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Fabolous05
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Hi I'm new to this forum,

I just wondered if theres any techniques that are possible for this.

I want a friend to think that he is always wrong when we flip a coin. I flip and coin and he will call it.

Is there any trick that will allow me to always have the opposite side under my hand that he calls?

Thanks
MrCyNic
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Hi.

Actually, yeah. David Jones describes a method for doing exactly this on his tape "Basic Coin Magic", published by International Magic ( http://www.internationalmagic.com/ ). It's a sleight-of-hand method, so any coin can be used.

If I remember correctly, he describes this one technique alone as being worth the price of the tape. At £19.50, that might be a slight overstatement, although there is a lot of other magic in there.

Can't really discuss the method on the forum, but I can at least point you in the right direction.

Hope that helps.

Cheers,

Cy.
Sirakor
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Yeah I know of two (related) techniques that allow you to do this, but I forgot where they originated from. One of them requires a gaffed coin (it has heads and tails and is examinable though) whereas the other requires a quick eye and can be done with any coin. I'll post again once I remember where I got the method from.
Fabolous05
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Ok thanks for the help however my mom will not allow me to buy anything from the internet unless its a very local company.

Sirakor, thanks just post the link whenever you remember Smile

Thank you.
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I think it was a book or a video rather than a website, but I may be wrong...
Chris Thibault
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I have a way that I have been using for years. I have never seen any of the above videos or books. PM me if your interested. It'll take some practice though.
-Chris
Rob Johnston
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I use a double header switched via the Bobo Switch.
"Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable." - Margot Fonteyn
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I use to do that "trick" by flipping the coin always with same presure with my thumb and reaching always the same height.
That way I can control if the coin makes even or odd turns, just by rising my hand a bit or letting my hand down a little inch. Even if it sounds weird, the sound can tell you how much time the coin rests in the air before being catched. If you get that sound, you can even do it with eyes closed, because the coin always turns with the same speed if you do always the same pressure with your thumb.
Of course, not 100% of accuracy, but more than a 80%, and I think that's pretty good. I have to say that I can't do that impromptu the first time, because I have to train my ear 5 or 6 times to get a high rate of success.

Try first with a few turns of the coin, then increase the height, and lisen the sound! What you really do is making the sound always last the same. You can stop the sound by catching the coin in that moment. You will surprise yourself. It is important not to flip the coin too fast. Increase speed as you get better results.

Hi from Spain.

Carlos Pérez
Larry Davidson
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This has been discussed
here.
Larry Barnowsky
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Flip it, catch it in the palm up hand and peek at it as you turn the hand over. As you slap the coin on the back of the other hand you have the option of turning over the coin just before the slap. I think this method is pretty old and known to some laymen.
mike gallo
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Larry Jennings published a method for doing this.

Mike
Chris Thibault
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The way I have always done it is to flip the coin into the air, catch it in the palm of my hand, and in the action of making a fist around the coin I actually press the tips of my second and third fingers on the surface of the coin. By feeling the coin, I can tell which side faces which. From there I either slap the coin on the back of my other hand or flip it in the process.
I should note that I don't do this with just any coin. I use a half dollar that isn't worn very much. The newer the coin, the better because you can feel the eagle's ridges in the coin and the face of the coin is smoother. It may sound crazy, but with practice it isn't that hard, and if your not sure at first, you can always peek.
-Chris
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