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Jonathan Townsend
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Joshua, your audience member offered the start of some useful feedback.
Can you ask them what specifically gives them that impression about a hollow coin being involved in the routine? Narrow it down to what they see as the telltale and then you have something to consider re-strucurting. Smile


Here's a fun thing to pull on folks who think they know...

First look up my "coin go-return"

Start by handling the coins gingerly and by their rims.

Then, when it comes time to do the vanish, place the right hand coin on the closed fist, fingers side up. Now when you open your hand, the visible coin settles into the palm and the wise acres will think you have a gaff and it just nested.

Continue as usual and at the end gingerly table the coins again handling by their rims and ask how good they look.

You know what happens next in their imagination when they turn over the coins.

;)
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Joshua Barrett
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That's a funny idea jon =D where is that routine? id like to take a look
Jonathan Townsend
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The item "Coin Go-Return" hit print in May of 1984 in Apocalypse magazine. The magazine was republished by L&L some time ago. Harry Lorayne may have bound volumes available for sale.
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Joshua Barrett
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There are is a volume at the local shop ill see if its the right one
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I would just look at the guy and say " what the hell is a hollow coin? "
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On 2007-06-27 15:51, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
The item "Coin Go-Return" hit print in May of 1984 in Apocalypse magazine. The magazine was republished by L&L some time ago. Harry Lorayne may have bound volumes available for sale.



Is this a gaff or gimmick that is on the market or something that you have to make? I've Googled this and only came up with forum posts. Perhaps it goes by a different name now?
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Jonathan Townsend
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The item is mine and it "goes by" the name given by the magazine's publisher who is not only still alive but a Café member if you want to contact him...

Try the magazine issue or the hardbound volume if you want that data. I really don't want any of my work (mechanics, not names) made accessible outside it's original or authorized (by ME) published source be it in print or here at the Café or wherever I put the item. Not sure if the Conjuring Arts Center as that magazine indexed yet for online search.

Isn't it a good thing that Google does not yet have indices for our magic magazine articles at ready access?

Or do we want any muggle to find things like the retention to EG, the "Flying Shuttle Pass", the EG2FP transfer etc at a quick search?
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On 2007-06-26 23:19, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Joshua, your audience member offered the start of some useful feedback.
Can you ask them what specifically gives them that impression about a hollow coin being involved in the routine? Narrow it down to what they see as the telltale and then you have something to consider re-strucurting.


Maybe it's something like this:

1. The guy is smart.
2. The guy might not believe in real magic, might have a subscription to Scientific American or the Skeptical Inquirer, or is signed up for Randi's newsletter, or he's an athiest or is in some other way unwilling to believe that you're a deity or sorceror capable of performing true miracles.

That being the case, the possible solutions that suggest themselves are: sleight of hand, "some trick device", or a combination of both. I guess perhaps you could feel sleighted that he thought you used a trick coin instead of crediting you with sleight of hand skill. Keep in mind that while he might not "be a magician" he may have had a basic book of magic tricks or two as a kid. A lot of people did... especially intelligent, thinking, curious kids.
Jonathan Townsend
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On 2007-06-28 13:49, Mysterioii wrote:...
Maybe it's something like this:

1. The guy is smart.
2. The guy might not believe ...


You can ask them and find out directly if you have rapport with the person and express an honest openness to their opinion and feelings.

I get the best ideas from audience members who feel like sharing what they imagine or desire or believe.
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