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the74rock
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I put my gimmick coins in another pocket
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That is the only reason why I carry the coins I use for magic in a small coin purse.

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Spending gaffs for gumballs.........in the words of Homer Simson....."Doh"!
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A number of years ago I stopped by the old coin vendors at the flea mkt down the road on Saturday to get a bag of cull walking liberty halves to use in an Okito Box routine I was learning. When I got home I started going through them looking for dupe dates and there was a locking $1.35 trick in the bag of 10. I had paid about $10 for the whole thing at the time. I'm sure it was a set made by Conrad Haden. It totally freaked me out when I found it as I was a collector of all things Haden at that time.

What are the odds of something like this ever happening???

But it's a true story.

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Wife spent my scotch and soda made by Lassen. Ouch.
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Although I've heard about many people who've spent their gimmicked coins, (right here in this posting, as well, of course), I've never done it myself. I would also say, with much certaintly, that's it's due to more than random luck. I am EXTREMELY and methodically careful to keep all of my gimmicks well away from all my spendable change. I mean I am careful to the point of having safeguards safeguarding safeguards. I am also most careful to NEVER have them anyplace out of place, where someone may pick one up and unknowinly spend it. Whenever I'm finished with them, they are returned to a locked suitcase to which only I have the key. However, I'm sure that if one was ever accidentally spent, it would still have to be someone living with me who somehow does it. Now that I think about this even more right now, I'm going to make sure everyone that may ever live with me knows exactly what's what and what not to even think about spending. Just the thought of someone spending one of my $60.00 coins on a candy bar or less makes me cringe right now! $60.00 is, of course, not even the worst of what my losses could be in a single spending.

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Tabman,

I was in Vegas a few years ago and when I got back to the room, I emptied my pockets and noticed an famialiar dull thud instead of ty6pical coinage ringing and sure enough I found a Scotch and Soda amongst the coins.

Can't say for sure if I ever spent one myself, but it made up for one that found its way to thr nether regions.

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On 2005-01-31 15:46, daeichler wrote:
Wife spent my scotch and soda made by Lassen. Ouch.


Admit it, you really spent it yourself.

I don't understand this thread. Why are you mistakingly spending coin gaffs. They are very expensive you should take more pride in them.

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Well, mistakes happen. People aren't perfect.
I'm waiting to do it myself, I'm carrying around a steel core quarter right now, but it's in my other pocket from my usual change. I'm trying to keep a close eye on it. I'd be a little ticked at myself if I blew it. The problem is, trying to keep the coins around for something impromptu, but preventing it from looking as though they're special coins by pulling them out of somewhere that you don't normally keep your coins. A coin purse is not gonna happen, that's for sure. Id' be laughed out of my office.
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In the UK now all 2p and 1p are now steel (copper plated). Who needs magnetic gaffs anymore!
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TGENTLE wrote: I was in Vegas a few years ago and when I got back to the room, I emptied my pockets and noticed an famialiar dull thud instead of ty6pical coinage ringing and sure enough I found a Scotch and Soda amongst the coins.


Great story!! It all goes to show you just never know whats gonna turn up from one day to the next. Something like that could only happen to a magician.

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Not really a coin, but I got a stealth pen for my birthday (gimmicks are not my thing) and my dad took it to work accedentally and lost it!
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I used to work as a waiter- my first job ever! I disliked the job, but enjoyed the customers. BUT yes, it was ironic and strange at the same time. While sifting through my change that I had accumulated through the one day- I noticed that one coin folded. In fact it stunned me, because I thought I had bent in- very perplexing. I then realized it was indeed a folding coin. Amazing. It wasn't mine, but I claimed it!

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To avoid this I put gaffed coins in a different pocket, the small pocket in a pair of jeans is ideal. So not spent any of them yet.

Some good stories of magicians actually finding gimmicks though, how lucky is that?!

Non magicians must freak out when they find out they have a gimmick and not realise how much they really cost.
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I accidently let a girl borrow my 3 in 1 quarter yesterday and I'm ****ed off.
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A guy that I knew has spent his gimmick coins plenty of time , me I almost did once but was quick to realize that I was paying too much for what I was buying hahahaha

So thanks God, so far I havent spent one. ;-)
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On 2005-01-31 09:20, Dean A wrote:
I can't imagine how you could ever accidently spend a gaff. The notion is ridiculous.

Please keep them sepeate from real money in the future and have some pride in the large amounts of money you have spent on them.

Dean


Yea Dean...I purposely spent it...I like wasting money (SARCASM!)

Everyone makes mistakes. I just made one...besides I got my folding coin for like $2.50...it's not like I spent my flipper coin or anything.
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I found a coin in my search for regular half dollars from banks. It is the only coin that thunked instead of tinked. I thought maybe it was a gaff and tried a brass bang ring on it... nope. It sounded a lot like the steel core I have... but this thunking coin wasn't attracted in that way either.

So, I tried working a routine where I get to take the clink out of a coin. Just not very effective so now I just have this coin that doesn't clink... it only clunks. Sounds like a gaff... but if it is I have NO idea what type.

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So, I tried working a routine where I get to take the clink out of a coin. Just not very effective so now I just have this coin that doesn't clink... it only clunks.


That's a very creative idea and one I'd like to see explored more. Sort of like taking the bounce out of a ball. Keep us posted.

Do you have any ideas for a routine yet??? Odd about that coin too.

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Tabman,
David Roth has a tuning fork routine that I acquired the tuning fork for. I played with that for a while but confused myself after wondering what was actually ringing... the fork or the coin. TOSSED idea. Then tried playing around with dull copper coins... "if you rub a dull copper coin together with a bright silver coin you can "dull" the ringing of the silver..." ~eh wasn't happy.. it didn't get the response from people I had hoped. Most people were like... so what I can do that too. They thought it was the way you hold the coin. Wrong... but still a puzzle isn't magic and I think they thought it was a puzzle.

I suppose now thinking about it again... I could try working some more ideas... or rework the dull coin thing into taking the ring out of a bunch of coins. so the effect would be that you have a bunch of coins at the start and jingle them around and they chime and ring and at the end they're a bunch of noiseless "things".... crud that sounds a lot like a wildcoin routine. eh... I'll keep thinking about it. I'll email or PM you with thoughts when I manage to scrape some out.

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