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lynnef
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I have a coin that is stuck in a shell perhaps from lack of use!!! My magic dealer suggested shaking it in a glass to tease it out; but this hasn't worked. Any ideas? Submerging it in cooking oil?? Lynn
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Do you have a bang ring?
Hot glue pencils or similar to both sides, then pull.
Might try the same with duct tape.
Use the search function... It's been discussed here many times.
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If your gimmick was made by Johnson, contact them and chances are they will fix the problem for you.

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I had the same issue with a £2 coin that I purchased from Saturn Magic, here in the UK the £2 coin has a different metal in middle and the middle part popped right out thus breaking it when I tried to remove the regular coin which was a pity as I had only had it for a few weeks...needless to say I wasn't pleased.
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Rather than heat to expand the shell, try cold to contract the base coin. With the shell on top, set to coin on an ice cube.

After a couple of minutes, grasp the shell edges with fingers and bang you wrist on the table.

If it comes apart, use the silk method to expand the shell before reuse.
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On Dec 27, 2017, inigmntoya wrote:
Do you have a bang ring?
Hot glue pencils or similar to both sides, then pull.
Might try the same with duct tape.
Use the search function... It's been discussed here many times.


funny me! I should have searched first. I thought I was the only one with this problem! I'm mostly into cards, and wanted to return to some coin routines after a lapse of maybe a year. So the coin got stuck. It turned out that ice did the trick! Thanx to all. Magicians helping magicians. Lynn
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A very interesting addenda to this: I got the coin stuck again; and this time the ice wouldn't release it. Went all over the search for ideas, and came across this fellow who suggested tiny plungers (in jest?). Well the dollar store sells little suction cups for window dressing, etc. They are slightly larger than half dollar, but when 2 of them are pressed together (with coin and shell in betweem)... lo and behold they came apart! No glue needed or banging it around (and possible damaging it). NOW, I'm going to take inigmntoya's suggestion of using a silk to make sure they don't get stuck again. Anyway, I highly recommend suction cups, cheap and non-damaging as a way to go. I should also add that it was a sun and moon coin that was stuck; and my dealer said a bang ring would not work! Lynn
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Lynnef, once you get it out, you should try to fix the problem. Gimmicked coins can get damaged, and corrosion does set in when stored away for long periods, as well as body oils left in your clothing can cause corrosion as well.

Inspect the coin, and clean it inside and out. There are metal cleaning products on the market. Also carefully inspect the thin edge of the coin, it may be dented. If so, cut a small piece of round wood dowel stick, and run the stick around the inside edge of the shells. Don't apply a lot of pressure, but a little at a time.
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Thank you so much to all. Unlike cards, I see that coins require a bit more maintainence; and all your suggestions have been most appreciated. I love performing hopping halves, but it simply won't do if esp the last coin gets stuck! To get these suggestions from real masters is precious. Lynn
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I had a hopping half that sat for several years and the sun and moon coin would get stuck. I got it apart with the ice method and then used a dremel with a buffing wheel to clean up the edge. Works great now. Patina a little bright on the edge, but time will fix that.
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Funsway, you made day. Ice method worked like a charm. Thank you in spades. This is why I appreciate The Magic Café. Keep up the good work.
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