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RP
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I just bought the Raven with steel core quarter. I did the trick for someone and I guess it was so good that it fooled me cause now I can't find the quarter. I'm pretty impressed with myself for making it disappear completely, but that's a $20 mistake. Ooops.
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To my earlier reply, I should add that I always keep all of my spendable coins in a small change purse. This also really helps me avoid a gaff-spending accident.

Excessively Cautious,

Dr. Faust
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angpc
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I keep all my coins in a purse, in a traveling bag while on vacation once (never know when you might need to do a Coins Across while waiting for the plane. Smile )

Unfortunately the whole bag got stolen, and the police recovered it a couple of days later, with all my stuff (thankfully!) intact, except for the coin purse. So now someone has $5 worth of spare change, and a Johnson ]. Smile

Hopefully he or she would leave the life of crime and embark on a brilliant career as a magician. Smile
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Chapter 24 of "Discoverie of Witchcraft" warns:

A magician must have a full assortment of trick coins and the like, but he must be careful lest he forget which are which and spend the wrong coins.

400 plus years and we are still admonishing ourselves.
GeorgeG
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Well, that is one good reason for having gone to older coin gaffs like the Morgan, peace, or Walking Libery. Can't possibly give these ones away by accident.
Mike Brezler
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I keep my gaffed coins separate from my other coins in a small coin wallet.
They are expensive enough... I would hate to use them for real currency.
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Almost left a hooked half as part of a tip for a waitress once. I had forgotten I had put it in my coat pocket after doing a trick with it a few days before. I was reaching around looking for some change when I found it, was about to drop it on the table , when fortunately the hook scratched my hand a bit, which made me stop and look closer. While that gaff is "legal tender" it cost me a lot more than 50 cents. And the waitress would have probably cut her hand on it and sued me for a million.
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My aunt worked at a bank and when I was like five she gave me a "cigarette thru" coin and if I had not lost it somewhere I wouldn't have to order another one- it's like seeing a toy go for a couple of hundred bucks and you kick yourself around the block because you destroyed yours in what was later termed "the great clothes dryer incident" by members of your immediate family !! Smile
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John_Cassell
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I lost a large collection of gimmickedcoins when my (now ex) wife spent them for alcohol one night. I now live where my usual coins are considered "furrin", and I use that (along with my accent) as a basis for several routines. And I carry coin holders/ purses (even with the occasional comment received) as double security.
Sam Tabar
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I ususally keep the gaffed coins in my one pocket and the ordinary ones in the other pocket. So that I don't accidentally spend the gaffed ones.
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Corey Harris
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I have never spent any. But I have accedently thrown my dime & penny in my change jar of about 40 bucks of pennies. That made for a very stressful evening.
tbaer
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I have never lost any coins, but since I read these posts I will now put my gaffed coins in a special coin purse so it never happens.
Alan Rorrison
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I spent sevral coins untull I started to keep them in different pockets
trevcmagicman
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I try to keep all gimmicked coins in my closet until I perform with them. But before I did that I spent my whole 21 cent trick...
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Dave V
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My ex-wife spent my e] quarter on a bagel.

Ex being the key word here... Smile
No trees were killed in the making of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
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LOL Smile
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Dan LeFay
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Old Dutch coin-gimmicker Gerrit teCate once told me an amusing story. He was attending a magic convention somewhere in the north of Holland. When he ordered a drink at the bar, the waiter showed him a shell-coin. "Look here sir, I was fooled by those ***ed magicians, they gave me a worthless hollow coin!"
"Ah", Gerrit said, not blinking, as he recognised it as a shell being made by him," Here, give it to me and I'll give you a normal euro."
He mentioned dryly:" I sold it to a younger magician later. It was the first time I got paid twice for the same shell!"
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David Melnick
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Just yesterday I noticed my Scotch and Soda coin was not in its holder in the plastic bag I keep all my gimmicked coins. I must have spent it. Oh well. The gimmicked coins I use the most are expanded half shells, copper/silvers and chinese coins. I never really used the Scotch and Soda. What gimmicked coins do you find you use more often?
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Quote:
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.



Heh heh, you must not have a very active imagination then Smile.
David Melnick
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As you can tell from my number of posts, I am fairly new at this. This may seem like a silly question, but do you use the effect in ways different than the standard instructions? You must, given your answer! I am at the stage where I am learning lots of sleights and standard routines, such as from Bobo or David Roth, but have not developed much beyond that. How do you use Scotch and Soda?
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