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ARandomWizard
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I'm looking to buy an expanded s***l to practise with. I'm from the UK by the way. I was wondering what price I should be looking to spend at - I don't have a ton of money. I was also considering poker chips - I've heard about these but don't know where to find them. Are products by Tango worth it for a beginner?

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They can range in prices from 20 - 300 depending on the maker and what coin. I personally think for the interest of practice to buy on the cheaper side.....or check out the buy sell trade her I'm sure there are some for sale
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Consider buying a hopping half set. You will get your e-Shell and much more. Just make sure you get a HH set that does indeed use an e-shell.
A decent brand such as Johnson will cost about $50
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ARandomWizard
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Thanks, guys. I'll check out Johnson.
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I'll buy off Johnson. Should I get an expanded half dollar or quarter?
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I woudl say half dollar at least...i purchased one then went right on to dollar sized coins
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Yea Depends On The Sizes Of your Hands! But if you are Going To work for then More 3-4 People at a time. Get At list A Half!
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Johnson half is my recommendation.
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Agreed, start with at least a half dollar from Johnson. After getting better with your technique and finding that you enjoy coins, think about some of the more precise shell like those of Lassen or Schoolcraft.
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The new Sucker Punch poker chip set might be something to consider if you're still looking.
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I noticed that Tango sells a magnetic quarter shell.

Does anyone know if the magnetic shell adds too much height to the shell OR should I stick with a regular expanded shell ?

If both fit a standard quarter the same.... I might as well as get the magnetic, just in case I need it.

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Is the shell magnetic (as in has a magnet in it)? or is it shimmed and will stick to a magnetic coin (coin with magnet in it) at time ad copy can be confusing. A shim will add a tad of height but a magnet would add way more I think.
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I have one each, quarter, half, Ike Dollar, and English Penny shells from Johnson. Flawless. Absolutely perfect for my needs! Tango has some good stuff. Haven't bought anything from him yet. Quarters are a bit small. Half dollars and dollars work best for my hands. Oh! And if you get an expanded Ike Dollar shell, get a copy of Covert Coins by Charlie Justice! Three Coins Across routine. On that DVD Charlie shows you The Stealth Dump. I cannot recommend it higher!

Also check out Bobo (Hard cover) for some really good routines and tips.

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I wanted a quarter so I can borrow the coins. In addition, I can more easily cover all 4 coins when I use quarters vs. halves.

My main concern was the added height for the shim or magnet. I was concerned that an audience member who is very close may see the gap between the shell and the mat while the shell is sitting on top of a quarter.
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One possible problem to keep in mind when borrowing quarters and ringing in a coin shell these days is that now quarters come in two “styles” — the older, regular quarters, and the newer state quarters. Even the heads side looks a bit different, so it can be a bit of a gamble; what if your shell isn’t a good match for the borrowed quarters?
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Another issue with borrowed coins: That bright shiny pristine shell cavorting about among the worn, dulled, circulated coins.

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Good points
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And maybe it’s just me, but if a magician asked to borrow some quarters (or any coins), I seldom would be able to comply. I just rarely have any cash at all on me, these days. It’s credit/ATM cards now for 99% of my own transactions.
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If your from the UK like me then Mark Mason has some really nice coin gaffs and the price + postage is very reasonable.

https://www.jbtv.co.uk/

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Really depends on what coins you want to work with.
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