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Blasted Jr. by Tannen’s, Bob Swadling

(c. 1965) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Blasted was by created by Bob Swadling and sold by Harry Stanley c. 1964. And it quickly became and hit around the world! Originally it was called The Swadling Swindle but it’s name changed to Blasted when it was marketed in the USA.

Blasted Jr. was created by Lou Tannen, possibly to get around any contractual issues with the original, still the same great effect and method as the original just with smaller coins and replacing the glass for a plastic cover. Not quite as impressive looking as the original but still a great effect.

Effect: We thought we had seen all of the coin penetration effects which could be created. But here’s one to top ’em all! Lou Tannen went all out on this one. This effect can be carried in your pocket and you can fool the wise ones with it.

Performer shows a penny and a nickel resting on a round hammered brass tray. It is a beautiful, tray. Spectator is given his choice of the coins. A coin is placed on the tray and covered with a clear plastic cover. The other coin is held above the cover and without any hesitation, magician pushes the coin right through the plastic cover to join the other coin on the tray. This is a visible instantaneous appearance.

Performer takes both coins, places them on back of his hand, and causes one to penetrate his hand and drop into the tray. He then allows his audience to examine the coins. Includes tray, plastic cover, coins and full instructions.

(Ed Mishell – Genii Magazine, December, 1965)
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Approx. Price: $40.00 (2004) ***

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1 review for Blasted Jr. by Tannen’s, Bob Swadling

  1. George Guerra

    Ahh..junior is still good magic

    Wow..I had reviewed elsewhere Blasted, by England’s Harry Stanley, and mentioned Blasted Jr. in the review. Well, looks like Andy found one. As I stated in my original review, this is a very visual effect that I have very fond memories of being bewildered at Hollywood Magic when the staff magician at the shop fooled me badly with it. This was many years ago and I have owned both.

    This version is not as "dramatic" as it’s bigger brother. The use of half dollar sized coins and the champagne glass really adds to the overall magical effect. If there are two strong points to this version, they are 1) the effect is more "compact" and can probably be carried in your pocket, and 2) the smaller coins probably are easier to handle, especially the "vanish" of the copper coin moments before the "penetration".

    Still, it is Blasted and one of my favorite coin effects..so, it gets 5 stars.

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