or someplace you ordinarily wouldn’t expect it from. 😉
Man, what a journey! 🙏🏼😊
Message: Posted by: warren (Sep 10, 2020 03:43PM)
Mb thank you sir you my friend are one of the good guy's you have helped me out mant times over the years :-)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 13, 2020 06:50PM)
Hey warren, how you been my friend...long time. :D

From now to back then, it remains my pleasure to have helped you along. :) And I appreciate the kind words here...Thank you so much. 🙏🏽

I'm still carrying this on after all this time in trying to help others. *And y'know what, you have just reminded me that I have a [b]Magical Give-Away[/b] for folks if interested, just PM me. ;)

Man, that feeling never gets old and still feels [I]GRRREAT![/I] :D
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Sep 14, 2020 05:28PM)
Thanks MB for the magical little give-away. I must admit it wasn't what I was expecting, but I think that made it all the more enjoyable, and I'm leaning ever more toward your philosophy of keeping things simple and streamlined. I wish I'd seen this some time ago!!

My little library of your stuff from VM's site is giving me lots of enjoyment, and keeps opening up new possibilities and ideas. It's enabled me to be more inventive, and today's little bonus has given me a couple more things to ponder and work on.

Thanks buddy. Top bloke!!!

BW

Steve
Message: Posted by: Kong (Sep 20, 2020 07:02AM)
Well Mb, I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the notes you sent over. Thank you! I absolutely 100% share your less is more philosophy and you've given me a couple of new things to explore. Your gentle, laid-back approach to the subject is the perfect de-stresser - I could read it all day.

Thanks yet again, Mb. Please take care and keep up your fantastic work.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 24, 2020 07:18AM)
Hey, thanks you guys, so happy you and so many others are enjoying this bit of magical info. 😊

I was quite surprised by all the interest, and that it has come from people well beyond just this forum, and even a few Magi’s from around the globe, well, that’s truly amazing. 🤗
It jammed-up my in-box a bit but that’s OK...That’s “Good Trouble!” 😁👍🏽

I will continue to make it available as long as people seem to enjoy it and find some real value in it. And as I said, just PM me.😉

And in the meantime here, a little magic...Music maestro, please...😁

[YOUTUBE]kNKFEJXHN3o[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 29, 2020 12:24PM)
[quote]On Jul 4, 2020, funsway wrote:
A smile and a wink! Don't forget those.

Ever there - always ready. That is where the magic come from. [/quote]


Yeah, and it don't take much...maybe but a little "assist" to Ol' JW, and a little touch of Liwag... :D. but yeah, always with a "😉 & a 😊"

[YOUTUBE]xC2z7xQZ-6U[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Sep 29, 2020 02:04PM)
That's excellent, Marion!
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 3, 2020 11:12AM)
Thanks so much, Ray... :) And like the free giveaway above mentioned here, I've gotten a load of PMs again as to this. :D

It's just a little thing, but cleverly pulls the wool even further over their eyes when using JW. ;) I've never seen this little piece of subterfuge used quite like this before as to this move, but perhaps those that know more than I, might know better...I'm a listening??? 👂🏼

Just the same, thanks for all the interest about this and the giveaway. :)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 9, 2020 02:19PM)
And Mark, I have actually played with a lot of magic, all sorts of coin magic from the classics to quickie-trickys, and I love it all. But the stuff I love the most are the things I came to learn how to create from what I learned on my journey. I have had some prolific moments of creativity and I'm thankful as I found a few nice things digging in those mines. 😁

You mentioned "3 Fly" as to a coin trick you like and it has been a popular effect for many years now, lots of takes on it and I've had a few down that street myself, but my favorite one is something I sorta simplified of it all, and it goes a little something like this...[i]and a 1 - and a 2 - and a 3...[/I] 😉

[YOUTUBE]8UdMhOo6Ytw[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 13, 2020 09:37AM)
OK, I just got through "again" clearing out my PMs as to the FREE give-away...So, let her rip! :D

So happy people are finding it worthwhile...Always nice to share, and I do appreciate the many suggestions from your own journeys as everyone's magical path is special. :)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 18, 2020 04:28PM)
Just playing around here for'ya... 🙃

[YOUTUBE]PujieXdUspk[/YOUTUBE]

This little take is what I often do when I just want to POP! their eyes out on the spot. Not much of any of the usual back & forth, just BANG! 😁
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 21, 2020 01:54PM)
[quote]On Oct 21, 2020, pabloinus wrote:
I took advantage of Marion's free give away. It is an essay and recommendation on "less is more" where he presented 5 tricks with coins, cards, close up, etc. that if you use them, you can have an act in a pocket.
I recommend to reach up to Marion and ask for a copy, very generous.

Thanks Marion [/quote]

😉
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 29, 2020 05:36PM)
Man, I never get tired of this trick. It’s something I learned long ago and it inspired me to learn & create all that I have along my journey. It’s still one of the very best coin tricks ever, no matter how you choose to present it.

I’m glad I still do it for people everywhere I go. It truly never gets old and guarantees instant amazement and very big smiles. 😁

[YOUTUBE]LObzIBhLVw4[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: John Long (Nov 1, 2020 08:54PM)
I have to admit that I was expecting some finger-flicking good magic in Marion's "give away", but...

It was refreshing to hear him talk about his current thinking on the practice of magic. Borrowing some his own words, he found that by delivering "less", he delivered "more". By focusing on a few/simpler things, I believe that it builds an appreciation for the good magic that is already out there (and it can save a lot of money by doing so).

It's a perspective that, like he mentions, I was slow at getting around to. (the quote that comes to mind is "You already have too much magic" Vernon?). And boy oh boy, couldn't that saved me a lot of money over the years. Ahhh, but that lesson of "less" is a hard one, and will require more effort :)

So thanks Marion, I enjoyed it... and here's to "more" such contemplations.

John
Message: Posted by: John Jerde (Nov 2, 2020 02:52PM)
Just picked up Double Trouble. Love this little effect. Gaff free A+ routine.

Thanks MB
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 6, 2020 10:41AM)
Hey , thanks John. I truly appreciate the kind words and so happy that you like the work FREE give-away. I have received a lot of enthusiasm as to it and the magical guidance & encouragement it offers. Thank you, again. :)

*Oh, and the offer still stands...Just PM me. ;)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 7, 2020 05:31PM)
And Rich, my thinking always starts like that, with one idea eventually flowing into another idea, where usually a move (or moves) evolves into an effect and or routine...Here's an example of something I was playing with quite a while back...

[YOUTUBE]FIdvd5BOLSg[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 12, 2020 09:17PM)
[quote]On Sep 8, 2020, Mb217 wrote:
And...

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I’ve posted quite few of my effects in this string, probably none of which you’ll find in any book, which is why you need to look a bit further than that a lot of times, if for nothing else but to maybe find what you don’t quite expect, from someone or someplace you ordinarily wouldn’t expect it from. 😉
Man, what a journey! 🙏🏼😊 [/quote]

And John Jerde, thank you for the kind words and giving my Double Trouble a whirl....It’s a really fun set alright. Hope you enjoy it. 😁👍🏽

And paulieboy, as to my Copper Silver INC. again here...I’m glad you appreciate the smoothness of the effect, honestly it all comes with practice, as does all good things in time. 😊
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 17, 2020 09:17AM)
Talk about going from here to there...Man, here's a blast from the past from my [b]Short Pockets[/b], still one of the best magical things I ever put together, and that's why I continue to make it available on my website. ;)

And believe it or not, along the journey, one rock gets placed upon another one and you eventually come to create even more, like this little piece eventually went into my Copper Silver INC, long ways down the road... :D Man, what a journey.

