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The 'moons' are exactly the same size as a US Half or an old English penny. The edges are smooth. If you have mastered the muscle pass (and congratulations on that feat!) and can perform it with coins of this size, you should, as the good Curator says, be able to perform it with the 3 Wishes/Lycanthrope Moon prop.

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Thank you Curator and Prof BC. The muscle pass really opens up a new realm of possibilities with coin routines.
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Agree... If you can do a "GOOD" Muscle Pass with any coin, Con-Grats ! Smile
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JINX
Christian Chelman
Translated by Carl Gibson

Prof BC is a professor of Renaissance literature at the University of Georgia (in the United States) and an expert on Shakespeare. He is especially interested in magic. While visiting England to research his favourite author, he acquired from an antique dealer three identical coin purses, each of which contained two medallions: one gold and one silver. These items were accompanied by a letter written by a certain Phineas Thompson. Reading the letter, he was stunned by the contents.


The year is 1879, the place is Oxford, and Phineas Thompson is a bookseller specialising in rare works. He tracks down incunabula, palimpsests, parchment or papyrus scrolls and codices - and admits to a pronounced weakness for books of hours and grimoires. His shop is a haunt for obsessed collectors, penniless students and retired professors looking for something unique. His sole employee is Thomas Burke, and while Thompson appreciates Burke, he doesn’t always treat him well. You see, Phineas has a weakness for drink, and upon returning to the shop after his drinking sessions he tends to unleash a flurry of insults and sometimes even physical abuse on his unfortunate employee. Since Thomas is married – to a beautiful albeit somewhat venal woman – and has two children, he puts up with the abuse since he needs to support his family. But we’ll come back to that later…

One day, Phineas stumbles across a volume entitled ΠΕΡΙ ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΣ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΩΝ ΔΙΑΛΟΓΟΣ: De Operatione Daemonum Dialogus, an ancient treaty on demonology written by Michael Psellos, an 11th century Byzantine philosopher. In this opusculum, the author describes something called the IUNX (which he translated into English as JYNG or JINX), an extraordinary magical object dedicated to Hecate. The description, however, is not very clear. Phineas is no expert on translating 11th century Greek and, from what he can make out of the text, the object might be a rhombus, a disc made of gold or electrum (a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver) or an amulet used to make wishes and cast spells. The Jinx is a key component in a magical rite dedicated to Hecate. Hecate is a lunar goddess with three faces – Black Moon (Hecate), Crescent Moon (Diana) and Full Moon (Selene) – who guards the crossroads and rules over the night-time world. She is also the goddess of witches and wizards and oversees charms and evil spells. Regardless of the nature of the Jinx, its use can change the existence of the person using it.

To find out more, Phineas delves into other books (including Idyll 2 by ancient Greek poet Theocritus), visits obscure libraries, spends time at universities and the British Museum, question experts on the occult – some of whom he counts among his customers – and gradually pieces together an ancient and mysterious ritual dedicated to both Hecate and Selene. The ritual enables the creation of a very special spell combining both good and bad fortune. The spell is so powerful that in Greek mythology, Jason, leader of the Argonauts, used it to seduce Medea and counteract her witchcraft. The aim is to remove good luck from one person and transfer it to another. Of course, the conditions for creating the Jinx are extremely complex. You have to work certain nights of the full moon in the middle of a three-way crossroads, always accompanied by a partner, melt down wax figurines, burn barley and so on. The ritual must be repeated nine times.

He ends up making three pairs of medallions dedicated to the Moon. Each set consists of one gold medallion and one silver medallion, both made of electrum. The design engraved on the medallions represents the full moon, based on a drawing by astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini published in 1679. A person may use only one set of medallions throughout his life.

The spell activation ritual requires two people, the magician and his assistant. Each participant receives one of the medallions at random. Naturally, Phineas performs the ritual with Thomas Burke.

The person who ends up with the silver medallion (dedicated to Hecate) has to make the first wish and create a Jinx (a wish that brings bad luck to the other person). The aim is not to kill the other person, but to cast an evil spell capable of ruining the other person’s life. Once cast, the spell cannot be undone and will last until the victim draws his final breath. It cannot be countered!

The person who receives the gold medallion (dedicated to Selene) can make two wishes for himself, for example: become rich and famous. But the wish cannot, under any circumstances, take the form of revenge against the person who cast the evil spell.

Thomas Burke receives the silver medallion and hesitates. He cannot be sure the spell will work and he doesn’t want to harm his boss too much. And if the spell doesn’t work, he doesn’t want to make himself look ridiculous. But since he is fed up with his master getting drunk and beating him, he wishes for Phineas to become allergic to alcohol. While it may seem like an innocent wish, it proves to some unexpected consequences.

Phineas pulls a flask of aged whisky from his pocket and knocks back a gulp. Immediately, he vomits, starts choking and breaks out in hives. His throat swells up so much he nearly suffocates. Apparently, the Jinx has worked.

Nobody knows for sure what Phineas wished for, but two things are certain: Thomas Burke ended his days as a deranged lunatic in an insane asylum while Phineas died under unusual circumstances. One day he accidentally dropped a heavy box of books on his foot, causing himself a minor injury. But since he could not tolerate alcohol – not even when used medicinally – his wound could not be properly cleaned and the leg became infected. Eventually gangrene set in and the surgeon who operated on him could not put him under since chloroform contains alcohol. He died in horrible agony, leaving behind a young, very pretty and very rich wife… Thomas Burke's ex-wife.

Prof BC gave me one of his unused sets of medallions. I don’t think he’d ever had the nerve to activate his, and I can’t say I blame him. I’m keen to try mine out, but ‘curiosity killed the cat’.

