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Topic: What is your favorite coin to work with?
Message: Posted by: waveman (Jul 7, 2004 03:53PM)
I don't mean the gaffs just the coins.

Mine are Morgans, and Barbers.

However, I do have a couple tricks that I only a 64 Kennedy will do.
Message: Posted by: eric_e (Jul 7, 2004 04:01PM)
I actually like quarters, since they're big enough for most things and common enough that you can almost always borrow them, which I think adds a lot to many tricks. And it's almost impossible to borrow, say, a half dollar of any kind anymore, sadly enough.
Message: Posted by: waveman (Jul 7, 2004 04:06PM)
True, now we have to deal with the soon to be fifty different quarters out there.
Message: Posted by: paulajayne (Jul 7, 2004 05:04PM)
Hi
5 and 1/2 dollar.

Paula
Message: Posted by: Razzle Dazzle (Jul 7, 2004 07:22PM)
I like the Morgans quite a bit. I also have four 1964 Kennedy half dollars, silver, that I'm quite fond of.
Message: Posted by: saturnin (Jul 7, 2004 07:28PM)
We are lucky in Canada (for one thing at least!)

We have loonies (1$) and toonies (2$) which are similar in size to american half-dollars.

Which means you can do a lot a coin magic with borrowed coins! :)

Ronnie Lemieux
Montreal
Canada
Message: Posted by: Bill Citino (Jul 7, 2004 08:04PM)
Personally I like to use Morgan Dollars and Barber Halves, more so the Barber Halves though. I love the way they look and how quiet they are.

-Bill
Message: Posted by: deerbourne (Jul 7, 2004 09:25PM)
Silver Kennedys (67 and 68) and some well worn Walking Liberties, although I prefer the Kennedys for the clean edges.

Deerbourne
Message: Posted by: Bill Thomas (Jul 7, 2004 09:29PM)
Half dollars - walking liberties
Message: Posted by: sleightofhander (Jul 7, 2004 09:49PM)
I've been using my remilled walking liberties from Jamie.
Message: Posted by: Dawai (Jul 8, 2004 05:59AM)
Morgan Dollard,64 Kennedy halfs and the every day Quarters
Message: Posted by: EricHenning (Jul 8, 2004 07:11AM)
I use [url=http://catalog.usmint.gov/wcs/wcs_command/0,,cginame_a=ProductDisplay&querystring=prnbr;G46+prmenbr;1000+cgnbr;1200+parentCategory;,00.html]U.S. Silver Eagles[/url] which feel right to my large hands and look beautiful (they are based on the "Walking Liberty" design). They are collectors' bullion coins, are a full ounce of silver and are thicker, heavier and larger in diameter than Morgans. They are close enough to work with Sudbury copper pennies though. They cost about $10 new from coin dealers (uncirculated, not proof). I am lucky to live near one of the biggest coin dealers on the East Coast, [url=http://www.goldeneaglecoin.com/index2.ivnu]Golden Eagle.[/url]

My gaffed sets are mostly Morgans, although I plan to slowly phase in Eagle gaffs as I can afford to (are you listening, Todd?)

I am trying to phase out half dollars entirely for close-up work as they are simply too small for my hands. David Roth once told me to use the biggest coins possible, because the biggest problem in coin magic is visibility.

For the Miser's Dream, I begin on stage with Neilsen palming coins, then switch to half dollars for working among the audience. It's important people see that I'm catching real money.

In my Victorian act, I use pre-1900 Morgans and reproduction silver Maria Theresa Austrian thaler coins, which are beautiful and huge.

The new "Chinese" coins from George Schindler, which come in a variety of colors, are exactly the same diameter as the old 1960s vintage Canadian silver dollars. I use a pair for the "Nabil Change" from the "Cultural Xchange" DVD.
Message: Posted by: Sirakor (Jul 8, 2004 07:27AM)
Currently half dollars, I do both Walking Liberties and 64 Kennedys. I want to switch to Dollar size coins though, because they are easier to see and it looks more impressive, however at the moment palming more than one is a bit of a pain. Practice, practice... if Dollar size turns out to be too big I might be looking for a non-US silver coin that's in between the two sizes, I think 35mm diameter would suit my hands perfectly, but then I won't be able to get any gaffs besides custom ones...
Message: Posted by: cloneman (Jul 8, 2004 09:54AM)
Ike dollars.
Message: Posted by: trenchant (Jul 8, 2004 10:15AM)
Remilled, fairly soft Franklin Halves. For sentimental reasons. Seems almost noone uses them, so you have to have any gaffs custom made.
Message: Posted by: Mike Wild (Jul 8, 2004 10:43AM)
The one that does exactly what I want it to do. Usually a walking lib half... but morgans have been known to follow instructions fairly well too ;)

Since getting my Lassen U3F set, morgans are more and more a part of the act.