[YOUTUBE]gvz4fXeAQ-Y[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 21, 2020 01:33PM)
Didn't think anyone remembered this one until someone posted me about it. That people are still doing this, well, WOW!!! :D

It's another fun one from the journey, and I have made it available again at my website for all those that continue to pass my way. :)

[YOUTUBE]j867JGe9OG0[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Nov 29, 2020 09:13AM)
[quote]On Nov 21, 2020, Mb217 wrote:
Didn't think anyone remembered this one until someone posted me about it. That people are still doing this, well, WOW!!! :D

It's another fun one from the journey, and I have made it available again at my website for all those that continue to pass my way. :)

[YOUTUBE]j867JGe9OG0[/YOUTUBE] [/quote]


:applause: :applause: :applause:
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Dec 1, 2020 04:50PM)
Mb(!),...ha!..!
Great seeing you get some of the spot-light!
Even GREATER(!),...seeing you play with the silver!

Ahhhhhh,....
smooth, smooth, smooth.
....and,
every thing has purpose. (😉)
.....that's a secret.

......actually(!),
I HAVEN'T read all four pages yet(!..!)!
But, seeing the Thread,
made my smile from ear to ear(!),..
I had to blabber first!

Now,
I'm going to get to reading. 🤓
Thanks for....the passion,...in sharing.
Gallagher
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 4, 2020 04:01PM)
Appreciate all the applause here, thanks guys. I just wanted to show some of the stuff on how I got from here to there. It wasn't always topflite stuff, but more like moving one step at a time. Most of these things just kept growing and grew into other, bigger works as I continued to figure things out and then add what I had learned along the way. This is one of those things, it was first in my [b]Short Pockets[/b] download, but I kept playing with it, different ways of doing it and brought it out on its own and included the old and newer ways to do it...It's still fun to do after all these years... :)

[YOUTUBE]S8ClZ6CGk1Y[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 10, 2020 08:07PM)
Man, you guys are just too kind, appreciate all the continuing interest in my work and all the PMs with questions about this one. Most everything is on my website below, but this one was made of a couple of things along my way, even found an original move that was deceptively added to the set. ;)

Anyway, this is one of my favorite tricks still to this day, and my addition of an impossible change really made it a real presentation piece for me. :) The MB Transpo part here was something I came up with and continued to develop from a while back in my [b]Short Pockets[/b], but in eventually adding this final piece to it, I better completed it, giving it an even more remarkably magical ending. :D

Also, I usually never do the trick sitting down (just for the camera here) but always standing and moving about, which I can then do a bit more differently and effectively as I better engage the specs before blowing their minds. :)

[YOUTUBE]0cRDiJfusO4[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: funsway (Dec 11, 2020 04:14AM)
Nice, of course - and do I detect a transformation into slimmer you?
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Dec 11, 2020 07:23AM)
Copasetic man,....Copasetic! 😊
(Uncle Bill would be proud!)

It DON'T get better then that. 🙃

Marion, I checked out your 'Gumroad Site'(!).
Nice.
Well organized.
Fun to look thru.

I've learned, from watching you,
thru the years;
some Magic is just sööö good(!),
watching it(!..!)...!,
in itself,....is the satisfaction.

Have a good day,
gallagher
Message: Posted by: Rizzo (Dec 11, 2020 08:47PM)
A class act, man this guy! Always there to help us. Thank you MB
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 14, 2020 12:27PM)
Thank you, thank you, thank you... Not just because of the good words about the magic and the new website, but also here as to the recognition of me as just me. WOW!

Oh, and by popular demand, I've decided to pull it out of the shadows and make my [b]MB Transpo PLUS[/b] available as we're about to go into a new year. Nice to look back at something so worthwhile as we move forward to hopefully better days. :)

My old buddy and card guy, Jeremy Hanrahan helped me with this long ago but again, for some reason I never released it. Well, upon heightened and renewed request from the craft (and thanks for all the PMs and emails on it), here it is... Enjoy!

[YOUTUBE]URnnApppZv4[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Dec 14, 2020 05:36PM)
Picked up a couple to add to my "MB Magic" collection. Great stuff at great (and fair) prices.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 19, 2020 10:59AM)
Hey, thanks PD, I appreciate your support of my work. :)

I appreciate all the interest and compliments as to the NEW website...*Oh, and yes, I just added a manuscript with my new offering of the [b]MB Transpo PLUS[/b]. ;)

I've mostly always done this to lend further insight to the effect, how I got from here to there and why I did this & that. The back story sometimes is more interesting than the story of the journey itself. Also, it gives me the opportunity to better explain things and give you a bit more of the story. ;)

Early on in magic for me, when you bought an effect, all you got was the trick and the printed instructions, there were no videos to download, heck, there wasn't even an internet. :D Anyway, I'm always happy to include this little extra, which for many still remains a big deal as to a physical reference if they so choose to print it out and or maybe just add it to their magic library. :)

*Check it out & Enjoy! :)

https://gumroad.com/mb217magic?sort=price_desc#ZaYnc
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Dec 20, 2020 07:35PM)
Well, got myself quite a few Christmas presents.

Looks like fun. Thanks for putting yourself, and your magic out there MB217!
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 22, 2020 05:47PM)
Thank you, JR and it has been a great pleasure to share my journey with others, and now with you as well...It is what makes it all worthwhile to me. To see others happily able to do all my effects is quite humbling, and I'm happy that folks continue to enjoy my work.

Hey JR, I'm sure you'll find something you like in there, definitely a lot to keep you busy and having fun with. :)

Thanks again for checking out the website, and I appreciate all the compliments as to it. I will post new and or different effects as we go forward into this New Year.

In the meantime... Happy Holidays to All and Good Will Towards Men. 🎄
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 31, 2020 08:53PM)
Just want to say, I appreciate all the continuing interest in my works all year through. It’s a new start for me in a new place from way back when to now. I’m excited and very grateful for the journey that has brought me to this point. 🙏🏽

And so, yet again here I say...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. 😊

Happy New Year 🎉 and Happy New Magic to all. 🎩

And with that...Now Onward! 👉🏽


*PS...Thanks Julie for all the many years of support...You’ve always been there. Much appreciated, my friend. 😉
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Jan 3, 2021 06:06PM)
Real quick question: Where do you get the "Chinese coin"?
Mine is so obviously NOT a real coin that I dislike using it, but I see from several of your routines that the hole makes for such a nice obvious difference that using an English Penny doesn't really do the effect justice.

I'm loving the videos and .pdfs by the way. The explanations are easy to understand, and the logic you offer makes sense.
I'm back to carrying coins with me everywhere.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 7, 2021 08:22PM)
First, thanks for all the good words, Josh...so happy you are enjoying my work. 😊

The Chinese coin I use is one I’ve had for many years now, not sure it’s even made anymore, most likely not. But if you’re using half dollar size coins, and you want that hole in the middle aspect to it, try a East African 10 cent piece, they are about the same size, and is a “real” copper coin with a hole in it, pretty one, too. 😉

Incidentally, also quite happy to hear that folks are really liking the new website, I really like it, too. 😁

And glad you are carrying coins “everywhere again”, that’s the way. 👍🏽
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jan 8, 2021 06:33AM)
So, glad to see you with your own website. The simplicity and focus of your creations should be inspirational to all magicians.

Any thoughts on having insite discussions/forums, etc? That, a place where folks can share results of learning or using your effects,
or using your presentation approach as a framing model? "Where never is heard a disparaging word ..."
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 12, 2021 02:14PM)
Hey, thanks here funs... :D I really try to keep things simple...Why? Well, I can remember early on in magic that things weren't all that simple. Back in those days, if you weren't a part of the click to be able to interact with other magicians at local coffee shops where they met, if you were lucky enough. If you were, then that's where you would learn the good stuff. :D Those were the days. :) And sometimes books weren't all that easy to understand. So, I always thought that I would try to make it easier for people to comprehend when I grew up, :D and with the help of the internet and videos, I've happily been able to do some of that.

