Hi guys, this is my first post, as I did not have access to a computer since ordering from Penguin last year. Man, I've been missing out in term of ideas and reviews! Well, I went straight to this forum because I am an aspiring "coin worker" and there seems to be a wealth of knowledge here. Question for Wildstone: I recently bought the Johnson Magnetic Silver-Copper from my local dealer (paid a pretty penny - $66!). I love the gimmick, and started using in place of my Scotch & Soda. The only drawback is that the coin is not as inspectable. You could easily rotate the insert in the shell, and the insert is not as flush meaning it "wiggles" when pressing on the coin w/ you fingers. Does this happen with your set?
Welcome to coin central Jliwag. This forum has picked up a lot lately, thanks to Anstinus and Frigid, and a few other coiners like you and I. As for the magnetic CS set, yes, my shell and insert fit the same as yours does. However, I have never liked handing gaff coins out for examination, I do it occasionally, but I never like to. The benefit of the magnetic set is that it requires no pressure to assemble the shell and insert, this means that vanishes and changes happen instantly without the funny, white-knuckled hand movements that you get with a regular S&S set. The assembled coin, while not closely examinable by a spectator, does allow you to show it fairly from all sides and angles, and you can put it right in a spectator's face, as long as they don't grab it, because it looks perfectly normal. I usually keep either a cup on a table, or a coin purse when I'm standing, that I throw my coins into when I finish an effect, so the gaff half dollar gets lost in the crowd of other coins. Also, having a container with assorted coins and gaffs makes the switch between effects (when you need to switch from real coins to gaffs, or vice versa) more natural and believable.
One last thought, the Ultimate Silver & Copper set by Johnson is a great companion to the magnetic set. Ult. S&C is like an S&S set, only much better for several reasons, and looks exactly like the magnetic set. Get that, start with it, then transition into magnetic set for effects that are moredesigned to use the magnetic features. The first part of your performance, using the Ult. S&C, all can be examined, so milk that until you switch to the Magnetic set, which can be shown, but not touched.