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David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic by Richard Kaufman, David Roth

(c. 1985)
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Effect: Illustrated by Richard Kaufman. Tons of coin magic using regular coins, gaffed coins, coin boxes, and more. Clear line drawings throughout. Each description includes credit information and thorough explanation. Highly recommended. See many of the routines performed on the Expert Coin Magic video series (also Highly Recommended!)

For videos and other details: check out Dr. Dave’s Expert Coin Magic Project or Denis Behr’s Conjuring Archive.


1 Foreword by Dai Vernon (short)

Section One: Magic in the Hands
5 Introduction to Section One: The Rothian style

Chapter One
7 The Retention Vanish: clean two handed vanish
9 Fingertip Retention Vanish: Left hand takes coin from right fingertips
10 Shuttle Pass: Coin passed to other hand changes; Reverse Shuttle Pass, Half Shuttle Pass, Shuttle Pass from the Lap
12 Roth Palm Change: a one handed change
13 Skinner’s Spidergrip Vanish: a “fake take” vanish
15 The Scoop Addunder: Add a coin to a stack on the table
16 Lapping a Coin from The Closed Fist: Tap Lap, Closed Revolve Vanish
18 The Kaps Subtlety: hiding in plain sight
19 Benzais Friction Palm: retains a coin while others tossed
20 Three Coin Click Pass: Two coins placed into hand with audible click suddenly tranfer to other hand
23 The Flurry: A one coin sequence of vanishes and reappearances
26 Standup Flurry Climax: Production of Jumbo Coin. Stand up, needs jacket

28 Chapter 2
29 Deep Palm Tenkai Pennies: Tenkai pennies without a backclip
31 Deep Palm Tenkai Double Vanish: double vanish
32 Deep Palm Tenkai Merge: two halves merge into a silver dollar
34 Karate Coin for Professional Performance: finger is thrust through a coin, which is restored
36 Continuous Spellbound: a series of instant C/S changes
39 Pulling off Ten Cents: a piece of half dollar is torn off and becomes a dime
40 A Mighty Squeeze: half dollar is folded in half, then in quarters
42 Squeeze It: Vanish, Sleeving Method One & Two, Recover Without Sleeving
44 A Funnel Coin In Bottle: a coin in bottle routine using an opaque funnel
47 New Wave Coin In Bottle: a coin in bottle, needs a little distance from audience

51 Chapter 3
52 Folding Coins Through Table: coins through table using 3 halves and a folder.
56 Folding Coins Across: another use for a folder
57 Winged Silver: Four Coins across routine. Uses one extra and table; Classic palm one coin of a group
60 E.Z. Coins Across: can be used as speedy follow up to Winged Silver. Uses Han Ping Chien
62 Shell Coins Across: safe shell handling.
65 The Original Chinese Coin Assembly: Chink-A-Chink with coins, hands used as cover instead of cards
70 The Magician’s Chinese Coin Assembly: eliminates hand crossing

71 Chapter 4
72 Twentieth Century Coins: Two silver and one copper coin are shown. The two silvers are placed in the spectator’s hand, the copper is vanished, and winds up sandwiched between silvers; scoop addbetween
73 Digital Copper/Silver: Copper and silver coins shown both sides on table. Silver placed on fingertip, spectator grabs coin in fist. Copper is changed to silver, spectator now holds copper! Introduces fist switch.
75 Tabled Copper/Silver Classic: An in the hands C/S routined based on Kaps Subtlety and using a table.

78 Chapter 5
70 Winged Silver on Edge: An alternate ending for Winged Silver utilizing edge grip; edge grip display, edge grip load
82 The Original Hanging Coins: original version, also based on Edge Grip.
87 Flash Production with Four Coins: flexible set of sleights that can be grouped in several ways; curl palm, shuttle pass drop, two handed production
91 Flash Production with Five Coins: Another way utilizing a fifth coin; double drop production from edge-grip
92 Wild Coin on Edge: Wild Coin (as found later in the book) utilizing the Edge Gip exclusively.
95 John Ramsay’s Cylinder and Coins (with Edge Grip): Cap & pence, using gimmick, 4 coins, cork, and cylindrical leather cover

