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This is the only thing of its kind (gaffus-emeritus) that I carry with me daily.

It is so easy to do on a moments notice and so completely amazing that it should really be up for a "Creativity Award" of some sort.

Platt is a great thinker in magic and his Blackout is tremendous proof of that. Clearly all the interest in this thing continues to speak most highly of it, even from some of the most high here.

Well, from down here below a bit, I continue to recommend this without the slightest reservation...It's just that good and even better than that. Smile -Mb
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I had see this a while back but never gave it a second look. Well I finally looked back and took the plungeand am I glad I did!! This will make so many more possibilities for so many routines. When I opened the package I was so pleasently suprised with the workings. Thanks for the great thought put into this Platt.
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Blackout is truly an amazing affus-gaffus. Extremely well made - to fool. The possibilities are endless but even if I use it for just a simple coin vanish I always get a jaw dropping response. Another great job Brian!
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Simple thing to try today:

Take your blackout and hold it between your thumb and second finger. On the way to your other hand use your third finger to aim the blackout. Pretend a placement and move your other hand away. If you have props in hand... look in the mirror as you do this procedure. Now take a step back from your audience when you use it Smile
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Gary, MB, I&B,

Thank you for the kind comments and your continued support of Blackout. Look out for something new on the way very soon.
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Hi
I agree with all of the positive review's of blackout. I'd just like to add one thing. Platt came up with more idea's, that he didn't include in the dvd, that came with the blackout coin. Instead of charging the buyer for this new information, he gives it away for free at his web site!
You can tell that this coin is a labor of love. Very high quality and well worth the price.
hth
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On 2009-12-28 22:09, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
I think this is a wonderful concept. I've had mine for a while now, but have been too busy to fully flesh it out, but already I can see HUGE potential for this--MUCH better than similar items using the principle that have been marketed in the past, especially as regards the included "station."

I'm working on putting together a routine combining Blackout with the TUC. I think this combo has enormous potential.

Platt, well done!

I have the TUC half dollar, was thinking about getting the Blackout in the near future. Should they be the same coin or a blackout quarter will be more effective?
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Looks great!

I think I will pick one up!
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I just ordered one. =]
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I just got mine this weekend, it's awesome!
I got the quarter, because, I feel for impromptu magic it is the
least suspicious, but that is just my opinion
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I just ordered a Walking Liberty Blackout. After reading through this thread now I am waiting eagerly!

Thanks!

Jim
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I wore a sweater to NEMCOM and showed a few uses of blackout to some folks there.

Come on folks - at least try Roth's Hanging Coins Smile
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I met Brian in person and he demonstrated amazing skill with Blackout, I was amazed and had to buy it. I had to admit to myself later that, while one of the most amazing ways to vanish a coin...I am focusing on other areas. I have a US quarter that was only opened and checked out (never used or performed with it) If anyone is interested, PM me. I am letting it go at a significant discount. Comes with everything you need + DVD

Cheers

~L
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On 2010-04-17 20:02, scarylarry wrote:
I met Brian in person and he demonstrated amazing skill with Blackout, I was amazed and had to buy it. I had to admit to myself later that, while one of the most amazing ways to vanish a coin...I am focusing on other areas. I have a US quarter that was only opened and checked out (never used or performed with it) If anyone is interested, PM me. I am letting it go at a significant discount. Comes with everything you need + DVD

Cheers
~L

Larry, welome to the Café. I must admit that your name and Avitar are pretty cool!

Maybe I could do something like "Scammy Sammy"!

Cheers!
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Yea-Yea Sounds good to me! Smile
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This is a utility coin for the magician who likes to create their own effects and improve others. Its done wonders for a couple existing effects and given me tons of ideas for new ones... my only problem with BO is the temptation to overuse it! I don't like using a principle more than once, maybe twice for the same set but this thing could rule an entire set and each time be used slightly differently. Awesome!
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I recently pick up Blackout and I'm impressed. Great work I can't wait to start using it.
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I've had the Canadian Quarter version for a while. Blackout is a great utility. My only complaint is that I had to increase the power of mine, but that could simply be attributed to my t-shirts being a little on the thicker side. The coin itself is masterly crafted, but can be fairly easily damaged if you don't treat it with care. Greg Wilson's 3/4 Across from On The Spot is still my favorite ungimmicked coins across routine and I like to end it by making each of the 3 coins vanish. The Blackout finger snap vanish is how I make the last coin vanish. The build up to that point is so strong and the specs are burning my hands sooo hard that when I finish with the Blackout vanish it totally fries them. Lol.
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CasualSoul: So you do a Coins Across with quarters? (Not sure, are Canadian quarters the same size roughly as US quarters?)

