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( Article orginally published July 1927 )
21. Coin, Tube and Paper.
The magician lays a small piece of paper on the table. Above it he holds a coin, horizontally, with his left hand. With his right hand he holds a paper tube to his mouth, the tube pointing straight down on the coin.
Suddenly the paper leaps up and attaches itself to the coin, remaining there for several seconds!
People who try this trick will invariably draw through the paper tube, trying to raise the paper-but the interposed coin will prevent. The real method is to blow through the tube, and the paper will jump up to the coin.
22. The Paper and the Coin.
The magician shows a half dollar and a small piece of paper. He states that he will drop both the coin and the paper, and that the paper will fall as rapidly as the coin!
Most people will think this is impossible; but it can be done quite easily. Lay the paper upon the coin and drop the coin flat. The paper will fall with the coin.
The paper, however, should be smaller than the coin.
23. Guessing the Date.
This is a tricky problem that is very entertaining. A coin is laid on the table, and the magician allows someone to lay a piece of paper over it. The magician does not see the coin, but he specifies that it must be date side up, as he intends to read the date through the piece of paper.
He states that he will not lift the paper from the coin, but that he will learn the date!
Method: Take a pencil, and rub the paper directly over the coin. This causes an impression of the coin to appear upon the paper, and the date comes into view.
24. Heads Up!
A half dollar is spun in the air. Every time it falls in the magician's hand, he opens his hand, and the coin is head up. The coin may be a borrowed one.
Method: Have a dime with a dab of wax or double-sided adhesive tape upon it. Secretly attach this dime to the tail side of the half dollar. Spin the coin in the air, and the dime will not be seen. The coin is caught in the hand, and it will generally fall head up; if it does not, the magician can instantly detect it, and turn it over as he opens his hand.
After tossing ten or twelve heads, the magician can secretly detach the dime, leaving it in his hand, while he gives the coin to someone else to try.
25. Coin Through Handkerchief.
A coin is placed in the center of a handkerchief, and its shape is plainly visible. The handkerchief is held in a person's fist, with just the coin showing at the top. Another handkerchief is thrown over it, and when it is removed, there is the coin, while the lower handkerchief is empty.
Method: In putting the coin under the handkerchief, the coin is retained in the hand, and a piece of wire, twisted in a circle, is placed there instead. This is the shape that shows through.
When the second handkerchief is placed over the first, the coin is under it. Then the magician grips the thin wire through the cloth, and pushes one end of it right through the handkerchief, thus drawing the wire through. He lifts the upper handkerchief, revealing the coin, and takes away the wire with the handkerchief. As very thin wire is used, only a tiny hole is in the handkerchief, and that will never be noticed.
A marked coin may be used in the trick.
26. Tack in the Ceiling.
This does not start out as a coin trick-but a coin plays the most important part in it.
A thumb-tack is to be driven in the ceiling, simply by tossing it in the air. Everyone wants to see that done, so the magician obliges.
He takes a piece of very thin tissue paper. He lays the tack point up upon a half dollar; then he places the paper over the point of the tack and wraps the paper around the coin.
The package is tossed forcibly against the ceiling, holding the point of the tack upward. The tack is thus driven into the ceiling; then the weight of the coin tears the paper loose and down drops the coin with the paper, leaving the tack up there.
27. Coins, Plate and Glass.
Here is a trick that involves the visible penetration of a coin through a china plate.
The magician borrows several coins, a quarter being among them. He sets a plate on a glass, and taking the coins in his right hand, drops them on the plate. The quarter continues right through the plate and falls into the glass.
Method: A duplicate quarter is affixed to the bottom of the plate with a dab of soap or wax. The coin is slightly away from the center of the plate.
The coins are taken in the left hand and dropped into the right, but the quarter is retained in the left hand. This is quite easy to do with so many coins being used. The left hand closes over the quarter, and just the thumb and forefinger are extended. They take hold of the plate "to steady it", the plate having been placed over the glass, so that the coin touches the inner edge of the tumbler.
As the right hand drops the coins on the plate, the left hand draws the plate slightly in the proper direction, releasing the duplicate quarter, which falls visibly into the glass. As no quarter is on the plate and the right hand is shown empty, it appears as though the coin has penetrated the plate.
28. The Hidden Coin.
A coin is placed beneath a cup, while the magician is not present. The magician comes back, touches the cup, and immediately names the denomination of the coin.
A confederate helps in the trick. It will be noticed that the handle of the cup can be turned to point in any direction, like the hand on a clock. The confederate looks at 'the coin beneath the cup, and sets the handle properly, in accordance with the following system: 1 o'clock, a cent; 2, nickel; 3, dime; 4 quarter; 5, half; 6, dollar; 7, $2.50 gold piece; 8, $5; 9, $10; 10, $20; II, a foreign coin, or imitation; 12, no coin at all..
In this way the magician can name the denomination of the coin, tell whether or not something other than a United States coin is beneath the cup, or whether the cup covers nothing.
29. Coin on the Wrist.
The magician holds his hand palm up and lays a coin on his wrist. He says that he can make the coin turn over without touching it.
This he does by snapping his fingers. If a dime is used, it will turn a neat somersault when the fingers are snapped. With a little practice the knack can be easily acquired.
30. Odd or Even?
The magician holds several coins in his hand and asks a person to guess whether the money is odd or even. The person is certain to make the wrong guess.
No skill is required. The magician merely uses a dime, a nickel, and five pennies. ' If the person says "even", the magician opens his hand, and counts the coins, showing that he has seven-an odd number. If the person says "odd", the magician counts the amount; ten cents for the dime, five for the nickel, and five for the pennies, a total of twenty cents, which is even.
31. The Four Coin Trick:
Four coins-all alike-are laid on the table, forming a square. Two playing cards are used, and a coin is covered with each card. Taking an uncovered coin, the `magician puts it under the table, or the table-cloth, and when a card is lifted, two coins are there. The two coins are covered, and the other uncovered coin is passed under the card in the same mysterious manner.
Then the three coins are covered. The other card is lifted, and the coin has passed from beneath it, all four coins being found beneath one card.
This trick must be carefully rehearsed; but it is not difficult to perform.
At the outset, the magician is undecided which coins to cover with the cards. He tries the cards over different coins, and this gives him the opportunity to take hold of a coin beneath the card in his right hand.
He lifts the left hand card from a coin, and just as he draws the right hand card away, he drops the left hand card where the right one was, so that nobody notices the absence of the coin. Then he lays the right hand card over another coin, taking care that the coins do not clink. He now has two coins under one card and no coin under the other.
He picks up an uncovered coin, and in putting it under the table or the cloth transfers it to his left hand. He brings out his right hand, empty, and with it lifts the card, disclosing two coins.
The card is transferred to the left hand which is below the level of the table, the coin resting on the left fingers. Then the left hand lays the card on the two coins, adding the third coin to the group.
In the same way the other uncovered coin is "passed" beneath the card, and is added to the group when the card is replaced. That brings four coins beneath one card, while the other card covers none. So the magician makes a mysterious pass, lifts both cards, and shows all the coins together.