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Hi everybody!

As always, I don´t know if this topic has been discussed before, but how about coin magic performed in movies? I stumbled upon this topic when looking for our all-time favourite muscle pass on the net. I found a site compiling coin-juggling moves (coin roll and the like) that mentioned some coin manipulation scenes in movies. The site contains some information on diverse visual tricks (not coin magic). So if you have seen anything in the cinema last night, let me know! Smile

Unfortunately, since the site has some _very general_ infos on classic palming, I don´t really know whether I should post the link here or not. Smile

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In the beginning of A Simple Twist of Fate with Steve Martin he is shown faro shuffling stacks of gold coins.
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In the "Natural" Robert Redford produces two silver dollars from "Memo's golden hair".

In the "Flying Tigers" a pilot of John Wayne's squadron (who's name escapes me) does the old elbow vanish with a fifty-cent piece.

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In 'The Usual Suspects', the guy does a one-hand cut and a coin roll. Also, there was a Little Debbie Cake advert with a kid driving a drop-top car and doing a coin roll. He went to a Mom & Pop's.
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Yes, I heard that Steve Martin is doing coin manipulation sometimes. Val Kilmer also seems to have some knowledge of coin magic.

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John Wayne must have been "into" coin magic (although I doubt it) because he does a French drop in The Barbarian and The Geisha.
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On 2002-08-28 04:10, spherie wrote:
Yes, I heard that Steve Martin is doing coin manipulation sometimes. Val Kilmer also seems to have some knowledge of coin magic.


Yes, Val Kilmer does a coin roll in Real Genius.
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Pretty Woman has a magician doing coin magic at the very beginning. The Serpant And The Rainbow also has some good coin magic in it. As well as being a great movie!

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There was afilm that I had stumbled across at Blockbuster one night. The name of the film was "Magicians" It is a B-rate movie but if you can put up with the poor acting there really was some pretty good magic.
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In "Man of 1000 Faces" (Lon Chaney biopic), Jimmy Cagney walks up to Jim Backus (Mr. Magoo, Thurston Howell III) who is doing a coin roll.
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And, a more recent one, the "Road To Perdition" has a coin roll in it. Well, at least it's briefly shown in the trailer, and I never saw the movie itself. "Small man´s magic" like coin and cards magic goes along well with "gangster" plots (remember "The Sting"?). Smile
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Steve Martin, comedian, banjo player, actor and writer....also appears to be fairly good at coin manipulation.

Check out a few brief scenes in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" where he does a coin roll and another maneuver (I don't know what it is called) where he has two coins held vertically face towards the camera, he drops one from behind the other, twirls it 360 degrees on the bottom of the first coin and lets it slide back behind the first coin (hard to describe, but very cool to watch).

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Steve Martin was a salesman doing demos in the magic shop at Disneyland many, many years ago. Small wonder he's good at coin manipulation.
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There is a movie in which an an American or Canadian serviceman falls in love with a British woman during WW2. It was made in the 50's I think. The actor rolls what I believe is an English penny over his knuckles. I must have seen the movie fifty years ago, and can remember exactly what the actor looked like, but can't remember his name, who the leading woman was, or what the name of the film was. I have tried about 40 different subjects to google, and checked the IMDB - no luck. This has been driving me crazy for years. It's a tip of the tongue situation that has lasted for decades. That actor looks a little like Peter Lawrford, but it isn't him. Dark hair, not-quite-but-close-to_Cary_Grant good looks. If anyone has a clue to the name of the film or the actor, please give me s shout. Thanks!
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On May 29, 2023, Powell wrote:
There is a movie in which an an American or Canadian serviceman falls in love with a British woman during WW2. It was made in the 50's I think. The actor rolls what I believe is an English penny over his knuckles. I must have seen the movie fifty years ago, and can remember exactly what the actor looked like, but can't remember his name, who the leading woman was, or what the name of the film was. I have tried about 40 different subjects to google, and checked the IMDB - no luck. This has been driving me crazy for years. It's a tip of the tongue situation that has lasted for decades. That actor looks a little like Peter Lawrford, but it isn't him. Dark hair, not-quite-but-close-to_Cary_Grant good looks. If anyone has a clue to the name of the film or the actor, please give me s shout. Thanks!


I’ve seen the movie you’re referring to. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the name of the movie, either . Stuart Whitman pops into my mind as the actor involved, though I could be wrong. But I do remember that he also did a rollout with four coins in addition to rolling one.
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On May 29, 2023, Powell wrote:
There is a movie in which an an American or Canadian serviceman falls in love with a British woman during WW2. It was made in the 50's I think. The actor rolls what I believe is an English penny over his knuckles. I must have seen the movie fifty years ago, and can remember exactly what the actor looked like, but can't remember his name, who the leading woman was, or what the name of the film was. I have tried about 40 different subjects to google, and checked the IMDB - no luck. This has been driving me crazy for years. It's a tip of the tongue situation that has lasted for decades. That actor looks a little like Peter Lawrford, but it isn't him. Dark hair, not-quite-but-close-to_Cary_Grant good looks. If anyone has a clue to the name of the film or the actor, please give me s shout. Thanks!


Found it! The movie was Darby’s Rangers (1958). The actor was Stuart Whitman. At about 14:10 he does a four coin roll out, then rolls a coin.
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Yes, I remember that movie and Stewart. Yet, a coin roll is not magic and never was. Just a gambler's skill. A flourish.
Not to say they do not have a place in a performer's arsenal - but 'magic'? No.

I keep hoping for examples that meet the theme of "coin magic." I recall some TV shows that had them, but they don't count either.
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Chanin's "TV Surprise" is performed in "the Illusionist". https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......start=10
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Why do the TV shows not count?
To me, while it's not technically "magic" flourishes are often magical to the lay audience because they think of them as extremely difficult - akin to sleight of hand but more visible.

It's also hard much easier to work flourishes into a character's mannerisms (it can be silent/passive) than real magic - which generally requires more patter - or at least context/justification/relevance in a story.
I know I've seen a few movies with the sad/lonely magician character that's doing random things (sometimes poorly) to get attention, but it's usually as comic relief. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a coin something somewhere in there, but don't recall.
I also feel like magic was used as a plot point in the "Now You See Me" films, but again can't remember if there was something specifically coin-related.

I also recall there was a coin that kept making an appearance in the TV show Deception, and I think there were some disappearances/productions, but again, it was mostly in the context of a fidget. And apparently "doesn't count".
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