Custom Expanded Shell

Struggling with an effect? Any tips (without giving too much away!) you'd like to share?

Moderators: Lady of Mystery, nickj, Mandrake, bananafish, support, Rob

Sorcery Shop - Home of the ITR MagicWorld Magic Shop for Magic Tricks Web Design for Magicians UK's Online Magic Tricks and Jokes Shop offers kids and beginner magic tricks and jokes. Aeternum Servare Secreta Dude That's Cool Magic

Custom Expanded Shell

Postby FTHO » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:12 pm


I've been using £2 coins with an expanded shell for a little while. But I'd like to use something a bit bigger.
I have an old solid silver Crown. I've been struggling to find an expanded shell for it... Does anyone know if they are sold?

Or, is it possible to get a shell custom made if I supply the coins? Either by a gaff maker, or is it possible to go to some local business and describe what I want?



Senior Member
Posts: 367
Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:45 pm

Re: Custom Expanded Shell

Postby bmat » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:20 pm

A quick look via google brought me to this guy" target="_blank

don't know who he is though or if he has what you want, but might be a good resource. He is in the States though.

Elite Member
Posts: 2885
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:44 pm
Location: Pennsylvania, USA

Re: Custom Expanded Shell

Postby FTHO » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:54 pm

Thanks bmat. I've heard good things about Todd Lassen gaffs.
Unfortunately I've also heard things about his prices... And I don't think I can afford them.

Someone put me into contact with I guy in the UK who has offered to make a shell at a very reasonable cost.
A friend of mine vouched for him and the quality of his work, but I will report back when the shell is in my hand and I'll let you know how it is!

Senior Member
Posts: 367
Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:45 pm

Re: Custom Expanded Shell

Postby FTHO » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:33 am

So I got some coins made.

I contacted a guy called Ronald Davies.

Well he has done some beautiful work, making me a custom shell for a set of crowns.
See the photo for the results. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for any custom coin gaffs.

He was very honest with me, turnaround was shockingly fast, and the quality is superb.

I bought my own coins and then sent them off to Ron so he could turn one into a shell.

Coins 3.jpg
Senior Member
Posts: 367
Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:45 pm

Re: Custom Expanded Shell

Postby Mandrake » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:34 am

Thanks for the update, can you indicate the sort of cost involved?

User avatar
Posts: 26741
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2003 9:00 pm
Location: UK (69:AH)

Re: Custom Expanded Shell

Postby Lady of Mystery » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:25 pm

yeah, come on tell all. I might be interested in getting something made up too :)

Foodie chat and recipes at
User avatar
Lady of Mystery
Posts: 8755
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:30 pm
Location: On a pink and fluffy cloud (31:AH)

Return to Support & Tips

Visit Magicbox for all the latest and best effects! World-Of-Magic, Suppliers of quality Magic Worldwide Playing Cards for Magicians A web site set up to sell my book, THE STRIPPER DECK, and future magical/mentalism titles. Best prices around! Manufacturer of modern & unique magic apparatus! Best prices around! ink cartridges

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests