The following is an attempt to throw some light on the 'real' origin of the flippercoin.
It is not the intention, to start a 'new' controversy, similar to the still ongoing Lassen/Schoolcraft controversy, but to give some background, seen from the side of one of the 2 people claiming, having 'invented' the Flippercoin.
Eddy Taytelbaum from the NL, probably not known well to most of the present day magicians (look him up via goggle) did in a mail -on my request- yesterday, put on paper, some more extensive information.
Others might get and publish Swadlings view on this issue !
As a sideremark, Eddys health unfortunately currently isn't too good, so he asked me to extract the important parts re that matter out of his mail, the rest, containing his comments on other subjects and private matters.
Now, here is what he has to say:
The crude form of the trick is mine and you were one of the first to buy one. I am glad you did so at least there is one person who knows.
(Inserted by me, Werner,: This goes back to the VERY early 1960s, before 1962, as I, at that date, made an 8 mm movie capture of me, using that Flipper.
I'll put it on the net today and will make the site, where to se it, public here under this topic)
I gave or sold one to Postma who was a dear friend and when I met him after a while, he showed me the improvement and I was flabbergasted and hated myself for not thinking of it. Maybe I had, but I was not in a position to make a shell because I had no Lathe. I can't tell you the exact date.
Later, at a dutch convention, Postma met Swadling (no date here ), but Swadling should know.
Postma showed it to him and he too was flabbergasted.
I believe, Postma had three or four and sold them to him. Postma never made much of anything, he was just an amateur craftsman too.
At a later convention, they met again and Swadling confided to him, that he made a fortune with Postma's trick. I dont think that Postma objected that he was selling the trick.
Then Swadling made an addition or improvement, if you want, by adding a magnet and making the cut almost invisble. I consider these good additions and good thinking of Swadling. He is a clever mechanic.
Not too long ago, (Postma was still alive) I got a phone call from Tonny van Rhee telling, that Swadling had approached him and was asking if Tonny knew, who invented the flipper ???? coin.
Tonny, being a long time friend, told him, that is was mine.
At that time I told Tonny, that the improvement with the shell was Phil Postma's idea , being curious, I asked Tonny, what this was all about, and he told me, that since Swadling was selling the trick, he would like to enclose a small booklet, telling about the history of the trick and would like to credit everyone involved.
I applauded this guesture.
After a while, I saw an article and in the first instance I thought, this to be the sheet giving credit to whom deserved it, but nothing of this.
Then I acted by writing a letter. Don't know to whom.
Later, I got a letter from you and I consider our renewed friendschip, the best thing in connection with the flipper coin.
This date I remember, because it was near my birthday october 17th (2004).
By the way I just turned 80.
If Swadling knew it was his invention, why did he bother to ask Tonny about the origin???
I never took or asked for more credit then I deserve, and of all people, you are the best one to vote for this.
The coin through the table has never been performed in this way, before I used this method.
Inserted by me, Werner:
What Eddy refers to here, is a CTTT version where you display 3 coins and one of them penetrates the table, that was the basic routine, and this is what will be on the capture I'll put up on the net, though using my own handling for the *get ready*.
You have to understand, that the original version of the Flipper was displayed the 'other way around', meaning the coin has solely a single 'hinge' approx. at less then one third of the coins diameter, and the smal portion of the coin was on top when that coin was displayed.
Therefor this portion always had to be covered by an overlapping other coin, which so gave the appearance of 3 coins, which also was the start up of the routine, displaying 3 single coins, one of them being the Flipper and then stealing one away, bringing the Flipper into position to show still 3 coins.
The old man RINKHUYZEN ( known a 'Rink' to most magicians), a good friend of mine, was also flabbergasted, when I showed it to him, and he insisted, that I published it, so
I granted him permission to do so in the Gen.
No date known to me.
Rinkhuyzen published many more things that have been pirated also, like my four card oil and water, and my three card monte Routine, that inspired these on the market today, but who cares, not me.
Remark by me, Werner: Eddy refers here to the routine that is published under Eddys name and with his permission in Lewis Gansons *The Art of Close up Magic*, vol.1, and which builts the basis for Michael Skinners 3 card monte.
I though recall, Micahel Skinner gave credit to Eddy Taytelbaum, when Michael published his routine, I have the booklet on the shelf, but I trust my memory here, without looking it up, credit was given, but others have pirated Eddys version.
When Anverdi saw it, he came on the market with a version of three or four black disks that has been the forerunner of three fly.
Look up the Anverdi book.
What very few people know, is that this principle comes from a trick that Davenport has sold many decades ago and of which where made and sold a few also (speaking of piracy ).
For those who care to look it up , it is called THE POLES OF THE PUNDIT, as far as I recall.
All I was interested, was to give Phil Postma credit before he died.
Hope this answers the quest.
End of the info from Eddy Taytelbaum.
Now it's up to others to get Swadling to give his site of his version...