Shim Shell Coin- Quarter
Make a US quarter vanish and reappear in the palm of your hand!
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Shim Shell Coin- Quarter

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A terrific gimmicked coin!

Excellent utility coin that allows you to do so may effects. Make US quarters vanish and reappear in the palm of your hand. Change a quarter to a dime, and much more. (Please note that you will be getting the gimmicked coin only- no instructions.)

Difference between a shim shell and an expanded shell: This shim shell is the exact same size as a quarter, but is only a shell, so you can hide other coins underneath it. The shim is also able to stick to a magnet. The expanded shell is a shell that is slightly larger than a quarter, and is made to fit OVER the quarter (thus, for example, making it look like you have two coins in your hand, and when the shell fits over the quarter, now you only have one).

Though we usually have both "heads" and "tails" IN STOCK, our current inventory may be limited to only "heads" or only "tails". If "heads" are IN STOCK, that is what we prefer to ship unless you specify that you want "tails". If choice is a concern, please contact us to inquire about specific availability. Also, dates are limited to the stock at hand.

History and Trivia:
J.N. Hofzinzer invented the Coin Shell in the mid-1800s.

Is it illegal to use real US coins to make magic tricks?
According to the U.S. Treasury F.A.Q., the answer is- No.
It is only illegal to alter a US coin with the intention of spending it as if it were a coin of a different value.
From the official U.S. Treasury website: "Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who 'fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States.' This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it [in a monetary transaction in trade for goods or services] to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent."

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Performance Ideas:

You can use this coin to change a quarter into another coin. For example, place the Shim Shell on your hand with a dime coin hidden underneath. Palm off the shell in your favorite manner (and since the shell is shimmed, a magnet can be used) to make it appear as though the quarter has changed to a dime.

Here's what you'll get:

  • Shim Shell - US quarter size
  • NO instructions

Coin only- no instructions.
You must know how to use a shim shell coin.


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5 Stars
Looks Real
Looks real. I use it with the phantom kit. Works every time.
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Reviewed by:  from NY. on 8/21/2015
5 Stars
Always carry it with me. The best illusion I do with it is to make a quarter go thru a glass table top.
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Reviewed by:  from FL. on 12/21/2014
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