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Possibly coin holder. I use small storage cases like that for my coin tricks and miser's dream coins.
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Back in the olden days they were made of aluminum. The perfect size for a modified Party Popper (extra confetti, a pinch each of flash cotton and sparkle powder, Replace the cover with flash paper).
Lengthen the string as needed. Put the string through a hole in the bottom and mount the can wherever.
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I know someone who stores film in his.. Smile ...
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I use one in my closeup case to hold a TT.
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I use one to hold groups of small coins.
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Profile of malaki
The film canister is one of the magician's items of necessity, similar to a wire coat hanger.

The oval ones are best used to hold TTs. I have one screwed to the bottom of my table to steal the preloaded TT when needed.
The circular canisters are great holders for the 1.25" balls for the C&B. I have an extra plain and an extra chopped ball mounted under my table. Simply drill out the bottom of the canister, then carefully cut a channel down it's length to connect the hole to the top rim. This enables the canister to adjust to a small range of diameters and allows you to put a finger into the bottom and slide toward yourself to acquire the ball. The channel will also allow you to use a screw gun to mount it.

The caps can be used as hold outs for small items.
The canisters are great silk pulls. Drill a hole in the cap and use it as a retainer for a silk pull. It can be unloaded with one hand.

There are about a million and one uses for the entire canister. There are also many uses just for the cap. My mentor and I once came up with a list of uses for the film canister in one brainstorming session. Just apply a bit of imagination!
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In a silk routine I use a number of Palmo balls. In a 1 foot cube, I needed to steal one from the front of the box by draping a silk over the front edge and removing it later in the routine. I found a film canister fits the Palmo balls I had just right. I used some velcro and mounted them inside the box at the top edge.
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On Feb 20, 2010, joseph wrote:
I know someone who stores film in his.. Smile ...

What is film?
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I have diabetes and check my blood glucose at least 4x daily. The containers that the strips come in are perfect size for quarters, nickels, dimes, & pennies.
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I use one to keep a stack of .50 cent pieces ready for Misers Dream. They wouldn't fit normally, but I cut out about a quarter inch wide notch vertically from top to bottom. The cap won't fit but I don't need it, I just store it in the bucket with other stuff till I get to the show and set up. You can easily scoop out the coins and maintain a stack.
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I have no film canisters to check sizes, but might they work well in place of leather cones or dice cups or cylinders for routines like Stack of Quarters/Halves, Leipzig’s Pride, Ramsay’s Cylinder and Coins, or Al Schneider’s Cone and Coin?
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Karnak, not they will not work for those purposes.

The late Johnny Thompson has a unique method to make a cone out of a dollar bill on one of his DVDs. Works great for Lipzig's Pride.
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As a photographer I had tons of film canisters. They came in handy for magic. Then came along digital photography. No more film.
I also collect coins. There are coin tubes in various sizes from dime size to Eisenhower dollar.
Try a coin dealer. The tubes are cheap.
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Not closeup but they are great storage for my pre threaded Razorblades for stage, been using them for years
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