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Hi all.

Few evenins ago I was re-reading "The Art of Close-Up Magic", edited by Lewis Ganson and published by L&L.

I have seen a nice Coins from Hand to Hand, by Horace Bennett, who uses three penny, four silver dollars and one S/C coin.

I am not going to describe or comment the routine here (unless required), but what has interested me is a different use of the S/C coin. Different from the usual routine who come with the gimmick (ala Scotch and Soda).

Thus I was wondering whether there are other uses of that gimmicked coin, and where I might find them (books, not video please).

Thanks a lot, cheers


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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books with different uses for the C/S gaff. I have sveral in my own books. The Roth book, Kaufman's "Coin Magic" and many other books contain routines with it. Virtually any coin book, other than one for total beginners, will contain at least one routine with a different application of this gaff than the standard one.
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Thanks Scott.


Anyhow, it might be interesting (for me at least) to know which other uses are spread, or are more effective. Out of experience.

Actually, the Bennett routine left me think because he needs (from the spectator point of view) 4 copper coins and 4 silver coins. The 4 copper are un-useful. Yes, I know it is technically very important, but one may wonder why the magician has 8 coins and uses 4. You need (at least) a good patter for that. Otherwise it seems the magician only tries to have confusion.

I am now wondering about different uses of the C/S coin, but without loosing in clarity.

Thanks again. Cheers


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Check our Marlo's SOCII routine from his "Coining Magic" booklet for a really direct and powerful coin effect using a C/S gimmick, some half dollars, an English penny, and an Okito box. Very strong magic!!!

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You can get a nice color change, by doing the muscle pass - horizontally - with a C/S coin.

I came up with this accidently while playing around with a table full of coins.

This is part of my individual jam session.

I am guessing that other people have also
independently come up with this idea.

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