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Atlas
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Hi there, I am wondering if anyone remembers the name and or creator of the following described effect?

A coin is shown, written on, and then found to be in a little bag closed at the top by rubber bands, and nested within several similarly secured small cardboard boxes?

It is a great little effect that I picked up as a kid, that was unfortunately misplaced as I grew older.

Anybody know what this great little effect was?

Best,

Atlas
Jim Sparx
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If that is the one with the little metal slide, I had one too before 1950. I look it up in some old catalogs.
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Excellent! Just knowing the date made a difference. I figured that since at the time S.S. Adams fairly ruled the marketplace, it might be them. Some checking showed that such was the case.

Thanks Spartacus!
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I found a version in an old #3 National Magic catalog (1940) called, The Chinese Coin Boxes, #M822.
"The performer borrows a coin from a member of the audience aftre first requesting that it be marked.
The coin is vanished by any means the performer chooses. He picks up a small metal box measuring 2 1/4x2x7/8". The box is bound by a rubber band
Spectator is requested to remove the bindings and upon opening the box discovers another box slightly smaller. this is opened and a third box is found inside.
The third box is opened and inside is a fourth box on the inside which is found the marked coin."
Price $1.00

Mine had a fabric bag tied with a rubberband in the last box, that's the only difference from this one.
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I would think this dates back well over a century and would be difficult to credit correctly. In another version of the effect the signed coin appears in the middle of a ball of wool.
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This sounds like Bill Severn's UNBORROWED COIN IN A BALL OF WOOL. You will find
it in his MAGIC MONEY book and in his COMPLETE BOOK OF MAGIC. You can find these
out-of-print books at http://www.betterworldbooks.com for less than $4.00 each
including postage!

I like this routine because it eliminates a lot of hassle doing the classic Coin
In a Ball of Wool. Instead of the traditional method it uses pure misdirection
(this eliminates the s_ _ _ e). Instead of the traditional brandy snifter it uses a
clear plastic bag This eliminates breakage and packing problems.

In this version, Severn uses a stick-on lable on the coin. I'd eliminate this
and just borrow the coin (or in a kids show just produce it from the kids ear.)

There you have it. A strong visually appealing effect for practically zero cost.

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I bought this trick in Ed Schock's Toy and Hobby Shop in Indianapolis in about 1960, with money from my paper route.

There were three layers of round metal shells (red, blue, yellow maybe) around the cloth bag. The largest shell had six equally-spaced notches, so you could hold it together with three rubber bands. (There was also a small rubber band around the neck of the cloth bag). And a chrome slide with a hook up top, so you could hang it inside your pocket or on the back of your belt, and drop the coin right in the slide and then pull the assembly off the slide and let your audience open it.

It cost a dollar, and I'm pretty sure it was Adams.
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The Magic Coin Box

A large matchbox-style box with rubber bands around it; inside of that is a standard matchbox with rubber bands around it; inside of that a small felt back with a rubber band closing the opening.

Only been known as The Magic Coin Box to my knowledge since I got mine in the early 70's.
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Thanks for all the help guys! I think Magic Coin Box is what I was looking for here! In fact, it appears that you can still purchase this effect, as S.S. Adams was sold to Magic Makers, Inc. and they still sell it.
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