And yes, I have been thinking of doing even more, and now that the new website is up & running pretty well, I will try better to figure even more ways to make & keep magic fun, 🎼 ...Where the skies are not cloudy all day 🎶 ;)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 21, 2021 09:11PM)
It’s been quite a week of great wins and losses. After taking a good while to reflect and to better understand these deep bends in the road, I now look forward to onward...

Appreciate all the PMs and it is my pleasure to help whenever I can as to my work and any magic I may humbly know a little something about.

And again, I appreciate all the continuous visitation to the website, and as promised I have added a couple new things. And I’ll look to add more of my magic periodically. So, keep checking back as like the road, things change.

Thanks again.😊
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 29, 2021 08:13AM)
Hey, just checking here... Has anyone heard from Café member, Ray Haining?

He was a regular poster here on the forum for some years, but haven’t seen a post from him in some while now, months..

Just wondering about him in what was maybe the craziest past year for us all in some time now. Anyway, just concerned a bit. If you’ve heard anything, please post.

In the meantime, I continue to hope all is well: 🙏🏽
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Jan 29, 2021 12:01PM)
Marion, I'm OK. Just recovering from a bit of a health setback (un-Covid related). I should be back in business soon. Thanks for your concern. Much appreciated.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 29, 2021 05:33PM)
So good to hear...🙏🏽

Keep Moving Forward (KMF!)...👉🏽
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 1, 2021 02:38PM)
I really enjoy stories about magic as they remind me of how I got here in the art. Anyway, here's one that will warm your heart and just make you smile. :) Upon coming across it again, it inspired me to finally put the finishing touches on an old project and now a NEW offering coming soon to my website, called [b]Gifts From The Old Country,[/b] so stay tuned and keep checking back there...;)

In the meantime here, if you've seen it already, well then, watch it again.:D If not, get ready for a real treat as in just a few minutes you'll feel a magic that lasts forever. Either-which-way...Enjoy! :)

[YOUTUBE]DyfM7oLIlp0[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 11, 2021 11:41AM)
And yes Luke, appreciate you checking out my work... :) And yes, it is the old magic that I appreciate the most. It's the magic that I remember seeing as a kid growing up in NYC, the magic I always strived for. Which is why I have such an appreciation for good old SOH. And I also learned the importance of being a bit well-rounded as to close-up magic in general. And that's why on my website, you'll see a few card tricks along with all the coin work... "variety" has its place and tends to make things quite a bit more interesting. ;)

I actually just posted a card trick on the site, [b]Easy-Peasy[/b], and I always post things that tend to make a decent-at-best coin guy (like myself), look like a pretty darn good card man as well. :D Nothing difficult, but still quite amazing to mix in with all the coin stuff to help make you look like an all-around performer. :) https://gumroad.com/mb217magic?sort=price_desc#JcNvdX


Anyway, this is a peak at an old friend & Café member here, long gone now, that greatly inspired me onward...He was wonderful with coins, but could really do a fine bit of it all...

[YOUTUBE]HmV3Q8cpCkA[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Feb 12, 2021 10:42PM)
MB HE WAS THE BEST .......I STILL HAVE TWO DVDS HE SENT ME FROM
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 13, 2021 05:38PM)
Yeah, Werner was quite amazing, and a really accomplished magician, and most respected by his peers in his time.

I'm so glad he took the time to record some of his magic from back then and to post it online, as it shows a real love & fun for the art that carried on for a lifetime for him. I'm just glad his lifetime in magic crossed paths with mine at a time when the internet began to better inter-connect us all. It was a real honor to know him and call him a friend (happier that he thought of me as one), and his fine coin & closeup magic will always be regarded as great encouragement and inspiration.

Happy to just think of him now & again...Wish he was still here to see all the magical stuff I surprisingly came up with. :)
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Feb 14, 2021 10:46PM)
Marion he use to talk about the new york coin gods all the time lol
Message: Posted by: pabloinus (Feb 15, 2021 08:12PM)
Marion, you lied, the guy in the MB Transpo Plus is Isaac Hayes, I can sense the vibe...

Great routine
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 18, 2021 09:38AM)
Hey thanks Pab, but I could never be as smooth as Issac Hayes, but glad to be in any comparison to him and his piece of magic called, "Shaft." :)

Happy you like the magic, the [b]MB Transpo[/b] remains a real favorite of mine. :) Happy to share it with others as there's so much to learn from it as to some good coin magic, as it really puts the base in your face. :D

In the meantime, here's another wonderful piece of inspiration as to the art, someone as encouraging to my journey as any of the best I've seen. Proving that you're never too old to learn. And so like the great Yogi Bear would say, "Definitely not your average bear," aka, it don't get much better than this... ;)

[YOUTUBE]xa6K2dFlnFE[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 22, 2021 01:01PM)
After looking back here over the past year, I thank you all for so many of the kind comments as to my work and as to me. It is humbling to hear that so many people around the country and even the world enjoy my contributions to the art. I look forward to meeting some of you out there as you look forward to also meeting me . :)

I remember all the many fine magicians large & small that I came across along my rambling way, and I truly appreciate each and every one of them. They all showed me something worth remembering them by. Which is why I continue to take the time to show you those that you might not have seen, some that you might not know of their works as well as some notable others. It shows that good magic can come from anywhere, and that's about where I learned it from, thankfully from everywhere. And as always, it's not just about me but about us all.

Like Eric Jones, here's another young man I watched grow in the art with pride. I can remember him first being interested in some of my coin work here, and then going on to so much more.. 👏🏽

[YOUTUBE]9S9H9h1G04s[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Feb 22, 2021 02:03PM)
Yes MIKE IS A TERIFIC TALENTED MAGICIAN HIS RING ROUTINE IT IS THE BEST EVER.PERHAPS HE WILL POST A PERFORMANCE OF HIS ROUTINE

VINNY
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 23, 2021 10:00AM)
So, to answer some questions from PMs (which I love, so keep them coming)... :D

Sleight of Hand (SOH) or Trick Coin magic?

I've tried them both, and while growing up was always attracted to the tricky coins in the showcase window at the old Tannen's Magic Shop in downtown NYC. I had all the staples like Dime & Penny, Scotch & Soda, Nickels to Dime, Copper Silver coin, etc. And I still like those old tricks, but to be honest, I feel I didn't really learn good coin magic until I began to develop good SOH. It is the "how everything works" part of coin magic, even the tricky coins are developed off the SOH that the creators want to spare you of. So, they are aware of the SOH involved (and usually quite good at it themselves) to come up with trick coins that help you avoid the usualy more challenging moves of manipulating the coins. Clever stuff for sure, but there ain't nothing like learning the deeper understanding of SOH, it's like a key to go through any door, to go anywhere you want. :D

There is one more aspect to consider here, and that is to mix & match both SOH and Tricky Coins, when you do, you get the impossible. But it all still takes practice, that's the secret sauce that makes it look like magic. :)

Some of my work uses both, but SOH is always at the base of it all like this favorite... ;)

[YOUTUBE]FRkhB3hzNSo[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Mar 4, 2021 10:21AM)
Thanks Grady, appreciate the kind words and recognition. :)

And yes, I add new things periodically to the website and appreciate all the comments about it. As a matter of fact, just added another that I've received quite a few notes of interest about... ;)

[YOUTUBE]ahm5fUTv4kA[/YOUTUBE]


https://gumroad.com/mb217magic?sort=price_desc#WaszK
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Mar 17, 2021 09:39AM)
Sometimes things get buried down deep under other things that seem more important at the time. It's always a good thing to go back every now & again and check, as that's how I found a lot of my effects that were worthy of their own spotlight. Coupled with some re-newed thinking, approach, and new audiences, an old trick can shine like a new bit of gold again...especially a cutey-pie like this one... ;)

[YOUTUBE]-N_U0wstmkM[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Mar 28, 2021 07:04AM)
[quote]On Feb 14, 2021, mindhunter wrote:
With me taking a couple decade hiatus from close-up to focus on my mentalism, my getting back into close-up has me digging out a lot of my old Morgans and other related doubloons. I've struck up some great convos with Marion Boykin, and he has been SO helpful to me regarding something I've been working on.

