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cloneman
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This may have been addressed elsewhere, but I can’t find it, so here goes: what are some favorite covers for when you make a mistake (flash a coin, make them talk, a ] slips off, etc.)

Obviously, part of the solution is keep practicing so it won’t happen again. But let’s face it, sometimes sh*t happens. I know one solution is to try to improve your way out of the trick, and in that sense one answer is “it depends on the trick.” So keeping those two obvious and important answers (“keep practicing” and “improvise”) aside for a minute, are there any fallbacks for coins that you guys use routinely when something goes “Ooops?”
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It, of course, depends which error it is, but if it is small, just ignore it and finish off with something ASTOUNDING and they will most likely forget that the coins talked, or maybe they didn't even notice.

I think we give spectators more credit than they really deserve at times.
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I like the method in Bobo's MCM for vanishing a dropped coin. I've used it a few times, and it really does tend to give the appearance that you intended the fumble from the beginning.

Other than that, I try to talk or perform my way through, if that's not happening I've been known to do the following:

Dropped coin - "So that's where it was, I've been looking for that one!"

Flashed coin (totally busted) - "... It's not mine. I'm just holding it for a friend..."

Or, if busted but recoverable, I switch it to back palm real fast while doing something with the other hand, flash the empty hand a second later, give the spectator an irritated glance, say nothing, and continue.

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cloneman
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I was performing a "coins through table" routine the other day with a buttercoin and the gaff broke, leaving me with a shattered coin on the table top. I said "I guess I broke the bank" did a false transfer and switched the pieces out for one of the l*pped coins. I followed up with a stronger trick (which worked) but felt I lost their attention a bit. I guess a really strong follow up is a requirement.
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A broken butter coin...I'm glad I did not buy one of those Smile
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I don't know that there any good 'one size fits all' covers for problems.

What might help is to try routines until everything goes wrong and you get a feel for the problems and what people like to respond to. This may take a while, but you will get insight and practice.
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At the Pa convention the other day, David Roth passed along some advice that he said Dai Vernon passed on to him. He said to David (After David had dropped a coin and it rolled across the room) He said "David, Do you know why coins roll so far away when you drop them?...
Because they don't like to be dropped." Smile

Thought this might be a good place to DROP this in... Smile

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Jonathan Townsend
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Joe, are you suggesting you ask the audience to pick up the coin and tell it that you are sorry for dropping it?
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No, not at all,
Just sharing a story that David shared with us when someone dropped a coin at his lecture.



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I agree with wildstone, about the Bobo cover for a dropped coin, if it's the one that goes under the shoe.
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It is the one that goes under the shoe Smile If memory serves me there were one or two other methods described in MCM for recovering from a drop or general fumble, but the shoe method is the one I use / was referring to.

Getting the coin back can be a challenge, but if you "accidentally" drop something else just before you walk away, you're all set. It also makes for some funny dialogue pertaining to having an off day, or my horoscope said I'd be having problems today... etc.

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Rob Elliott
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One way to recover the coin from under your shoe would be to "produce" the coin (a duplicate) from your pocket, and do a little flurry with it. Finish the flurry with a complete vanish wherein the coin appears to go inside you -- your mouth, ear, etc. The coin travels through your body and appears -- Voila! -- under your foot. At that point, the specs will have long forgotten the dropped coin and you've eliminated the awkward recovery.
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If there's something sticky on the bottom of your shoe, you can simply walk away and retrieve the coin when you're out of everyone's view.
Jonathan Townsend
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David Stone suggested something AMAZING which makes a good delayed follow-up to use the cuffed coin.
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Jon, is this the thing he shows on his 4 F's dvd? I don't want to ruin the effect if I'm wrong.
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Yup, some times you drop them, and some times they fly back up.
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James Harrison
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That made me take a double take when I watched that.


Such a clever idea, David Stone is a smart man.
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I feel the best out is practicing the ugly....LOL If we practice dropping the coin, flashing the coin, we can figure out how to cover it up. I have found that practicing messing up makes me more prepared when it does happen in front of a audience. Just something that works for me. that's part of the creative process with our art.IMHO

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If it's a non-gaffed coin... makes a wonderful opportunity for them to pick up the coin for you, and examine it. Just ask them if it got dented... they will look. And you can tell them it's real silver... and they will look some more, and give it back to seem more magic. The MOST important thing is usually to stay calm and go with the moment. I posted some lines about gaffs elsewhere. One for a ], could claim you have magical termites that have been eating your coins.
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I have a quick routine worked out for the dropped coin under shoe. If anyone is interested PM me and I'll share.


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