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I use a Johnson Morgan. Nobody has spotted it save a 9 year old who wants to be a magician and watches (burns) me like a hawk. Still fooled her with a version of coins across though. My niece may be the next female superstar.
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I've gone both ways and not seeing much difference with either Johnson or Schoolcraft coins. Both have done what they are suppose to do. Its not so much which coins you use, but how you as the performer uitlizes the coins.
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Exactly man
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I agree so much, I've quoted your entire post. It's worth reading again.
I've used Johnson's for over 25 years and wouldn't hesitate buying again.
On 2006-07-13 22:24, Brad Burt wrote:
What's so funny about this is that I have been using a Johnson Expanded Half in one form or another for 30 years and have never, ever been busted. Never. Shells are like TT's. If someone knows what to look for they are going to bust you. Period. If they don't they are not going to see it unless you use it so badly that you tip what you are using. The Johnson units are extremely nice and they are priced about right.

Are the Lassen/Schoolcraft units better? Sure. In the same way that a Mercedes is better than a Volkeswagen. But, they both get you to the same place in the end.

Part of the problem with ANYTHING gaffed is the way that the performer reacts TO that item. If you treat your shell as if it is in some different than a normal half you need to correct that. In your mind all your gaffs should be treated as if they are totally normal in every way. You see some of the worst problems with things like the Invisible Deck. The slow pushing of the cards from one hand to the other as you hunch over the deck in morbid fear that they will be discovered, etc.

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This nearly normal guy has used Johnson, Sterling to Lassen.....

Hopefully my audiences can not tell the difference...IMHO I don't think they can.

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On 2006-07-11 10:21, Jonathan P. wrote:
An expanded shell is made (correct me if I am wrong) by "expanding" the coin by "flattening it" and then hollowing it in order to get the shell.

I thought expanded shells were made by heating the coin, which causes the metal to expand, then hollowing out the coin.

If you want a shell that will completely cover your coins, then you could have a set of thin coins made. These would be made the same way you make a double headed coin.

This would be both expensive and unnecessary
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