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It also depends on the country your in. The half kennedy's is perfect in size feel and sparkle, but some folks are doubtful if foreign coins are used. Patters can be worked around them to validate its use. I however prefer to use whatever is available. It pays to know the fundamentals of coin magic. That is why I treasure my Bobo Book.

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Got to agree with Rannie. If I need a quick coin sleight I always go to Bobo. A little unnecesary detail, but whatever. I recently order a first or second edition of Bobo's book. It is hardbound and I figured it would look good on the shelf.
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I haveta go along sorta with Kirkes here in his alternative thinking above...He likes using poker chips and I gotta say that I like using Nielsen's Palming Coins. Sorta odd right??? Smile

They are about the size of a Silver Dollar but about as thin as a dime. And really, they are just a tad larger than silver dollars and believe it or not it makes it more manageable and secure, also a lot harder to see when on edge. They felt a little funny at first but now for some reason they feel great to manipulate. They have a nice luster to them and you can palm several of them very easily. I still use Walking Liberties and Morgans and even halves...But I really like the feel and comfort of the Palming Coins.

I carry one with me everywhere I go and using them is never a problem to the spectators. I let them check them out before I start and from that point on they are only concerned with the magic, not what kind of coin it is.
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Walking liberties are beautiful coins, peace dollars too. Old silver pesos are nice as well. I bought some antique Roman coins a few years ago from an ad in the back of Biblical Archeology magazine and a friend just brought me a piece of eight from a dive he was doing off Florida's west coast (along with a cannon ball). I like clay casino chips too.

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Walkers, 1964's, and generally soft coins.
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Walking Liberty halves. Get Todd Lassen to make you up a few specialty props and you're good to go!
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Mb217: I agree with you if you're a pro. You're a magician, people know it, and performing with foreign coin (or casino chips or whatever) doesn't harm your performance.

I personally am a hobbyist. When I used to taking US halves out of my pocket, or even produced them (here we use Euros), people were automatically thinking that the whole thing was set up. Why the $%& would a european carry US halves?????????

Now, when you borrow a €2 coin from a spec who doesn't know about your hobby, and split this very coin in front of their very eyes into 2, 3 and 4 similar coins, perform a coins across or anything you like using those coins, and then make them disappear one by one again to finally handle this coin back to the spec... I can tell you the effect is far more devastating to the specs. Actually it leaves 95% of them speachless for a while.

Although very humble compared to some other magicians' here, this is my personal experience.

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It depends on the routine but for general stuff, one coin routines, coins across etc I use the UK £2.00 coin. It's the same size as the old UK 10p or 2 shilling coin (florin). 0ther reasonable coins are the new UK 10p (same size as a quarter near enough), and the 2 EURO coin.

I agree with phedon, it's pointless to use US halves here for hobby type magic or impromptu street work. People are bound to think they are "trick" coins. If you are a pro it's different. I'm suprised the English penny seems to have such a big place in US coin magic. I presume this is the old pre 1968 penny, the big copper one. I suppose it's a question of not having the right home size bronzed coin for copper/silver effects.

It's fine to use Euros in the UK for magic because although they are not national currency, they are taken in some shops and most people are familiar with them.
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Whatever fits your hand would probably be the best to use.
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I use walking liberty half dollars. I have, however, been criticized for using them by some people. They say, "Don't you know those are worth a lot of money? Why would you use them for tricks?" I really don't care if they are worth a lot, I just use them because they are silver, not clad, and they have a nice weight and look good. Oh, that brings me to another funny point... I WON THEM!! That's right. I won them from someone in a coin shop when I walked in and did Scotch and Soda to him. I bet him the four walking liberty coins in his case that I could change the coin in my hand with the one in his. Of course I DID do that, and I got the coins! Smile
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Before I used US Quarters until I saw Aussie coins, those shiny silver ones. I never tried using US Half Dollars. I'll soon check them out.
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I started off with quarters, but my hands were getting longer and bigger, I moved up to half-dollars, which is what I am currently comfortable with. I am experimenting with silver dollars since they are bigger than the halves.
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I use US quarters, but that's more because I could muscle pass them instead of halves, and because the only other routine I do with coins is Coins Across (using the Tenkai move which I saw on Greg Wilson's video)
But then I have small hands. Smile
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I like to use coins which are common in the country where I perform. For example in Germany everybody is suspicious when I show them tricks with Half Dollars. They ask me: "Why don´t you do tricks with Euro coins."

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On 2005-01-31 08:52, calexa wrote:
I like to use coins which are common in the country where I perform. For example in Germany everybody is suspicious when I show them tricks with Half Dollars. They ask me: "Why don´t you do tricks with Euro coins."

Magixx


And how do you resist to the temptation to yell to them : "Why don't you try to palm some of Euro coins?" Smile

Working with Euros is a nightmare for me : they're too small and they never seem to "fit" perfectly for my hands. The only exception maybe is the 2 euros coin, but I feel uncomfortable working with let's say 4 coins whose value is about 10 dollars. Smile Many years ago I introduced some 100 dracmas coins from Greece who I enjoyed very much handling.

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On 2005-01-31 08:52, calexa wrote:
I like to use coins which are common in the country where I perform. For example in Germany everybody is suspicious when I show them tricks with Half Dollars. They ask me: "Why don´t you do tricks with Euro coins."

Magixx


I am in Australia and perform tricks with US coins all the time. For the record I am never questioned about this.

I think the whole unusual looking coin myth is a self imposed dilema. For the most part the audience is right anyway...I am using trick US coins. Just let your attitude and magic take you through.

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Dean: and if they enjoyed the effects then that's what they will remember, not the coin you used. IMHO.

As for Euros, I have never seen them. Can they be had here in the states? Suggestions as to where? Might like to take a look and play around..I can see a money change routine here with a patter of travelling alot. Hmmm
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On 2005-01-31 01:05, GeorgeSantos wrote:
Before I used US Quarters until I saw Aussie coins, those shiny silver ones. I never tried using US Half Dollars. I'll soon check them out.

I believe you are talking about old fifty rounds. Yes they are lovely.

Dean

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On 2005-01-31 09:37, ChrisJ wrote:
Dean: and if they enjoyed the effects then that's what they will remember, not the coin you used. IMHO.



Quite right Chris. Just let the magic speak for itself and don't feel you need to excuse your coins.

Take care
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I like using walking liberty halves. People find them interesting and I love the sound pure silver makes in the hands.
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I also like Walking liberty halves...Great to use, seem to be made to fit my palm, and provide for many stories that fit coins across, etc.

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