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Which do you do, and why?

I think HH is suited to a "magic" presentation and CSB is suited to a gambling presentation, so (since my material is all presentented as magic) HH is the one for me.

I do Hopping Halves (to open) a lot and I was trying to think of ways of changing it around, so I recently tried switching it for Copper Silver Brass - obviously not the same effect, but I'd sort of filed them away in the same mental bucket. Having properly taken CSB out for a test drive, it's surprising how much they differ. My HH is very quick - show two coins, close hand, take one away, open hand, there are two coins again. Repeat. I used to do a long spiel but now I just repeat the exact same line and the repetition combined with the magic is inherently funny. This seems to go over very well. Something simple and remarkable for them to look at and an easy laugh to break the ice, prior to something else that involves them a little more.

I've found CSB very hard to present as "magic". The best routine I've seen is Doc Eason's, which is a fast-talking gambling presentation, challenging the audience, and takes place partly in their hands. I think CSB naturally lends itself to this kind of presentation. Asking the audience to remember three things is at least two things too many. So to keep things clear, they're told to follow one coin. At this point, it's a monte. The coin switches with the other two, possibly with a "one coin becomes all three" or an "all coins vanish" ending. If you try to do the "magic" presentation, I've found it gets a little confusing - even if you cut it right down, it's not really clear to the audience what's supposed to be happening. The three coins are distracting, and the effect isn't clarified and reinforced by repetition the same way as HH. But presented as a game of "follow the half", it's suddenly easier and a lot more fun. If they're really following what's going on, the transpositions seem totally impossible - more powerful than HH because three coins are moving each time. But they need be paying attention, which means they need to be personally involved, which means they need to be challenged. And then you get into the whole question of how to have the spectator lose without looking like a loser.

I guess another way of putting this is that I think you can use HH as an opener, since the effect can be visual and obvious, but I think CSB is more of a builder, since the effect is more complex and requires more attention from the audience.

I'd be really interested in an ungimmicked Hopping Halves routine - I've seen a few, but they all seemed dangerously obvious. I guess that's a subject for another thread.
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Difficult question really Volto my old mate - as you are referring to two entirely different coin effects. For what it's worth, here's my view.

Hopping Halves: is a very good trick (especially for standing/strolling) BUT needs the right presentation angle; and possibly a stronger kicker finale - such as producing a jumbo half dollar. I don't think that simply showing your hand empty at the end is a strong enough conclusion; nor does any justice to the excellent ongoing plot (of a coin continually returning) throughout.

CSB: I used to perform the 'Chinese Bit' but found it very difficult to follow - from the audience's perspective. Partly, I figured that when you ask, for example, "what's in my left hand" - well think about it - YOUR left is on THEIR right (as they are facing you) so you've potentially got confusion; or at the very least, something that they need to think hard about - thus potentially diminishing their enjoyment. Maybe it was down to my lack of experience at the time but 30 odd years back, it never got the reaction that I thought it should. Dare I say that what is considered to be a coin classic may actually be bordering on 'magician's magic'? I really don't know.

However, what I DO know, is that a basic Copper Silver routine involving transformations, etc. IS definitely easier to follow AND just as magical - especially if you engage the hand(s) of a spectator(s) throughout.
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It's all according to your style. There are standard routines for both, but endless possibilities for using the gimmicks---just ask David Neighbors! I'd continue to modify your routines to fit your style.
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I really like both effects and their are
endless routeins for each one. every time
I perform these I get good reactions from
both effects.
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I use a routine by Scott Guinn called "Pouched CSB" which uses a modified pouch. However I use the Himber Pouch from The Ambitious Card. Has a few unique sleights that you don’t usually see with CSB. Works well for me - and it's not a gambling presentation at all.

Thanks!

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Todd - that's good to hear. I definitely get a stronger reaction from HH, but I think I'm limiting CSB too much in the way I'm using it.
Jim - Doh. My bad. I guess I just made the mistake that lots of folks here make, of not actually reading the books I already own. Smile
That's an excellent routine. And now that I've reread it, that pouch is a cool idea too, with broader applications. And a really practical way of carrying the coins. I see what you mean about it not being a gambling presentation. I'll find, make or borrow a purse like that and give it a go.
This prompted me to go and look again at Mr. Guinn's other excellent material - "Assertive Positive Negative" is a wonderful little impromptu bit, his ring and string routine is great, and his three ball routine "Having a ball" is excellent too. The three ball routine in particular is something I was meaning to get around to, and never did. I definitely will, now. Awesome stuff. Cheers Jim, and thank you Scott!
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Hi Volto,

Both are excellent effects as Merc Man has stated. Here are some cool suggestions to show what can be done with these sets:

Jason Madsen has a download available called "Down the Rabbit Hole," It's three effects for HH.
Demo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XicheRaM140

"Sun and Monn" by Albert Goshman is in Bobo and can be done with HH. In fact, the instructions are also on the Johnson printed instructions for HH.

For those of you who do NOT have HH, check out "Hippity Cop" by Jamy Ian Swiss in the "red" Apocalypse volume. No gaffs and it is the same effect as HH.

In the great book The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner you will find the COMPLETE routine for CSB. Apparently the routine included with the Johnson set was not the complete Wagner routine.

John Bannon has a cool effect called "A Mystery on the Aztec Orient Express" in Smoke and Mirrors. It's a very nice routine.

