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EjayK

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I began going through some of my collections recently, and came across some of my George Kirkendall items. For those of you that did not know "Kirk", he was an exceptional close up worker and a master craftsman/machinist.  At the 1977 Magi-Fest in Columbus, Ohio he gave me the abacus in the attached photo - I have never seen another one like it. Of course his reels were considered the best ever made. He was my inspiration for creating EJ's Coin Flite, and eventually becoming a machinist. I was lucky to have him as a friend. 

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Wow, it is nice to learn a little about "Kirk"...

And as a machinist, what do you make in regards to magic? Can you show us some examples?



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Nice trip in the Way Back machine! Those typeset instructions are reminiscent of the sheets that Johnson Products used to include with their products. And something about that coin box rings a memory bell... Never owned one, but I am certain that I saw one or two on display beneath the glass case at some magic shop somewhere.

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EjayK

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This was an original EJ's Coin Flite that I manufactured in the 70's when I was 16 years old. 
Did all machining on an old turret lathe, then sanded and buffed every one by hand. (China town half meets Okito) 4 quarters travel from the coin box to under a cup. Maybe I'll post a video of the routine...if I can still do it...lol

Distribution was through M&M magic mart (the late Murray Sobel). Most of them went to Tannen's. Sterling attempted to re-pop these in  knurled round brass in the 90's, and they did not sell well at all...they just did not look as nice as the hex brass.

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I got to see George perform "The Philosopher's Stone" at the MagiFest years ago. Luckily I was unaware of the effect so I was completely taken in. What a mind blower!

When you have no idea what's coming.... yeow!

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