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EvanAndrews
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The first time I saw a jumbo coin produced or even a jumbo coin for that matter. Nothing has ever made me freak out more.
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Almost 15 yrs ago at a magic convention in Portsmouth UK, a magician did coin falling up.

I just couldn't figure out how a coin could travel upwards from one hand to the other! I wasn't doing coin magic at that time and any good slight of hand with coins amazed me but this looked like real magic.

It was quite a few years before I learned the classic palm with coins and almost 12 yrs further on before I found the method for this effect in enough detail to allow me to learn it!

Then I got fried watching Chris Power do coins through silk! Smile
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Kohler doing Cylinder and Coins

and

Some guy doing Chink-a-Chink on a pool table at the last A-1 conference.

Chink-a-Chink is still magic to my eyes.
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The last time I really got hurt, and I mean BAD, was Kohler doing his d**n rising cards at A1. (I realize this isn't coins, but dang it, this one hurt). He did this right after killing us with his Cylinder & Coins. It's not too often a room of magicians is just plain ol' flabbergasted. This was it.
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The first time I was floored by a coin trick was when I was eight or nine years old and Harry Blackstone senior placed a Penny on the back of my hand, laid a book of matches on it and it magically turned into a dime! Yes a dime! He let me keep the dime! I have rarely felt the wonder I felt at that moment.

A little over twenty years later I was in London in a tiny magic shop. Pat Page was working behind the counter. He borrowed a bunch of coins, both British and my American coins, put them in his hand, closed his hand into a fist and revolved it palm down. He paused a fraction of a second and revolved it palm up again and slowly opened it. ALL the coins had vanished! Gone! No sound! I was floored! By the way, Pat did not give any of us our change back! Although he later showed us how easy the trick was done (and sell us the necessary)!
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Ahh, isn't it great that so many of us are obsessed with coin magic? Suddenly I don't feel all alone in a world of card ninjas.

Great moments in coin magic, all of which fried me:

David Roth doing Spellbound by the downstairs bar at the Magic Castle -- every move imaginable, including a Slydini sleeving move. But I only realized all this later. While watching, it was pure magic. He used a shiny silver half dollar and a darkened old English Penny.

John Cornelius making a coin fall up. He later responded to my inquiry with a nice note and a little drawing showing me how to do it.

Michael Ammar doing Shadow Coins on the floor of the magic shop in Santa Barbara. Pure wonder, no clue, and a sinking feeling that he would NEVER tip something that great. He proceeded to teach the routine in detail.

Dean Dill doing Explosion -- a truly perfect routine that is always followed by long seconds of stunned silence from viewers.

Albert Goshman doing his saltshaker routine. I first saw this at a magic shop in Salt Lake City, during a lecture Goshman gave there. The guy behind the counter, who kindly invited me to attend the lecture, was Earl Nelson. Later I saw Goshman do his act dozens of times at the Magic Castle, and it was always incredibly fun to watch.

Jim Lewis doing Coins Through the Glass Table, a trick so difficult I've never seen anyone else do it.

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The first time I saw a good, brisk performance of a coin assembly. I had the impression of instant and impossible movement of coins when I was just burning the close-up pad.

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When I first started in magic I learned almost everything from the short list of books at my public library. My first trip to a real magic shop I was giddy with exitement and ready to empty my wallet on anything I could get my hands on. Lucky for me the owner of the shop was a great man with a true interest in magic and not just turning a buck. He convinced me to get a copy of Dan Garrett's Close-up Connivery video. I watched the video and was amazed at Pin-demonium and the card effects. When the tape got to American Ninja Spellbound I was in total disbelief. This was the most magical thing I had ever seen. I watched it several times before even looking at the explanation, and to be honest I was not sure if I wanted to know how it was done.
I have now come along way in my magical life, and have seen a lot of great magic, but this is still the one thing I look back on to remind myself what magic is like for a layman.
I now understand that there are better coin routines out there but there is nothing like that first time you are totally fried.
As for the magic shop it has since gone under as most local magic shops have, but I owe a lot to that honest shop owner, as I am not sure I would have stuck with magic if not for him and his willingness to really help a person get a good start in magic.

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Anything that David Roth did fried me when I started out. Coins across, coins through table and then table through table. Last but not least Michael Ammar coin in the bottle.
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Flurious; where do you hide giant coins? Cool.
Roth's chink a chink.
Roth and Kam's versions of spellbound.
Miracles to laymen! Smile
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On 2003-01-29 11:32, doug brewer wrote:
The last time I really got hurt, and I mean BAD, was Kohler doing his d**n rising cards at A1. (I realize this isn't coins, but dang it, this one hurt). He did this right after killing us with his Cylinder & Coins. It's not too often a room of magicians is just plain ol' flabbergasted. This was it.


Hey Doug. That's when I was there too.
Did you notice that Bob Kohler gave the cards away after the rising card routine?

He did a very memorable set.

Got the book btw.


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Many moons ago...Many moons, There was a regular show on TV called "The Dick Cavett Show". One night I was watching it ( black and white at the time) and Slydini was a guest on the show. I didn't know that much about magic at the time ( nor would it have helped any). Tony Slydini did a few effects, Coins through the table (fried me bad!) and the restored cigarette was (an absolute miracle). He made me a beleiver, Quick! I wish there was a way to get copies of old shows like that. It was an honor to be able to see his performance on live television.
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Doug Henning doing Cornelius' Vanishing Nickel on LIVE TV with the camera zoomed in close.
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Disregard the original post I said about the jumbo coin production. I just saw John Carney do the Ramsay Cylinder and Coins a few nights ago at a lecture and it completely fooled me!!! I have never seen a better magician or been fooled more. John Carney RULES!!!!!
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Roth's Portable Hole....particularly the second vanish.....I had no idea and was convinced once I learned that vanish I would have a practical, clean vanish that could be used anywhere (since I knew there was no way he could be lapping THAT coin).

Needless to say, I was a bit disapointed with the method but use it regularly when the opportunity presents itself.
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Once upon a time in NYC there was a show called 'Wonderama' hosted by Bob McCallister.
From time to time he would do 'magic' bits. Then one Sunday he had a few guests on.

I was no great fan of the Chop Cup, and can't even remember the card routine but...one of the guests did a trick with a tuning fork and a glass and some coins. Poetry.
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Ha ha ha Evan was at the lecture I went to. Man, this was the best lecture I have ever been too. Good God, John Carney must have sold his soul to the devil LOL. Just kidding, he's great.
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Did Carney do the version from Carneycopia or has it evolved over the last decade into a different handling?
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Dan

Two come to mind.

The first was seeing Albert Goshman in the mid 70's.

The second was a magician doing a routine with a dime which kept vanishing and then
reappearing. I think his name is Bill Wisch.(a student of Slydini)


Both occured while I still had the eyes and mind of a lay person. (Though the more I know the more I realize I do not know)


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Quote:
On 2003-01-30 23:19, JonTown wrote:
Once upon a time in NYC there was a show called 'Wonderama' hosted by Bob McCallister.
From time to time he would do 'magic' bits. Then one Sunday he had a few guests on.

I was no great fan of the Chop Cup, and can't even remember the card routine but...one of the guests did a trick with a tuning fork and a glass and some coins. Poetry.


Wonderama was on TV in Maryland too. I loved that show, and Bob McAllister was no slouch as a magician himself...wasn't it his original idea to use a card and a bill instead of using two cards for Card Warp?
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