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S.E.M. (The Sun, the Earth, and the Moon)

  • Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE
  • Category: MONEY MAGIC
  • Product Type: MAGIC TRICK
  • BONUS TUTORIAL: Two additional versions for sit-down and walk-around.

This is a modular routine that can be shortened for table performances or extended to be used as a five-minute showpiece for larger audiences.

Keep in mind that this is a modular routine that you can perform in any order and use whatever presentation/patter you like. It is based on the classic Sun & Moon trick but with many differences in plot and gaffs.

The basic formal routine: You introduce three items that your parents gave you when you were a child; a miniature globe, a pocket from a pair of your childhood pants, and a copper and silver coin representing the sun and the moon which are examined.

First, the Sun and Moon change places mysteriously. A lunar eclipse is described where the moon suddenly vanishes into the shadow of the earth, then appears under the globe.

The globe is removed. When rubbed with the pocket it becomes totally transparent, thanks to the effects of a black hole in the pocket. The sun is placed inside the pocket and penetrates right through it. Your spectator puts the coin back into the pocket, and it penetrates again. The coins again switch places, then completely vanish. One is found under the globe, and the other drops into view from the pocket. Both coins can once again be examined.

What you get:
A copper coin with a picture of the Aztec Sun stone.
A matching copper shell.
Two copper silver inserts that fit perfectly into the shell (and are thick, unlike the wafer size inserts that you usually find).
A steel shimmed silver coin (Eisenhower bicentennial dollar with the image of the moon).
A denim pocket.
A colorful metal globe with a gimmicked base.
A matching clear globe with a ball holder.
 An open servante.
Access to an online video tutorial (1-hour, 20-minutes).
A written script, with additional tips, signed by Michael Rubinstein.
A numbered and signed card to serve as a certificate of authenticity.
Comes packaged in a square, sturdy box with a magnetic lid.

Bonus: As a surprise gift one out of every 20 sets will include an original David Roth business card.

Comes complete with all necessary props and access to a video tutorial that teaches multiple versions and sequences. Manufactured by Dr. Michael Rubinstein. This is a limited edition of 100 sets that are numbered and signed by Dr. Michael Rubinstein.

BONUS TUTORIAL: Michael Rubinstein performs and teaches two new handlings for his S.E.M. Coin set. You will learn a casual sit-down version and simple walk-around version without the globe. The bonus tutorial will appear in your media library immediately after purchase.

This product includes the following digital media:


  1. Bonus SEM Routines Tutorial

Media Type Shipped Product

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Customer Reviews

  • I can't recommend this set highly enough.

    5 Stars

    This is like getting an entire magic act in a box. So much cool stuff.

    The clear globe ending is absolutely awesome, and the actual prop is stunning.

    Mr. Rubenstein has done it again. Not only are the routines and ideas that he provides absolutely awesome visual magic. But the props are the highest order. Ted Bogusta is a master craftsman, and these sun and moon gimmicks are absolutely beautiful. There is nothing like them available. You will definitely want to get a set ASAP before they are gone forever. I can't recommend this set highly enough. Congratulations Michael. Another winner!!!!

    --Nathan Kranzo

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  • You can’t go wrong with this and it’s highly recommended.

    5 Stars

    Dr. Rubinstein has done it again with another showpiece routine in the style that David Roth made famous over 40 years ago. The Sun, Earth and Moon is a modular, multi-phase routine that is perfect (and adaptable) for parlor, table hopping and formal close up (sitting at a table). With time and effort, the average coin magician can definitely perform this routine.

    One of the great features is that you receive everything you need to perform the routine, no longer do you have to scour ebay for obscure props, trying to match up your coin gaffes, etc. You receive it all to perform in a variety of environments, coupled with top notch video instructions. Plus, if you get stuck on something, send Mike a note and he will get back to you with a solution(s). You can’t go wrong with this and it’s highly recommended.

    --Mike Peckham

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  • For any serious coin worker S.E.M is well worth the investment.

    5 Stars

    This was an expensive purchase and I did hesitate before ordering. Not just because of the price but because I generally avoid carrying coin magic props beyond a small purse. The joy of coin magic for me is the simplicity and lightweight materials required, and the ease of portability (ie, in one's pockets). However, I am very pleased with what I received. S.E.M is beautifully crafted. It is highly portable and easy to use in different environments.

    The coins (including gimmicked coins) are top-notch quality. The [ has perfect coverage. This set is on a par with coins I have from the late, great Todd Lassen. I can see myself using these coins in other routines. This set of coins is unique and gorgeous. The quality is amazing for a gimmicked set. It leaves me wondering why other gimmick makers cannot come close to producing this quality.

    Michael has produced a wonderful effect. It is a very well-thought out routine and the video instruction (at nearly an hour-and-a-half) is everything I have come to expect from Michael, including some wonderful close-ups from the magician's view. His instruction pays attention to the smallest detail and to alternatives where one might want to handle things another way. I have purchased from Michael in the past and even before I did, he has always been helpful with email answers and support.

    I could go on at length but I now see that Rick Holcombe's video explains this far better than I ever will. It is an excellent example of how one can tailor and develop one's own routines with this delightful set of props. It's not cheap but for any serious coin worker S.E.M is well worth the investment.

    Thank you, Michael, for this creation. I am delighted to be one of the 100 magicians to own S.E.M.

    --Jeremy Vine

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