The Lassen Gravity Flipper
Barber Half Gravity Flippers, Uncirculated Ben Franklin Half,
Uncirculated Walking Liberty Half
Due to popular demand, I am releasing a NEW design flipper
coin that will lie flat on a table in open position and open
easily with gravity only. The band groove is internal and
unlike anything in existence today. The revolutionary new
design is superior in every way to previous designs of this
nature and is being patented.
This new design allows for easy installation of an especially
tough band that will rarely break and hold up for hundreds
(or thousands) of performances. The inner surfaces of the
coin are polished to a near mirror finish and bear the Lassen
logo. A real thing of beauty.
I have gotten all the
bugs out of this. It works smoothly and very quietly.
There was a problem with the dollar size insert making
some noise as it opened in this type of flipper coin. That
problem is completely solved.
I will continue to make the standard flippers as well because
I feel both designs have their advantages and disadvantages,
depending on what your specific needs and handlings are. Both
designs will also be available with magnets.
Until now, I have only let 2 of these newer versions out.
A half dollar one went to Todd Diamond about a year ago, and
one went to Lawrence Sullivan. Todd has been road testing
his for about a year. I asked Lawrence if he would write a
review when he received the dollar size coin. Lawrence obliged
with a very thorough review and also had some great imput
that helped improve the gaff. Lawrence
also suggested the name "Gravity Flipper" which
I agreed seemed quite appropriate. Here is his review:
I have the pleasure of owning two
different dollar size "gravity" flippers produced
by two of today's top coin gaffers. Though both coins
accomplish the same goal, the Lassen design does so with much
more attention to detail, fixing the problems in the other
gaffer's gravity flipper design. My magician friends
who have handled both coins immediately preferred the Lassen
- without being told beforehand who made which coin.
Without divulging trade secrets and allowing competitors to
copy this superior design (if they are able to), here are
some of the features which are improved in the Lassen gravity
The tension on the flipper insert is perfect, not too tight
or too loose.
2. The trench cut allows for easier replacement of the band
and looks far more elegant.
3. When flipped open, more of the insert coin shows, thus
enhancing its deceptiveness.
4. A special new technique used for cutting the insert makes
the cut not only more invisible, but also aids in preventing
an annoying and loud clicking sound when opening the gaff.
5. The milling on the insert coin is slightly deeper. This
is a small detail, but it does make the insert coin look more
I hope this information helps when you are choosing a manufacturer
to make your custom coins the decision seems obvious
to me. The slightly extra price* for this stunning gaff goes
a long way, and the somewhat longer wait time to receive this
coin seems trivial when comparing the two coins side by side.
If you want a rudimentary second-rate coin that will arrive
at your doorstep slightly faster, by all means go with other
manufactures. If you want the best there is, buy a Lassen.
*Actually, as you see, I am setting my price lower than my