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I am still very much an amateur, and my list of techniques and routines is not very large. I've tried to focus on really learning a few simple routines and doing them well, in close-up settings with small groups.

I've been doing a simple copper to silver (ungaffed) change in their hands, and even though it's the least "tricky" routine I know it gets the best reaction. So I decided to start working on a coins across into the spectator's hands, and tried it out for the first time last night. I met a friend at a club and his wife was with him, so I had her look at the coins, and then hold her hands out and I made the first pass. She gasped and jumped back and dropped the coin on the floor (and it took forever to find the darn thing), and I knew that I have to learn more routines like that!

Can anyone suggest routines that involve the audience, or effects that can be done in their hands? I have a good handle on most basic sleights and techniques, but not a lot of ideas on how to use those techniques or themes when involving another person.

I already have more books and videos than I will ever make it through, so I am really looking more for new concepts or themes to experiment with, than material to buy because it includes these kinds of effects. Smile

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
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Hi JonathanPDX, I know you said you don't need to buy any more books or videos, but Dan Watkins "Coin Man Walking" DVD, as I see it, is right up your alley. All his routines are great and deal with the spectator.

The DVD uses very visual routines in the spectators hands and are not knuckle busters to learn. If you were to buy one more DVD, that is the one you should look for and it sells for a very fair price. You can find it at http://www.coinvanish.com. With a little practice you could put on a very good show and he even helps you manage the spectators so what happened to you doesn't.....
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Hi Jonathan,

That's very true, to the audience if the magic happens with their involvement (especially in their hands), it's a lot better. They might be sketical for props, but once they can get a hold with the coins, they tend to think otherwise.

I've been performing coin magic with my friends and one of them told me among all I showed him the most memorable one was the coin across where the coins flies to his hand one by one.

The one I'm using all the time is from Daniel Garcia's DVD and it is called "Personal Safe", very nice coins across, very magical, and with a twist ending.
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Troy hoosers charming chinese challenge is very visual with most of the magic happening in the spectators hands.
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Familiar Ring by Paul Gertner

and if interested check out my coins across here...


It will be included in a dvd that is soon to be released. I will not elaborate here. PM me for anything.

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The coins across DVD by the NY Coin Guys has some coins across where the coins go into the spectator's hands. Some of them, Geoff Latta, for example, are done in the spectator's hands. David Roth, on his DVDs, also does some routines with the end happening in the spectator's hands.

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Thanks for the information everyone!

Dan Watkin's videos are at the top of my "to get" list, it looks like great stuff that covers exactly what I am looking for. There is so much good stuff out there, how do you guys ever get through it all? I have about a dozen books / videos and I haven't even absorbed 5% of it!

Rannie, your routine is great, I really dig it. I wish I could perform it that cleanly!

What other things can you do using a spectator's hands? I can think of color changes, transpositions, adding / vanishing coins from a group (like sponge balls), maybe bending... what am I missing?

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On 2006-11-06 07:53, JonathanPDX wrote:...Can anyone suggest routines that involve the audience, or effects that can be done in their hands? ...

Most performing magicians who've published have offered routines which involve the audience. From the guy who helped write Discoverie of Witchcraft in the 1500's, Ponsin in 1858, Hoffmann around 1900...Emil Jarrow all the way to Fred Kaps and Scotty York and Doc Easson.

You can find plenty of good material in Bobo's Modern Coin Magic. Enjoy.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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Can anyone suggest routines that involve the audience, or effects that can be done in their hands?

Tommy Wonder's 'Socked Coins'.
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Gregory Wilson's A Questionable Trick. An impromptu copper silver in their hands.
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I ran into discussion of this effect not too long ago, but if your using the
copper and silver effect in your own hands then try the Bobo's Transposition
routine. This is done in the spectator's hand and it pretty good and should
give you different ideas on where to go with it. In my book its starts on page
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