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Jonathan Townsend
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This is about the four covers (Matrix) or two covers coin assembly trick on a counter or table when you don't set down a closeup pad.

What's your feeling on using gaffs in the coins and cards to get the trick working when there's no tablecloth or closeup pad for the sleight?
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There would seem to be two different problems: difficulty on lifting a coin form the table, and sound from sliding or lifting even artificially.

So, gaff solutions to one problem may not meet the other requirement.

Might I ask why one would wish to perform in this manner, given the powerful alternatives of coins across with no table?
Is this a solution looking for a problem? I assumed 3FLy evolved from not having a table - or not wanting one.
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Jonathan Townsend
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Discovering the basic problem(s) of doing tricks without a mat was as simple as noticing both the tabletop and floor unsuitable at the time/place which seemed to suit the audience. Finding a way to get past the mechanics of the method and out into the everyday environment appeals. Then again so does something like the Family Guy moment where Peter Griffin has theme music. Back to magic.

Holding coins up for folks to see is useful. As is having a place to put things.

I like the assembly trick. Al's Matrix in particular. You set the coins down. You cover coins to prevent manipulation. Then you make the magic happen.

There's some appeal to making a trick look like a movie moment. I.e. duplicating the experience of watching a movie where a story/magical happens using an edit. Good luck with the scripting/action/performing challenges in that approach.
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fonda57
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There's no gaffs, but David Williamson's Floating Assembly can be done anywhere.
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I remember seeing Shigeo Takagi perform his coin assembly with four cards and four quarters on a hard surface, and Will Houstoun perform his Shadow Coins on a wooden tabletop. Both were flawless.
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I love Al's Matrix but almost never perform it for people for this reason; no one uses table cloths and I don't use a close up pad. No issue with using gaffs to achieve it I guess.
One solution to the problem is to use objects other than coins. David Ben has an interesting matrix-style routine using 4 sugar cubes and a hidden-in-plain-sight object to get one ahead.

Most often I find myself using upside down bottle caps for a shadow coins type effect. They can slide very quietly on most smooth surfaces, because they are upside down the beer brand does not have to match, and they are incredibly easy to palm from the table surface.
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