After catching you with about 20 years of NON Penny & Inner Thoughts posts, I see he has been engaging and helpful with many here at the Café. I also see he has started his own website where he offers some of his incredible effects, and want to post this unsolicited "shout-out" and plug, in case you haven't seen it:

https://gumroad.com/mb217magic

Bryn [/quote]

Thanks so much...Always good to have in some way encouraged good people to this part of the craft, especially someone like this that has done the same things in another important part of the art.

It’s great enough to hear from your own choir every now & again, but when a giant of a guy from another forest in these woods chimes in about you, well, that’s something, and greatly appreciated. ☺️

Big, small & all, it’s always good to go together, all for one. 😊👍🏽
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Mar 30, 2021 05:28PM)
Marion, the use of your Liwag Subtlety in all your videos posted above is amazing. Magicians should study your use of this technique, which is so deceptive. A Liwag added here and there in a coin effect can greatly enhance that effect. It's those little subtleties, those little touches. when added to our tricks, which greatly elevate our magic to a higher level.

You named this thread, "Thank you, so much." I want to thank [i]you[/i] for bringing the Liwag Subtlety to the attention of the magic community. It is a highly valuable tool.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Apr 9, 2021 10:24AM)
Hey thanks Ray, appreciate the recognition here.

I've been doing & speaking of this for a long time now. As in the beginning, I just wanted to bring attention to something that no one seemed to think much of up until I did. Think I started mentioning, showing & explaining the greater importance of this in about "2008" or so in some of my published work. Up until then, I don't believe it had been so expressed, it didn't even have a name to it so that it could be better identified, demonstrated and explored as I did. I'm happy to have brought it more into focus and shared its brilliance with so many others, here and across the globe, as I really tried to better sprinkle its greater seasoning everywhere for the craft. 😄

Thanks again for the fine recognition by you and so many others of my efforts. 🙏🏽

[YOUTUBE]4jIjHHzvuM0[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Apr 9, 2021 01:55PM)
Marion(!),
like always,..
a pleasure to watch.

'Powerfull Stuff',..tickles a question out of me, though. (🤔)
In your first Crimp Change tutorial,
is this the 'Blow Change Move' you taught?

The reason I ask, is a bit embarrassing,..
but,
...I origianlly downloaded it to my daughter's computer (😕),
....didn't have my own, at the time.
After learning the 'Crimp',..
I wanted to learn,...'the rest of the story',...
..she'd moved out,..
and won't let me NEAR her button-box today!

Sö,..after all that labbering,..
I guess my question is:
Where do I go to, to learn your 'Blow Change Move'?

Thanks,..
and thanks!
(Ray found the right words,...and thought! 👍)
gallagher
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Apr 11, 2021 12:54PM)
NP my friend, help is on the way. ;)

And thanks for the kind words about my work, and I enjoyed your story about The Greatest, Muhammad Ali (aka, Cassis Clay). I remember him and I having lunch by ourselves during his book tour in NYC back when I covered the sport (Man, I did a little bit of everything). :D We had a blast sharing our love for magic. He even threatened me with that old snarl, grabbing my collar and putting his fist to my chin, as he wanted the secret to a trick I showed him...of course all in the jest that Ali was famous for. Man, what a journey, absolutely magical...And yes, again some Powerful Stuff! :)

[YOUTUBE]PujieXdUspk[/YOUTUBE]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Apr 19, 2021 08:52AM)
Thank you and I appreciate all the many PMs I’ve received as to this matter of Liwag Subtlety. My story never changes about it, as I called it as it was from the beginning. Plus, it is too well documented here on The Café to try to embellish or change, and that’s because I’ve always told the truth about it. And I don’t think that that truth, that part of the historical record here, has in any way been disproven really, perhaps a bit dismissed as unimportant in some ways, but not disproven. In fact, it is the absolute impetus for all the discussion on all this, at least that’s about where it all starts, with me naming it. I mean, who knew that this little thing, that initially no one seemingly cared anything much about, keeps taking center stage, sorta like the Ambitious Card relentlessly rising to the top of the deck. :D

I’m actually humbled by it all, because at the end of the day, I sorta helped it most to take its own bow as something much more special than it was thought to be by the big, small, and all. And for the record again, if you have my “Little Giant Coin Routine,” aka “Egg Roll” (and a lot of folks do) ;) then you have the work of this in full photo and video explanation, all the way back from circa [b]2008[/b]. And as I remember, it enjoyed good popularity as per the old review strings here on the Café from that time. Here’s a photo (from a series of photos) from the download manuscript, of me showing it, just for the record…

Anyway, it is what it is and always has been really. :) I’m just happy to have shared something provenly more worthwhile than it had been thought to be. Reminds me of the old story of, “Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors,” when young Joe was eventually shown to be much more than the throw-away brother he was initially thought to be…Man, what a triumph. :)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Apr 28, 2021 12:35PM)
[I]"..Now all you have to do is put one of these in each of your front pants pocket, and a back pocket, and even your jacket pocket and you’re ready to go...A couple are popular, even classic, 1 or 2 tried & tested from off the beaten path, and even a hidden gem in there for you...4 pockets, 5 tricks...And that’s it!..."[/I]

This is from a download on my new website, where I share a bit of my "Less is More" philosophy. I didn't spend a lot of time speaking of my work, as magic shouldn't be just about the "Me, but more so about the "We." My stuff is still all there for you to take a look through, with even some new stuff coming soon, but this is a special download called [b]A Furious 5[/b], and I offer it for [b][I]FREE[/b][/I] there. ;)

http://gumroad.com/mb217magic

I hope you take a look around and check it out...All are welcome. :)
Message: Posted by: funsway (Apr 28, 2021 01:54PM)
Some good thoughts, therein -- to inspire as well as 'simplify'.

Best perhaps is the parting thought that all magic effects and sources can be great if one "follows."


It is wondrous to see how your site is growing.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (May 7, 2021 09:27AM)
Hey, thanks funs... :)

This FREE giveaway was a tremendous success, and I have been happy that people have actually reached out to me about it, even from other forums here. Sometimes, it don't take all that much to extend a good thought or some good magic...

Like just yesterday, a little girl and her grandma were dropping off the community newspaper to my box. Instead of putting it in the mailbox at the curb, she actually ran it right up to my door, where I was sitting on the porch enjoying the day. She was a cute little thing, and as I thanked her, I asked her if she wanted to see some magic. She smiled a great big smile as her grandma yelled, "She sure would...She loves magic, and so do I." And away we go...:D

So, following my own advice, that "Less is More," I just did a little spellbound set for her and granny. Well, their eyes popped out of their heads, as I jazzed it up just a little and then gave the big Morgan to the little girl to look at. :) She marveled at it as grandma said she hadn't seen one of those in a long time. As I took it back, I clearly put it in my left hand, and as they watched it, and then magically I pulled the coin from her ear, and her mouth just dropped & here big eyes widened as she also saw that the coin was gone from my closed fist. What fun! :D

It was nice to do a little magic again for people in person behind all this quarantine stuff. It felt great to make people so honestly smile with enjoyment again...It really doesn't take much. :)

[YOUTUBE]zu1NWs70FZw[/YOUTUBE]

*Oh, and I know it's been said that I shouldn't wave my hand out to the specs like this, but I bet you can see well-enough why I so cavalierly do with great confidence. ;)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (May 13, 2021 06:32PM)
[quote]On May 7, 2021, lunatik wrote:
Love seeing MB!! Magic aside (which is amazing), just seems like a wonderful human being :) [/quote]

Much thanks! :)

[I]"... to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics...This is to have succeeded."[/I]

It's always a nice thing when you can be as much a part of the magic as the magic itself...It just makes the whole experience even more enjoyable and fun for the specs and the magi. I call that a win-win! :)
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (May 15, 2021 01:25PM)
[quote] On May 7, 2021, Mb217 wrote:

*Oh, and I know it's been said that I shouldn't wave my hand out to the specs like this, but I bet you can see well-enough why I so cavalierly do with great confidence. [/quote]

Marion, it's the "waving the hand out to the specs" that gives your Liwag Subtlety its power. It's disarming, and throws one completely off the scent.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (May 21, 2021 05:23AM)
Thanks for noticing, and I agree. 🍻

I’ve been saying for a long time now that this is where the application tremendously differs from that of the more stoic and more background use of Ramsey Subtlety. My usage shows a much more dynamic presence, one that is able to invite specs even more unwittingly into the magical lair, so to speak. 😉

And so, your hand stays deceptively in the moments right up close, palm down and even palm up. I certainly “realize” what I’m doing when I use it, and the complete deceit is undeniable as to the magic and the overall responses.

