Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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-Bob Swadling is commonly credited with the invention of the Flipper Coin. However, ​Dan LeFay reports the following information received during an interview he did with Eddy Taytelbaum. In the mid-1950s ​Eddy Taytelbaum ​came up with the idea of using a Folding Coin to represent two coins. Shortly after this he came up with a Coins Through ​Table routine, using a Folding Coin (an idea David Roth chanced to reinvent independently some years later). In 1959, this line of thinking led to his inventing ​the Flipper ​Coin andafter performing ​bit with ithe made and sold a few to European magiciansFlip Postma ​showed ​the gimmick ​to some magicians, including ​Bob Swadlingat a British convention in the mid-1960s, where Swadling asked for permission to make one for himself. Two years later he told Taytelbaum ​the gimmick had “made him small fortune.+Bob Swadling is commonly credited with the invention of the Flipper Coin. However, ​this gimmicked coin was originally developed by Eddy Taytelbaum ​in collaboration with Flip Postma. In the mid-1950sTaytelbaum ​experimented ​with the idea of using a Folding Coin to represent two coins in the context of a Coins through ​Table effect ​(an idea David Roth chanced to reinvent independently some years later). Taytelbaum'​s starting point was an existing idea of using a Folding Coin to appear as two coins. In 1959, he showed ​his Coins through Table idea to Flip Postma. Postma suggested putting ​the Folding ​Coin into a shell. Taytelbaum did not have a lathe to turn the needed shellbut Postma did. After making ​prototypeTaytelbaum ​and Postma determined the best place for an off-center cut in the Folding Coin to create a good illusion of two coins. Postma ​proceeded to make a small number of the gimmicked coins and sold them to magicians. One of Postma'​s coins was purchased by Bob Swadling at a British convention in the mid-1960sSwadling asked permission to make one for himself, and proceeded to refine ​the manufacture (Postma'​s coins were rather roughly ​made) and then to sell them. Swadling added magnetic feature to keep the flipper-part of the coin locked in the shell(This information is drawn from an unpublished interview with Eddy Taytelbaum by Dan LeFay.)
  
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