Deerbourne - I like the 67 Kennedy halves over the 64's as well. Something about the 40% silver vs. 90% that makes the coins sound better to me. But when I want them to be quiet, it's walking libs all the way.

Best,

Mike
Message: Posted by: Metalepsis (Jul 8, 2004 11:14AM)
2. Great size and weight.

M
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jul 8, 2004 11:33AM)
Having learned from Slydini, using Silver Dollar size (I like the look of Morgans) is like using poker size cards vs. bridge size. Better weight, visibility and feel.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Jul 8, 2004 12:41PM)
64 halves. I have "woman" hands, so the smaller coins help me out. I also like the Walking Liberties.
Message: Posted by: waveman (Jul 8, 2004 03:06PM)
"woman" hands! that's a riot.
I'm still laughing.

I've been working with morgans for a bit now, does any one else find that going back to halfs, they feel tiny?

It takes me a couple days to adjust from one size to another.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Jul 8, 2004 03:44PM)
"Woman" Hands. It is a curse.

I remember taking a typing test one time and the lady said...."I have never seen a man with such woman-like hands! Maybe that is why you type so fast!"

Needless to say, I felt more manly than ever. So I went home and watched all the Stallone flicks I owned.
Message: Posted by: CardiniMan (Jul 8, 2004 03:55PM)
Depending on the routine I will use either Dollar Morgans or walking liberty halfs. All of them soft.
Message: Posted by: Bill Citino (Jul 8, 2004 09:40PM)
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On 2004-07-08 13:41, Astinus wrote:
64 halves. I have "woman" hands, so the smaller coins help me out. I also like the Walking Liberties.
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Astinus, I sooo feel your pain on this one my friend. I guess we just have to play the hand that we have been so unfortunately dealt LOL!!!

-Bill
Message: Posted by: James Watkins (Jul 9, 2004 12:00AM)
My personal preference is a regular Kennedy Half Dollar and Silver Dollars. I carry about 3-4 of them each in my pocket all day long.

Later,
James Watkins
Message: Posted by: Sirakor (Jul 9, 2004 06:00AM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-08 16:06, waveman wrote:
"woman" hands! that's a riot.
I'm still laughing.

I've been working with morgans for a bit now, does any one else find that going back to halfs, they feel tiny?


It takes me a couple days to adjust from one size to another.
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I don't need to adjust from one to the other, but yeah since I've started with Dollar size coins halves now feel like quarters used to. They feel different, but I felt that practicing with larger coins improves my manipulation skills of smaller ones a lot (for some sleights).
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jul 9, 2004 06:31PM)
Does anyone have a source for Eisenhower silver dollars? I don't care if they're pure silver or not. I keep getting beat out of every ebay auction when I try to buy them. Thanks.

Jim
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 9, 2004 06:58PM)
Jim,

The coin shop by me carries them. They sell them for $1.25 or $1.50.

Let me know if you want me to pick some up.

Frank
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Jul 9, 2004 06:59PM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-09 19:31, JamesinLA wrote:
Does anyone have a source for Eisenhower silver dollars? I don't care if they're pure silver or not.
[/quote]

I don't think they were ever made in pure silver. Am I wrong? Maybe in some type of collector's set?
Message: Posted by: waveman (Jul 10, 2004 05:34PM)
Ikes were never silver.

You can get them by the boat load at any local coin shop (in the us)
You may even find them at banks still.

I realy don't like them though, they just look like big quarters, no charachter IMHO.

I absolutly hate the new gold dollars.