I ask because though I have a few gaff coins in US quarter size, I have never performed with them. I practice with half dollars and whenever I pick up quarters they feel extremely tiny and I worry about them being too small for spectators to see well enough.

How's it work for you?

Thank you.

Jim
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I'm a tad confused as to the huge price difference when ordering straight from Brian's site and from Penguin Magic. The Blackout U.S. Half Dollar on Brian's site is $59.00 as opposed to the price of $44.25 at Penguin. Is the higher price from Brian's site simply because you can then join in on the "Tips & Tricks" discussion?
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Received my Morgan blackout a couple of days ago and I gotta say, this is an amazing tool. The quality of the coin is exceptional and Brian goes over all the r and d that went into making it on a section of the DVD. A lot of thought and research went into this gaff. It really doses look like real magic when you see brians handling. I like the way he teaches too. A very laid back and charming style he has. Best of all is that most of my shirts and tops are already black!
Does anyone have a routine with the margins worked out?
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On 2010-06-24 13:42, gaffed wrote:
I'm a tad confused as to the huge price difference when ordering straight from Brian's site and from Penguin Magic. The Blackout U.S. Half Dollar on Brian's site is $59.00 as opposed to the price of $44.25 at Penguin. Is the higher price from Brian's site simply because you can then join in on the "Tips & Tricks" discussion?

The retail price is $59 for the half. $55 for the quarter. Penguin, as usual, goes way under retail. They're welcome to price it at whatever level they'd like. So I don't fault them for that but I'm certainly not going to go into a pricing war with them on my own item. It's one reason we sell the silver coins exclusively from our site.

Sean, I'm glad you're enjoying the Morgan.
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The retail price is $59 for the half. $55 for the quarter. Penguin, as usual, goes way under retail. They're welcome to price it at whatever level they'd like. So I don't fault them for that but I'm certainly not going to go into a pricing war with them on my own item. It's one reason we sell the silver coins exclusively from our site.

Sorry Brian, I wasn't in any way trying to suggest that your price was too high, or that you should be competing with whoever the dealer might be. I just thought that perhaps your price might possibly reflect the right, and or permission to join in on the “Tips & Tricks” discussion on your site.

Posted: Jun 24, 2010 5:41pm
Just ordered the Half Dollar one. If it works out well perhaps I'll then order a Quarter Coin. Of course, now that it's summer I hardly, if ever, wear black considering the heat albeit black is my favorite color for shirts and other various apparel.
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CasualSoul: So you do a Coins Across with quarters? (Not sure, are Canadian quarters the same size roughly as US quarters?)

I ask because though I have a few gaff coins in US quarter size, I have never performed with them. I practice with half dollars and whenever I pick up quarters they feel extremely tiny and I worry about them being too small for spectators to see well enough.

How's it work for you?

Thank you.

Jim

Yeah, our quarters are the same size, but no, I don't really have any issue with the size of the coins. I never perform this effect for more than 4-5 people at a time though.
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Thanks CasualSoul. Yeah, I'm sure you are correct. I think they just feel too small because of all my practice time being done with half dollars.

Thanks again!

Jim
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There are not many coin gaffs I suggest folks explore - this is one of them.

If you have the curiosity and $$ - ask for an [ blackout.
Think of what that means when you ask a peer for a coin then stuff happens.
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Jonathon,

Does that exist currently? Or are you suggesting that someone request it to be made?

Thank you.

Jim
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Just received my Blackout Kennedy Half Dollar and all I can say is wow!
Although I could easily surmise what the coin was before I ordered it, I can now easily see just how much work went into making this special coin and trying to make one yourself would be pure folly. I haven’t played around with it too much as of yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so when time allows.

If after some needed practice with it, and it works out smoothly, I might very well also purchase a Quarter Blackout. Great work Brian on bringing an ancient magic principal to the present time, and something that is easily usable in a very close up situation.
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Figure a custom Morgan Blackout might be possible?
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Figure a custom Morgan Blackout might be possible?

http://shop.plattmagic.com/product.sc;js......goryId=1
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