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When I am performing coin magic to teens on the street, they always suspect something if my coins are shiny. They think it is a "trick coin" because it is so shiny. They wanted to inspect the change that came out of my pocket when I performed Exact Change by Gregory Wilson. I let them keep it just to prove it is regular. Has anyone had a similar experience? (not with exact change, but with any performance and someone suspects something because of the condition of the coin) Or is it just me?
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Hi Zack
It's not you. I shinned up some silver Kennedy half dollars using Mother chrome paste and a dremel tool and my daughter commented that they looked fake. They're great for doing a ROV vanish but I won't be shinny them again.
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Your old coins loose value when you shine them up too!
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Zack, I don't know you, and so I don't know how experienced a magician you are.

If you are relatively new, it (or, part of it) could be how you are setting up or leading into the effect.

These days, its a little bit surprising to hear that people comment on the look of the coins - seems that so few people really carry coins in anywhere near the way they used to!

Other than that, people are going to know it is either trick coins or sleight of hand. If you give them the coins, that should be a clincher. Let us know how things change when you start using un-polished coins. I would love to hear how it affects the thinking of your specs.

BTW, do your specs know you are going to be doing magic, or do they not know they will be seeing something magical until after the magic happens? Might be interesting to try doing the opposite of what you currently do and see if anything changes.

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On 2013-03-10 12:39, rogerpierre wrote:
Your old coins loose value when you shine them up too!

true if you are a coin collector but I sand mine down on a wetstone in a figure 8, darken them with bleach (my walkers) and sand the details with a 7-way emory board. My Morgans are all softened with the wetstone, buffed a little with the 7-way and I shine the s^*% out of them to a mirror finish with a cloth diaper and some metal polish I get at Walmart inthe automotive section.

I really don't give a hoot about losing value as I am a magician and not a coin collector, I find them much more valuable to me softened and shined or softened and artificially aged with bleach
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Actually, when I did street magic, the number of times I had spectators want to check out the props was far more often than ever happens
in restaurants or private gigs. I guess that's part of the mystique and image of being a "Street performaner", the notion that a street performer is some sort of "Hustler".
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