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Quick question...

Just ordered a brass Devil's Coin Bank. Curious if the gaff takes a little bit more effort to operate than the plastic version. Always loved this little trick, and now want to use it in conjunction with another pocket effect. I'll know when it arrives, of course. Just idly curious.
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The answer depends upon who made it. If it is made by Viking, it should work smooth as silk.
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I did check, and it is Viking. Shoulda known - didn't read the full description when I ordered.
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Just received the brass Devil's Coin Bank. It is made by Viking. It is a very well-made prop that has a couple of built-in features not available with the cheap plastic version:

- you can adjust the fit of the gaff without adding anything (like tape Smile )

- the bank will still rattle even when the coin is out. Nice touch.

The bank holds up to a .50 cent piece. I was concerned that the bank would not function well with a lighter coin, such as a nickel. Worked great with both. Didn't try a dime, though Smile

If you have ever wondered if this was worth purchasing, it certainly has my recommendation as a very well made (and VERY nice looking) prop.
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No doubt about it. George Robinson (of Viking/CW) is a treasure.
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Sounds like it was worth it for you Chess, glad you're happy with it. Smile I had one of the plastic cheapies many years back. It did what it was supposed to do but it was clearly not doing what your brass one does. I like the thought of the rattle when the coin is out. Can you manually stop the rattle to show the coin is gone? Glad it holds a half dollar too. Think my old one only held a quarter, or at least that's all I ever used to put in it. Smile I never did much with it but could always imagine it being more than what it was. Seems this brass version has much more mileage to it. They should advertise more as to it to say a bit more specifically as you did Chess. Think most people think it's all the same thing, just in brass and for a lot more money than the old plastic one. Anyway, enjoy it! Smile

And Banzai may friend, you're right, you can't go wrong with Viking, they make great stuff, always beautifully crafted work. Smile
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On 2013-01-10 16:56, Mb217 wrote:
Sounds like it was worth it for you Chess, glad you're happy with it. Smile I had one of the plastic cheapies many years back. It did what it was supposed to do but it was clearly not doing what your brass one does.


MB, I recently purchased one of the plastic ones at my 'local' (30 miles away) shop - kind of for old times sake, but also because I thought it would be fun to use along with another old Adams trick in a mini routine. When I got to my car I looked at the bottom, and it didn't sit flat - not even close. One side of the circle would be flush with the side, but over on the other side was up into the tube so far that anyone could easily spot the problem. Its a $3 piece of plastic, but still - they didn't used to be like that. Why the difference? Guess the manufacturer doesn't care. They had a few others in the store, but all were the same.

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I like the thought of the rattle when the coin is out. Can you manually stop the rattle to show the coin is gone?


Yes. Once the coin is out, you can shake it, hearing a rattle. You then close the gaff, and it will no longer rattle. That way you can shake/rattle it, and then set it down, all with the same hand, showing it empty after you set it down.
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On 2013-01-10 16:56, Mb217 wrote:
I never did much with it but could always imagine it being more than what it was. Seems this brass version has much more mileage to it. They should advertise more as to it to say a bit more specifically as you did Chess. Think most people think it's all the same thing, just in brass and for a lot more money than the old plastic one.


It's an old principle - I think that's why most magicians overlook it - along with the fact that once Adams puts something out in cheap plastic, it gets labeled as a "beginner trick".

Many years ago, Viking purchased the old Carl Bremma line, which includes a lot of different brass magic items, and still faithfully makes many of the old double bill tubes and other "Peerless/Bremma" items with very high precision.

The young magicians likely have never seen anything like these items, which explains why they are not being used regularly. The fact that they are under-used suggests that they might be a good addition to a coin routine that you are already doing. Thanks, both of you, for giving me a reason to drag this out of my magic drawer and getting me thinking creatively over an old favorite.

Alan
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