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Modern Coin Manipulation

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.

  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. Disappearance 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
  44. Vanishing coins from goblet
  45. Multiplying coins (sleight-of-hand method)
  46. New coin production from bare hands
  47. The money-producing cigarette
  48. The coin of Phoenix
  49. New money-producing card
  50. The marvellous transit of coins
  51. Novel appearing coin
  52. The new crystal target
  53. The flying coins
  54. The "Downs" goblet of mystery
  55. The mysterious claret glass
  56. Magnetized coins
  57. The demon goblet
  58. The silver question
  59. Handkerchief as money producer
  60. New money-producing candle
  61. The dematerialization of 30 coins
  62. Coin passing through a table, &c
  63. The crystal coin ladder
  64. The travelling coin
  65. The sixteen to one silver trick
  66. The fusible coins
  67. Coin with wire loop
  68. Coin with attachment for first finger
  69. Single spider "fake"
  70. Single spider "fake" (differently constructed)
  71. The "Hilliar" coin spider fake
  72. Coin holders
  73. New coin dropper for hat
  74. Coin caught on rim of the hat
  75. Apparatus enabling performer to easily palm 50 coins
  76. New vest coin dropper
  77. New vest coin dropper (differently constructed)
  78. The coin of Mercury
  79. The coin cornucopia
  80. The obedient coins
  81. The coin and paper tube
  82. An old trick improved
  83. A good coin trick
  84. To tell date on borrowed coin
  85. Entirely new pass with 25 coins
  86. The new glass coin jar
  87. The winged coin
  88. New coins and die
  89. Koincluding observations

word count: 29307 which is equivalent to 117 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Miguel Martin (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   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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