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vernal
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Does anyone produce a C/S using currently used currency for the C? Maybe something from the EU?
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Not that I know; but all EURO copper coins are IMHO too small for magical uses.
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I've never seen any Euro coins, or coins from pretty much anywhere but the US. My understanding is that the English penny is no longer produced, correct? Is it a choice between that and the centavo (I have no idea if the centavo is still in circulation)?
"Finger-flinging has about as much relation to magic as a Jazz Band has to Music." - J.B. Bobo. (I don't agree with the jazz comparison, but I still think the quote is funny.)

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I use a US Silver Dollar and a US penny, with a giant copper penny the same size as the silver dollar. Learned this from Francis Carlyle. It is as good as it gets.
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I'm sure one of the custom coin makers could make you a C/S coin with a currently used currency. However, would your spectators know the difference? A half dollar copper coin that is currently in use would probably be from a country that most your spectators haven't even heard of and certainly wont be able to find on a map.
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Well, my choice was current currency or a chinese coin. I was trying to stay away from a chinese coin because I felt that it would be more likely to be suspected as a gimmick while real currency (in my limited experience)generally does not raise the same suspicion. Since I've never worked with a chinese coin I don't know that it WILL be suspicious, just my opinion.
"Finger-flinging has about as much relation to magic as a Jazz Band has to Music." - J.B. Bobo. (I don't agree with the jazz comparison, but I still think the quote is funny.)

"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." - John Lennon
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Would real currency from Andorra or Congo or Turkmenistan help? (just guessing) you might as well take a chinese coin then...
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I think that a Chinatown Half is the way to go. The hole in the coin is its strength since laymen can't conclude that a coin could have a hole on one side and not on the other. Also, the Chinese coin is a better contrast with the other coin which is a good thing when you performing a transposition. Generally, the more unlike the transposing objects are the more visual/effective the transposition will be.

If you're concerned about examination, hand out a duplicate ungimmicked Chinese coin to begin with and then switch.

My two coin transposition is one of my favorite coin effects in that it can be done entirely in the hands, magic happens in the spectator's hands, and a lot of magic happens which makes it a great opener.

Larry D.
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A quarter and the new gold dollars; or dime and penny
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Soha - Too small. I want something half-dollar size.

Sirakor - You're right. I was thinking in my head Western currency, something the average Joe might have seen before. I'm not a pro, I just like to entertain family/friends and I want to get some sort of mini-act together for a friend's party where everybody does something (playing an instrument, stupid people tricks, etc.)

Hi, Larry. I like the idea, but I just hesitate on showing people the fact that coins can be manufactured by other entities than the gov't. This way when I slip in my ] nobody will have any clue. Plus it will be done standing and I'm not sure a black or white middle option will work. Hmm, maybe a peach crayon?

Does anyone have an opinion on simply painting a coin w/odd-colored nail polish?

Thanks for the help.
"Finger-flinging has about as much relation to magic as a Jazz Band has to Music." - J.B. Bobo. (I don't agree with the jazz comparison, but I still think the quote is funny.)

"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." - John Lennon
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Vernal,

Re. your hesitation "...on showing people the fact that coins can be manufactured by other entities than the gov't...", I share your concern if you mean "coins" that look fake. That's why I use a real genuine Chinese coin. Also as you suggested, I don't use black or white as a middle option (I perform standing) and instead use flesh (if you're interested in the best way of getting a good match, PM me and I'll give you a hot tip). Anyway, I'm not trying to convince you that my way is the only way. It works perfectly for me but there are a lot of options and something else might suit you better. Good luck!

Larry D.
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