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levitate
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Hey,

I love matrix effects, but I'd rather cover the coins with something other than cards, and something fairly common. I was thinking like a drivers liscense or business card, but they aren't big enough to cover all four coins. Also, it needs to be somewhat flexible for certain pick up moves.

Thanks,

Michael
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How about your hands... hands are common. Smile
I just started doing Shadow Coins. I enjoy the effect.
levitate
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I love those too, but with matrixes I can do all that with no extras or gaffs. Yes I know there are versions of shadow coins like that, but the ones I've seen just aren't as strong. Thanks,

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Comp USA sells miniature Persian rug coasters – a little bigger than the size of a playing card. When I first saw them I thought they might make for interesting Matrix covers, perhaps with a flying carpet patter (or flying coins as the case may be). They looked large enough to cover dollar coins.
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What about beer mats
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What's wrong with using cards? They work best.
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same as you, plus 3 and enough to make
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The hands of two spectators. Smile

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I use two Plastic cups with four big light up dices. The light up dices look good.
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Like jwilder said,your hands.Shadow Coins or Chink-a-Chink.
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You can use business cards...just borrow 4 quarters. Or just have your cards printed oversize. Several people have published methods using dollar bills for covers. you can show a magazine that has coupons, explain that they are redeemable for cash...tear or cut them out, produce the coins from them then do your matrix. Look around your home study objects lying around...you'll come up with more ideas than you can imagine!

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Another vote for beer mats =)
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Check out "Top Billing" from Paul Cummins' recently re-released DVD "Up in Smoke".

This is a matrix routine that uses dollar bills for cover. This is a very practical matrix.
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Mike Gallo says he's been using folded dollar bills for ages now.

Other folks have used their wallet, folded bits of paper, old IBM punched cards, envelopes, badge cases, larger plastic cards, postcards....

More to the point... what would you like to use, and FAR MORE importantly... what motivates the trick? The story usually has hints as to what the right props could be.
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I want it to seem very casual when I do a matrix, like "oh lets cover them with these", so something I'd have on me normally (or something that would seem fairly normal). I'm not looking for another method, I just want a replacement for using cards, I don't want it having any corralation to a card trick. I want to leave the impression I could have used anything, quarters and whatever just were common, and that it was anything but contrived.

As for motivation well, why do anything magical? But the basic presentation I give, has to do with a backfire. The coins never travelled at all.

The ideas you have given are good, and I think business cards may work, but I'm not sure yet.

Thanks,

Michael
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Two borrowed twenties
or
Napkins
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Napkins are not quite right for the dingle pick up/snap moves.

Again... what is the PRESENTATION/STORY for the btrick. The STORY usually suggests the right props.

If you were a NYer... I would suggest using quarters and a couple of metro-cards for a story about being late for work... and calling the office at every delay.

It's almost always about the story.... the story is what decides WHAT you have on you and HOW you use the stuff.
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I like to load a jumbo coin under the cards at the end of the routine. It's a good kicker to explain that you use an extra coin and then reveal the jumbo coin.
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It could kick you later when they think about extra stuff during a trick.
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Michael, my quadra coin reverse matrix from my third set of lecture notes was originally taught with a penny, nickle, dime, and quarter, covered by 4 business cards. It works just fine!
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On 2004-06-26 04:55, Curtis Kam wrote:
The hands of two spectators. Smile

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Curtis,
John Born and I have played with this idea for awhile now.
I think the idea of using the spectators hands is really cool! I would like to compare some ideas with you.
Jason
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