Charming Chinese Challenge

Trick by Troy Hooser
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Charming Chinese Challenge

40.00 usd

Trick by Troy Hooser ($40.00)

In stock. Order in the next 2 hours, 26 minutes and it will go out today!
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Troy Hooser's coin magic inspired a generation of magicians and the Charming Chinese Challenge is his finest creation. For years, it has been off the market, but now it is back and better than ever. Completely re-designed under Troy's watchful eye, today we are launching the BRAND NEW edition. Custom made coins, a luxurious satin ribbon and for the first time, Troy teaches the entire routine on video. This is the must-have item of the year and you can get it in time for Christmas!

The Charming Chinese Challenge is so special because it is unlike any coin trick you have seen before. No coins traveling or disappearing or going through a table: just three Chinese coins penetrating a ribbon. It combines the best elements of ring and string with some of the prettiest coin sequences imaginable.

For years, the Charming Chinese Challenge has been performed by some of the world's greatest magicians but now you get to see how Troy does it. Who better to learn from than the originator. Also, consider this:

  • No table required
  • Almost angle-proof
  • No gaffs
  • No difficult sleights
  • Plays big

So, sit back, watch the trailer, and enjoy the Charming Chinese Challenge.

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  • Chas asks: What is the delivery time for Scotland? Is there a download with this trick ? Does the dvd have different routines ?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You get the props and a download of Troy teaching the routine. For delivery times, please add the item to your cart and select a shipping option.
  • Winston asks: I already have the props for "Re-Charmed, I'm Sure" but I want to learn Troys routine. May I purchase only the instructions? Are they in a downloadable format or only on DVD? Thank you!

    • 1. Tony answers: Please email to I think they can arrange it for you
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  • Allan asks: How big are the coins?

    • 1. Tony answers: It's dollar size
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  • YinHowe asks: The instructions with this set are NOT the same as the DVD Troy put out years ago?

    • 1. Tony answers: That's correct, it's not the same video
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  • ofer asks: What is the difference in instructions between the old DVD and this version? Are there any other techniques not learned in the old DVD?

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    • Malcolm asks: Are there other tips, moves and routines from other performers included in the instructions?

      • 1. Rene answers: Troy does go over some variations on the routine anda couple of different endings
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    • Kurtis asks: What size are the coins that come with this new version? 1/2 dollar or dollar size?

      • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: They are dollar size.
    • John asks: Can the coins for the Chinese Challenge be examined?

      • 1. S. Patrick answers: Yes they can be!
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    • Michael asks: What is the skill level for this I have arthritis in my hands a magician nightmare

      • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: I would describe it as medium skill (5 out of 10). Arthritis may pose an issue.
    • Jay asks: Does this product use the "Chinese Coin - Dollar Size (VI Coins), Accessory by Vanishing Inc. (normally $8.00)" as the coin props, or do they use a different coin?

      • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, it uses those.
    • Adam asks: The advertisement pictures show two coins, isn't this a trick with three? Do you get everything needed to perform what is shown?

      • 1. Jim answers: This is a trick with three coins shown. You get everything that you need, except for practice and rehearsal.
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    Customer reviews for Charming Chinese Challenge



    Joshua's handling of this effect went straight into my working repertoire after seeing him perform this at Blackpool 2009. After a few weeks practice this effect has become one of my favourites combing both the elegance of magic with a strong visual aspect this effect leaves the audience overwhelmed. Beautiful magic.



    Bought this elsewhere years ago but noticed they were selling it here and thought I would add an over the top review. Basically the add copy is entirely true. Not too many tricks you can say that about. I consider it one of the finest "coin" tricks ever and not terribly difficult with variations available for different skill levels. Really, really good.



    I am humbled and honored to see what this trick has become... I never knew my little coin trick would become such a sensation... it's like... Magic. Thanks Troy, and all the other performers, for taking it way beyond "the next level" and thanks for giving me credit.

    Nate the Great
    Nathan Lane



    Quite simply a 'go to' trick. This combines all the elements of a good close up trick in that the spectator gets to handle the items used, participates in the trick itself, it resets instantly and it can be done standing and surrounded! what more can you ask?



    I also bought this at Blackpool in 2009 and it has been not only my favorite close-up closer in my professional table hopping career but also the trick I carry everyday in case I'm asked to perform... I live in a holiday paradise, so the audiences change daily... This one effect has won me numerous gigs and even earned me "on the spot" cash for impromptu restaurant work... I use a health, wealth and happiness story to convey the magic and everyone is moved, it doesn't get more powerful than this.



    I always wanted to add something with chinese coins to my repertoire. Now I did and it's superb! The explanation that comes with it and the one Joshua taught me in one of his lectures are brilliant! It looks so clean and fair, unreal!



    Just received this and can't say enough good things about it. I knew I purchased a quality item just from the beautiful packaging. Troy's video explanation is excellently produced, and the coins are great. Highly recommended.



    Fantastic effect. High quality props, very clear instructions, good stuff. I was not familiar with this effect prior to purchase but am already looking for others by its creator.



    I'very practiced this routine for years but never performed it because I did not like my props. These coins should be perfect.

    I'm eager to see the refinements made to the original.



    i absolutely love CCC... the quality of the coins is totally amazing... and the effect plays absolutely great. i performed it just 2 times so far, but overtime everybody was real smacked and enjoyed it. I put my own story behind it and it works just great. I am still far from perfect but i really love this one..



