types of coins

Discussion in 'Magic Forum' started by SpitFire, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. I know how some of you guys get certain coins to perform magic. For me however, i prefer to use coins from my country's currency. I feel like it makes my magic more real, what do you guys think ? ( PS. sometimes i feel like if I get too used to these coins, I cant adapt to larger coins)
  2. It is always good to become comfortable with your own currency for times when your put on the spot, you can borrow from the spectator and blow minds!!!! But if you have any coins and your good and smooth with them, I really don't think the spectators will care. My motto is if your good, your good, and with enough practice your magic will always look real.
  3. I think it's important to use your own country's currency when ever possible while doing money magic. I think it makes it easier for your audience to relate to you that way. However, that being said, if you want a good coin to do magic with I highly recommend looking into Morgan silver dollars, Walking Liberty half dollars and the copper English penny's. They feel good, and look good.
  4. Isn't it true that Walking Liberty half dollars don't make as much noise as some other coins when handling them? I remember someone saying something about them being softer then most coins, something along those lines..
  5. by "being softer', they mean beacuase of their age, and composition (90% silver), the relief is worn down. Magicians call worn-down coins "soft", because they are quieter when the faces slide against one another.

    If it makes sense that you might have the coins you plan to use, then it's fine. When I'm busking, it makes sense that I would have props like that. If I was an 18 year old starving college student, probably not. It's all about consistency.

    Also, Peace dollars, Franklin halves and Kennedy halves (1964 ones are minted in silver) are pretty nice as well, and may be a little cheaper than Morgans and Walkers.
  6. I only work with quarters. Half-Dollars and Silver Dollars are American coins, sure, but no one carries them and they just don't have the same immediate organic feeling quarters do. People touch and handle quarters every day and are used to seeing them, so they're a common item, and I like that feel they give to my magic.

    I do recognize the benefits of using halves and silvers, they just don't suit my style is all.
  7. I'm trying to decide between Peace dollars of Morgans any suggestions Thank You,
  8. I agree. I say keep using coins that make the most sense. Honestly most people don’t even know what half dollars are in America because we don’t really use them much anymore. Using a quarter would make more sense.
  9. The only problem is the fact that my hands are huge.
  10. So I like Walking Liberty halves, to me they sort of look elegant. Morgan dollars s have a classic look to them - I may use them with Victorian Coins routine. The Peace dollars have almost an art-deco look to them. My recommendation is to find a coin that you like the look and then see if the size works for you.

    If you are using any of those (or even a 1964 Kennedy) you will need to explain the coins to the audience. Honestly, the reason we use those coins is that the older coins are larger and easier for a parlor audience to see, the size makes the magic seem more difficult (although for me a larger coin is easier to handle), the silver has a nicer look to it (shiny or aged) and the silver just has a better feel to it. There is some value in a performance to introducing a prop (no, don't say this is a normal coin...). The coins I use were in my wife's grandmother's coin purse -- barely circulated. When I use Kennedy halves, I talk about how there was only one year when the coin was all silver (well, 90%) and then in 1965 it was a silver clad coin. It also happens to be the most collected coin in history. A backstory is always good (it doesn't have to be true). It can be as easy as "when I began in coin magic, I was fascinated with the look of these coins. The age of them and the design of them just felt magical to me."

    P.S. In the future, don't post in 9 year old threads, but start a new one. I'll leave this open for now in case you have a response, but will probably close it in a couple of days.
  11. I am in europe, so i use euros for impromptu and bar-work. For more formal work i use halfs and pennies. Euros and new american coins are just too small for stage-work. When a customer pays me a lot of money for a show a trick with some loose change just does not look right. The silver and copper coins add to the mystery, they look much better. If anybody asks about them i tell them i inherited them. Same with C&B, paper cups in the pub or coffeeshop work just fine, but i use shiny brass or silver for the better jobs, simply because the customer expects a magic performance. I would advise you to go for half-dollars, the gaffs are relative cheap and the coins are easy to handle, even with big hands. The power of using ordinary coins is that you can borrow them, but that is not easy nowadays because people don't carry much cash anymore. And then you are that guy who does tricks with borrowed coins, cool. That is what the audience experiences.
    If you pull out a purse with a few large silver or copper coins and you do exact the same trick, they see you as a magician who does some serious magic. You have to be good, otherwise you wouldn't use those coins. This sounds crazy, but that is the way the spectator thinks.

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