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MDS
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I personally like to use Morgan Dollars and Walking Liberty Half Dollars. I am just curious as to what other magicians use.

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Adam Keisner
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Well worn half crowns, can't go wrong. Well actually that's not true.....
tommy ng
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I like to use the Walking Liberty.
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I personally used 20 cent NZ or Aus and 50 cent NZ before I moved to halves. I can't get halves easily, and shops here rip people off.

I like Silver Halves most, probably like Walking Liberty more, but I've never actually seen one before... shame...

Others I really like include 2 Pound, 5 Franc, and 5 Mark coins. Not so good for palming, but looks very nice, especially the 2 Pound coin.
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I like the Walking Libertys (there is something about silver and your hands don't get green when you practise the classic palm. English Penny for the copper/silver effects.
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I don't know why, but I love the Johnson Chinese coins. I guess it's just that they're unique looking and more striking than a "standard" copper or silver coin. In fact, I substitute a Chinese coin for the English penny in my C/S routines.
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This seems to depend upon the routine.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
MDS
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I did forget to mention that I have my Morgan Dollars sanded down and smoothed out so they don't have an edge. I think that they look really cool that way.
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Bill Citino
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I would have to agree with Mr. Townsend. For me it depends on the routine that I'm doing... Whenever I do any Okito coin box work for anyone I tend to only use Walking Liberty Halves. However pretty much everything else that I do I use Barber Halves.

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US Halves are perfect for me. Too bad I never use them, I decided to switch to Euros only, since I noticed performing with specs' own coins adds a lot to the impact. I precise I live in Europe btw. For copper/silver, I use a UK 2p coin, which has exactly the same size as the €2 coin. Much lighter (!!!), but same size.

Needless to say that when you use Euros, switching to US Halves is piece of cake, the coins just stick to your palms! (Euros are small and heavy!).
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Paulsen clay casino chips. Many effects with coins lends itself to chips.
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I have always just used halves, I should try some of the coins listed here to see the difference. Not much of a coin man but I have started to get serious about it so I need to experiment and see what's out there.
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I also prefer Walking Liberty Halves. I have a Walking Libery flipper, an expanded #$@%&, and a set of four well-worn real coins. The Walking Liberty seems to be, due to its age, the first type of U.S. half dollar which has enough natural, circulation wear to provide a good, soft, quiet coin for vanishings, etc. I rarely see Kennedys or Franklins which are naturally-worn well enough to be appropriately soft. Plus, the uniquely different physical appearance makes them a visually interesting coin to watch. Also, the obvious age of the Libertys makes them seem more likely to be real and ungimmicked in the minds of most spectators--at least in my experience. Since I collect coins, I just tell my audience that I have a few of the Walking Libertys from my personal collection and, not only is it true, but they always believe it. People just don't even consider that an obviously antique coin would be altered and intentionally destroyed to produce a gimmick. This is a natural assumption of which I take full advantage. Whereas I have had people insist on examining other more recent halves, never has this occured with the Walking Liberty. Am I onto something typical and psychological in spectator expectations, or have I just been lucky? If anyone else has any similar experience with the credibility of older coins, let me know.
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Morgan Dollars and Kennedy halves.....
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I like too use ordinary coins!
In Lithuania the best coins for magic is 50ct, 2lt coins!
And I have some 25 US cents!
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Tysmagic
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I like using the Chinese coins best. Not the large ones with the milled edges, but the super thin light weight ones. I'm not sure who/what makes them!
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Quote:
On 2004-12-11 09:34, Tysmagic wrote:
I like using the Chinese coins best. Not the large ones with the milled edges, but the super thin light weight ones. I'm not sure who/what makes them!


Did you know that the type of coin you're describing is probably reactive to a magnet?
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I balance my use of Morgans and Liberty Half dollars with nickles dimes and quarters.

On Ebay a couple of years ago, I got some great thin coins/disk. One(me that is) can classic p... about 20 of them and produce them one at a time. I think they are made of tin. In the lot I also got 9 sleightly thicker ones that also happen to be magnetic.

Another favorite are old Australian Pennies. One reason is they have a kangaroo on one side of the coin. This is great for hopping patter as well as a tie in to the mascot of a local university.

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Tysmagic
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I haven't not checked to find out if they are magnetic or not yet. I will find out right now. Survey Says....nope. I don't use magnets anyways.
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I use good old Kennedy halves and english pennies.
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