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Modern Coin Manipulation

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by Thomas Nelson Downs
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Modern Coin Manipulation by Thomas Nelson Downs

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Learn coin magic from the best coin manipulator ever - the "King of Koins". T. Nelson Downs' original "Miser's Dream" is still unsurpassed. He invented many other new and innovative moves. The unique feature of this book is that it includes many photos of the hands of Downs detailing every important sequence in a move. He also offers helpful tips on presentation, patter, and other techniques. Another excellent book by T. Nelson Downs is The Art of Magic.

1st edition, 1900?, Hamley Brothers, London?; 1999 reprinted under the title "Classic Coin Tricks" by Dover Publishing, New York; 244 pages.

Table of Contents


  1. An appreciation and outline of his career by W. J. H.
  2. Description of the act
  3. Continuous Fron and Back Hand Palm
  4. Latest improvements in connection with same
  5. Method of getting first stack of coins into hat
  6. The apparent "catching" of the coins
  7. Passing coin through bottom of hat
  8. Passing coin through side of hat
  9. Coin thrown in the air and invisibly caught in hat
  10. Manner of getting a second load into hat
  11. Method for continuing the "catching" after second load is exhausted
  12. Production of any number of coins at finger tips
  13. To pass a coin through the knees
  14. The "Elusive" Pass
  15. New "Change Over Palm"
  16. Downs' new "Click" Pass
  17. Ten coins passing into tumbler
  18. Downs' new "Fan" Pass
  19. Downs' "Eureka" Pass
  20. The "Turnover" with 40 coins
  21. Three distinct methods of palming coins at the same time
  22. To palm and make the pass with 40 coins
  23. To produce same in a shower from the vest
  24. Methods for causing the disappearance of one coin
  25. With the aid of a piece of hair
  26. Vanishing coin from handkerchief
  27. Coin vanish with the aid of the vest
  28. Disappeareance of a coin while lying on the table
  29. Coin vanish with the aid of the outside of sleeve
  30. Coin vanish with the aid of the trousers pocket
  31. Novel pass with a coin
  32. New back palm idea
  33. The sleeve vanish
  34. The sleeve vanish in conjunction with back palm
  35. The coin and tumbler
  36. Novel adaption of the "rattle box" idea
  37. A rapid pass with six coins
  38. Disappearing pile of coins
  39. The equilibrium of silver
  40. To pass 20 coins from one hand to the other
  41. Quadruple coin
  42. Gold versus silver
  43. The transmutation of metals
  1. Vanishing coins from goblet
  2. Multiplying coins (sleight-of-hand method)
  3. New coin production from bare hands
  4. The money-producing cigarette
  5. The coin of Phoenix
  6. New money-producing card
  7. The marvellous transit of coins
  8. Novel appearing coin
  9. The new crystal target
  10. The flying coins
  11. The "Downs" goblet of mystery
  12. The mysterious claret glass
  13. Magnetized coins
  14. The demon goblet
  15. The silver question
  16. Handkerchief as money producer
  17. New money-producing candle
  18. The dematerialization of 30 coins
  19. Coin passing through a table, &c
  20. The crystal coin ladder
  21. The travelling coin
  22. The sixteen to one silver trick
  23. The fusible coins
  24. Coin with wire loop
  25. Coin with attachment for first finger
  26. Single spider "fake"
  27. Single spider "fake" (differently constructed)
  28. The "Hilliar" coin spider fake
  29. Coin holders
  30. New coin dropper for hat
  31. Coin caught on rim of the hat
  32. Apparatus enabling performer to easily palm 50 coins
  33. New vest coin dropper
  34. New vest coin dropper (differently constructed)
  35. The coin of Mercury
  36. The coin cornucopia
  37. The obedient coins
  38. The coin and paper tube
  39. An old trick improved
  40. A good coin trick
  41. To tell date on borrowed coin
  42. Entirely new pass with 25 coins
  43. The new glass coin jar
  44. The winged coin
  45. New coins and die
  46. Koincluding observations

word count: 29307 which is equivalent to 117 standard pages of text
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Reviewed by Miguel Martin (confirmed purchase)
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Thursday 29 September, 2005

I'm new to coin magic and to sleight based magic. When I found this book, my main hope was that it would give me enough basic information to start with, but after reading most of it, I've found that it wasn't written for a beginner. I also got Jean Hugard's Coin Magic and JB Bobo's Modern Coin Magic - both are better for beginners. Modern Coin Manipulation is often very difficult to read, as the English sounds dated now. There are some really good sections that would probably be very interesting to anyone curious about past magicians/acts. Downs was obviously a master at his art - back palming 40 half dollars should be proof of that - but the passages don't really come across as simple, clear teaching. The most frustrating aspect of this book was that the illustrations were usually 4 + pages after the text that referenced them. Flipping back and forth gets kinda old fast in this case. All in all, a great deal for 4.50 - but it wasn't the be-all, end-all I secretly hoped for.

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