    I use this numerous times, five nights a week. Makes a great closer, even better as an opener. Interesting props, clean handling, lots of magic in a very short time. Highly, highly recommended.



    I purchased an original set of coins from Josh years ago and it is one of my favorite routines to perform. I had to get an updated set after seeing Josh perform them during a performance of Six Impossible Things, they were so much more visible then the originals and everyone in the room could see them. These coins are a great size, a great weight, and most of all they look fantastic. You will not be disappointed in any way by ordering this effect.



    Great effect, instructions were very detailed and easy to learn. This will be one of my go to routines. Very happy!



    This is one of my top two coin tricks,
    This all comes in a good quality, and a good designed presentation box,
    The chinese coins are dollar size, which is personally my preferred size.
    This Comes With An Excellent Quality, Highly Polished Set Off Black and Gold Coins, which consists off a gold coloured edges, with gold symbols on the coins, the rest of the coins are black, and this contrast with the red ribbon gives this a very classy look.
    The video is very well presented, with a great video production, with good camera angles, with a great teacher, starts with a full demonstration, followed with a breakdown on how to, followed with severall variations at the end of the video.
    This is a very classy trick,
    It looks great, and it feels great when doing this trick,
    Especially with the high class quality coins,
    As these alone makes it feel magicall.



    Just got this in....what an incredible coin effect...without hard sleights...can't wait to master this....truly stunning!



    This effect is incredible. Clever simple moves that will make you smile while learning the routine and leave the audience in awe. High quality coins, clear instructions, just fantastic.



    Such a straightforward yet effective and satisfying routine. I believe it will become a favorite of mine. The components are very nice and the video explanation is very clear.



    I have to agree to what everyone else above me here has already said. This effect is a perfect no brainer pocket illusion. Simple to learn with super clear downloadable instructions. Highly Recommended.



    I bought this trick because I remembered Josh performing and teaching it at Tannens magic camp 2 or 3 years ago. I thought it was beautiful, but didn't end up buying the coins, so I forgot how to do it. A few months ago though, I finally got it. Now I barely leave my house without it. It's a super fun trick to do, and people love it!



    One of the most powerful, elegant 3 phase coin routines you can do, that doesn't feel like any other coin routine in your repertoire. CCC is a series of 3 increasingly impressive penetrations of a coin off a string, although very simple and direct do not underestimate its power. The routine looks as good in the trailer as it does in real life and its just as practical, the coins you get are of good quality so this can be a routine you keep in your repertoire for years to come.



    Lovely routine, I’ve watched this trick done meany times and I couldn’t work it out, now I’ve seen the explanation I’m stunned and amazed. In my opinion it’s worth every penny if not more.



    The coins are beautiful and the magic is superb. This is easily one of the greatest close up magic tricks ever created. I almost don’t want to write this because I want there to be fewer people doing it. It’s beautiful, I don’t know what else to say. You should have this trick and you should do this trick.



    This is a great routine. I tend to have small hands and the dollar size coins are too big for me. If this is you, you might want to also buy 1/2 dollar size Chinese coins. If you do, the trick is worth the cost of his plus the cost of smaller coins. They could have sold if for more and it would still be worth every penny.



    1. The product is top-notch quality. The video is well made.
    2. Everything is examinable, You end up clean.
    3. This is not like normal coin routines that do vanish, vanish, vanish. This introduces a new stuff that will make your audience feel different.

    1. The coins are a little big to me. So I am not so used to do sleight of hands with this coin size. Bigger coins are hard to hide. I may want to consider buying smaller size coins instead(half dollar size). I think they should consider giving people options to choose different size of coins.
    2. Medium level magic trick. I think I need to practice this routine at least 100 times in front of the mirror, then I will be confident enough to perform.



    Hard hitting. That’s what this trick is. I like magic that is direct and stunning. This is mind bending yet so simple to execute, any magician with intermediate skill level will be able to pick up the handling right away. I wouldn’t say it’s a beginner trick though, it has some sleight of hand work and it does require some audience management skills, but it is so worth the effort to learn it. This is one of my EDC tricks, it’s too good NOT to carry and show.



    I love this routine, but the teaching felt subpar. No over the shoulder/practice full performances. Would be nice to see these extra touches to help clarify. A few times I'd get confused on which hand did what due to mirroring him.



    Coins are of good quality , meaning that paint will not wear off if you drop them or rub them together. In my opinion Troy does go a little fast on the explanation and even though I been doing coin magic for 21 years I found myself rewinding a couple of times to follow the steps of the routine.
    The moves are not hard at all , basic moves you already know from basic coin handling, no Asian lvl coin moves here and once you know Troy’s routine you’ll find that is actually very modular and you can incorporate your own favorite moves to it and make it your own after you learn how the basic routine works.
    In my opinion,it is 100% worth the price, and if you love coin magic you will enjoy performing and practicing this little piece.



    The act is fantastic, the logic and reason behind each move is very smooth and well thought out. The biggest issue is the insane amount of cultural appropriation. Either get yourself a real set of these coins(like you would for a Morgan silver dollar trick) or buy some washers. Magicians need to stop with this ignorant "ancient chinese" objects magic.

    Charming Chinese Challenge by Troy Hooser