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mike gallo
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Like I said, I quit smoking and stopped doing it but its a great trick.

Tabman, don't let a little thing like quitting smoking stop you from doing the effect. Michael Rubinstein has a great method for non-smokers in his COIN-vention notes! I'm a smoker and I switched over to his's that good!!!

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Paul, thanks for the info about Don Alan.

For those adverse to using cigarettes, you can use other objects as Mike mentions, for example a crayon, a pencil, a rolled up bill, a feather...
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Joshua Jay uses a small brush. It looks soooo magical!!!
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Well lucky for me I have a biting quarter that is the newe style and an old quarter for the cig thru coin...usually I perform the pen thru quarter but if they give me a new quarter I will say "perfect I don't even need the pen" I just put the pen and coin away then I steal the biting coin and perform that effect...i don't specify which quarter I just ask for one and they are deciding which effect they will see:)
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My bitten quarter is a state quarter (New York). Since you don't have to show the reverse for that effect, it's not a problem regardless of which state someone hands you. Of course, the opposite problem can occur. There are still millions of "old-style" quarters in circulation. I guess you just have to be flexible. If you get a quarter that's a different style than your gaff, you could always just bend it instead!
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You might want to check out my Marked Bill Through Quarter effect, published in the June (I think) issue of Genii. It solves a lot of problems.
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I also use a half dollar and let them examine before and after. The half dollar is just easier for the audience to see. Especially big crowds. I also carry the gimmicked quarter just in case they pull out their own. Best case scenario is when they give me a quarter and a pen after doing it once with the half dollar.

In the case that I am handed a state quater, I do something bold. I back up to get distance and to blur clarity. Then I just do it with some motion. I don't hold it still so they never realize there is an eagle instead of a state picture. In the few times that I've had to do this I've never been called out on it. The quater really is small.

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I think that once they saw the cigarette going through the coin they forget looking for eagles, state pictures... You could have a coin with aunt Jemima on it and they would still look at the point the cigarette pierces the coin Smile !

Seriously now, I think that in the case you're given a coin noticeably different from yours you might want to take some distance explaining that the illusion works better that way. From a bit of a distance they can't notice the difference. On top of that they do concentrate on the fact a cigarette runs through a coin, they don't pay close attention to the coin itself. One might argue that this distance lessens the effect. Maybe. But I feel more secure doing this than rubbing a completely different coin under their nose.

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On 2005-02-16 15:49, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
A guy named Jason has a cute handling for this Smile

He's on the Café.

I think you might mean me instead of Jason. If so here's the link to that discussion.;forum=3

It doesn't help solve this problem because part of the coin is covered. It also helps take the heat off the quarter and the switch.

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Nope I'm sure he meant me jaxon. See my "Who wants to be the Firebug" routine on my DVD called 'Tied'.
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For an INVISIBLE switch of the coins Check out Garrett Thomas's "Any Questions" video. This will also be in his "Mind of Garrett Thomas" DVD's from L&L.
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