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PRmagic
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The other day I was in a magic shop and this man(who I didn't think was a magician until afterwards) placed an English penny and half-dollar in my hand. Then he told me to remove the bottom(?) coin from my hand and it was the half-dollar, so I figured the English penny was still in my hand. Then he placed another half dollar on top of my closed fist. Waved his hand over and it visually changed into a English penny. When I opened my hand the penny was gone --in its place was a quarter! I don't know if I explained it well, but it was really good.

I thought the combination of Scotch and Soda and the Raven was very creative. I'm used to just seeing the normal routine with a S&S. What was a strong effect you guys have seen or done with a Scotch and Soda?
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Combinations are very strong magic. Most folks have seen the individal illusions.
I like the scotch and soda back to back
or at the same time as the vodka and orange juice. Two hand magic is pretty amazing to most.

In my own hands the scotch and soda with half Sh**l over the top.
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Eventually, you'll want to check out Reed McClintock's "Knucklebusters, vol.1" wherein you will find the most sophisticated routine for S&S I've ever seen in print. (Not counting the Magic Masters demo that pitches three sets at once)

The bad news is that in order to do Reed's routine, you'll have to break your existing gaff. The good news is that the routine is worth it.

Besides, gaffs are a crutch! Abandon them, cast them off! Seek the pure light of the ordinary coin. Follow the silver path to Coinirvana. Smile
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Curtis, you are probably right. Gaffs are a crutch of sorts. One thing is certian though the Scotch and Soda,Rum and Coke, Vodka and Orage Juice, penny and dime are all here to stay. We just need to think harder before we use them. I will check Knucklebusters though.

Thanks for the tip. Smile
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I have a couple of effects that use this gaff in different ways in my upcoming book.
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Curtis,

I always thought that the path to 'Coinirvana' was a copper/silver path.

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King Stardog writes: "Gaffes are a crutch of sorts. One thing is certain though the Scotch and Soda,Rum and Coke, Vodka and Orage Juice, penny and dime are all here to stay. We just need to think harder before we use them."

Even though I don't normally use gaffes, I don't think I would call them a crutch; that's a bit harsh.

Some things are possible only with gaffes.

However, Scotch and Soda is NOT one of them.
It strikes me that this was made with a gimmick so there would be something to sell!

In my Showtime column in the Linking Ring magazine of some years back, I did a No-Gimmick Scotch and Soda, which gets around the problem of bang rings, resets, and gaffes.

I have mentioned this many times before but, if anyone is interested, e-mail me and I will send you the routine. Gratis!

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I agree with Peter. Gaffs are not a crutch...even though I can see some magicians using as such. They are a means to an end. In magic,....the end always justifies the means!! Smile

I have a nice routine I call "Lucky Coins" using the Hopping Halves. I will share it with those who ask.
Where gaffs shine is being able to do something with them that would be impossible without them and it appears like real magic!

I keep the use of gaffs to a minimum opting for sleight of hand that can be done impromptu with someone elses coins!
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Guardian,
E-mail Peter and you won't be disapointed.
PM me with the "Lucky Coins"
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Gaffed coins are a means to an end. So are sleights. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. I don't see them as "crutches" though, just one of the ways to skin a cat. Smile
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The big advantage with the gaff is the "no ditch" Also the copper is visible up to the last second, and you can pull away showing both hands clean. It pays however to be able to work without a giant fanny pack with you all the time. Most times people come up and ask to see something, I don't have my Elephants,Tigers and dancing horses with me.
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I just recieved Peter's handling on the no gimmick S&S, and it's beautifully clean when executed properly. Many thanks, Pete! A great handling, a great trick!
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A great thinker as well...
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That sounds pretty good, I suggest using two sets, this works great for two-handed magic.
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