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If you have seen a David Roth, Michael Rubinstein or Shigeo Futagawa perform with coins, you know what kind of miracles are possible with these shiny objects. You will find in this category must read classics like Bobo's Modern Coin Magic as well as the latest hot effects by Daniel Garcia or Michael Wild.

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Thomas Nelson Downs
Modern Coin Manipulation by Thomas Nelson Downs

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.

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J. B. Bobo
Modern Coin Magic by J. B. Bobo

Some regard this book as the bible of coin magic. And it is indeed packed with moves and tricks. To be precise, there are 116 coin sleights and 236 coin tricks. If you consider adding a coin trick to your program look no further. This is the book for you. Any other book about coins references this one.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This is a book to delight the hearts of amateur magicians which means, of course, most members of the magic fraternity - because nearly all of the performing done by amateurs is, almost inevitably, close-up, impromptu magic; and coin conjuring lends itself particularly well to that...

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Jean Hugard
Coin Magic by Jean Hugard

Coin Magic by Hugard is a great and complete introduction to coin magic. It teaches all the important palms, transfers and utility moves. It is not as comprehensive as Bobo's Modern Coin Magic but quality wise it is on the same level. If you don't want to read the massive work of Bobo try this one by Hugard.

1st edition, 1935, Max Holden; reprint, 1972, D. Robbins & Co, New York; 88 pages.

  1. CHAPTER I. BASIC PALMS AND CHANGES
    1. The Palm Proper
    2. The French Drop
    3. The French Drop - Variation
    4. The Pinch
    5. The Thumb Palm
    6. The Pick Up
    7. Changes
  2. CHAPTER II. COIN TRICKS WITHOUT APPARATUS
    1. Coin and Card
    2. The Melting...
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Shigeo Futagawa
Introduction to Coin Magic by Shigeo Futagawa

I have studied personally for almost two years with Shigeo Futagawa in Yokohama, Japan. He is without a doubt one of the top coin workers living today. A humble man who would have all the right in the world to be not quite so humble. Introduction to Coin Magic is a wonderful book. It is not just for the beginning coin student but for anybody who would like to brush up on some basic moves and learn several new outstanding routines.

Another interesting feature of this book is the several short bios of famous magicians inserted throughout the book. You will find people like Slydini, Han Ping Chien,...

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Michael Wild
Tavern Magic 1 by Michael Wild

This ebook is the author debut of Michael Wild. But he is no beginner when it comes to handling coins. He likes to perform in a bar/restaurant environment, and all his routines have been extensively tested there. I was impressed with his meticulous way of describing his routines, his thinking and motivation. He included many photos to describe the modus operandi. This makes it very easy to follow along and learn these fantastic coin routines. The PDF version is done in a beautiful magazine like layout. Michael is also a regular at The Magic Café online forum, aka Wildstone. If you have any...

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Michael Wild
Tavern Magic 2 by Michael Wild

Tavern Magic 1 was so well received that Michael Wild decided to follow it with a second volume which has even better routines. To use his own words "it's larger, has more photos, and contains some pretty damn good material (if I do say so myself)". Yes, it has almost double the amount of photos - and I thought volume one was already chock full of photos - and it teaches indeed amazing miracles using the Sun & Moon gaff coin set. For reviews and comments about Michael's innovative work see Tavern Magic 1.

Michael about the Sun & Moon gaff: "I have always been fascinated by the Sun & Moon coin set because of it's diabolically...

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Michael Wild
Amalgamated Steal by Michael Wild

This effect is superior to standard Copper & Silver routines. It is also more amazing than classic Coins Across routines. Amalgamated Steal combines the most astonishing and visually entertaining aspects of both to create a multi-phase coin routine that will keep your audiences on the edges of their seats and leave them absolutely stunned.

You will need two silver half-dollars. One copper coin. One matching copper/silver coin. Two expanded silver shells (one heads and one tails).

1st edition 2006; 10 pages.

