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CARDS
I love being able to carry a couple of envelopes with card tricks. Plays big, packs flat.

COINS
would be my next guess for mobile carry-ability. But, of course, they are more expensive because you aren't able to make the coins you want with scissors and glue.

WHAT ELSE should I consider for pocket tote-ability?



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Duke,

You might be interested in the Tyvek Himber Envelopes. Here's the hype from Murphy's: LINK

I have some of these. They're nice for gaffed packet tricks in that they allow you to switch out gaffs for regular cards as you could with a Himber wallet.

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The Amazing Jumping Arrow. 
A lot of magic packed into a small package. 
And it's made of anodized aluminum - arrows are etched into it - nothing to wear out. 

https://www.mymagic.com/p/close-up-magic/amazing-jumping-arrow-mark-k-young

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Duke, regarding coins:  You don’t necessarily have to invest in expensive gaffs.  There are plenty of great tricks you can do with borrowed coins.


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I agree with Evildan that the Amazing Jumping Arrow is and excellent pocket trick. Meir demonstrated it in his TMF lecture.

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Duke, regarding coins:  You don’t necessarily have to invest in expensive gaffs.  There are plenty of great tricks you can do with borrowed coins.




Indeed Arthur.

Unless you are going the silver route, coin magic can be relatively inexpensive.
Clad coins work just as well as silver.

I've mentioned this before on here (and elsewhere), with a few regular coins, an expanded shell, and a c/s gaff, you can do most coin tricks
You can get clad shells and c/s gaffs at any decent magic shop, or on the net.

My advice, if you want to get into coin work, is to get a copy of Bobos (can be picked up very cheaply nowadays), and start working on your sleights. There is some great coin magic that is totally gaffless.
Then, if you wish, add a gaff or two.
The two I mentioned (c/s and expanded shell), will open up a myriad of possibilities - and because there are no moving parts or anything to break, should last a lifetime.

My recommend set to have, and exactly what I use is -

* Four half dollars, with a matching expanded shell.

* Two old English pennies.

* A c/s gaff, which matches your halves on one side, and your pennies on the other.

" An odd coin - I use a Chinese coin with a hole.

This set, combined with sleight of hand, is really all you need.




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wow,

thanks everyone for responding.
Helps me plan what to do.
Thanks especially for links.

What a cool forum!

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In reference to Jim’s post about shells, C/S, English pennies, etc., I used to love doing those types of tricks.  However, in recent years I decided that, since nobody uses half dollars anymore, their use raises suspicion that the coins could be gaffed.  

Therefore, I would rather do coin tricks using quarters and other “real” coins.  They can either be borrowed (preferable), or use your own, carried in a pocket.  This is just my own personal preference.  I have nothing against folks who use half dollars or gaffs.  Eric Jones, for example, does absolute miracles with them.  But to me it just feels better when I’m able to amaze someone using “real” coins belonging to them.


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Duke,

You might be interested in the Tyvek Himber Envelopes. Here's the hype from Murphy's: LINK

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Mike,

What size or these? Hard to tell from the picture and description which says 5 x 6 x 1

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That's a good, and fair point. Arthur.

I actually have two identical sets of the coins. My other set is the same as above, but in current, common, UK coins. This set consists of four 2ps with matching shell, two 10ps, a 10p/2p c/s gaff, and my odd coin is a 50p.

If it is a planned performance, where it is known that I am there to perform, I will use my halfs and pennies set. I am careful about how they are introduced, and the audience will get to inspect the coins.

If it is an impromptu/off the cuff type of thing (down the pub for example), I will use my other set, or borrow the coins. I am also a fan of borrowing coins and secretly adding my shell or c/s gaff (or an extra coin).



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Intensely Magic - They're the perfect size for Poker sized cards. You can easily put five cards in each side. I may have referenced an envelope that's larger than the ones I have.

Mine measure 2.7" by almost 3.8"

Playing cards are 2.5 x 3.5
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Color-changing knives are the a great one to carry. They are legal most everywhere due to the short blades.
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Paddle tricks, in all but name, have been mentioned a couple of times. Great trick, whatever the prop. Chad Long's Flash Drive, or whatever they call it is another good one.
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I’m in the UK and have never had any bother with half dollars, even when I used fakes. They’re still something of a conversation piece here, so I’ve always said something to the effect that my brother brought me half a dozen of these back from the States. Or Las Vegas.

I don’t know what the usage is in the US, and I don’t care. It sounds good and works.

Similarly, I never have any bother with English pennies. I say: “Remember these?” A lot of people don’t, but again it/they’re a conversation topic.

Regarding paddle tricks, I have several small white paddles with black spots. I have had these since before Stonehenge was built and there’s no sign of wear. They look like nothing on earth, but I tell the folks that they were in the first Magic Set I ever had, which is true. They can be examined, no problem.

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Hi Alan,

Thanks for the ideas on coins and paddles.

I like the idea of USB drives as paddles because they are so current, common, and universally accepted without hesitation.



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CARDS
I love being able to carry a couple of envelopes with card tricks. Plays big, packs flat.






I used to carry Micheal Ammar's Cards Across with a couple of envelopes. Great trick! It's on L & L The World Greatest Magic Series Cards Across DVDhttps://llpub.com/dvds-c-27/worlds-greatest-magic-cards-across-p-2327.html






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Pocket Space Plus is a great "every day carry" trick. Very fooling.
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