Bob’s Box

If you could look up Bob Swadling, in a dictionary, next to his name it would say quality magic. Bob Swadling, The Best Kept Secret in Magic, has been professional close-up magician for 16 years. He has performed at The Magic Castle and on The Stars of Magic in Hollywood, on TV Specials in Japan and also in Europe. He has been an advisor and technical consultant on many TV shows. He has won many top awards and is the owner of Swadling magic. He invents, manufactures, and performs his own brand of close-up magic.

This incredible piece of precision-made apparatus, allows you to perform super-clean coin vanishes, productions and penetrations. Every Bob’s Box, has been CNC machined and then individually hand finished. You hold a true miracle at your fingertips.

Unlike any other coin boxes, these slim-line, black anodised units contain a deadly secret that is both devious & ingenious. Everything fits into any performer’s pocket. It has a 2 second reset. We guarantee this will leave any audience with their mouths wide open.

Coin Magic

Coin magic is the manipulating of coins to entertain audiences. Because coins are small, most coin tricks are considered as close-up magic or table magic, as the audience must be close to the performer to see the effects.
Coin magic is generally considered harder to master than other close-up techniques such as card magic, and is one of the least performed forms of conjuring. Coin magic requires great skill and grace to perform convincingly, and this takes a lot of practice to acquire.

Elements

Coin effects include productions, vanishes, transformations, transpositions, teleportations, penetrations, restorations, levitations and mental magic—some are combined in a single routine. A simple effect might involve borrowing a coin, making it vanish, concealing the coin, then reproducing it again unexpectedly and returning it to the owner. More complex effects may involve multiple coins, substituting or switching coins and other objects or props can be employed (i.e. handkerchiefs, glasses) as well as the coins. However, the power of most coin magic lies in its simplicity and the solidity of the object; the basic skills of sleight of hand and misdirection often appear most magical without complex equipment. Almost any audience will be amazed by the simplest mystery.

Performance

Although some coin magic use gimmicks (e.g. modified coins, oversized coins or trick coins), such gimmicks do not entirely create the magical effect. Producing a memorable mystery requires significant skill in presenting the effect and utilizing misdirection to distract the audience from the secret of the gimmick. A performer who relies entirely on special equipment may not impress an audience. Many people are more impressed by an effect which depends (or seems to depend) entirely on skilful manipulation and misdirection than by an effect which appears to depend to some extent on specially made props. A performer who has mastered the basic skills can nonetheless use gimmicks to powerful effect without it being obvious to the audience. Some prefer not to use gimmicks at all, though most well-known coin magicians do use simple coin gimmicks.