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Doug Conn
Conn-juring by Doug Conn

Conn-juring contains professional magic developed for the real world. 42 pages, photo Illustrated.

Includes:

Flush Brush 2.1 Painting the Royal Flushes.

After-Afterburn A flaming biz-card production.

Joints 3 coin vanish / recovery.

Coin Spectacle Elbow, Knee & Neck... w/ repeat!

Plausible Presentations An essay.

One Conn's one coin flurry and thoughts on the subject.

Rab-bit (sponge) vanishes & reappears on a speks shoulder.

This Little Pinky A dissertation on the pinky count (3 routines.)

Dante's Sandwich A synergystic sandwich sequence; Elmsley's "Point of Departure" meets "The...

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Daniel Garcia
Blueprints by Daniel Garcia

These are Daniel Garcia's 2004 - 2005 Lecture Notes. A sell out at the 2004 LVMI Convention.

"Danny Garcia's magic is the FFFF.....it Fools you, Fries you , Freaks you out, and F**ks you up." - Chris Kenner

"How much of this material can I put on my DVD?" - Paul Harris

Contains some of Daniel's closely guarded effects that he has been performing for years: The Ego Slip - Daniel's card control that had even the best card men in magic asking for a copy of these notes. White or Wheat - A Sandwich effect that happens in the cleanest and fairest way possible. Your Personal Safe - A Coins Across routing...
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Ron Jaxon
Flip-M-Out by Ron Jaxon

Here is what Ron himself has to say about this ebook:

If I where asked to perform one trick to someone to show my ability as a close up magician. This routine is the one I’d show them. It’s my number one reputation making magic routine and I get more requests to perform “the coin trick” from both laymen and magicians then any other trick I perform. The reason for this is simple. It’s very powerful magic!

Here are a few reasons why:

  • The magic happens in the spectator’s hands.
  • It's done with common objects (coins)
  • Each phases seems more impossible then the one before. ...
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Ian Kendall
Basic Chip Tricks by Ian Kendall

Ian describes carefully and in detail a number of beautiful and cool flourishes with chips. You are sitting at a blackjack table and you have won a stack of chips during the last plays. The dealer ran out of cards and has to shuffle his six decks, which takes a while. This is the ideal moment to impress with a few chip flourishes. Of course, all of these moves can also be executed with coins rather than chips. You will learn:

  • The Pickup Move
  • Roll Down
  • Double Cut
  • Shuffle on a soft surface
  • Shuffle on a hard surface
  • Shuffling tall stacks
  • The Twirl
  • The Triple Twirl
  • The Reverse Twirl ...
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Jim Coles
Morph by Jim Coles

Change a lighter into a box of matches; transform a silver dollar into a watch. Here’s a collection of eight dazzling close up transformations sure to elicit appreciative gasps from any audience. And the best part? They’re all relatively easy to do. Add some visual zip to your next performance and really make them sit up and take notice.

Hot Sqeeze - Your lighter doesn’t work but your solution is simple: Change the lighter into a full box of real matches.

Silver Press - Show a ball of metal, mash it between your hands, and it becomes a silver dollar. A hyper visual feat that’s...

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David Crown
Bridal Curse by David Crown

The Effect
You present three Chinese coins to your audience which will do their ordinary work as always. Two of the Chinese coins travel from your hand to the ring a spectator is holding in her outstretched palm. The third coin is given shortly to the ones already traveled and you pick up her ring which you put fairly into your own pocket. You are then given the last coin which you throw in your hand. Again the coin will travel... The Spectator is asked to open the hand and to her amazement she finds three coins. But wait - what is in your hand? The spectator's ring!

This ebook includes...

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Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard
Bernard's Lesson on Coin Magic Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard

Bobby Bernard teaches palming, sleights, stratagems, and T. Nelson Downs' Coin Star. Photographed and written by Lewis Ganson. This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

[Get the full collection of all 17 Teach-Ins at a huge discount.

