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salcioppa
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Wow! I just got my Schoolcraft Kennedy Half flipper and it's a beauty. The service and communication from Jamie was great and my coin is just super. It's quiet, looks great and works smooth as silk -- definitely worth the money for a working magician. I've been using Tango's and they're okay, too, but they keep breaking and the repair is a real pain. Just thought I'd pass this on if you're buying a coin.
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My Walking Liberty Flipper from Todd Lassen is a thing of beauty.
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I second the Lassen recommendation.
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On 2008-12-12 09:47, Bill Lhotta wrote:
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On 2008-12-11 17:51, CAROLINI wrote:
What is the approximate cost of a Lassen half-dollar gravity flipper? Don't suggest I ask Lassen. My understanding is that his coins are VERY expensive and I wouldn't want to embarass him or myself. And is the additional cost worth it?


A uncirculated Walking Liberty Half Dollar Lassen gravity flipper will set you back about $175 + shipping.

Cheers!

** Bill **


In looking at the cost, consider that you'd pay about $30 - $50 for the coin alone. (based on eBay)

Regards,

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Dude, a gravity flipper made by Bob Swadling (who created the flipper coin aka. the "Swadling coin") is available on the JB site. Its a walking liberty half and only $75. How is it even a question? The coin itself ain't cheap and its from the originator. How great is that? Plus, they get back to you really fast. When you compare brand, quality, and service... I'm surprised Bob wasn't mentioned much much sooner.

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On 2009-01-26 21:26, magicman4646 wrote:
My Walking Liberty Flipper from Todd Lassen is a thing of beauty.


Another vote for Todd's Flipper,i'm very happy with it.
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I second Bob Swadling's flipper coin - great product.

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My Walking Liberty Flipper from Jamie Schoolcraft is a thing of beauty.

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Here's something for you to chew on coin folks: JOE PORPER HAS JUST DEVELOPED some new work and making flippers from 25, 50 and Dollar sizes. He'll be showing them for the first time at WMS in Las Vegas in March.
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DJ,


Thanks for mentioning Mark Mason's web site (JB Magic)for Bob Swadling's Flipper.

I just received a walking liberty flipper and s**ll from him and they are outstanding !

The flipper lies down on the table as it should and the "work" on the tail side is invisible! AND they match my Liberties.

Mark's the man to see if you have a gaff need - he'll take care of you!!!!
He even made sure I got the discount I missed when ordering.
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On 2009-01-27 17:02, djkuttdecks wrote:
Dude, a gravity flipper made by Bob Swadling (who created the flipper coin aka. the "Swadling coin") is available on the JB site. Its a walking liberty half and only $75. How is it even a question? The coin itself ain't cheap and its from the originator. How great is that? Plus, they get back to you really fast. When you compare brand, quality, and service... I'm surprised Bob wasn't mentioned much much sooner.

-DJ


I don't think the coins are made by Bob Swadling.

"Made by our in house coin expert, the quality is amazing."

If they were crafted by Bob, the ad copy would say so.

https://vault2.secured-url.com/jbtv/usa/......?id=2004

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I agree with MacIrish

I have the same set and have used it for some time – no problem, great quality.

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I use tango coins to practice on
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What is the right size "rubber band" for the Lassen Morgan Dollar gravity flipper? I had to replace one and it is too small.
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OK-- Here is my update on what I once started on this thread so long ago....


I bought a Johnson Flipper Coin (FC) and I loved it at first... BUT....

... Because of its construction, you canNOT do all the effects in many DVD's etc. that a gravity flipper can do. For instance, you canNOT lie the "2" coins on your palm or table in a flat manner... It "tee-pees-up". Also, you canNOT toss it in the air (a few inches) and have it transform from "2" to "1" so easily. Lastly, to open it in front of the audience, you need to jerk your hand downward and upward and catch the flap with your 2nd finger.

Anyway... I sold it after 2 weeks of playing with it. I love Johnson products (I've had a Hopping Half set for over 20 years and would never part with it), but the Flipper Coin of theirs sucks, let only the rubber band goes around the "2nd" coin allowing a crevice to be seen on its side, NOT a milled edge.

So now where to go since I wanted a GRAVITY FC??

I definitely wanted to go with either Lassen or Schoolcraft.

