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funsway
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Performer starts wearing rubber gloves and a cloth mask.

"For many years I have performed magic miracles with coins borrowed from guests like you - close up and personal.
Alas, that is not wise these days" Remove mask and casually drop on table.

"So, I have solved this problem by using sanitized coins kept safe from the world,
and do not have to wear these cumbersome gloves." remove gloves and toss aside.

"Two centuries ago my great-grandmother carried pills in a small brass box for protection.
I found that it is just the right size to hold several half-dollar silver coins."

Pull out your Okito box, set aside the lid and dump out the coins ...

....

as an added tip, a cloth mask can be easily gaffed as a magic accessory to load/vanish coins, server as change bag, etc.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst



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Bill Wood
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I like this. I think the themes that are arising out of this 'Quarn-time' are going to be relevant for a long time. Not sure if you've seen this move...Josh Jay published a coin and rubber glove move in one of his early lecture notes, a coin vanishes from a hand, which is wearing a rubber glove and then ends up inside the glove, it also gets pulled out in a very visual way. It might fit as a lead in to box routine.
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I think attempts to link magic performances to the current pandemic are misinformed. Magic should be entertaining, take us away from the worries of life, not remind us of the dire straits we're in.

Why not do the fire wallet and say, "This is similar to all those out-of-control and devastating fires they're having in Australia"? Or do a Lota Bowl routine, where every time you pour out more liquid, you say, "And this is reminiscent of the damage done to our coastal regions, where the water keeps coming and coming as a result of global warming"?

Or a version of Roth's Hanging Coins routine, where you say, "These coins represent the species on Earth. As you can see, they disappear, one at a time." Then at the end, when they are reproduced, say, "Will they ever return?" You could add a complete four-coin vanish at the end, and say, "Probably not."

Or for the fact that the Atomic Scientists, who include 13 Nobel Prize winners and dozens of scientists and other experts, have for the first time ever moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock beyond the 2-minute mark to 100 seconds to midnight. Since most people are unaware of this, perhaps some clever magician can come up with a routine to enlighten the general public, a stage act, say, where not only the magician and his or her assistants vanish, but the entire audience as well.
Bill Wood
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Or maybe we could produce a rabbit from a gentleman's hat because of a hugely popular news report about a lady giving birth to a rabbit.
funsway
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Wow Ray, there is nothing in my post to suggest such extreme projections, so these must have been lurking in your soul.

Folks in in a cloistered setting in which magic in any form could be a welcome change.
Yes, one should not focus on the tragic components of any situation, but to pretend there are no "no touch" or "sIx foot" rule sis silly.

My suggestions are not about the pandemic, but using objects that are now "commonplace" in many homes.

I will not use borrowed coins from a spectator. I can either appear rude or take advantage of the conditions -
in this case making a weird brass box have relevance - and entertaining.

Strange - for me, all Gospel magic reminds us of the dire straights we are in. Smile
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Ray Haining
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Funsway, I guess I did misinterpret your post. What was lurking in my soul was my disgust with a certain somebody who was posting about making magic relevant. Fortunately, that situation has been taken care of. Sorry to jump to conclusions.
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Always liked the idea of using a single glove in a tabled coin routine. A bit like when Roth's sleeve routine.

"Us coin magicians like to cheat... the hand is quicker than the eye... well how about three hands are quicker than the eye !!!" then introduce the glove.

Like most ideas it gets put on the back burner.

Nev
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