1st edition 1978 by Supreme; original 35 pages; PDF 43 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Coins
  3. The Hands
  4. Palming A Coin
  5. Thumb Grip
  6. Stretch Palm
  7. Crease Palm
  8. After Ramsay
  9. Production In The Air
  10. Double Production
  11. The Miser's Misers Dream
  12. The Spellbound Move
  13. The Hummer...
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Rannie Raymundo
Sencillo by Rannie Raymundo

A super visual coins across routine.

The profits from the sales of this routine will go to various organizations that are helping victims of the earthquake in Si Chuan, China. Originally this routine was available for $15, but now Rannie has decided to make it free with any amount of donation. That is why the 'price' of this ebook is set to $1, the minimum donation. We hope that you will donate more than the minimum. To do that you only need to change the quantity in the shopping cart. Say you wanted to donate $15, the original price of the ebook, you would enter 15 as the quantity in the...

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Stephen Tucker
Matrix Reloaded by Stephen Tucker

Four laminated cards are shown to each bear the image of a coin. (Included are images of cards bearing either 50p coins or Kennedy half-dollars).

They are tabled, one at each corner of your mat or, if strolling, one on each of four up-turned palms. The coins on three of the cards vanish and appear on the fourth card - in true matrix fashion. Then the four images are shaken off the card into reality. This leaves you with four double blanks and four real coins!

If you like, you can now perform your favorite coin-matrix with the 'real' coins using the blank cards as covers.

  • easy to perform...
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Stephen Tucker
Magic Purse by Stephen Tucker

Three coins, one at a time, penetrate a purse and land in a glass tumbler. You will need a zippered cloth or leather coin purse and a magnet of the right strength.

  • magnet reduces sleight of hand to a minimum
  • resets automatically
  • ideal for table hopping
1st edition 2008; 2 pages.
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Jim Coles
Quick Change by Jim Coles

Offering to demonstrate a secret exercise that master pickpockets use to sharpen their skills, a small coin purse, a half dollar and a metal washer are given out for examination. The magician explains that the idea is to place the half dollar in the purse, which he does, and cause it to change places with the washer. The first time he merely rubs the washer along the bottom edge of the purse, yet when he brings his hand away it’s seen he’s holding the half dollar. The washer is dumped from the purse.

For the second phase, the half is placed in the purse and the washer is held at the...

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Alan Rorrison
Pulled by Alan Rorrison

The Linking Rings effect is a classic of magic and for good reason: a direct and simple method coupled with the visual aspect of the props have made this a strong hold in most magicians' working arsenals.

So what is wrong with the original that a new one needs to be brought forth? Well, here are a few small points to take into consideration:

  • The old rings are too big for any real world worker
  • They are too expensive in most cases
  • Large rings simply look like a magic prop
  • The routine rarely has any motivation
  • People simply get bored of the routine
Pulled solves all these points and...
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Jim Coles
Under Cover by Jim Coles

Imagine this: You borrow a quarter from a spectator and have it initialed with a Sharpie marker. You take a pack of cigarettes and place the quarter on top of the pack. You have the spectator cover the quarter with a hand and say you’ll cause the coin to pass completely through the pack. You make a magical pass and have the spectator lift her hand. Only...the quarter’s still there. You ask the spectator to pick up the quarter. She tries but her fingers slide right over the coin. Impossibly the coin is under the cellophane! You clearly show the pack is unopened and unmarked in any way. You...

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D. Angelo Ferri
The Button Biting Trick by D. Angelo Ferri

An unusual effect that is introduced in the manuscript with a cartoon drawn by Chauncey Pierce. Dennis in his own words:

The Button Biting Trick is something I rarely see performed by other magician's, I have enjoyed and benefited form this routine for many years. It is a great way to let people know you are a magician. My original investigations of the routine led me to Malini and Scarne. I have developed my own method to make the effect more 'mentally acceptable' to the spectator. My grandfather was a tailor; buttons are not easily bitten off a coat. The trick rises and falls upon the spectator believing...

