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JustChico

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For anyone who does a one coin routine, do you do a specific routine, bits and pieces different routines or just kinda go from scratch

If you go from scratch, what's your jumping off point? Do you just kind of think "Well, if I do this vanish, it puts me in a pretty good spot to do this production which leaves me with option A or B..." or what's your thought process?
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I find it’s really useful to start with the masters, for example Slydini’s One Coin Routine.  Study their timing and routining, and then develop your own variations.

 I also based my own version on a manuscript called Ferdinand’s Fortune by Eric Ford, which is a great One Coin Routine.


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If you happen to own or have access to John Bannon's Smoke and Mirrors, there is an excellent one coin routine tucked inside. John calls it One Is the Onliest. It uses a borrowed quarter, involves a spectator's initials, the production of a jumbo coin, and the appearance of the signed coin in an impossible location. As usual, John has thought out the routine and explains much of his thought process.

There's also Richard Kaufman's description of David Roth's Flurry to be found in his big book.

I do a one coin routine with a quarter and [ that uses a story line about my boyhood allowance. The routine uses a couple of retention vanishes, a couple of productions, and the appearance at the end of a jumbo coin. Nothing earthshaking, and certainly basic, but it gets good reactions. 

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Anthony,
I'm going to have to check these out. I have been dying for a reason to buy a jumbo coin. I was thinking of looking into some teaching involving CD's (Eddie Ray, Jordan Gomez) to see if that would translate well to jumbo coins. Granted, the makeup is really different, but the basic size is about the same.

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Is there any way to go wrong with Slydini?
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JustChico, the only thing “wrong” with Slydini’s (if one can say such a thing) is the fact that he’s seated, and utilizes lapping.  But there is still much to be learned from his incredible understanding of misdirection, timing, and attention to detail.


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JustChico, the only thing “wrong” with Slydini’s (if one can say such a thing) is the fact that he’s seated, and utilizes lapping.  But there is still much to be learned from his incredible understanding of misdirection, timing, and attention to detail.



True. I'm not a big fan of routines involving lapping because I'm very seldom sitting when I perform.
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Lapping can be powerful stuff man. Check out Close-Up Ilusions by Gary Ouellte & his The Homing Ring booklet.
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I've seen a bunch of people doing a one coin routine over the years and only a few looked truly magical.  The rest just looked like an exercise in look how I can hide the coin.  JustChico, Arthur is correct, try to find videos of Slydini, Roth, Kurtz, Kainoa and see how they do it.
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Once, at Tannen's in NYC, I met Bob Fitch, who blew my mind for about 5 minutes using just one coin.  Seeing him lecture a few times after that, he affected me the same way!
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Don't be discouraged JustChico. Its my opinion there are lots of great one coin routines out there. My advice is to look at a lot of them, find the things you like. Make your own routine. You'll always be able to add to it, change it, whatever you want to keep improving it. Find out what other people think looks the most impressive and magical and keep that part of it. Make it your own. You'll eventually have something your proud of. I'm no expert but I say go to work on it and have fun with it.
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Lapping can be powerful stuff man. Check out Close-Up Ilusions by Gary Ouellte & his The Homing Ring booklet.


Oh I'm not denying that at all. I've seen some of Slydini's work as well as Al Schneider's and you don't see the lapping even when you know it's there and go looking for it. I realize it's a really powerful tool and didn't mean to minimize it at all. I'm just saying that it's not a tool I have a lot of opportunities to use.
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Kainoa Harbotle has a really good one coin routine called "Solo" on Penguin Magic. It covers a lot of moves in 90 seconds and is breathtaking to the spectator.
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Another vote for Kainoa's routine. 

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Kainoa Harbotle has a really good one coin routine called "Solo" on Penguin Magic. It covers a lot of moves in 90 seconds and is breathtaking to the spectator.


As he does in is "Portal" video. It's a modular routine, so any part of it can be rearranged, removed, or added to your own routine easily.
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After reading The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne I put together a little routine of my own which entails a few vanishes and productions - nothing groundbreaking but it creates a moment of wonder for those involved [cool]
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Francis Menotti does a very cool one coin routine called Pieces of Nothing.

I made up one in which a washer tries to become a real coin, and it eventually turns into a silver dollar, which turns into a jumbo coin
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I have a 3 phase 1 coin routine, mostly for close up and created out of necessity. I don't usually carry coins, and borrowing 3-4 of the same type can sometimes be impossible if not time consuming.

It also helps that I use 1 coin because there is less for the audience to be distracted by. My patter is 'some hidden features of coins'.

It's as you said, a mish mash of ideas and bits I've cribbed from other routines, and it's basically everything I could figure worked logically.
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I made up one in which a washer tries to become a real coin, and it eventually turns into a silver dollar, which turns into a jumbo coin


I'd be interested in seeing that if you have video.

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After reading The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne I put together a little routine of my own which entails a few vanishes and productions


Looks like one more reason for me to dust off my copy and dig in again. I may have to browse through Mark Wilson's book as well, just to see what's there.



From what I've read so far, I'm kind of getting the idea that a one coin routine is simply a series of vanishes/productions with the patter to make it make sense as opposed to just something that looks like "Hey, look...I can do all sorts of coin tricks." I have a feeling that once I get "mine" put together, that coin is going to somehow miraculously make it into someone's ear. My little niece always asks me to do that whenever she's in town for a visit. Last time she was in, she said something to the effect of, "Oh, the coin changed into a different coin...twice! Yeah, that's neat...but can you make the coin come out of my ear again?"
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