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devin_devil
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I’m thinking of buying sterling hopping halves and want to know more about it. Is it easy to do?? Is the trick self-working?? Is everything examinable?? Please help me.
Payne
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The trick is self working for the most part but is not examinable.
But then if you perform the routine in the traditional manner there is nothing left at the end to examine.
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Devin,

I have gone through 2 of the sterling sets of Hopping Half. The gimmicks are rather delicate and if dropped will mess up the workings.

Also, if you lose that particular .50 cent piece you are SOL and will have to purchase a new one. The Sterling model is a shaved .50 cent whereas the Johnson version is actually an expanded piece.

If you can afford it, do yourself a favor and pick up the Johnson version.

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I agree with Robert, save up for the Johnson version. The quality is much better and by spending a little more now, it will ultimately save you money (and frustration) in the long run.

This is one of my favorite coin effects, I do perfom it in the traditional manner ending with all coins vanished and nothing left to examine.

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A suggestion for an alternate handling. The handling that comes with the coins requires the spectator to give the "script" responses which they might not always do, especially when you are making them look foolish. If you are a beginner, you can start out then say, "No that's not right, let me start over". They will smile and cut you some slack. After the second move, you say, "That's not either, I'm sorry, let me start over." See how many times you can do that before they realize they've been had. Thay way you are not depending on them to follow the script and you are not making them look foolish.
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I use hopping halves in my English language classes to introduce wh- question words (which, what, where, etc.). Instead of showing that the student is wrong (and made to feel foolish), no matter what their response, I say, "Yes, that's right!" and open my hand. They see, that, indeed, the coin they predicted is in my hand... along with the other one. For the ending, I simply reverse the question: "Which one did I put in my pocket? Were you watching?" No matter what they answer, I can tell them they were right as I show my hands empty.

Johnson products is the one I use, but I am thinking of getting one of Todd Lassen's sets.

BTW, don't just limit yourself to the Hopping Half routine. The set contains so many gimmicks that you'd hardly need another for anything you might want to to. It gives you lots of bang for the buck.

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Hello,
definately get the Johnson set over Sterling.
The Johnson set comes with an expanded shell like Robert said earlier. That piece alone can run you 20-30$. Definately choose quality over price
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Devin,

Hopefully you already own Scotch & Soda, which IMHO you should pick up prior to considering HH. You probably have, but I wasn't sure.

Sterling coins don't suck--it depends on the quality control mechanisms in place at the specific retailer. Some places sift through the coins and only sell the best ones; some don't. If you're just starting out, Sterling may be the way to go. But if you've got some spare change *and* think you'll give it plenty of use, go for the Johnson.
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manipulator
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Hopping Halves is my most favorite coin trick to perform. You definitely should get it. It's fairly easy to do, and it's amazing.
Peter Marucci
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Well, you can spend the $20 or $30 or you can e-mail me and I'll send you my no-gimmick Hopping Halves routine, which appeared in my Showtime column in the Linking Ring magazine, for free.
A word of warning, though: Later this week, I'm out of town and far from a computer for most of September, so it may be a while before you get a reply.
denver
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hey u cant beat that, its worth checking into the no-gimick also
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I would go out and spend the 50 bucks on the johnson.

Even if you never perform Hopping Half, you cant get 2 expanded sh***s, a C/S coin and a S&M coin all for 50 dollars anywhere else.
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These is a great trick, But like all the others here I would have to reconmmend Johnson over Sterling.I "had" the Sterling set and I lost the half that came with it, now I only have half a Trick until my Johnson set gets here. Go with Johnson.
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I concur with the above post buy Johnson. I use HH regularly in my restaraunt act. In my opinion they are a very versatile set of coins that can be very deceptive if routined well. Have fun!!
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Great trick that fools everyone, I have the sterling version and am less then thrilled about the shaved half.
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