Thank you for this greater recognition and appreciation. It is one that many have incorporated into their magic to great success. And I’m happy to have shared its overall deeper, much more pronounced ability with the craft. 😊
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (May 30, 2021 07:19AM)
Roy, that is a good question...

I have spoken on balancing out your coin magic with other things many times now, and still believe that it all helps to make you an even better magician, and helps to make your coin work even stronger, sorta like a good intermission act. I much prefer the coin work as presented by guys like an Eric Jones, Jay Sankey, etc., because they mix it up and keep it interesting.

Now, I’ve seen a lot of good coin men but honestly very few of them any better than Eric Jones, truth be told, and despite being a remarkable coin guy on every level, he can do it all, sorta along the lines of the difference between Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra...I mean, Luck be a Lady is nice, but then there’s Billie Jean, Check the differences to see the differences, potentials & possibilities, I’m just sayin’.😁

Ultimately, to each his own. 🙏🏽 Some just play with the coins exclusively and that’s fine but maybe more fun to them than everyone else,😁 except maybe a crowd gathered for just that, where specialty has its place. But variety is the spice of life in all things, and throwing in a few other well-placed effects can work as a good respite and great build up to your greater love of coin magic. You may not know it, but I like cards and other closeup magic, too, and better learned the art from the more well rounded along my way of the big, small & all. I truly appreciate it all, and so while having a specialty in coin magic, I’m happy to be able to do a bit more to some decent degree, PLUS, it’s even more fun. 😁 I have a mini-book coming real soon toward all this, “Gifts From The Old Country” ...Stay tuned. 👍🏽
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 9, 2021 04:25PM)
Thank you for your patience... My latest offering is now available, [b]Gifts From The Old Country: A Mini Magic Book[/b]

It's magic for everybody. Enjoy! :)


https://gumroad.com/mb217magic?sort=price_desc#bUljP
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 14, 2021 12:18PM)
WOW! Thanks for all the interest in my little magic book. 😁

It’s just a few little of things from the journey, from the many seeds that helped to feed me along the way, I hope they help give all of you what they gave me as to sign posts here & there that I was as going the right ways.

And of course, if you have any questions, you’ll know where to find me. 😉

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙏🏽
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 15, 2021 09:04AM)
[quote]On Jun 15, 2021, takeachance wrote:

…Mb217 is a valued member who gives members here access to his own fantastic routines for pennies. Also he is very generous with his help to other members here.
…Café members are lucky to have small cottage low profile pro's like Mb217 for the last 18 years. His stuff is affordable and almost exclusive to us here on the Café. Oh and I should add, it's very very good material. [/quote]

🙏🏽
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 16, 2021 06:08AM)
[quote]On Jun 12, 2021, simplymagicweb wrote:
MB is one of the good eggs on the Café, always supportive and has a vast amount of knowledge that he kindly shares. He is a fantastic coin worker, so if you are looking for some really nice stuff then check him out. [/quote]
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 16, 2021 02:21PM)
[quote]On Jun 15, 2021, The great Gumbini wrote:
I think it is wonderfully open and honest when someone comes on here with a new idea that they have and actually claim that it is indeed their product...And I have to agree MB is one of the gems here on the Café that I appreciate very much.

Good magic to all,

Eric [/quote]

Thanks Gumbi... :)

And appreciate all the PMs, about the different effects offered on my NEW "Gifts From The Old Country" Mini Book. Particularly, the notes about my "Still Gadabout Gadabout" aka [b]Pa's Famous 3 Coin Trick[/b], my take on the classic Gadabout Coins.

https://gumroad.com/mb217magic?sort=price_desc#bUljP

So, to address a few of your questions...as you become better with the sleights, your creativity increases and you start to see many ways to skin a cat, some better than others, some totally unnecessary. I think I hit upon a nice combination of phases, a bit different and interesting in presenting the old trick that gives a few new looks to it.

And yes, I do think Gadabout Coins is a great trick (seriously),😊 one of the very best because it teaches you the combination of what it takes to do good coin magic, while leaving the door open to your own creativity. It's hard for me to watch much of any coin magic and not see Gadabout in there somewhere, from the patter to the misdirection to the deception of it all, it is a quintessential coin trick, mostly because it truly leads you everywhere else in the genre. And above everything else, it's something that everyone can do and find enjoyment in presenting some really good coin magic.

So that's why I included it in this Mini Book with my take on it. Hopefully, along with all the other stuff in there (including some good card tricks for coin guys), 😁 it inspires you onward & upward. 🚀

Again, thanks for all the interest. :)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 20, 2021 10:23AM)
Thanks for all the PMs, and Good questions, Rob... :D

The Mini-Book includes 5 effects, a closeup opener, an absolutely great coin trick, and even a few clever card effects that even coin guys can do. :D

[b]Nana’s Purse[/b]
This is a cute little closeup trick that helps you to magically produce a coin via an invisible purse (aka, the old Purse Frame). ;)

[b]Grandpa’s Favorite Card Trick[/b]
My grandpa used to kill people with this as he told the story of his favorite card, that miraculously changes into your favorite card. :D

[b]Pa’s Famous 3 Coin Trick[/b]
This is my take on the old Gadabout Coins, with some clever & fresh looks to it that'll make it the only coin trick you'll need to present.🎩

[b]The Godfather's Peekaboo[/b]
I have to thank The Godfather for his help with this little card trick, and you know he's one tricky dude. It's a clever little pick-a-card. 😉

[b]Uncle Bub's FLIP[/b]
If you like moves, you'll love this one, where a chosen card is lost into the deck but with a flip of the deck this way & that to find the chosen card as the only face down card when the deck is spread face up. 🤸🏽‍♂️

So, you get a complete closeup suite of effects. Good thing is that there's nothing hard here, just add some practice and you'll be fooling everybody, the way I was tricked again & again by all the old guys from my journey with nothing but magical gems like these in their pockets. :)

https://gumroad.com/mb217magic?sort=price_desc#bUljP
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jun 21, 2021 01:00AM)
HEY THANKS MARION THANK U FOR THE PLUG ,CANT WAIT TO GET YOUR BOOK.
and that's a clever nanme for the trick,,,,,Keep up the great work, you are now a force in the magic community,
Coin magicians' as I do can view you as one of the best coin workers on the planet./...
vinny the godfather of magic
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 21, 2021 09:56AM)
Hey thanks Godfather, you got a lot of tricky moves and this one works so well for this trick.

I referred to "The Godfather's Peek-a-Boo" as a pick a card, but really it's more of a think-a-card... Very clever and easy to do. :D
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 23, 2021 12:20PM)
WooHoo! Got a chance today to do some magic for some kids at park & zoo, just playing with some coin stuff and of course tried out my new take on Gadabout Coins from my new Mini Book. 😁 Forget the kids, the parents and park attendants went wild. 😂
Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Jun 27, 2021 02:16PM)
It is us who should be thanking you my friend.

