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Topic: Coin in Vu-Lighter
Message: Posted by: BritishMagic (Nov 10, 2016 04:08PM)
Does anyone know anything about Coin in Vu-Lighter? Looks pretty nice, and I always carry a lighter so may be a good fit... Does anyone have this? Used it? Would love a bit more info.

The only thing I can find on it is a locked thread :
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=426331&forum=299
Message: Posted by: RNK (Nov 10, 2016 04:17PM)
Google RFA Productions Tony Miller. I believe he is selling these. If it's what I'm thinking I have one of Tony's and I am extremely happy with it.

RNK
Message: Posted by: BritishMagic (Nov 10, 2016 04:19PM)
Yah that's where I saw it :

http://www.rfaproductions.com/products/VULighters.html

I have sent him an email and waiting to hear back. Can it be any small item or does it have to be a dime?

***Sorry, should have put links in first post
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Nov 10, 2016 04:30PM)
I own one of the original Coin in Vu-lighter's, it was originated by Chesbro. I did it a lot, liked it, but the only draw back is that people expect the coin to have lighter fluid on it or at least smell like lighter fluid.

The lighters are no longer made and only antiques are available where you can find them. My gimmick has darkened with age, so that may be a concern with some.

The coin in Tic Tac box has been out and one with a bic type lighter (not a bic). Magic Methods sells or sold them.

I created a better handling, in my opinion, and there was a manuscript on the market by Tom Gagnon as well, so he must have liked the effect.
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Nov 10, 2016 05:46PM)
I have one of the originals as well. It's a good effect.
Message: Posted by: mike donoghue (Nov 11, 2016 05:06AM)
Know the method, but think using a lighter that looks antique really elevates it.
My mind has came up with a great way of presenting it & if any british magic dealers get this in I will get one.

Mike Donoghue
Message: Posted by: RNK (Nov 11, 2016 06:12AM)
Tony buys the VU Lighters and restores them. He takes them all apart, cleans them and basically hand assembles them to working order. Tony puts a lot of time into each lighter in restoring it. The one I got works great and looks great. I believe the price for the finished product depends on the lighters clarity and condition of the lighter (i.e. number of scratches etc.). Tony custom makes the gimmicks for each lighter.

Bill, I do believe the material Tony uses for the gimmick will not alter or turn dark over time and will last forever.

Britshmagic, the lighter is meant for coins and the biggest coin you can use is a quarter.


RNK
Message: Posted by: RNK (Nov 11, 2016 06:17AM)
Also, Bill- Tony has a great suggestion to cover the notion that the coin should smell when handing it back. All you do is carry a little piece of a hanky in your pocket with a small amount of lighter fluid on it. And after the coin comes out of the lighter and before you give it back to the spectator you simply get out your hanky (with a little fluid on it) and tell them you want to dry off the coin. So now when you hand it back it has a lighter fluid smell! I have used Tony's idea many times and it has always worked great and has never been questioned. And you only need a very small amount on the hanky which will not cause your pocket to wreak like lighter fluid.


RNK
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Nov 11, 2016 07:06AM)
RNK, that is an excellent idea.

I did email Tony some months back to see if he would sell me a new gimmick, he declined. He said they are the originals from Chesbro, limited supply. So as far as I know if they are the originals, they will show signs of age over time.
Message: Posted by: Doomo (Nov 11, 2016 07:30AM)
[quote]On Nov 11, 2016, Bill Hegbli wrote:
RNK, that is an excellent idea.

I did email Tony some months back to see if he would sell me a new gimmick, he declined. He said they are the originals from Chesbro, limited supply. So as far as I know if they are the originals, they will show signs of age over time. [/quote]November they are not originals from the Chevrolet line. They function identically to the originals. But I make my own.
Message: Posted by: BritishMagic (Nov 11, 2016 09:04AM)
Thanks for the info. Think I may have to pick one of them up!
Message: Posted by: dooblehorn (Nov 11, 2016 09:16AM)
You can bet anything from Tony is first-class and great customer support, as well.
Message: Posted by: RNK (Nov 11, 2016 10:31AM)
[quote]On Nov 11, 2016, dooblehorn wrote:
You can bet anything from Tony is first-class and great customer support, as well. [/quote]

Exactly! Now dooblehorn, what kind of royalties are you getting from Tony for making that statement? HUH? Just kidding, I am just waiting for Pegma I mean Pegasus to come on here and accuse me of getting free stuff and royalties because I actually like something and talk well of it!

Here's to you Pegasus: Ruff Ruff!!


RNK
Message: Posted by: Doomo (Nov 11, 2016 10:45AM)
[quote]On Nov 11, 2016, BritishMagic wrote:
Thanks for the info. Think I may have to pick one of them up! [/quote]

Well ya better get on it. I am down to half of my original stock. And as each of these is a ton of hand labor... There is NOT going to be a second run...

Tony
Message: Posted by: BritishMagic (Nov 11, 2016 11:13AM)
The site says "To Order one of these beauties, please e-mail the SKU of the one you want to scarneaces at gmail dot com"

I sent an email yesterday, waiting on a response.
Message: Posted by: Doomo (Nov 11, 2016 05:32PM)
[quote]On Nov 11, 2016, BritishMagic wrote:
The site says "To Order one of these beauties, please e-mail the SKU of the one you want to scarneaces at gmail dot com"

I sent an email yesterday, waiting on a response. [/quote]

Well I sent you a pm as I never got the email.

Tony
Message: Posted by: Doomo (Nov 14, 2016 01:41PM)
[quote]On Nov 11, 2016, BritishMagic wrote:
The site says "To Order one of these beauties, please e-mail the SKU of the one you want to scarneaces at gmail dot com"

I sent an email yesterday, waiting on a response. [/quote]

Well, I have emailed you back and no response. But I sold 2 over the weekend.

Tony