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Mind Phantom

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Well, last night I was going through some old boxes and found a half-dollar shell, but, I don't know what to do with it. I purchased this many years ago for a routine I found in Paul Gertner's book Steel & Silver.

What are some routines that I can use it for ? I don't have Paul's book anymore. Can you all give me some ideas ? I don't want to put this on the shelf and not be able to use it.

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Hi Logan,

you can use it for coins across, coins through the table, matrix, 3Fly, etc.

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The shell is one of the greatest secret weapons in the close up arsenal. Seek and you will find.

As mentioned, coins across. Check out Garrett Thomas' "Imagination Coins." It's killer!

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I seem to recall playing around with a rather straightforward routine from Modern Coin Magic involving nothing more than a half-dollar and an expanded shell. A series of disappearances and reappearances, one coin turns into two, then one, then two, and finally both coins vanish. It was a sweet little routine, and not too demanding. I'd look it up and cite you page number and title, but my copy is boxed up. Sure it won't be tough to find if you are interested.

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And I sure hope you are talking about an expanded shell so you can use it with any other half dollar...
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That Imagination Coins routine looks interesting, that will give me a start at doing something as I am not really a coin guy.

Yes, Luis it's an expanded shell.
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Yes, Luis it's an expanded shell.


Great! 

What I use it for the most is Coins Across. First I do it with a shell and I finish with the coins in their hands. Then I repeat the effect with four regular coins and no shell. That way, at the end people can examine the coins and they will have no clue about how I did it. 

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Last year we had a visitor from Spain, Paco Rodas, and he taught us some great effects and techniques with coins and an expanded shell. But these routines are better with larger coins (Eisenhower Dollars for example) and I've been looking for a shell to go with my dollars. This week a friend is going to Magic Live and I will ask him to look for a dollar shell for me to start practicing those moves and routines. They are different ways to do a Tabled Coins Across (the ones I do with half dollars or old English pennies could be in the hands or on a table) and the moves are done on the table but the way to hold the coins is done much better with larger coins. 



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Bobo, Roth, both have large amounts of shell work. Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic has an entire section of simple magic with shells that are great with the right presentation. Congrats on finding it! A great tool that will open up a new world of coin work for you!
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The 2 routines that I use a shell for are "Shadow Coins" and Gertner's "A Familiar Ring".
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I just received some morgan dollars and a morgan shell today. They are really fun
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Troy Hooser has a DVD called Shellraiser that has at least a dozen easy-to-learn routines with a shell. Excellent resource. It comes with a cheap shell too, but the one you have is a much better one.

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Silver Quick by Derek Dingle. Extremely magical coins across routine that directly involves the spectator. They feel the first coin materialize in their and as it goes across. Buy Derek Dingles Complete Works. You won't regret it. 
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Not much to add here. You've got a ton of stuff to explore! 

Happy hunting!
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Dean Dill's video section Intimate Miracles with Coins has some wonderful coin shell effects. Taught so brilliantly.
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My two favorites are Dean Dill's Tonight Show Matrix and John Kennedy's Translocation.

I prefer a regular shell with cut down coins.

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Logan,

My current favorite half-dollar shell routine is David Roth's Shell Coins Across. It finishes in the spectator's hands - always a good thing. Another favorite, though it takes quite a bit of practice, is Geoff Latta's A Trick With Three Coins. Geoff did it with dollar coins/shell, but it can be done with halfs as well. 

Both of those are in the New York Coin Magic Seminar DVDs.

One other quick shell trick is a coins-through-table where you use a small cocktail glass. I think that one is in Bobo.

Hope that helps.
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I just watched TMF lecture with Steve Dobson and his tabled coins across and his Matrix ( done with playing cards at the corners ), this stuff looks like real magic.

I can't wait to practice this and add it to what I practice at Starbucks ( all cards and gambling routines ). I am going to watch it a few times and take some notes.

I am not a coin guy, but I know great magic when I see it.

Whatever Rudy is charging for this youtube lecture is worth MORE than he's asking.

Logan,
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Look around in the various David Neighbors manuscripts. He has created many gems with coins and a [. Although I don't own it, I would guess that his volume one hard cover is loaded with routines.
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