So, thank you Marion.

Take care,

Tom Fenton
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 3, 2021 11:25AM)
And thank "you," my friend. :)

I've always tried to affordably share my works with the craft, and been doing that for what seems like quite a while now, closing in on 2 decades. WOW, what a journey. :)

I haven't made a million dollars on my offerings :D but was never trying to do that, as I just wanted to share what I thought was good magic. I was lucky to happen upon a few interesting things along my way. All of it helped to make me better & better and I just thought it would do the same for others. You don't have to be a pro or some great & powerful Oz to do good magic. Just a few nice things in your pocket and a desire to make people smile will most times do the trick. ;)

My latest offering, [b]Gifts From The Old Country[/b] continues my journey along an old road for me now that continues to widen, and perhaps a new or beginning road for others. Glad to see that people are checking it out. :dance:
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 7, 2021 03:25PM)
OK, so I promised some people that I might add a BONUS or two to the new Mini Magic Book, and I have...Just did it. :)

And wait, before I get emails and PMs from all that have already gotten it, don't worry...I am emailing the BONUS addition to everyone that supported the original work as well. ;) So everyone will get a little extra something. :) Man, I love this new website. :D


https://gumroad.com/mb217magic?sort=price_desc#bUljP
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 16, 2021 11:26AM)
Much appreciated guys, and especially you MaGoo :D and happy to hear you all are enjoying the work. :)

And glad you new bunch of folks like the new take on Gadabout aka, "Pa's Famous 3 Coin Trick," I really like doing that one, and better than that, that you guys are giving the easy to do card tricks a big thumbs up! :D Now don't get me wrong, I appreciate all the continued interest in all the other effects on the website that I came up with, and it really is difficult for me to say what's best of it, as I've enjoyed doing it all for people from then to now. I still do quite a bit of it for folks wherever I go, but if I had to teach something to somebody, it might be this take on the old Gadabout Coins...It's just everything that good coin magic is all about, of course with a few new twists & turns to it. ;)
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 22, 2021 06:53AM)
[quote] Hi Mb,

I hope you're all good and life is treating you well.

Well that's a nice surprise! What a wonderful trick and performance - you well and truly fooled me. Thanks for sharing, Mb, I really appreciate it. The handling is new to me and will be something I work on for sure. -Kong [/quote]

Thank you so much and enjoy the work. 😊
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jul 22, 2021 04:42PM)
Https://youtu.be/gv73a3tN_KA GREAT SONG MB GOES WITH YOUR COIN MAGIC
THEREIS NOTHING MORE I CAN ADD TO THIS WONDERFUL POST..;.PLEASE KLEEP YOUR MAGIC coming

godfather
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jul 25, 2021 07:42AM)
[quote] KiKi wrote:
Man, this little book looks quiet interesting MB!

[/quote]

Thanks. The whole package is a nice bit to play with, practice & perform. 😁
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 3, 2021 05:01PM)
It's not always about us, it's about realizing that it's about ALL of us.

With that, this is beautiful...This is what good coin magic looks like and feels like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa6K2dFlnFE&t=5s
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 5, 2021 09:52AM)
[quote]On Aug 3, 2021, Mb217 wrote:
It's not always about us, it's about realizing that it's about ALL of us.

With that, this is beautiful...This is what good coin magic looks like and feels like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa6K2dFlnFE&t=5s [/quote]

My gosh! Who is she?

Doug
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 8, 2021 01:19PM)
Hiya Doug, :)

"Good, Better, Best, never let it rest...Until your good is better, and your better best." ;)

That is Claudia, a real gem of a coin magician that passed through this way long ago. We were lucky to have her special brand of coin magic. :)

I believe she once mentioned this guy as one of of her inspirations in the art. I can see why, as he is a real champion and shows how a good coin man can mix it up and make it even more wonderful an experience. Here, he does it all as to coin magic, all the moves are there presented quite beautifully for a first place finish. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xDeoy-0ZtU
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Aug 8, 2021 02:42PM)
I believe she once mentioned this guy as one of of her inspirations in the art. I can see why, as he is a real champion and shows how a good coin man can mix it up and make it even more wonderful an experience. Here, he does it all as to coin magic, all the moves are there presented quite beautifully for a first place finish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xDeoy-0ZtU [/quote]

How amazing is that routine?!? What a great role model. Just fantastic to watch!!!!

Thanks for posting:)

Thank you
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 11, 2021 09:09AM)
I enjoy good coin magic, from the good, better, best, and all the rest of us. 😁

Once upon a time, this magi came along and amazed the big & small with his very special brand of magic, quite unique and not like every one else’s. His magic is hard to resist or deny, and oh so beautiful to watch. Glad to be able to call him a friend, and you can see here what I mean as to some powerful stuff…😉

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rlYLZpfEqfM
Message: Posted by: funsway (Aug 12, 2021 11:27PM)
While I quit counting years ago, I did want this specific post be in support of what you are doing with magic. When I hit 10,000 I will post on your site also.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 15, 2021 06:44PM)
The very best are the ones that can do it all...And with that this is still one of the very best coin routines I've ever seen, from one of the very best closeup men anywhere, it's got a little bit of everything in it, and I do mean "everything"... :D

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfHaNhBJXe0
Message: Posted by: jpelzel (Aug 16, 2021 06:32PM)
MB .. been following your posts and performances for years .. and I have to agree with so many before me .. your willingness to help, answer questions, and give PRACTICAL answers and suggestions are greatly appreciated !! There is so much that can distract us from the joy of magic .. but you seem to pull us all back to a safe place !! Thanks for all you do and all the support that you provide !!
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 21, 2021 08:25AM)
Thank you jp for those very kind words. 🙏🏽 I’m very happy to have been of some help to folks as to the art. And speaking of “practical,” well I experienced that in a really fun way all this summer. 😊

Y’see, we babysat my grandson all summer and took him to our town park nearly everyday to work off some of his 3yr old energy. 😁 We got to know quite a few of the
little kids there, and I decided to try a little magic and it became an everyday request from the little ones, and even the parents.😁

I had to keep things short for their attention spans, as I was competing with the wonderful playground and fun water sprinkler, but found an organic way to memorably amaze them. I would ask them to simply pick up a stick or small tree limb off the ground (which they regularly do anyway), 😁 and we used that as a magic wand. I’d take out a big silver dollar that would always catch their eye, place the coin in my left hand and take the stick, errrrrr I mean magic wand, and wave it around my hand 3 times and then with a tap, the big coin was gone. Ooohs & ahhhs with big eyes was always the response, even from the parents, who I would always tell up front with a smile & a wink, “This only works on children” (Children of all ages, little did they know.) 😁

Now, I let the kids be the magician and after showing that the coin is completely gone, I let them take the stick, errrrrrr I mean magic wand 😁 and wave it 3 times around my empty closed fist and give it a tap as I did. Then I slowly open my hand to show that they have magically made the big coin reappear. Their mouths drop, and so do their parent’s. 😉 They look at the stick they had found on the ground with wonder, and I tell them to keep it and remember the great magic it has. Every child over this summer took it with them with awe, and remembered me every time they came back to the park…My grandson had lots of friends to play with all summer, thanks to some old sticks and a little magic that we all did together again & again. 😊

And again, thank you jp. 😊

[i]“…To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…This is to have succeeded.”[/i] -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Aug 21, 2021 09:11AM)
[quote]On Aug 21, 2021, Mb217 wrote:
Thank you jp for those very kind words. 🙏🏽 I’m very happy to have been of some help to folks as to the art. And speaking of “practical,” well I experienced that in a really fun way all this summer. 😊

Y’see, we babysat my grandson all summer and took him to our town park nearly everyday to work off some of his 3yr old energy. 😁 We got to know quite a few of the
little kids there, and I decided to try a little magic and it became an everyday request from the little ones, and even the parents.😁

