Roo: Coin Box Part 2

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Our newest contributing artist at Copeland Coins, the teacher of Brass Class (going live this week) shares a fun story!


You might think me strange…

You know that magician guy at the party? The one who brings a deck of cards around with him everywhere? Always ready to perform a trick? The guy who would be lost if he left his deck at home…He’d be having a rubbish night? Oh, Is that you? Well, I can relate. For years I was that exact guy, except with a brass coin box!

Jammed into jeans that were reminiscent of Mick Jagger’s leggings (just so that the lid wouldn’t fall off the box), that little brass box went with me everywhere! As a British magician, I am well aware of the attitudes of UK guys and gals, who are still out at a pub at 3am on a Saturday morning. It doesn’t take too much imagination to visualize this kind of audience. They are easily amused and begging for the night to carry on. But none the less, no matter the crowd’s present state of mind, or that of my own, the little brass box would always make an entrance!

I remember one night my mates and I had accosted another group of friends we had met and gone on for “one last drink”. As we were waiting to be served, my mate Johnny (whom I ran the local Magic shop with) said, “Hey Roo-oooo, do something weird for this lot, will ‘ya?” So out came the box and I proceeded with my routine called Okito Fly!  (I’ll teach you all this one sometime in another project!)

Now this is a close up “In and Out” style routine that I usually perform in the spec’s hands (I mention this as it’s relevant to the ending). I was performing to a chap, a large rectangular gentleman whom reminded me of a dented suitcase. Being that I do walk around magic, my coin box and coins were being placed into his bear-like-paw hands. Upon completion of the effect, the applause and gregarious reactions started from everyone!….Except from the extremely large man who was still holding my coin box and unfortunately, this loud audience approval instigated the alpha male in this chap!

Did I mention he was big? At this point, he took my coin box and launched it the full length of the bar! Fortunately, it missed patron’s faces and bottles as it sailed across the room at cricket bowler speed and smashed into the alcohol license, whose frame shattered in it’s entirety. My coin box was left now dented, battered, and bruised on the floor.

I took it home as a reminder: Never, ever, however confident you may be, hand any of your props (especially ones made from solid brass) to the drunkest spectator in the group! Choose your helpers wisely.

So to this day, if you ask me, “Do you trust spectator’s to not drop your coin box?” The answer is, “Yes, always. I’ve never had anyone drop my coin box before! …But there was this one time where it flew!”




If you've got a few performance hours under your belt, you've dealt with a few "characters" in your performance audiences. After a rough set, I even received advice early on, from a well intentioned older magician, to never hand out any props. I can't imagine the joy I would have missed out on had I listened to that guy, but we have all had some crazy experiences I'm sure. What was your's? Share a comment below!

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  • Millard Longman

    Decades ago when I was working restaurants, I approached a big round table with an exceptionally beautiful woman seated there. Being young and stupid, I went right up next to her and began my coin purse production. This woman actually grabbed my hands to look for the hidden coins! While I enjoyed the touch of her hands, I was dismayed by her boldness. I immediately moved to another part of the table to finish my act. Later on that night, the manager called me aside to tell me that the woman had complained to him about me. He told me that the woman had complained about everything (waiters, food, atmosphere, etc.) every time she ate there and I was the new victim of the day. We had a little laugh about it, but my ego was hurt. Since then I would choose where to stand with more care and try to avoid extremely beautiful women. That is until I first met my wife! She is both beautiful and wonderful in every way!

  • Kevin

    Great story, Roo! I was also that card guy, but strangely, now married with kids! 🤣

    We have to make super-quick decisions, when working late night (or any time), to choose the correct person to ‘help’ us. It’s that decision-making which can really land the reactions we want. You learned a strong lesson that night!

    Looking forward to seeing Okito Fly, man!!

  • Oscar

    😂😂 what a story!

    can’t wait to perform to humans again myself and will 100% be learning this routine if it causes people to want to throw it across a bar!

  • Alex

    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to learn your routine (and some good advice about spectator management:-D)

  • Alex

    Can so relate to this 😂 great post!

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