Some Technical Insights & Some Tips on the Folding Coins

Technical Insights

Folding CoinThe "profile" cut of my coins is very popular. I originally did not make a profile cut in my coins since my own experience has shown that it is really irrelevant to the mechanical performance of the coin or the trick's outcome. Many of my customers, however, feel more comfortable with the profile cut thinking it will hide the cut in the coin better if you follow the contour of the image on the coin, so I have made it my standard cut.It may surprise you, but each folding coin I make is cut entirely by hand except for the special grooving around the rim of the coin that accommodates the elastic bands. For the cut across the face of the coin, I use a blade that is barely thicker than a human hair. While I have entertained the thought of using a machine to make these cuts, no machine can quite match the fine touch of the human hand.

After the coin has been grooved and pieced, I then remove the eight burrs where the pieces join at the bottom of the groove. They are hardly noticed by anyone except a machinist that knows what to look for. I do not know of any other maker removing these types of burrs that can quickly damage the elastic bands as the coin is used. As some of you may already know, nothing is more embarrassing than a broken band in the middle of an effect.

As an added feature, I also make the grooved edges slightly deeper than typical folding coins to allow the magician to use TWO elastic bands around the coin. This is a safety measure that, combined with the removed burrs, should mean a long time between changes of the bands. Should one band happen to break, your show is not ruined.

Yes, my coins ARE different. They are better in my opinion and many of my customers think so too. Find out why!


Tips

In my years of doing magic and making magic, one question I hear most often in regards to folding coins is "How do I effectively hide the edges of the coin that I fold back? It always seems to be a little visible from the front!" Well, the answer is easy........YOU DON'T !! Take a moment and fold back an edge of the coin and look at it in a mirror. What do you see? You see the edge of a coin and you also see a tiny fraction of the metal edge sticking out. But that's what YOU see!

Ok, now look at it from a SPECTATORS point of view. Imagine yourself having just witnessed a magician tear off a chunk of coin with his teeth or rip it in his hands. NOW what do you see? You see the jagged edge of a coin that has just received immortal strength applied to it. You see the irregularities and even the lamination in the coin sticking out a bit (the folded back part). It LOOKS tore.

Magic is in the eye of the beholder. Don't feel afraid to view things from the spectators perspective. Good magic starts with what you want the spectator to think, and anything you can do to make them believe what you want them to will definitely enhance your effect!

For those that still wish to hide the back side, its a simple matter (with a little practice) to pull down on the folded piece with your thumb revealing just the edge of the front piece. You must make sure that you have this practiced well and that your elastic is not too stiff.

A friend of mine says, "I like to get a real crunchy piece of candy and hide it in my mouth. When I take a 'bite' from the coin, I crunch the candy. The visual and sound effect together really makes 'em jump!