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( Article orginally published July 1927 )
11. Coin from Glass.
A tapering, goblet type of glass is needed in this trick. A dime is dropped in the glass, and a half dollar is placed above it. The object is to remove the dime without touching the half dollar.
The trick is only possible with a glass of the type described; for the dime must be a half-inch below the half dollar. Simply blow down the edge of the inside of the glass; that will cause the half dollar to tilt upright, and the force of the blow will make the dime fly up past the half dollar and out of the opposite side of the glass.
12. A Coin Catch.
Two coins are laid on the table, some distance apart; and a third coin is laid almost midway between them. The magician then asks people to estimate which two coins are the farthest apart.
People will look at the middle coin, and some will say the middle and the left end, while others will say the middle and the right end. The magician tells them that they are all wrong-the two end coins are the farthest apart!
13. Vanishing Money.
In doing this it is necessary for the magician to extend his right hand, shaking it so that everyone can hear coins jingle within the fist.
He tells someone to hold his right wrist, so that the money cannot escape up his sleeve. But when the right hand is opened, the money has disappeared!
The money is never in the right hand; instead it is in the left. When the magician shakes his right fist, he holds his right wrist loosely with his left hand, and the coins jingle between his left palm and his right wrist. It sounds exactly as though they were in the right hand.
The excuse for the left hand being there is this: the magician says: "Hold my right wrist-just as I am holding it, so the coins can't get up my sleeve."
That gives him the opportunity to remove the left hand, with the coins, the right being shown empty later.
14. Coin and Tumbler.
The magician lays a coin on the table, and slides an inverted tumbler over it. The coin immediately disappears.
This is an old trick, but an effective one, if properly shown. A piece of white paper is pasted to the mouth of the tumbler. It matches the table-cloth, and is not seen.
When the tumbler is slid quickly over the coin, the coin is obscured by the paper, and immediately disappears.
In itself, this trick is hardly worth while; but used as a means of vanishing in the following trick, it is very good.
15. Coin Through Table.
A coin is placed upon the table. The magician shows an empty glass and puts it beneath the table. Then he slides a glass over the coin on the table. The coin immediately vanishes and is heard to drop into the glass beneath the table. The glass is immediately brought out, containing the coin.
Method: A coin is attached beneath the table by a dab of soft soap or wax. The glass is placed beneath the table and is held so that it encircles the coin.
The instant that the coin disappears from the table, the magician slides the glass so that it dislodges the coin under the table, and the coin audibly falls into the glass.
16. Coin from Candle.
This is a quick and effective coin trick.
The magician goes to a lighted candle, and reaching into the flame, quickly produces a small coin.
Take an ordinary candle and cut a slit vertically, alongside of the wick. Insert a dime or a penny in the slit.
When the candle is lighted, and the coin side is away from view, the coin cannot be seen, as it is behind the light, and well imbedded in the candle.
A quick motion into the candle flame enables the magician to instantly produce the coin.
17. Snatching the Coin.
A person holds a coin on his outstretched palm. The magician lays his hand palm up upon the spectator's hand, with his thumb pointing toward the person's fingers.
Then the magician states that he can remove his hand and take away the coin before the spectator has time to close his fingers over it!
Of course the spectator doubts this; but when the magician says "Go", and the spectator closes his fingers, he finds that the coin is in the magician's possession.
Method: The magician must be quick; but everything is in his favor; for the spectator cannot close his fingers while the magician's hand is there. At the word "Go", the magician turns his hand vertically, and with the side of his hand (by the little finger), strikes the spectator's hand at the base of the fingers.
This makes the coin bounce, and as the magician draws his hand away he easily catches the coin and takes it along.
The whole operation takes but the fraction of a second, and the spectator is dumbfounded.
18. A Quick Coin Vanish.
This is an excellent method of vanishing a dime or a penny; it requires a slight bit of skill.
The coin is held between the thumb and second finger. A toss of the hand and the coin is gone ! A clutch in the air and it is back again.
Set the coin on the side of the second finger, on the upper knuckle, and hold it in position with the tip of the thumb. The fingers are bent in-except the forefinger, which is extended so the coin may be seen.
To vanish the coin, place the forefinger over the tip of the thumb; press down, and remove the thumb. Then straighten the fingers showing the palm of the hand. The coin is hidden between the fingers, and it extends in back of the hand.
This must be done very quickly, while the hand makes a quick tossing sweep, ending with the fingers extended and the coin gone. A reversal of the movement brings back the coin.
19. He Thinks He Has It!
The magician tells a person to hold a coin in his own hand. With his right thumb the magician presses the coin into the person's palm, and with his left hand the magician closes the person's fingers over the coin. The person feels the coin; but when he opens his hand the coin is gone !
Method: On the ball of his right thumb the magician has a small piece of double-sided adhesive tape. With this he presses the coin (which should be a fairly small one). As he closes the person's fingers over the coin, the magician withdraws his right thumb and the coin comes with it. The person will still think he holds the coin and will be surprised to find it gone.
20. Both Sides.
This is really an optical illusion. The magician states that he will let a person see both sides of a coin at once.
The trick is accomplished by spinning the coin. As its revolutions slow down, both the head and the tail will be plainly seen-apparently at the same time.