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TheAmbitiousCard
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"Verigated" wool ....

... so that's what I'm using. I think that wool is important to the effect for a few reasons...

1. you can see it from far away
2. a nice big ball of wool can be had
3. does not take forever to roll up or unroll
4. it's a nifty kind of looking wool
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If I were only allowed to do only one magic trick, it would have to be the Crazy Man's Handcuffs. It astonishes people. It is very portable. It’s angle-proof. You can repeat it more than once and still not expose the method. Finally there is no gimmick so that you end clean.

The trick you wrote about has a special significance for me.

This is the first trick I ever remember seeing performed. When I was very young, perhaps in kindergarten, my Dad performed this. He had three nested matchboxes; each surrounded by rubber bands. Inside the smallest matchbox was little red felt bag with a small rubber band at one end that pulled it shut. It’s funny, I don’t remember if he vanished the coin, or if he just put it in his pocket, but I have a very clear memory of opening all the boxes and the bag.

I was amazed by this. Sometime later, I was looking in a drawer in my parent’s room and I found this all set up. I would have been in HUGE trouble if I had been caught searching in their room.

When my son was younger, he was into magic, and he got one of these. He performed this by putting the coin into a wool hat and removing the matchbox from the hat. He then put the hat aside and handed out the matchbox to a spectator. A child can perform this, which is simultaneously an advantage and a disadvantage of this trick.

I think tricks with a TT are more astonishing than this, but I do like this trick a lot.

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The only drawback to using a coin for a stage , in my humble, untested, opinion, is that it is small and hard to see.

Any thoughts on that?

You could use a signed coin and have the spectator verify that it is theirs, but I think you’re right, this plays much better for a close-up audience.
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Daniel Faith
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I don't think I can pick a "BEST" close up trick of all time.
I am not so sure there is a "BEST".
There are so many very very good effects.

The question is very subjective.
You can ask a 100 different people and get 100 different answers and each persons is a valid answer for THEM.
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The best close up for me has always been the total diappearance of a coin or object. Where it is clear it really disappeared.
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On 2003-09-02 13:44, Bill Hallahan wrote:
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The only drawback to using a coin for a stage , in my humble, untested, opinion, is that it is small and hard to see.

Any thoughts on that?

You could use a signed coin and have the spectator verify that it is theirs, but I think you’re right, this plays much better for a close-up audience.

Re-read my original post - this plays beautifully for larger audiences. The coin is borrowed, marked, and isolated in a wineglass. They see and hear it go into the glass and the glass is in plain view at all times. You don't cover or vanish their coin until the ball of wool is in their possession. The vanish is very visual and auditory, since you wrap the coin in flash paper, tap it against the wineglass just before lighting it, and then vanish it in a flash of light! Trust me, this plays for stand-up and stage audiences!

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I see that for some reason this thread has taken a sharp left turn from talking about a specific trick which the original poster called (in his estimation) the best close-up trick ever conceived, to what do you think IS the best close-up trick ever conceived.

If you mistake it to mean the latter, I'd agree that it would be a very subjective question. That however, was neither the intent nor spirit of his post.

As for myself, I have been facinated with peoples various renditions of that seventy-five cent classic. As I have often said, the longer I am in magic the more I rely on the classics.

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