I am very happy with Todd Lassen products (I have a Morgan Triple Threat and a Morgan Expanded Shell Set from Todd). So right now, I am waiting for an order from him (I placed it in December). It will include a Hopping Half set (Walking Liberty (WL)/English Penny), 3 additional matching regular WL coins to fit that shell, and a WL Flipper Coin to fit that shell also. Since I know Todd's work and these coins are NOT cheap, I want to stay with Todd's craftmanship.

Now, with that said, I also wanted a Quarter FC. Todd does NOT make those except for the old silver quarters from before 1964. However, I wanted something to match today's mixed metal quarters. I opted to go with Jamie Schoolcraft. He makes these, although he told me on the phone that the quality won't be as good as his Silver coins... "They just don't cut right."

I received a Quarter FC from Jamie. It absolutely sucked... It made noises when it opened, the "line" on the back was VERY noticeable and the "2nd" coin got stuck and I needed to keep jerking my hand to open it. Needless-to-say, after 5 minutes of opening that package, I immediately phoned Jamie. He was absolutely polite and offered me a full refund or for him to see it in his own hands and remake me another one. The offer stood that I can still get a full refund after receiving the 2nd version. I agreed.

After about another month, I received the 2nd version last week and let me tell you, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! Jamie did say that there was definitely a problem with the construction of the 1st one I received and it should have never left his home.

Jamie's Quarter FC (the 2nd version) does everything you read about... It opens automatically, the "line" is not obvious at all, there is no noise, it turns from "2" to "1" if tossed slightly in the air or shakened in the spectator's cupped hands, the "2" coins lie flat on the hand-- NOT "tee-peed up", etc. etc. etc.

So, I know this was long-winded, but I wanted to tell you the update and, again, I am still waiting on my order with Todd... I know the wait is long for both Jamie and Todd (months to be exact), but both guys will pull through and the two of them are easily reached by phone.

Hope this helps out with people debating what FLIPPER COIN to acquire.
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I also have a Schoolcraft flipper, custom made Walking Liberty with Australien copper penny insert. This is a art of craft, working 110% Smile
(ps: this is a killercoin together with my Silver/copper coin Smile )

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What is the best flipper for 3fly? I have a set of half dollars and dollars.

Is it difficult to keep the flip part in or does this happen automagically?

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On 2009-02-24 10:48, Salby wrote:
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OK-- Here is my update on what I once started on this thread so long ago....


I bought a Johnson Flipper Coin (FC) and I loved it at first... BUT....

... Because of its construction, you canNOT do all the effects in many DVD's etc. that a gravity flipper can do. For instance, you canNOT lie the "2" coins on your palm or table in a flat manner... It "tee-pees-up". Also, you canNOT toss it in the air (a few inches) and have it transform from "2" to "1" so easily. Lastly, to open it in front of the audience, you need to jerk your hand downward and upward and catch the flap with your 2nd finger.

Anyway... I sold it after 2 weeks of playing with it. I love Johnson products (I've had a Hopping Half set for over 20 years and would never part with it), but the Flipper Coin of theirs sucks, let only the rubber band goes around the "2nd" coin allowing a crevice to be seen on its side, NOT a milled edge.


I've found my Johnson flippers easy to open - almost like a gravity flipper. Otherwise I agree with the advantages that a grav flipper brings. I hope to see the quarter flipper the next time our paths cross, that's something I'd be interested in seeing.
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Ok, You guys can stop this any time now!!! I was just surfing the Café and only stopped in this thread because it looked interesting (honestly), But by the end of this thread I've opened another window on my browser and purchased a Johnson Flipper Kennedy Half, and on top of that I'm eying Schoolcraft, and Lassen Gravity Flippers. I'VE NEVER EVEN TOUCHED A FLIPPER COIN BEFORE!!!!! You people are a big bunch of PEER-PRESSURE SALESMEN and I can see that I'll be completely broke if I keep reading these posts!!!! ( but at least I'll have some really great Gaffed coins and routines) I Swear if you start talking Real estate I'm leaving the Caf'e for good.

Seriously though, I thank you all for your input into this post and others like it, it helps the inexperienced (like Me) to learn without the high cost of those Hard lessons.

Thanks,

Gerald

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I did actually purchase a flipper during/because of reading this post.
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