I had to keep things short for their attention spans, as I was competing with the wonderful playground and fun water sprinkler, but found an organic way to memorably amaze them. I would ask them to simply pick up a stick or small tree limb off the ground (which they regularly do anyway), 😁 and we used that as a magic wand. I’d take out a big silver dollar that would always catch their eye, place the coin in my left hand and take the stick, errrrrr I mean magic wand, and wave it around my hand 3 times and then with a tap, the big coin was gone. Ooohs & ahhhs with big eyes was always the response, even from the parents, who I would always tell up front with a smile & a wink, “This only works on children” (Children of all ages, little did they know.) 😁

Now, I let the kids be the magician and after showing that the coin is completely gone, I let them take the stick, errrrrrr I mean magic wand 😁 and wave it 3 times around my empty closed fist and give it a tap as I did. Then I slowly open my hand to show that they have magically made the big coin reappear. Their mouths drop, and so do their parent’s. 😉 They look at the stick they had found on the ground with wonder, and I tell them to keep it and remember the great magic it has. Every child over this summer took it with them with awe, and remembered me every time they came back to the park…My grandson had lots of friends to play with all summer, thanks to some old sticks and a little magic that we all did together again & again. 😊

And again, thank you jp. 😊

[i]“…To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…This is to have succeeded.”[/i] -Ralph Waldo Emerson [/quote]

Thank you for sharing the story.
Some people wonder if, as magicians, we are jaded to the magic tricks... It is with reactions like those you shared... THAT is the true magic.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 26, 2021 09:47AM)
Thanks, my friend...And yes, it don't take much, just the right stuff at the right time. :)

...I remember long ago first meeting this guy and he showed me the simplicity of what a single move could do with a little creativity...And he showed this to me in real time as we sat at a table in the middle of a motel restaurant as he amazed everyone around us...completely surrounded. And I see he keeps taking it more & more down the road of his unique style of magic...Nice touch! ;)

www.facebook.com/100000841167119/videos/524084222194143/
Message: Posted by: rannie (Aug 26, 2021 12:14PM)
Hey big guy! Missed you brother!
Message: Posted by: iamslow (Aug 27, 2021 05:51PM)
[quote]On Aug 26, 2021, rannie wrote:
Hey big guy! Missed you brother! [/quote]

I think everyone missed you BOSS!!
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 31, 2021 06:15PM)
Ran my Man, so good to hear from you old friend. Heard you have been busy doing lot's of interesting things, home & away. Proud of you brother. How's the magic been going for you? Im sure you still have it all at the ready when the time is right. :D

If any of you out there haven't heard of Rannie's magic, you should check him out, he's really good at that and many other things as well. An amazing individual, way beyond the magic. :)

https://youtu.be/Xh3IjqxVoW0
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 9, 2021 06:57AM)
Thank you, Morie for the PM of kind words about my website and particularly my NEW Mini Magic Book, it does have a bit of everything to it. 😁

And I’m glad that, as admittedly mostly a card guy, you are playing around with the coin trick as I present it. I have found that it is as good a coin trick as the best of them out there. A little added clever play to it here shines it up quite a bit, and gives you a bright new way as to an old road that is at the very core of any good coin magic. Happy to hear that folks are finding it interesting & fun to do. And of course, there’s other stuff in the little book to play with as good companions for “Pa’s Famous 3 Coin Trick.” 😊

https://mb217magic.gumroad.com/#bUljP

And again, thank you. 🙏🏽
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 13, 2021 12:26PM)
I always enjoy showing not just my magic but the magic of others and the greater “all” of us, especially when it comes to some that have really excelled, and in this case right from this very forum. He really took his magic over the moon and back, right before our very eyes here. I knew he was just that good when I first saw him and I told everyone I could here of his budding prowess, and he has proven again & again that he is indeed one of the very best.

There’s no one else quite like him as to style & presentation. Still proud to call him a friend, and thankful for all the wonderful magic he has shared…😊

https://youtu.be/dnzS-GZUpbk
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 18, 2021 09:55AM)
Thanks for all the recurring traffic at my website, I try to update it with different things of interest... :)

Oh, and can't forget about this guy, a tremendously clever, champion of a closeup man that can work the coins as well as any of the best. You don't hear his name much, but he is something else to watch work. I remember the first time I saw him... WOW! :D

https://youtu.be/JcyjYVpsyas?t=37
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 24, 2021 08:22AM)
Mark, glad that you are having so much fun with my “Pa’s Famous 3 Coin Trick” from my latest, Little Magic Book. I was inspired by a variety of moves from different takes on the old effect, and with a few of my own thrown in for good measure, came up with a another good turn to it, with even more fair openness to the displays. 😉

It really is a wonderful coin trick, as good a trick as ever a good trick there was. 😁 So interactive, and just fun to learn & do.

Here is one of the inspirations for my take on it, created by another wonderful old closeup guy that you don’t hear much about any more…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=asutRJZ9rBo
Message: Posted by: Kong (Sep 24, 2021 07:38PM)
Hey Marion, it's been a while. It's good to see you again. This evening I was reminded how fantastic your routines are when I forwarded a link to one of your performance videos to a friend (who was blown away, by the way).

I've neglected my coin practice recently. Not completely - I've still been working through some moves from time to time - but events have distracted me from my usual routine. I think it's now time I returned to your stuff (and Tyler's), with more focus once again. It really is some of the best stuff out there.

Thanks buddy, it's good to be back.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Sep 29, 2021 02:21PM)
Hiya Kong, yes, long time my friend. And thanks for these really big & kind words as to my work.😊 So happy that folks continue to find my routines worthwhile and fun. I still play with a lot of them myself and glad to know that others do to. 😁

And while I’m no such great & powerful Oz, I’m happy to have made a spark or two here & there along my journey, and to have shared it with so many others as I went. So glad your friend enjoyed my magic, so glad you still do, too. 🙏🏽

And it’s good to always come back home to this stuff again & again, it’s always so welcoming and strangely just as much fun. 😊

*Hey, how about a little magic for old times sake.. Enjoy! 😉

https://youtu.be/iG6nWQwUt3k
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 30, 2021 06:49AM)
[quote]On Sep 29, 2021, Mb217 wrote:
And while I’m no such great & powerful Oz, I’m happy to have made a spark or two here & there along my journey... [/quote]

You are truly one of the GREATS, and I salute you, my friend! :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 10, 2021 03:43PM)
Doug, you are too kind, my friend. ☺️ Thank you and I’ve purposely made my magic easy to follow so that it could be attainable by most with some practice. Happy to see that folks have supported my works all these years, that it makes good sense towards some doable, on-the-spot coin magic. 😊

Thought people had forgotten about it, but here’s one I just reposted on my website after a real long while now…

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https://mb217magic.gumroad.com/l/jIWXv
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 15, 2021 07:25AM)
Thanks for remembering, Bob. 😊

Yes, I came up with several ways to ramp up classic effects using the Crimp Change by way of a most deceptive suite of sleights. These moves have served me and many people well, and allowed me to use more than just coins in a magical way to show a miraculous change of a coin to an incredible object. 😉

Here’s the example Bob reminded me of…

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Message: Posted by: Bambu (Oct 22, 2021 10:47AM)
Has been a long time since I visited the Coin Magic section at the Café. I noticed this posting and wanted to say a few words.

I got and learned several of Marion's coin routine downloads during the years. He is on the top of my list of Coin Magic creators and gifted performers. He is a good friend to all in the Café, and always ready to lend a hand or give sound advice.

