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Habu
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Howdy, this is my first post in coins, but will be here quite a bit a suspect.

I'm reading Tarbell and he suggests buying coins:

Tarbell: Vol 1 page 64
"Start with a coin that has a fairly good milled edge. Magic dealers sell palming coins, half dollar size, that you will find fine for manipulation work as the edges are well milled and permit of a firm grip. I advise you to purchase about 2 dozen of these coins as you will find them invaluable in future coin tricks."

I am having difficulty holding on to the old worn half dollar I have. Realizing this book is very old, are there palming coins that I need to purchase or are these merely new coins with a "sharper" edge?
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Joshua Barrett
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Look at the coins that's what harlen is talking about there

http://www.nnmagic.com/magicitems/manipulationpage.htm
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There are palming coins that you CAN purchase, but I do not specifically know the Tarbell books so I cannot answer to that exact question.
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I love to hear about people going to older literature.
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Palming coins are made in various shapes and sizes. I have Nielsen(sic) to Houdini to ones so thin that a stack of 20 are easily held in the hand.

Newer coins have a grippier(is that a word) edges. One can go to folks in the magic world or to a local jeweler who can add grooves.

Along with coins I also work with washers from hardware stores. To get them the correct size for my boston box, I used a wheel at our school shop class to make them a bit smaller. In reducing there size I also added a grippier(there is that word again?) edge....

After awhile you might find you can work with assorted kinds of coins including palming ones. These days I work from dimes(U.S) to dollars(U.S)

On cold days it seems as if my nearly normal hands are more particular on what they like to work with. Back in the day(once apon a time) I remember working a shuttle bus and Down Town Street Party on a sub zero New Years Eve.

These days I like indoor and more controlled venues.

Thanks for the food for thought.

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I think Tarbell was referring to using palming coins for manipulation, either platform, parlor or stage-style, hence his recommending buying 24 or so. They are superior for these purposes because they are usually both thinner and lighter than real cash, making it easier to manage a large number, as in a "Miser's Dream" effect. They also usually have a very good milled edge, for ease in handling.

For close-up magic, everyone I know uses real coins, with Half Dollars being the most popular, followed by Silver Dollars. Some use Quarters, because of their general availability, but I still like Halves my self.

If you are mainly interested the more manipulative types of coin magic, palming coins are a good choice, and apparently, at least according to one thread on this forum (it will turn up if you search "palming coins") they are a good investment, as collectors are showing increased interest in some of the older ones.
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Habu
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Thanks for the information,

Along with getting my hands into better condition (different thread) I will get some better coins to practice the manipulations Tarbell has outlined.
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Habu
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Alrighty then [pet detective quote], I've ordered the Nielsen palming coins, silver dollar size.

Once they come in I can get back to my Tarbell Course chapters on coin manipulation. I know I can just skip forward to other sections but I decided that I would follow the course straight through lesson by lesson until I've done the whole course. I want to be a TARBELL TRAINED magician!

Then once I have achieved some level of expertise in the lessons he gives, I will specialize in the manipulations I feel most comfortable with. I'm sure though that even learning things I will not do on a regular basis will help me improve in other areas I am interested in.

Thanks for directing me to the correct type of coin to continue my education.
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Hank Lee's Magic Factory sells theirs (half dollar-sized) for $8 per dozen. I've got a couple dozen of these and they're EXCELLENT coins. Here's a link.
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Thanks Daddy, I've got the Nielsen silver dollar size coming, but I'm going to order the Hank Lee half dollar size too, I can use both sizes, but the half dollar will probably be a better fit for me.
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