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sjrwheeler

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Hello there,

Anyone here using the Lynn Pennies trick? 
It was one of the first coin things I learnt to do well. Originally I was taught it using 4 coins and a challenge type presentation where they had to catch the 4th coin in a fist the instant it hit their hand. But upon learning the original with 7 pennies I much prefer that it allows me to gently place or tip the last one into their hand and ask them to make a fist after they watch it go in. 

I sometimes do this with a mixture of coins, which seems riskier as they don't all blend together. But I rarely find people with 7 of the same coin! I just make sure the last 2 or 3 are the same. 

I've been using it a lot without coins too, for example using small shells at the beach and using scrabble tiles. 


I had an interesting idea for the scrabble tiles. If you get 7 different letters and ask them to think of one, if you have some way of knowing which letter they are thinking of then you can cause that letter to be the one to vanish.
I wasn't sure how to work out which letter they are thinking of without adding extra procedure (such as writing something down), so I moved to this:

- Ask them to think of 1 of 7 letters.
- Switch all 7 letters for 7 different letters.
- Now do the vanish of any letter, and theirs will be the one missing.

Essentially the Princess Card Trick combined with the Seven Pennies.
The switch isn't particularly nice though as scrabble tiles are loose and make noise when they click together. Plus there is a risk of them noticing more than one letter (which you could get around by having one person think of a letter and another hold onto the tiles when you count them out). 


I'm wondering if anyone else has had any thoughts or ideas with the Seven Pennies?

I've read some of Michael Weber's thoughts on this. 
And here is Curtis Kam performing his version:



Cheers,

Sam

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sjrwheeler

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To be honest, I think the original is probably the best. Its so simple and clear, and it happens in their hands. 

But I've been enjoying playing with it. And I especially enjoy performing it with whatever is nearby. I'm often on the beach, and many bars in Brighton have board games so shells and scrabble tiles are often handy. 

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John.W.Stevens

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Michael Weber’s take using wishing tokens, and some other touches is amazing.

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Always liked the Curtis Kam version. I saw this effect for the first time at a Tom Ogden lecture and it went over very well. One thing that Tom did that I thought was a nice touch was to do the effect in a lot of different hands. It's a good opportunity to get lots of people involved.
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I have seen both Weber and Kam's versions and like them both. Weber's is a bit more whimsical, while Kam's is straightforward, but there's something to be said for both. I briefly practiced Kam's version after it was published in Genii some years back. I got the rhythm down and felt fairly comfortable with the handling, but since I rarely get the chance to perform beyond family and friends, I let it slide. Seeing this makes me want to go back and pick it up once more. 

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I briefly practiced Kam's version after it was published in Genii some years back.
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I went down the rabbit hole searching Genii this morning for this. I found "Quartermaster" by Kainoa Harbottle and unless it was also written up separately, I think that's it in January 2017.

Something else I can play with while away from my desk! 

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I went down the rabbit hole searching Genii this morning for this. I found "Quartermaster" by Kainoa Harbottle and unless it was also written up separately, I think that's it in January 2017.

Something else I can play with while away from my desk! 


That's it, Dave! Sorry, I should have cited the issue, but not everyone subscribes. Not an impossibly difficult routine. Lots of fun interaction. Let me know how it works out for you.

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