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Lonnie Dilan
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Has anyone ever had a shell warp? With all this shell talk I looked at mine and it’s kinda got a little concave tweak going now...don’t know when this happened..I always keep it nested on a coin...and in a coin purse...Can I straighten this out? Use a hammer or what???



Any tips?
Steve Landavazo
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Hi Lonnie!



I once had the unfortunate experience of having a spectator grab the gaffed coins from my hands and then proceed to curiously test its, "bendability"; tried to bend the gaff, and pretty much ruined it!



Could one of your spectators have bent it without your knowing it?



Just my opinion, but I can’t see it warping on its own!



Something to think about!



Have a great Christmas!

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Lonnie Dilan
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Nah... it’s amazing I have never been busted using a shell or any other coin gimmick.

I keep my crowds under control...

But!! I did once have a person pick up a shelled coin and she didn’t even notice the shell... she just looked at the coin and put it down... I wonder what my face looked like cause I was just scared frozen.



So I have to forget about a spectator bending it, it is just a little warp...

it just wobbles a little bit.

It still covers the coin and works...

but it bugs me.



I’m beginning to think that my Twin brother switched shells on me... he does things like that.
Chad Sanborn
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I had a ’flipper coin’ that got bent up (not sure how? probably my wife in a fit of anger... ’Darn this magic c**p’ Smile )anyway, I tried to straighten it, but only made it worse. So I seperated the 3 pieces and bent them. then stuck them together in a ’ball’ shape with wax. then during a coin routine, I would switch this in and squeeze the coin. It then looked like I smashed it in my fist!! This is really effective. You vanish and reproduce 1 coin several times, finally crushing it in your hands. It is POWERFULL!!



Chad
BroDavid
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I put my Hopping half set into my wallet which I usually caryy in my jacket pocket, but wehen I take my Jacket off, I slip the wallet into my pants pocket.



I then proceeded to sit down and since the wallet didn't have(never has) much of anything in it for padding, the wallet flexed and bent part of the set. I tried to straighten it and pretty much created a rather interesting "Coin-like" twisted metal sculpture. Smile



So I bought another full set and over the years, when the situation was right, a couple of steps into the routine I have introduced part of the old set from under a salt shaker and bring it into the routine with the new two "coins" to offer a bit of extra magic.



BroDavid







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Reed McClintock
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I always wondered if I was the only one who had problems with shells bending. I dicovered by holding the shell with both hands at the finger tips, put the thumbs in the shell area & bend with fingers slowly bending the shape back into it.



As for the edges bending, put a coin in the shell and push the coin outwards against the rim and that helps also.



For tip top shells and gaffs look for todd lassen Smile
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Reed McClintock 2003







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