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I have been asked to perform one or two close-up effects at my parish, and thought that the dime in ball of wool might be a good one.
Can anyone help me? I have tried to use half dollars but found these to be too difficult to palm, while other smaller coins lack the milled edge I need to work with.
I have hunted high and low but cannot find the exact coin I need.
Brother, can you spare a dime?
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I have no idea what "dime in ball of wool" is, but I have worked with odd coins such as "Chuckie Cheese coins-slightly bigger than a quarter" or "DINO-COINS-slightly smaller than a fifty cent peice." The DINO-COINS were purchased at a Science/Nature type store.(I don't recall the actual name of the store.) You could also try a local arcade for an odd size coin. Hope this helps.

God Bless,

ps.My son says "Try some Canadian money."
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I believe the coin in wool effect is that a coin is vanished and a ball of wool is then placed into a large wine glass. Someone grabs the loose end and pulls until the ball is unwrapped, exposing a rubber-banded matchbox...inside is the coin

My suggestion is try other palm positions, or does it have to be classic palmed? A simple finger palm vanish might be enough.

Hope it all goes well for you.

God bless,
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Hi -

I tried coin into a ball of wool many, many years ago. I did not rehearse the unrolling part, although I had thoroughly rehearsed the rest. At the show, it took up 15 minutes (it was a big ball of wool!). I made sure that there was a glass or box to put the ball in as it unrolled. That helped to contain the ball from rolling all over the room. Just be sure it doesn't slow down the pace of your show, to finally get to the revelation of the coin. I found out the hard way! Smile

You can always use a sticker that they place on the coin (even on a dime) and mark their initials onto.

There are other destinations for coins. I think Adams makes one called "Jiffy Coin Trick," available at most magic retailers. This destination is a small bag, within a metal box, within another metal box. The "boxes" are more like small metal plates, mouth to mouth, and sealed by elastic bands.

What is your gospel application of this routine?

- Donald.
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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