I finally convinced my friend Gilles to give it a go. I opened the coin purse holding the two medallions and we each chose one blindly and at random. I ended up with the silver medallion. That meant I had to put a Jinx on him that would ruin his life, but not benefit me in any way. He gave me a rather worried and disagreeable look, wondering what I was going to wish for. Would I send him a nasty case of itchy and oozing sores? Haemorrhoids so painful he couldn’t sit down? Or would I wish for his luxuriant hair to fall out?

None of the above, actually.

“I’d prefer to have the gold medallion!”, I said.

Whereupon my medallion immediately changed colour – leaving me with two more wishes to make, while my disappointed friend was left with an unusable silver medallion.

Alea iacta est.
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Wow Curator! This is brilliant!! Thank you for sharing!!
Such great writing... wonderful story. I love the routine.
As a LM owner.. I'm really grateful you shared this!!
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I've always been interested by W.W.Jacobs' Monkey's Paw ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkey's_Paw ).
So I decided to mix my own version of the story with Prof BC wonderful coins and a logical routine. JINX is also a hommage to Annemann's famous magazine.
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Wow that is great stuff Curator. I literally have goose-bumps on my forearms, and that only happens when I'm amazed or creeped out. In this case it's both.
Thank you for sharing.
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Wonderful wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!
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How so deeply fortunate we are to have access to Christian Chelman and his marvelous stories.
So inspirational!
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I Stand clapping, with a large smile of delight on my face.
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Great story Curator !

I really like it !
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I apologize for being so late to this party but, as a locally performing hobbyist in Kentucky, I have two questions (but NOT criticisms) around the composition and cost of the props.

First, with the astonishing price of gold these days, what is the reason for making a high end copper/silver set into a gold/silver set? A copper/silver edition could make the set more affordable.

Second, some of us would be more than content without a third coin to switch out to (and without the two practice coins if that is still part of the package).

So, if Professor BC EVER develops (say) a $160 set with a copper shimmed coin and a copper/silver shimmed gaffed coin, with the coin box and instructions, I can imagine the more serious hobbyists (like myself) suddenly entering the market!

George
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I fully agree.
Especially the Fairytale Items are really cool for what I do (entertain my Children and their friends on Birthdays ...). But the price Tag is very high. Yes it is well worth it, I know, but still very often too high for a hobbyist.

Maybe that is a good thing for the professionals.
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MY WORD! Just stumbled upon this topic and, once again, Curator, you blow my mind! Smile

What wonderful story...
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Prof BC, what edition is this? Smile
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Found it! On the internet that is... Excessively rare book!
So are the Andersen Fairy Tales of the same editor btw (same look as well) Smile
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Things change over time, including the currency exchange rate between the US dollar and the British pound. For that reason, the price of BC's coin set has declined remarkably for those of us who live in the American Colonies.

When it came out in 2014, according to early comments on this thread, it cost around $300. I ordered this set yesterday; I paid $131.

I do not know whether this difference is entirely due to the shift in the exchange rate, or whether it cost more in British pounds when it first came out than it does now. In any case, I could not have justified the earlier cost, but thought that some of you might like to know the current cost for those of us in the USA.

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George, it was not the exchange rate, at least not mainly. It's that the coins are now available for half the initial price--they first were offered for 180GBP and now they are 90, which comes to about $130. Like you, I spotted it a couple days before the Café servers tanked and emailed Dan to inquire about it. He said they still had some sets with practice coins included, too. My order went in immediately! Can't wait. If anyone is on the fence, this is the best time to jump on it! Prof BC's work with small pieces like coins and such is always top of the line, and now it is within my range (after Triptych tapped me out!).

It's great news, and I don't know if it is permanent or not...
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On Mar 14, 2014, horus1 wrote:
At first I didn't notice the curator had posted the photo of Grimm's. I thought... (hoped!) the photo might have been a nod to
A future installment of Dopps.....!


'Tis.

Still a year or two out for Grimm's (needs to come at the end of the Realm of Faerie releases).

BC


A year or two to the day!
Just saying... Smile

xxx Morgaine
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On Mar 14, 2014, PROF BC wrote:
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On Mar 14, 2014, horus1 wrote:
At first I didn't notice the curator had posted the photo of Grimm's. I thought... (hoped!) the photo might have been a nod to
A future installment of Dopps.....!


'Tis.

Still a year or two out for Grimm's (needs to come at the end of the Realm of Faerie releases).

BC


A year or two to the day!
Just saying... Smile

xxx Morgaine


Tempus fugit--can it be two? Dear me! Still have Alice to do--and the Realm of Faeries 'everything' book. I have a number of the Grimm's stories written (each one needs a completely new 'translation' in order to do all that it will do), but we are still some time from seeing it in covers, I fear.

As I have written elsewhere, this is going to be (is being) a very busy year for me in my other life, for 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the 400th of the all-important Jonson First Folio, and the year my Renaissance database is to launch (next month, in fact . . . which you can visit at cord.ung.edu). Therefore, it is a year of traveling the university circuit, chairing various seminars, and keynoting a conference or two whilst seeing a number of articles and a scholarly book through the press. Though magic beats strongly in one of my hearts, the other beats only for Renaissance studies, and, for this moment, it is there that I live.

I will humbly have to beg your most kindly intentioned patience with me whilst I take this brief time to observe and celebrate the anniversaries of my beloved, randy lads (and lassies) from the world of Renaissance theatre. I will be back as soon as ever I possibly can with new goodies, and that is a promise.

Warmest regards,
BC
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Hope you have a great adventure Prof. You've given us so much over the years. Following your passions its the greatest food for the soul.
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