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cloneman
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I'm looking for a coin pail to start working on a Miser's Dream routine. Most of the pails I've seen have very suspicious looking handles which act as droppers. Any suggestions on normal-looking pails (other than, "get a normal pail")? Smile Ideally what I get should have the ability to hide loads without looking suspicious.
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Pete Biro
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Learn the best routine, the Charlie Miller one. It uses a plain pail. It is similar (in method) to one of the greatest all time routines, that done by Al Flosso and now by Jeff McBride.

The best sound comes from the Magic Inc. "Bell Bucket" (but they are out of stock)... I do have one spare, if interested PM me.

Otherwise go to a restaurant supply store and get a stainless steel bucket (champagane type) or the ones used in steam tables.
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I picked up a fairly heavy stainless steel pot at Wal-Mart for about $8. It was originally designed to hold kitchen utensils (spoons, spatulas, etc.) but it's perfect for a Miser's Dream pail. It looks good without looking suspicious, and it's also heavy enough to stand up to repeated use and misuse.

Whatever you buy, make sure it has smooth sides, which will enable you to release your loaded coins easily, smoothly and reliably. A top lip would be a good feature; makes it easier to hold onto the pail without slipping. The pail should also be deep enough to cover your hand movements, and to provide enough distance for the coins to fall and make plenty of noise as they hit bottom.

In a pinch, you can do the Miser's Dream with an empty one-pound coffee can but a pail with the right attributes will make your job a lot easier.

Good Luck!
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Jonathan Townsend
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There are some metal pails around that have handles. They are perfect for the trick.

Perhaps Mickey will tip some of his handling sometime soon. Smile
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I saw what seemed to me to be the perfect coin pail at, of all places, PetSmart. They had three different sizes and they looked great, simple yet shiny and they were cheap.

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Pete's got it right, Charlie Miller Routine, (it is in Bobo, and in Charlie's column in Genii, Magicana), and Magic Inc.'s "Bell Bucket", which IS a hospital supply item...

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Yah PSC, it is a pot to hiss in, as the snake said. Smile
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Hi Thomas, I thought about the Miser's Dream routine for quite a while. I believed that in this day and age it was time to come up with a routine using...YES! A regular pail...but most of all...total "visuality", like it was never used before!

TRUE, the sound of a coin sliding down the side of a pail is effective, however, you can not see the coin. I figured out an "absolutely fantastic way" to actually reach in the air grab a coin (silver dollar). Note: A single silver dollar. The coin is thrown into the pail so all can see "visually" from above the pail. The coin lands making a louder noise than ever, because of the throwing force.

Remember now, "one" coin is extracted from the air at a time and can be shown right away...laying in the palm of your hand, with no other coins around it. It is then thrown into the pail, everyone can see it fly from the hand into the pail...meaning, the coin can be seen in mid-air. It is absolutely amazing, and can be repeated up to 20 times in a roll (short sleeves on).

I was on the way to New York to work a trade show over the weekend (working as a magician). I stopped by Jonathan Townsend's, went out for dinner with him and showed him this all new Miser's Dream routine. Jon liked it and helped me improve on it. We worked on it till around midnight. (Thanks a million Jonathan.) I performed it for the very first time the following day at the trade show. Everyone loved it and could not believe their eyes...I must have performed it over 75 times during the two-day trade show.

"The all new totally visual Miser's was a success." I have never seen this in print before, Jonathan agreed! So I am going to write it up for all to see and learn.

"This is one Miser's Dream everyone must learn."

Thanks for reading,
MICKEY
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Don't tease us Mickey! If you and Jonathan worked on it, it must be fantastic. Publish soon!
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I'm looking forward to seeing and learning that routine. Thanks Mickey and Jon.

As for me, I use the Bob Solari Miser's Miracle gimmick, with a couple of upgrades that I came up with over time. It's a perfect walk-around size (about 3 1/2" in diameter/4-5" deep) and it plays well from behind the bar too.

Out of the box the gimmick pretty much does all the work, and it comes with a nice simple little routine. However, creative minds will find ways to add some sleight of hand to the basic effect to increase the punch factor.

I don't do it very often, but when I do, it usually kills.

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Pete Biro
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Joe Porper has JUST created two new awesome items for restaurant and/or walkaround. A mechanical Miser's Dream built into a stainless steel cocktail shaker... and a couple of coin producing wands (25 cent- and dollar-size).
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cloneman
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Pete & Wildstone,

Can you post some links where I might see/purchase these items online? I did a simple search and found only a small picture of the coin wand, but neither of the other two items. Thanks!
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I bought my coin pail at Bed Bath and Beyond. It's simply a silver pail with no ornament or decoration. It does not taper at all like a traditional champagne chiller.

What I like about it is that it is LOUD! I do my Miser's Dream with cheap Mardis Gras coins I got off ebay. These flimsy pieces of aluminum clang so LOUDLY that my wife is annoyed when I practice this trick.
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Thomas:

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Coincedentally, I just bought another one on Monday because mine was getting a little "beat up". It's a solid investment for $25. You get the coin cup/pail (it's small, so pail may not be the right word), and a jumbo half. As I mentioned, I reworked the routine that comes with it, as well as the gimmick itself. A brief look at it is all you need to get the creative juices flowing. I really like it for walk around and bar situations.

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On 2004-06-23 06:27, WildStone wrote:
Thomas:

Bob Solari Magic

Coincedentally, I just bought another one on Monday because mine was getting a little "beat up". It's a solid investment for $25. You get the coin cup/pail (it's small, so pail may not be the right word), and a jumbo half. As I mentioned, I reworked the routine that comes with it, as well as the gimmick itself. A brief look at it is all you need to get the creative juices flowing. I really like it for walk around and bar situations.


Wildstone - can you use additional coins with the routine other than the supplied half-dollar? I tend to use gold plated coins and Ike dollars.
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On 2004-06-21 20:58, pchosse wrote:
Charlie Miller Routine, (it is in Bobo, and in Charlie's column in Genii, Magicana


If I'm reading the description in Bobo correctly ... all you have to do is p**m 30 silver dollars at once? out of your pants pocket yet?

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On my Bob Solari Misers dream pail, I cemented a rubber gasket around the rim. It gives your hand a nice little bounce off that rim as you toss your plucked coin into the pail and it also gives you the ability to toss the coin in with a more nonchalant effort. Hope this helps someone. Roy McIlwee.
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Has anyone worked out how to switch pails in mid routine so's to get a pail FULL of coins?
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Jonathan, Is that switch based loosley on the "Cockroach Pass'?
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