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Lewis Ganson
Okito Box Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

In 1911, Okito was in partnership with Joe Klein in a magic shop on Broadway, New York. Joe suffered from indigestion and kept his boxes of pills in a drawer in the shop. Okito often handled the pill boxes and noticed that the lid would fit on both bottom and top and in each case, the box looked the same. He had some made up in metal instead of cardboard, of such a size as to take coins and so the "Okito Coin Box" was born. Since they were first marketed by the Bamberg Magic and Novelty Company, dealers all over the world have manufactured and sold these boxes. Different ideas have been incorporated,...

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Lewis Ganson
The Gil-Gan Swindle by Lewis Ganson

What a lovely, simple, but hugely effective coin routine this is. Although an Okito Box is used, none of the regular Okito Box moves are employed .... there are virtually NO SLEIGHTS involved in this effect! Lewis also gives credit to BOB SWADLING for his subtle idea which is incorporated and which makes the effect possible .... and what an effect! A close-up masterpiece!

A small piece of plastic the size of a playing-card is shown and placed across the mouth of a tumbler. A 2p piece (or USA 5 cent piece) is placed on top of the plastic and covered by the lid of a small brass box. On tapping...

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Nefesch
Hatching by Nefesch

You borrow a normal egg from a spectator, who signs it with a permanent pen. Then you borrow a coin and also have it signed by the spectator. Now you proceed to put the signed egg and signed coin together and without making any funny or weird movements. The coin visually penetrates the egg and goes through its shell!. It all happens right before the eyes of the spectator. The egg is now shown all around completely intact, with no scratches or holes. Your hands are shown both sides, all angles are totally clean, you are not hiding or palming the coin, it really has 'melted' into the egg! You...

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D. Angelo Ferri
Coin Magic (Barlotta) by D. Angelo Ferri

Barlotta's Coin Magic manuscript features his variation of Slydini's "Four Coins through the Table". He has eliminated the 'mid air Hang Ping Chen' movement and replaced it with a Slydini variation he sometimes employed. Dennis' objective was to give magicians interested in doing Slydini's "Four Coins" a method that is easier to do and is still completely constructed of Slydini technique. This manuscript also includes Slydini's "Vanishing Stack of coins", which he sometimes performed at the end of his coin routine, and Barlotta's "Six Coins under the Shaker Club", the idea for which he got while...

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Nefesch
Crispes by Nefesch

An amazing super clean penetration of a signed coin to a crispes bag.

You borrow a coin which the spectator signs. You hand them a chips bag and you throw the coin on the bag. They hear the coin, they feel the coin but they don't see the coin. You ask them to shake the chips bag and this time they feel it heavier. They open the bag and inside they find their signed coin.

1st edition 2008.

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Titanas
Signed Bending Coins by Titanas

Borrow a coin. Get it signed and bend it in your hand. It is a clear and strong effect. Titanas explains two different variations which can be performed standing.

The video is shot for my taste from a bit too far, particularly in the demonstration part the coin is hard to see. However, the explanation is clear and should not cause any difficulties for you to learn this wonderful effect.

1st edition 2008; duration 8 minutes 13 seconds.

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David Kemsley
Redemption by David Kemsley

A visual penetration of coin through can.

The performer finishes his / her can of drink and shakes every last drop out. A coin is then shown and placed in the palm of the other hand. The base of the can is impacted on the coin several times and then penetrates the base of the can. The spectators can hear the coin pass through the metal. The coin is inside the can and the spectator can take the coin out and keep both items if they wish.

This is a great little idea combining a common gimmick with a clever move to accomplish a coin penetrating a can - a visual and audible effect.

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Kevin Parker
Passing Thru by Kevin Parker

Borrow a coin and show a normal empty glass bottle, then visually pass the coin through the base of the bottle. They don't just see the coin 'appear' in the bottle; they see it 'melt' right through. Then you shake the bottle to conclude the coin is indeed inside the bottle, then give it out as a souvenir. You can even do this with a borrowed bottle. This is Kevin Parker's Passing Thru.

