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( Article orginally published July 1927 )
1. An Appearing Coin.
This is a very clever little coin trick.
A handkerchief is shown absolutely empty. It is rolled into a ball and given to a person to hold. A dime immediately appears in the center of the handkerchief.
Use a handkerchief with a very broad border. Take a few stitches out of the border and there will be a pocket to hold the coin. This side of the cloth is downward when the handkerchief is shown. When the handkerchief is rolled up, the coin slides out of the pocket and into the center of the handkerchief.
2. A Balanced Coin.
A coin is balanced on the magician's forehead-apparently a very difficult feat. Before the trick is shown, take a dab of wax or soap and attach it to the end of a hair near the front of the head. In setting the coin on edge on the forehead, attach the wax to it. The hair will serve as an invisible line which makes it possible to balance the coin by tilting it slightly forward.
3. The Coin on the Forehead.
This is an amusing trick. The magician places a coin against his forehead, and it remains there, as though magnetized.
Simply place the coin against the forehead and push it upward about an inch, using plenty of pressure.
The coin will remain there of its own accord.
4. The Bouncing Coin.
A coin is thrown on the floor. It immediately bounces up to the magician's hand.
This is accomplished by throwing the coin so that it revolves like a wheel and strikes squarely on its edge. It will then bounce right up, especially if thrown on a stone floor.
The coin must be thrown with considerable force.
5. An Obedient Coin.
A glass is set upside down with two half dollars supporting it, and a dime is pushed beneath it.
The magician states that he will cause the coin to come out from beneath the glass.
He does this by scratching the table-cloth near the glass, the action causing the coin to slide out from beneath the tumbler.
6. Traveling Coin.
The magician borrows a coin, which he places beneath his left foot.
When he raises his foot, the coin has disappeared, and it appears beneath the magician's right foot.
This trick should be performed when seated. Two coins are used. One is secretly placed beneath the right heel. The magician may lift his right foot slightly and draw it backwards without revealing the coin. When he takes the first coin, he pretends to place it beneath his left foot, but drops it in his trousers cuff en route-a very simple yet effective action. Then the coin passes from the left foot to the right, both feet being raised to show the accomplishment.
7. Coin and Pins.
This is a very clever little trick that requires practice. A coin is laid on the table, and the magician, taking two pins, lifts the coin with them, the points pressing against the edge of the coin. Then the magician blows upon the coin and it revolves between the pin points.
Be sure to use a coin with a milled edge; otherwise the trick will be nearly impossible. With the proper coin, it can be readily learned.
8. Coins from Elbow.
Bend the right forearm back until the hand touches the neck, the elbow being quite level. With the left hand, place a stack of coins upon the right elbow.
Then swing the right hand straight down, and catch the coins as you do so.
This looks very difficult-but it is quite easy. Try it with one coin, and the method will be obvious.
9. A Coin Disappearance.
This trick should follow the one just described. Having shown how coins are caught from the elbow, the magician offers to dem onstrate the effect with a single coin. He does so, apparently catching the coin in the right hand, but when the hand is opened, the coin has disappeared!
Method: Bend back at the right coat sleeve, to leave the hand free. Place the coin somewhat below the elbow, so it is close to the turned back sleeve. Swing the forearm downward-but not too rapidly. The coin will slide into the fold of the sleeve instead of going into the right hand.
10. Five Coin Problem.
Take five pennies, and propose the following condition: The coins must be placed in such a way that each coin touches all the remaining coins!
This is a real puzzler, and few persons will be able to solve it. Here is the way: Lay a coin on the table, and two coins side by side upon it. Take two more coins and arrange them so they form a sort of tent, or inverted V, upon the first coin. These two coins ride over the other two, and touch at the top, and it will be seen that every coin touches all the others.