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Jordini
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http://magicvideodepot.com/view.php?a=v&t=3769

This is pretty cool looking. Does anyone know where I could find it?
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Fickle Nickle is the invention of John Cornelius. Doug Henning (I think, although Copperfield could have used it, can't remember) opened one of his television specials with it many many years ago. It is not a surrounded type of trick and requires set up, before showing.

Contact John Cornelius to see if he still is selling. I am sure it may still be available. It was only $10 way back when.
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RE: "Contact John Cornelius to see if he still is selling. I am sure it may still be available. It was only $10 way back when."

It still is, $10 I mean, or maybe $10.50, but no more expensive than that. It's a neat trick.

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It was indeed a Doug Henning special. This is a trick that even if you never perform it for anyone, it is fun to stand in front of a mirror and do it over and over. Even knowing the secret it fools the heck out of you.
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Thanx everyone. QUESTION: The video I saw had the magi holding the nickel with his middle two fingers. Can this be done with the hand completely open and the palm parallel to the ground?
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It's quite angly. For a TV special, it's great. For everyday workers, why bother?
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This ment to be presented with the nickel on the palm showing to the audience. It is not a trick you will show inches from your spectators. It is something you show backed away from them or across a table.

It does require set up and is more of a demonstration trick then a trick you can do under the noses of people.
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It takes a knack. Move your arm here, your hand this way. There are so many better ways to do a coin effect than with this nonsense.
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I think it's a good looking effect. Yes, it is angley, but how many close-up one handed coin vanishes are not?

It's good for a "flash" effect... a quick little something to garner attention and blow a few minds. However, there are, as Chris pointed out, many ways of accomplishing the same goal. It becomes a matter of personal preference and taste.

Hey... at least it's done at chest or shoulder level and looks natural instead of looking completely unnatural and done at waist level, a few inches from the left front pants pocket Smile

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Fickel Nickle can be learned in the video called
Classic Renditions volume 2 starring Michael Ammar. Smile
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Re: Classic Renditions volume 2 starring Michael Ammar.

The trick belongs to John Cornelius.

Citing anyone else is less than respectful.

Does Michael let folks know it's Cornelius's trick? Does he tell folks that John can also do the thing by sleight of hand?
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Jordini, I have one to sell or trade. PM me if your interested.
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RE: "Does Michael let folks know it's Cornelius's trick? Does he tell folks that John can also do the thing by sleight of hand?"

I don't know the answer to that, however, I respond because... well I guess because I like to throw in my two cents on a regular basis Smile I don't own any Ammar materials, video, DVD, or books, and it's specifically for the following, related reason; the first time I ever saw M. Ammar on VHS tape he did a coin routine... I completely forget what routine or on which tape it was... anyway, he did the routine and did not credit the creator in any way, either verbally or in the credits of video. At least I could not find the credit, so if it was there it wasn't obvious or easy to find. At that moment I realized that there probably wasn't anything that I could learn from an Ammar product that I couldn't find elsewhere, potentially by the original creator and probably cheaper than Ammar's offering.

I have nothing against M. Ammar, I enjoy his presence on my Doc Eason tapes (playing a quiet observer to Doc's masterful presentations Smile). Everyone does things in their own way, and his ways don't mix with my ways. I suppose that's the best way to explain it.

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On 2004-10-05 07:39, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Re: Classic Renditions volume 2 starring Michael Ammar.

The trick belongs to John Cornelius.

Citing anyone else is less than respectful.

Does Michael let folks know it's Cornelius's trick? Does he tell folks that John can also do the thing by sleight of hand?


John Cornelius himself appears on the tape with Mr. Ammar and teaches the trick.

I would think you can cite the tape as a source to learn the trick without any disrespect.

Bob
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On 2004-10-05 11:39, Mike Wild wrote:
I have nothing against M. Ammar, I enjoy his presence on my Doc Eason tapes (playing a quiet observer to Doc's masterful presentations Smile).

Please forgive me, but that remark actually was funny Smile
You know why?
Doc Eason being the pro he is -and knowing MAs normal behaviour-, didn't give MA a chance to interfere Smile

I like MA and a lot of his stuff and I always found he gave credit where credit was due, but watching the Dai Vernon tapes (and others) unfortunately he was/is too pushy, in case of the DV tapes, he is excused, he wasn't that *old* at that time..

BUT, I just did read the review Michael Close gave the Eddie Tullock tapes/DVDs, where MA was the host..

You'll be surprised..MA hasn't changed..actually you should read that review Smile))
Oh yes, I recall it was in Magic Magasin Sept. 2004, the issue with Fred Kaps on the cover..
Read it...not soley because of Michael Close's review.. Smile
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On 2004-10-05 11:50, Bob Gerdes wrote:
Quote:
On 2004-10-05 07:39, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Re: Classic Renditions volume 2 starring Michael Ammar.

The trick belongs to John Cornelius.

Citing anyone else is less than respectful.

Does Michael let folks know it's Cornelius's trick? Does he tell folks that John can also do the thing by sleight of hand?


John Cornelius himself appears on the tape with Mr. Ammar and teaches the trick.

I would think you can cite the tape as a source to learn the trick without any disrespect.

Bob


Thanks Bob! Great news!
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I bought my fickle nickel from eBay. You can find almost anything there. Really great illusion.
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Jonathan Townsend
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Between Cornelius's Fickle Nickle and Now U C It Now U Don't... much to consider about this stuff. And this is quite an advance on the ideas presented in Down's book and in Greater Magic.
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RE: "Please forgive me, but that remark actually was funny..."

I'm glad that someone other than myself found the humor in that Smile

So anyway, back on topic... Fickle Nickle -> Neat trick. Smile

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Mike
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