Whether you are new or experienced in Coin Magic I really recommend visiting his website and taking a look at all his offerings. You will gain a lot learning the coin routines and secrets so well explained by a skillful coin master.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Oct 31, 2021 03:20PM)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Bambu…Truly appreciate all the kind words here about my magic. 😀

Another friend mentioned to me about the simplicity in my takes on magic, and used this as an example…an old effect I used to do around the office, and at company parties. 😊 It always made the ladies jump with joy. Nothing difficult, but when presented so cleanly and openly, it’s just hard not to believe in the absolute unbelievable…😉

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Message: Posted by: Rizzo (Nov 2, 2021 06:29PM)
Smooth!
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 3, 2021 04:56AM)
[quote]On Nov 3, 2021, The great Gumbini wrote:
Mb217 very very nice!

Good magic to all,

Eric [/quote]

Thanks guys for the kind words of recognition. ☺️
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 17, 2021 03:56AM)
It’s always good to stop and remember sometimes…where we come from and or how we got here. Perhaps this is a good place and time to pause for a moment…

With that, you might’ve noticed that I am taken to recognizing the magic of others and not just my own here, the big, small, and all of it. Before I ever had my own, I saw and enjoyed, admired it in others. The stories of my humble journey are too many to recount, but this sorta takes me back to the beginning and then all along the way somewhat, from then to now. And I’m sure tomorrow is in there too, somewhere magically beyond all the folded yesterdays of it all. You tell me…how did you get here? And take your time…😉

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DyfM7oLIlp0
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 27, 2021 10:25AM)
Still think this is a great set by David Roth. I continue to recommend it as a complete presentation. You practice it and make this your own, and it’s about all the coin magic you ever have to present to be seen as an absolute wizard.

Man, Roth was amazing in so many ways, all of which will always continue to make him quite unforgettable…👑

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Message: Posted by: hypnoman1 (Dec 3, 2021 11:31AM)
Thank you MB for sharing your work and your style!
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 8, 2021 09:34AM)
It is truly my pleasure. 😊

I got it all from my journey, as mostly all others do too. A lot of the stuff you come across might need greater view & application given to it as I did regarding the use of Liwag Subtlety. Doubt if it would’ve been as highly thought about without my eye to it, all of what more it is and could be. Found a lot of stuff like that along the way that helped me to better myself and create my works. Got a handful of them that I’m really proud of, but mostly I’m happy that I got the chance to share them with so many fine others like you. 😊

Happy Holidays to all, and Good Will Towards Men. 🙏🏽
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 12, 2021 08:04AM)
You know I like bringing you the big, small, and all of us here as it’s not just about me. And oftentimes you might not hear of some magnificent others out there. Today I bring you another wonderful worker, a tremendous closeup man that can work coins as good & better as anyone out there. Don’t believe me, just watch this…Take it away, Doug. 😉

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Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 12, 2021 08:38AM)
[quote]On Dec 12, 2021, Mb217 wrote:
You know I like bringing you the big, small, and all of us here as it’s not just about me. And oftentimes you might not hear of some magnificent others out there. Today I bring you another wonderful worker, a tremendous closeup man that can work coins as good & better as anyone out there. Don’t believe me, just watch this…Take it away, Doug. 😉

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Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 14, 2021 07:04PM)
Hey, in case you missed what Doug was showing you here, here’s a little more…but don’t blink. 😉

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Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 23, 2021 06:51PM)
From whence we come… 🙏🏽

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Happy Holidays to all. 🎄
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Dec 23, 2021 07:51PM)
With all the emphasis today on achieving the best "burn" and use of the nowhere palm, etc., it's nice to see some good ol' magic coin vanishes. Yes, the man wrote the book on this stuff. Thanks Mb.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 27, 2021 02:29PM)
Yeah, the old stuff is sooooo goooood!

Here is a bit from an old friend of the Café, from his good old days…😊

This is the kind of magic I remember growing up in NYC, from the old guys that were really clever in making magic look like magic.

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Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 31, 2021 10:42AM)
Wishing everyone the best of all things in magic and in life, in this coming New Year…Here we go again! 😊🙏🏽🎉
Message: Posted by: Bambu (Jan 1, 2022 08:08PM)
Marion,
You set a great example of kindness to everyone around the Café.

Happy New Year my friend!


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Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 6, 2022 07:30PM)
Thank you my friend, and yeah, here we go again…Let’s go! 😊

Here’s another stellar closeup man with a real knack for the coins…😉

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Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 7, 2022 06:56PM)
I lost another part of my journey today, a childhood friend that we actually began magic together as kids growing up in much less than humble beginnings in the Harlem area of NYC. I remember we used to save our little pennies for a month just to go downtown to Tannen’s on a Saturday morning to buy a few tricks and watch all the magic. He got to be really good early on, especially with coins & cards, but left it later on down the line for a relative higher calling. Man, I’ve been some places with some extraordinary people along my way (early on & later on), and an old Café member, “DOC” was one of them…😔

This is what a pretty darn good magician & closeup man had to say about my old friend…

“Sad news that Eric McMullen known in our world of gambling & magic as DOC passed away today. DOC was very underground but he was a legendary gambling expert. You could think of him as the Michael Jordan of gambling, he was at the top of his field. He was one of those people who I always wanted to meet, but never had the opportunity. A number of my friends around the world were fortunate to make the connection and the stories they tell of his ability with a deck of cards are amazing.

Non-magicians sometime ask if magicians reveal all their secrets or take them to their grave. In the case of DOC I'm sure there are quite a few "secrets" that will disappear with his passing. He had a huge amount of knowledge about the subject of gambling combined with real world experience... but he was also very secretive, as you would expect. Rest in Peace DOC.... you made a name for yourself in this world and we will speak of you often, while having a beer and arguing over who was the best of the best. You will always be at the top of that list.”

- Paul Gertner


Man, you just never know about people, just who will think what of who. From one champion to another, this is real high regard and praise given here for my old friend, and it is echoed by many fine others as to his great powers and being.

RIP old friend. 🙏🏽♥️
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 9, 2022 02:44PM)
Just a peek at one of the many levels of greatness…

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Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 14, 2022 01:24PM)
Just thinking how years back now, Ponta The Smith from Japan, took the coin world by storm and changed it with his handlings and new applications. It was all quite remarkable to see all the old stuff hopped-up to be something a bit more than what it was or though it could be. It all just takes a different eye and approach to make something different. Never heard a lot from the old-heads as to Ponta, but he was a real rage to everyone else. And no doubt gave a much infused boost as to interest in coin magic, over there and over here as well. He obviously had great reverence for Roth’s work, as he put forth new spins on his old routines. And I think he once said he never actually met the man. Hard to believe as popular as he became worldwide.

Another guy away from here that did that by bringing a new flavor to coin magic is this guy here. His magic is not your run-of-the-mill stuff, but champion-level, see here for yourself…

https://youtu.be/9hQaxaX7-5A
Message: Posted by: tonsofquestions (Jan 14, 2022 04:18PM)
Yeah, I love Mario's work. He has a great curiosity/innocence/wonder that he brings that I don't see a lot of folks using.
Message: Posted by: dj (Jan 14, 2022 07:50PM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2022, Mb217 wrote:

Another guy away from here that did that by bringing a new flavor to coin magic is this guy here. His magic is not your run-of-the-mill stuff, but champion-level, see here for yourself…

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Yes.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 16, 2022 11:57AM)
I tell’ya, I would be much of nothing without all these guys contributions. Not just the big boys, but many of these guys that are just as good and or better, but just not talked about as much. Giacomo Bertini was one of those guys, remember him?…I can’t forget him, and remember when he came on the larger scene with his own brand of amazing coin magic and shocked the world as to his fine & unique abilities. And man, what a really nice guy, too. So proud of all his successes. 😊

Anyway, it is a collection of all these guys and more that goes into what I do, little bits & pieces, remembrances of this & that, that produces things like this…Forgive me for not standing, as believe me, that would lend fuller deception to it all, but I’m sure you get the greater idea as to how powerful the magic plays in real time. And like an old record (remember them?), I’ve played it many times for people…😉

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