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Damion Corbett
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I am interested in purchasing the effect "Hopping Half Expanded". (See a demo here.)
http://www.tricktv.co.uk/demos/hoppinghalves.rm
I assume that the "Half" mentioned in the title is an American half dollar. This is where the problem lies.
I am English and perform a lot of magic for friends at social occasions. I believe that by using an American coin, I am virtually telling the audience that the coin is gimmicked.

Does anyone know of a set that uses British coins?
If not, is there a gimmicked British coin that I could get that could emulate this effect?

Thanks in advance.
Damion
Peter Marucci
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Damion,
If you belong to the IBM, you will get the Linking Ring magazine.
In the next couple of months, in my Showtime column in the magazine, I have a routine for ungimmicked Hopping Halves.
Since there is no gimmick, you can use any coins (they don't have to be the same size, as with the gimmick).
The cost of membership in the IBM for a year is still cheaper than a set of gimmicked Hopping Halves!
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Peter Marucci
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Wallace
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Try going to http://www.alakazam.co.uk
They might have a UK version. Smile
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mikeB
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Also try Presto Magic. They have Euro Coin fekes as well.

You can contact them at trix@prestomagic.co.uk

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Cool Peter. If it's half as good as your non-gimmicked Scotch and Soda, it will be fantastic!
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vovin
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The hopping half coin trick I have, has an English penny and a half dollar. So maybe you could just replace the half dollar with another English penny and you would be set.
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The set I purchased in the US has a silver US half dollar and a copper English penny. You can develop a patter line that uses those coins. I have heard one about an international love affair between the two coins. They keep getting separated but magic brings them back together.

The more I think about it, using a US coin and an English penny is the same no matter which of the two countries you are in.
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Damion,

Please don't use the handling in the video, it just doesn't look natural. I display the coins on the palm of my hand, curl my fingers and then remove a coin, during which my hand closes and the removed coin is displayed.

Pause here, just to add emphasis to the removal of the coin. Now put it in your pocket.

Just my views

Mike
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One thing I like about the thumb flip is that you can allow the coin to be visible the whole time, for the first 2 moves anyway. I think this really adds to the effect because the spectator is really blown away when the coin never leaves their site.
Bernard Sim
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Magicsmith has a version of the hopping halves named Gold and Silver. http://www.magicsmith.com
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Geoff Williams
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I really like Mark Jenest's "Short Hop." It uses an American half dollar (silver) and an English penny (copper) and both are handed out for examination at the outset. This takes any heat off of them as being fake or tricked up in any way.

I find my audience is almost as interested in the silver coin as the copper (half dollar coins are still in circulation here in the U.S. but are rarely seen in day-to-day transactions).

I believe the foreign coin adds extra interest to the routine.

I can highly recommend Jenest's handling. It is very clean and straightforward. I use it all the time and it plays BIG.
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The ending I use to clean up in the streaming video of "Baggin' Copper Silver" on my website is an adaptation of "Short Hop" - except to a bag instead of pocket. It works very well to end a C/S routine.

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I just like the trick in it's original form. Maybe this doesn't belong in this section, but I think a key with this trick is the patter. I like to act like I don't know what I am doing and keep asking to start the trick over. Every time I open my hands, I am back to where I started.
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when doing tricks in a bar scene I use it as a test to see if somone has had too much to drink. by making them guess how many coins I have in my hand which of course the will never guess correctly.
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Quote:
On 2002-03-21 23:23, lesterkirad wrote:
...I like to act like I don't know what I am doing and keep asking to start the trick over. Every time I open my hands, I am back to where I started.


I agree. I think that's much better for the performer to take the heat instead of doing the "You're wrong, you idiot" angle.
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Damion Corbett
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Thanks for all your input guys!
I really want to perform the trick with two British coins e.g 10p and 50p. I am mostly unfamiliar with the trick (being new to coin work) and so, need some help with this.
I am presuming that only one of the coins is gaffed. Is there a gaffed coin available that is the same as the gaffed coin in this effect?
If so, I would like to purchase the gaffed coin and come up with my own handling for the routine.
I am not really interested in having the routine if it means I am left with a gaffed coin that I will not use.

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Bernard Sim
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The effect is worth it even though it only has 1 effect. Both coins are gimmicked. If you want value and more usage for this set. Get the expanded version which is more expensive. You can get the Scotch and Soda if you want more routines out of 1 set of coins. My advice is to get both. You won't go wrong.
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Leigh
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Damion, International Magic in London sell a UK version of Hopping Half using UK currency. It costs Ł35 and I think it uses a 10p and 2p coin.
Damion Corbett
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Great, thanks Leigh! Smile
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Hey, I do scotch and soda with a U.S. half dollar and an English penny, no one even thinks twice about it.
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