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FlightRisk
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There are so many great resources out there, and I know between Bobo and Kaufman's David Roth book, it is mostly covered. But is there a list somewhere that covers as many gaffs as possible in one place? I created my own reference so when I forget what a reverse sun / moon is I can look it up. Smile Someone out there must have a better reference than mine. You historians know about things no one has seen in years and it would be great to have an exhaustive list
countrymaven
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I am assuming that you don't mind knowing the name of the gaff yourself.
If you do, you can look most up at conjuringarchive.org along with routines and where to find them.
I can't guarantee it being exhaustive, but the fact that many many routines you wouldn't know about are listed there, along with sources, this is worth its weight in gold so to speak.
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Dr. Michael Rubinstein has a 3-DVD set named "The Encyclopedia of Coin Sleights" that sounds like just what you are seeking. It is one of the best available in my opinion.

http://themagicwarehouse.com/cgi-bin/findit.pl?x_item=DV9541

Jim

Oops - you're looking for gaffs... though I still think that the above is a fantastic resource!
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Quite possibly Laurence O has compile one (Etienne Lorenceau),
but he is no longer active on the Café'. You could write him and ask.

However, any such compilation would be incomplete and immediately out of date - so "no profit in it" from a book stand point.
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FlightRisk
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Thanks everyone. What happens is that I'll forget what something is that I haven't used or that I get mixed up with something else. There are a lot of coin sets and gaffs out there.
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On May 16, 2019, FlightRisk wrote:
Thanks everyone. What happens is that I'll forget what something is that I haven't used or that I get mixed up with something else. There are a lot of coin sets and gaffs out there.


That's when it's time to post a pic here and we can help identify. 🙂
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Tango has a DVD called "Tangopedia" that is a four-hour instructional DVD. This DVD includes basic instructions for more than 50 gimmick coin routines and I believe if you purchase one of his gimmick coins you get the DVD free. At least you used to.
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Sad to hear Laurence O is no longer on the Café. If you had asked him about an encyclopedia, one of his posts would have probably included just about every coin gaff ever. His posts were often nearly encyclopedic.

Another suggestion. You might want to put your coin gaffs, with instructinos, in different containers, with instructions. This is not as easy as it sounds, but if you can do it, it could work.
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