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lithis
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I tried this effect out on a few people and it floored them. I borrowed both the quarter and the foil, which really added to the effect. For those unfamiliar with the routine, here's the effect:

You cover a borrowed quarter with a small square of aluminum foil. You carefully rub the foil with your fingers to make an imprint which replicates the heads up quarter. You then drop the quarter onto a spec's hand, and she turns the quarter tails up. With a wave, the foil imprint turns tails up too!

Has anyone else tried this? If so, what reactions do you get?
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I tried it when I first got AoA. I haven't tried it since. I can't remember why. I think that it was because the first time I tried it, some of the original imprint remained. George with an eagle wing on his head isn't that impressive. Unless that a newly issued quarter.
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Try heavy-duty foil. Also, don't make the first imprint crystal clear. You're pattering about how hard it is to do, so it seems only natural that the imprint is somewhat hazy. Use lots of pressure for the flipping sequence (can't reveal too much) Smile and the original imprint will be gone.
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I love performing this trick but sometimes the spectator doesn't really care what happened. I mean whoop de doo, the coin flipped; so what. This attitude offends me and makes it hard for me to perform cause I'm scared of their reaction Smile
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This never really "worked" for me either. This always received a "Neato" type of reaction, nothing spectacular.
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It's all in the presentation. The finest of miracles falls flat if not presented correctly.
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I tried this at a party. I just asked for the host to grab a piece of foil from the kitchen and borrowed the quarter. It got way better reactions than I expected. The reactions were so good I was amazed by the trick.

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I am going to have to give this one a try. I have worked on it, but haven't risked performing it yet.

Thanks!
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GREAT Trick! This is one of my faves.

I think it's best done in the situation that Andrew describes. Very Impromptu.

I wouldn't carry foil in my wallet to show this trick.
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It's a good impromptu trick if you happen to be around some foil. Heavy duty foil works MUCH better for this trick BTW.
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I think some people might be getting less reactions with this cool effect because of their presentation.

I've found that the key to this one is to really build up the fact that it is difficult to make the imprint. Spend a good 30 secs - 1 min making the impression.

Once the dirty work is done, I also like to ask the spectator what we can do to make the coin different. If they don't answer, I apparently think (there and then) to turn the coin over.

If they suggest it, all the better.

Finally, this effect is only really strong (I find) if you borrow the props. Bringing out a precut piece of foil and a coin doesn't really cut it for me.

Just some thoughts.
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Looks like I neglected this trick from my AoA series. *runs to books and looks it up*
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I liked this effect when I first got it...although I performed it and got ok reactions, it's not as impressive as the Sponge Ding Dong...just playing Smile
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I also only got a whoop de doo reaction, but I don't think the timing was right. I think this one would work best if someone asked you to do a trick, not you offering to do a trick.

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I think this trick would only be effective after doing a bunch of other ones and impressing the crowd this way.
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I got great reactions with this..... After I change the shape of the foil I produce another coin out of the foil for a suprise kicker.

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That's a great idea, Lee. It's one that I toyed with also. I rip the coin impression out of the foil and produce a coin from the foil, then I ball it up and produce a small ball bearing. It looks terrific, but I haven't tried it out on an audience yet. Any takers?
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This is a great trick, but you really have to put time and presentation into to get the reaction. Playing with it a few time and trying to perform it won't work.
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Which AoA is this in?
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I agree with Monz. you need to spend considerable time making the first impression in the foil. I remember getting some good reactions to this trick...
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