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I'm a Canadian magician, and I'm currently trying to learn a coin through table routine. The routine requires a shimmed shell with a non-magnetic insert, so that you use a magnet to remove the shell nested over the insert. The problem is that Canadian coins are magnetic so waving a magnet over the expanded shell attracts the coin underneath as well.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what coins I could use? I'm trying to stay away from another coins of another denomination just because it doesn't really make sense for me to carry them as a Canadian.

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I think my answer depends on what kind of routine you're doing.
Are you using large, non-circulating coins for visibility? Or are you borrowing coins for that casual/spontaneous feeling?

If you're doing the former, then it doesn't matter what country they're from - they're probably not circulating, so Canadian doesn't matter - there's still no reason for you to be carrying them for anything other than magic. I agree it feels a little less than what I'd want as well, but that's just magician's guilt. The audience doesn't care. You can make up any story about why they're personally meaningful (which you'd also have to do if they were, say, silver Canadian coins), at which point you can work the country in to your story.

If you're using spontaneous coins, and you want to be certain that folks have them on hand, then your best option is to get a magnet, a pocket full of change, and try it out yourself. You're already significantly reducing your set of possible coins, so just try them all out. Copper coins often aren't, but I know Canada got rid of their pennies, and they might have had a steel core. I'm pretty sure 10 and 25 cent coins are. I don't have any nickels, but they might also be too small to use effectively. I don't have any looney or toonies on hand, so I can't check. But if you plan on borrowing, you should check both the older and newer coins, since it would suck to get surprised by something with different magnetic properties. It's also possible that the toonie reacts differently if only one of the ring/center is magnetic.

Ultimately, it's your call, but if you're requiring circulating Canadian coins there aren't a whole lot of options, and it's straightforward to check them all...
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