Ahimsa,
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Vlad - wow. That Apocalypse "Hippity Cop" routine should go straight into your "Classic Periodicals" thread in the Secret Sessions. In fact, I just put it in.
That's exactly what I was looking for in an ungimmicked HH. Simple application of basic sleights, very open displays and exactly the same effect as the gimmicked version. You know it's a great routine when the moment you read it you kick yourself and say "now, why didn't I think of that?!?".
I'll chase up your other references too. Thanks!
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On 2011-11-30 04:41, volto wrote:
Vlad - wow. That Apocalypse "Hippity Cop" routine should go straight into your "Classic Periodicals" thread in the Secret Sessions. In fact, I just put it in.
That's exactly what I was looking for in an ungimmicked HH. Simple application of basic sleights, very open displays and exactly the same effect as the gimmicked version. You know it's a great routine when the moment you read it you kick yourself and say "now, why didn't I think of that?!?".
I'll chase up your other references too. Thanks!


Volto,

Thanks for putting the reference in the thread! I am really hoping the coin guys will pay a visit. There ARE a number of interesting coin items there already.

You are so right in your thoughts about Jamy Ian Swiss' Hippity Cop. I really like YOUR suggestion in the thread about adapting the routine to other objects. So, thanks for YOUR tip!

Ahimsa,
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Checking Hippity Cop out now. Thanks for the reference Vlad!

Jim
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My pleasure Jim!

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Vlad - thanks also for the referral to Jason Madsen's excellent work.

I'm actually contemplating signing into Paypal and buying something for once - instead of just moaning about it! Smile

Very impressive - love his thinking and creativity.
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On 2011-11-30 17:18, Merc Man wrote:
Vlad - thanks also for the referral to Jason Madsen's excellent work.

I'm actually contemplating signing into Paypal and buying something for once - instead of just moaning about it! Smile

Very impressive - love his thinking and creativity.

Merc Man,

Posted: Dec 5, 2011 8:52pm
Found yet ANOTHER cool routine with C/S/B and my British friends will be happy because the book that it's in seems to have flown under the radar of many United States magicians.

If you have The Dave Campbell Legacy have a look inside - and no I am not writing the name of the effect.

Ahimsa,
Vlad

You're most welcome!

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On 2011-11-28 12:14, Atom3339 wrote:
It's all according to your style. There are standard routines for both, but endless possibilities for using the gimmicks---just ask David Neighbors! I'd continue to modify your routines to fit your style.


Thanks Atom,
Yea there are a lot of Great stuff that can be done with both! On hopping Half. Most people ask me what to do when they want to see the coins at the start or the routine? That's why I came up with hop a long Half! You start off with two real coins. And ring the gaff in as you go! Also as I am using the rattle Gimmick, so You get to hear the coins come back, As well as see the coins come back! ( It's in my Sound Routines Book! )

As for The C.S.B. gaff. I have a ton of stuff using it! as for change routines. One where all the coins vanish at the end! And one where ALL 3 COINS change at the end( and you end up clean!) And again this uses the Rattle gimmick So you hear the coins change places, as well as see the coins change places! ( this too is in the sound routines book!)

And there is also stuff like my SANDY routine That was talked about a lot here a while back!!! ( It's a coins across, Change routine, And the 3 coins jump back to the coin purse all at once. All rolled together!)

And there is so much more you can do with it! 4-2-1 and no card assemblies, Coins through the table, Portable hole stuff, And a purse frame routine where they appear, change places, And vanish at the end! And that's just off the top of my head! Smile

OK thanks a lot gang!

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I haven't done HH yet even though I own a set. It's my bad as I will need to find a good routine for it. There have been some good leads mentioned here that I will look into. I also own CSB which I use with the routine that Bob Sheets shows on "Hospitality, Volume 2." I see that you also didn't mention "2 Copper, One Silver," Which I own to do Bill Malone's cool routine. Smile

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If you are Talking About Sandy That's Mine! And Bill say so on the DVD! he has been doing it for 20 years! I put it out in my book coinjurering in 1978! Myself I use A Solid C.S.B. IE. The brass Coin is a Solid Coin with no hole in it! So I get the best Of both Worlds! And can do a lot more with just one set! Smile
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On 2011-12-06 13:38, David Neighbors wrote:
If you are Talking About Sandy That's Mine! And Bill say so on the DVD! he has been doing it for 20 years! I put it out in my book coinjurering in 1978! My self I use A Solid C.S.B. IE. The brass Coin is a Solid Coin with no hole in it! So I get the best Of both Worlds! And can do a lot more with just one set! Smile
I stand corrected...you are right of course, and it's a great routine!

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Thanks Sir Richard,

I also Have A Stand-up no table handling. If you can Backpalm Or Backclip? It's in "Stand and Deliver Notes " OK Later Gang!
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I like both sets of coins however, I tend to use Hopping more so I can introduce more coins at the end and go into other routines or just end there.

But both routines and depending what you do with them will get great reactions, if you do you homework and work out good presentation and routines.
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Bob Sheets has an excellent CSB routine with the traditional set on the "Bob Does Hospitality Volume 2" that Bob Kohler produced. See https://www.bobkohlermagic.com/view-product.cfm?productID=39 (and note that it's now on sale).

If you've got some chops, you should investigate Bob Kohler's CopSilBrass routine, which DOES NOT use the set. One of the most magical coin routines you'll ever see.
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