  • Normal Bottle
  • Normal Coin
  • No Slits/Cuts in Bottle
  • Everything Examinable
This is an incredibly visual effect and has to be seen to be believed. Check out the demo video below. And the fact that you end...
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Eric DeCamps
Shadow Coins by Eric DeCamps

A beautiful compact routine wherein three coins vanish and then magically reappear, one coin at a time. An instant classic.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 1998.

runtime: 8min 2s

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Derek Dingle
Silver Quick by Derek Dingle

This is a classic Dingle - strong magic but not easy. Four coins travel magically from the performer's hand to the spectator's hand. Brilliant routining from a master.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 1998.

runtime: 5min 47s

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Chad Long
Ninja Coin & Ninja Key by Chad Long

Two extremely magical effects that make it appear you have the dexterity of a Ninja Magic Master. Flip a coin high in the air and appear to catch it deftly between your thumb and forefinger. Or toss your keys in the air and catch the right key at your fingertips every time. It looks absolutely impossible, but it is easy to do.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 1999.

runtime: 6min 39s

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Gregory Wilson
Body Piercing by Gregory Wilson

This is a strong one coin routine requiring a shell. The coin repeatedly penetrates your hand.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 1999.

runtime: 6min 52s

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R. Paul Wilson
Spellbound to Please by R. Paul Wilson

Scotland's top sleight-of-hand artist gives up one of his pet routines. It looks like real magic. A copper coin changes to a silver coin and back several times.

Surprisingly there are no really difficult moves. You will need a copper and a silver coin, but the spectators only see one at any given moment. And Paul's clever handling eliminates the thought in the spectators mind that there could be two coins.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 1999.

runtime: 4min 46s

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(Benny) Ben Harris
Epic Flight by (Benny) Ben Harris

The odd scientific principle discovered by Harris in 1980 makes an amazing coin transposition possible!

Two coins are displayed. One is marked with a large cross with a permanent marker and a spectator confirms that the cross will not rub off the coin. In full view, the marked coin and the plain coin transpose through the back of a spectator’s own hand.

Fully examinable, easy to do. The scientific principle makes it all work.

  • examinable
  • use any currency
  • easy to perform
  • carry it everywhere

1st edition 1980; digital edition 2009; 14 pages.

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Gregory Wilson
A Fistful of Dollars by Gregory Wilson

Snap your fingers to produce during the snap a coin at your finger tips. Greg does this three times and then vanishes the coins one by one.

The move to produce a coin while snapping is Doug Wick's Snap Production.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 2000.

runtime: 13min 13s

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Jerry Andrus
Miser's Miracle by Jerry Andrus

Watch and learn Jerry's masterpiece of coin magic. Four silver dollars are produced one at a time, first from between two freely chosen cards, and the last two coins from a single playing card which is torn smaller and smaller.

There are no difficult moves in this routine. The ingenuity of Jerry is how he steals, hides and moves the coins behind pieces of cards.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 2000.

runtime: 7min 25s

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Rich Marotta
The Great Penetrator by Rich Marotta

A borrowed coin magically penetrates three times a solid coaster resting on top of a glass.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 2001.

runtime: 3min 2s

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David Neighbors
Pocket Coins by David Neighbors

You place a ripped off empty jeans pocket on the table. Magically you take three coins one by one out of it. You magically make them disappear and appear inside/under the pocket. The climax is that all three coins disappear inside the pocket.

You will need two coins and a matching expanded shell. The video includes a detailed explanation of the "Palm to Palm", "Classic Palm to Fingerpalm Transfer" and "Toss Up Production" moves.

runtime: 24min 37s

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John Cornelius
Coin Falling Up by John Cornelius

This is an independent reinvention of Arthur Buckley's muscle pass by John Cornelius. John turned the move into a showpiece by itself.

runtime: 3min 20s

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Larry Jennings
Peripatetic Coins by Larry Jennings

A trick with four half dollars. The four coins travel one by one from one hand to the other. The last invisible transfer takes place into a closed spectator hand.

You will need an expanded shell to do this effect.

runtime: 6min 11s

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