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Topic: The mint
Message: Posted by: Coolmanclyde (Oct 16, 2016 11:40PM)
Looking for origin on old trick called the mint. It was produced by Johnson for a while but now seems to have completely vanished from existence. Does anyone know the original creator? I can't find videos or routines on it. It has however been "revived" with a trick called gem busters but it doesn't have the same effect for me as the mint does. Any enlightenment out there? Or was this trick/routine left for dead for a reason
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 21, 2016 12:09PM)
You might want to contact Johnson Magic Products.


I can't speak for them, but years ago, I had them custom-make a silver dollar expanded shell. It wasn't cheap, but I got what I wanted.

At the very least, you can ask for the history of the trick. You really only need to find the cube and the blank disc. The ball bearing and the half dollar can be found easily. Unless there are trademark or ethical issues, anyone with a metal lathe and a milling machine can make what you need.

Another option would be to get your post count up enough to gain access to the Buy/Sell forum here, and ask if someone has one sitting around that they'd be willing to sell. If you are on Facebook, join the many such groups there where people buy and sell used magic. There is more such activity there than here.

Also, have you checked the used/estate magic sites? (Magic Trick Supply, Hocus Pocus, Ron Allesi, etc.)
Message: Posted by: Coolmanclyde (Oct 23, 2016 02:05AM)
Hi Michael. Might be a good idea for history questions and leads yes. Working on getting those posts in where I can ;)

I'll check out the other sites you sent too. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: JNeal (Oct 25, 2016 11:09AM)
My recollection is that Gem Busters preceded The Mint. And I also seem to recall that it was Alan Wakeling who suggested that it should be adapted to coins... Hence The Mint!
I think that it is credited that way in the original instructions
Message: Posted by: Coolmanclyde (Oct 25, 2016 09:05PM)
Ahhh yes. I am recalling Alan Wakeling being involved now. Thanks for the help!
Message: Posted by: Coolmanclyde (Oct 29, 2016 09:38AM)
I have found this item on a few sites and calling them to see if they still have it. 2 of 3 didn't but one more to call. Does anyone have any video links to a performance of this?
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Nov 11, 2016 11:57AM)
Big J is correct. Gem Busters was marketed first. Allan Wakeling saw it and thought..."that trick doesn't make any sense. But....what if it was how you make a coin....". He took the idea to Johnson and the rest is history.
Message: Posted by: Coolmanclyde (Nov 11, 2016 07:25PM)
Hey thanks for clearing that up for me Dave! I appreciate that. I'll make a WTB post here and see if it catches anyone. So far no luck.
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Jan 24, 2017 04:23PM)
Don't forget ebay...everything ends up there at some point.