101 Chapter 6
102 Deep BackClip: sleight
103 The Flash Change: move using deep backclip that can be used as a change or switch
105 Copper/Silver Deep Backclip Routine (with a Gaffed Coin): challenging C/S routine, turning over coin in the fist, deep backclip switchout and recovery
109 Copper/Silver Deep Backclip Routine (with an Extra Coin): as above, but with extra coin instead of C/S coin
110 Commercial Copper/Silver with Deep Backclip: 2 Copper, 1 Silver, involves spectator
112 Two Coppers and One Silver Deep Backclip Routine: Even more difficult; uses Two Copper & Two Silver.
114 Deep Backclip Exhibition Coin Across: simple effect: one coins travels from right to left; deep backclip reverse load
115 Deep Backclip Coins Across: Four coins across using only 4 coins; deep backclip recovery, deep backclip steal
119 Down the Sleeve in Deep Backclip: David’s version of T.J. Crawford’s Using the Sleeves from Greater Magic. 

122 Chapter 7
123 Wild Like No Other: Three silver coins shown, they turn into three coppers, which are placed on the table. The coins change back to silver, and then singly back to copper again. Improvement on Wild Coin as appearing in Kaufman’s Coinmagic. Uses purse; double steal.
128 No Lapping Wild Coin No. 1: Three silver coins are removed from a purse and changed into copper coins. No lapping, and brief.
130 No Lapping Wild Coin No. 2: As above.
132 Favorite Wild Coin: Three silver change to three copper and placed into purse. When purse opened, three Chinese coins are found instead.

136 Chapter 8
137 The Legendary Four Coin Trick: a humerous interlude where three coins are obviously counted as four, with a surpsise finish
139 Squash: Four coins through the table. A unique approach
142 Stonehenge Coin Assembly: a Stonehenge routine built around Yank Hoe’s Sympathetic Coins.
148 The Lapel Coin: A one coin routine (using two coins) with a Jumbo coin climax.
152 The Eraser: A coin is “erased” while cleaning and physically changes. It is then restored. Uses specially made gimmick coin (you can grind yourself)
156 The Fugitive Coins: An alternative Copper/Silver transposition where the spectator feels the change, and unique coin makes an appearance.
158 The Linking Coins: Five coins bind together. Uses two gimmicked coin sets (prepare yourself)

165 Section Two: Coin Box Magic
167 Introduction to Section Two

168 Chapter 9
169 The Click Pass: an audible false placement of coin in box
171 Covered Click Pass: click pass using a stack of coins
173 Steals to Position: Left Hand steal #1 to fingertip rest; #2 to finger palm, #3 to edge grip; #4 to finger palm; Right hand steal #1 to finger palm, #2 to fingertip rest, #3 delayed steal to thumb base concealment or fingertip rest; #4 multiple steal to finger palm
180 Finger Base Click Pass: An audible false transfer to the box using a toss
182 Tabled Click Pass: on the table
184 The Bold Steal (and moves to various positions): the stack is dropped into the box, one is retained. Includes moves to position similar to “steals to position” above
187 Rim Steal No. 1: last coin is stolen while resting on edge of box
188 Rim Steal No. 2: as above
189 Rim Steal No. 3: as above
190 Stack Rim Steal No. 1: entire stack is stolen
191 Stack Rim Steal No. 2: as above, an easier, more concealed method
193 The Spillout Steal: steal a coin as they are dumped from the box
195 Lid Load No. 1: Coin is hidden under lid
196 Lid Load No. 2: as above
197 Repeat Lid Load: Reload the lid after revelation of first load
198 Loaded Lid Pickup: silently lift loaded lid off table
199 Lightning Turnover: a box turnover
201 Snap Turnover: an easy turnover
202 Table Turnover: while box is on table
204 Standard Turnover: two hand covered
205 Third Finger Turnover: approaching hand does flip
207 The Final Turnover: ending clean from the table
208 Shuttle Pass Box Switch: switch a Boston Box (or other) for Okito
209 Sweeplap Box Switch: switch using lapping
210 Roth/Kaps Box Switch: One hand on table; Fred Kaps Sokito Application, Boston Box Application, as a Production, as a Vanish
212 Sound Box Switch: as the lid is put back on…
215 Metamorphosis Box Switch (Opening Production No. 1): Box switch described with a four coin production
216 Opening Production No. 2 (The Boston Palm Load): Palm load described with a four coin production from the box
218 Opening Production No. 3: combination of switch and palm load with a production
219 Opening Production No. 4 (the Triple Load): Starts with one coin visible, which is dropped into the box and is joined by three others