With the latest poker craze out there, has anyone tried casino chips?
Message: Posted by: E.J. Krucsil (Jul 10, 2004 06:32PM)
I've been using soft morgans whenever possible, and I just love them. Unfortunately it's hard to find good gaffs readily available. Just recieved a Expanded Shell set from Todd Lassen- and I'm addicted. The visiblity is a big factor for me. I know it's "close-up", but the farther back I can project an effect- the better.
Message: Posted by: stephen secret (Jul 10, 2004 07:41PM)
I have four morgans I'm using now. Also found a large mexican coin learning the coin roll while in Mexico. A lot depends on the size of your hands.
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Jul 10, 2004 08:46PM)
Astinius. I was laughing at your post's. I was laughing, because I have the exact same thing. Wee little women hands. It's great!
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jul 11, 2004 03:44AM)
Waveman,
You said the Eisenhower silver dollars look like quarters. But the Ike dollars are the same size as a normal silver dollar right? Same size as the Morgans? I just want coins bigger than the Kennedy halves that I usually use. Thanks.

Jim
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jul 11, 2004 06:11AM)
Morgans, followed by the Kennedy half, but I would like to try the Barbers..........
Message: Posted by: Sirakor (Jul 12, 2004 06:29AM)
@JamesinLA: as far as I know Ike Dollars are not made from silver, they are made from Copper/Nickel. I'm not even sure if Eisenhower Silver Dollars exist at all, you'll have to ask a coin expert. Ikes (Cu/Ni Eisenhower Dollars) are the same size as Silver Dollars (Morgans, Peace), are a little lighter due to their composition, but imho they don't look great at all... For practicing and getting used to larger sizes they're an option, but they're not pretty.
Message: Posted by: joef90 (Jul 12, 2004 02:10PM)
It has to be walking liberties -if you can find them (living in england)
Message: Posted by: waveman (Jul 12, 2004 04:20PM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-11 04:44, JamesinLA wrote:
Waveman,
You said the Eisenhower silver dollars look like quarters. But the Ike dollars are the same size as a normal silver dollar right? Same size as the Morgans? I just want coins bigger than the Kennedy halves that I usually use. Thanks.

Jim
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They are the same diameter as a silver but a little thinner and lighter.
They are the same color as most Kenedy halves and quarters, a dull grey.

Silver dollars are thicker and have some heft to them.
They're a lot more expensive, but they look 100 times classier than the IKES.

Just my two cents (ouch)
Message: Posted by: Magicmaven (Jul 13, 2004 06:53PM)
I work with 64 Kennedy 1/2 dollars, they are a nice size, they look great, and sound great when you clink them together, I also the the walking librety 1/2 dollars are great, they just look beautiful.
Message: Posted by: BradleyNott (Jul 15, 2004 02:11PM)
I just went to a local bank and they have ike dollars for trade, for dollar bills of course.

The girl had a bout 170 in a bag.

I got 8 of them, all 1976 editions. Cost me 8$ of course.

She sure looked at me funny when I was testing each for the milling by scraping my fingernail along the edge...did I care....no. Because I know I'm strange already.
Message: Posted by: deerbourne (Jul 15, 2004 02:47PM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-15 15:11, BradleyNott wrote:
I just went to a local bank and they have ike dollars for trade, for dollar bills of course.

The girl had a bout 170 in a bag.

I got 8 of them, all 1976 editions. Cost me 8$ of course.

She sure looked at me funny when I was testing each for the milling by scraping my fingernail along the edge...did I care....no. Because I know I'm strange already.

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Lucky guy. It took me three trips to three different banks just before they'd actually go look in the vault for Kennedies. I never thought about asking for the Ikes. Hmmmm...

Deerbourne
Message: Posted by: davidmagic (Jul 15, 2004 06:48PM)
I use Morgans for miser's dream, 3 fly, and a gaffed version of the coins and champagne glass. I use liberties for most of my others. I show them and use them as a conversation piece-nobody carries halves around anyway-so might as well be something to talk about...
Message: Posted by: warren (Jul 16, 2004 05:21PM)
As I'm from the uk I would go with 2 coins.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 16, 2004 05:40PM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-15 15:11, BradleyNott wrote:
I just went to a local bank and they have ike dollars for trade, for dollar bills of course.

The girl had a bout 170 in a bag.

I got 8 of them, all 1976 editions. Cost me 8$ of course.

She sure looked at me funny when I was testing each for the milling by scraping my fingernail along the edge...did I care....no. Because I know I'm strange already.


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I've never been to a bank that has had any Ike Dollar Coins. They just shake their head and say...

"Not anymore. We had some, but not anymore".


Frank