I STARTED in magic many years ago when I was a mere 18 years old. I, like many before me, visited the famous Davenports Magic Shop in London. I chatted with the magician behind the counter who advised me on what to buy, and I headed off to university with a brand new copy of “Modern Coin Magic” by J.B.Bobo, a set of Linking Rings, and a traditional routine for them by “The Great Wong”.
I spent my first year with “Modern Coin Magic”, I carried it everywhere, read it from cover to cover, and practised diligently. I think this single book has done more to shape my magic than any other that I own. I still love this book, and revisit it from time to time, finding new ideas from old magic. Nowadays it has a fancy new cover, and non-beat copies are available! I highly recommend it for those wishing to learn sleight-of-hand magic.
HERE’S MY recommended list of routines for you to look up in the book:
- Two Pennies on the Leg, The Drop Pass, The Hippity Hop Half: Three tricks I did together as my first ever coin routine.
- Coin Fold: A wonderful complete vanish of a coin that can be made even more impressive with the use of flash paper.
- Coins Through the Table: Uses Han Ping Chien, my current favourite coin trick!
- Sympathetic Coins: A good close-up routine with many variations.
- Okito Box, Coin and Handkerchief: The reproduction of the signed coin is brilliant, a very cheap coin to impossible location effect with the spectator holding onto it.
Have a magical one,