221 Chapter 10
222 Out With Four: Coins are placed into the box and magically removed one at a time
226 Out With Five: As above, different method; L’Homme Masque’s Load
228 Out In Out: A full length routine, starting similarly to Out With Five. 
231 Coins Through Hand: (can be done following Out In Out): Needs Boston Box in addition to Okito
233 Four Halves to Four Dimes: Four half dollars become dimes. Uses box swtich
235 A Chinese Climax: Four Chinese coins are dumped from a box of halves.
236 Thumb Steal to Edge Grip: sleight to secretly remove all four coins
237 Out With Four A La Edge Grip: using the edge grip for Out With Four.
240 Copper Flight: Five methods to vanish a copper placed between two silvers in a box
242 Triple Change Climax: Silver Copper Silver stack changes to Copper Silver Copper stack, two methods
243 Copper/Silver for Magicians No. 1: Copper & Silver multiple transformations using 5 coins
244 Copper/Silver for Magicians No. 2: As above, using 2 copper, 2 silver; Drop Load Spillout Steal
245 Three Silvers and One Copper: As above, using 3 silver, 2 copper
248 The Sokito Box: Using a solid Okito Box
249 Four Coin Transposition: Four silver placed in Boston Box. Four Chinese coins remain. They change places.
251 The Heavy Box Routine: long & perilous routine. Four halves placed into box and come out one at a time. Then they all jump in at once, and then transform into Chinese coins. Only 4 coins are ever seen, but all 9 are in your hands throughout the routine.
255 The Nokito Box: A routine using the Nokito box (no bottom). Three phases: Out With Four, coins through the hand, everything through the hand. All can be examined at the end.

261 Section Three: Magic at the Table
263 Introduction to Section Three

265 Chapter 11
266 The Table: Coins through the table, but using a small toy table on top of a regular table.
273 Purse and Glass: A coin purse is removed from a double-shot glass. Spectator’s see six coins inside the purse. Coins are dumped from purse: 3 Copper and 3 Silver. 3 Coppers are placed back in the purse. Silvers now change one at time into Copper, and all the Silvers are found in the purse
280 The Ruler: Coins across behind a ruler, with a Chinese coin climax
284 The Portable Hole: Seated and standing versions. Coins are produced from a coin purse frame, then a “hole” is produced. Coins vanish into the hole, reappear in the purse, vanish into the hole again and reappear beneath it
294 The Micrometer: Comedy routine. A jumbo coin routine
300 The Planet: Coins change into foriegn coins. A fourth is marked. All coins vanish and appear inside a small globe that has been on the table the entire time. Uses Slydini Con Clip.
310 The Funnel: Coin in the bottle using a small bottle, mini-coins, regular coins, and a funnel
316 Linking Coins II: Another version of linking coins that can be performed at any time during your routine
318 The Rainbow: Color changing coin routine with a rainbow, a bag, and a coin purse
325 The Sleeve: Magic is done with the sleeve, in this case, part of the sleeve of a jacket is produced for a unique coin routine with a jumbo coin finish
336 Silly Putty: an interesting routine using coins and silly putty
343 The Salt Shaker: A salt shaker is to be filled with salt, but magician changes his mind and makes a coin appear inside the shaker instead. The coin vanishes, and the shaker becomes filled with salt.
349 The Stamp Trick: The image of a coin is stamped onto a pad of paper. The image is moved around. A second image is stamped and both images moved to the other side. A third image is stamped and the paper is folded: out dump three coins and the paper is blank.
361 The Tuning Fork: Requires a double-shot glass, purse, 6 half dollars, Slydini Coin Clip, tuning fork, close up mat, and a specially made Downs noise gimmick. Elaborate routine using “sound” as the central theme

369 Roth In Print: list of Roth effects in print
371 Short Biographies of David Roth and Richard Kaufman

  • Publisher: Kaufman and Greenberg
  • Pages: 370
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Dimensions: 9″x11″
  • Date: 1985
  • Binding: hardbound

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