Boston Twostep

Effect: A small brass box, just large enough to contain a stack of half dollars, is brought out and the lid removed. Five half dollars and a penny fill the box. The performer removes the penny and caps the box. The penny is dropped into a handkerchief, from which it vanishes. When the box is opened, the penny is found again resting on top of the halves.

The lid is replaced on the box. The performer then invisibly draws the five half dollars from the box and causes them to appear in the handkerchief, immediately afterward the penny too is produced from the handkerchief. When the box is opened, as should be expected, it is found completely empty.

Method: Needed is a Boston coin box— that is, the Okito box variant (possibly invented by Walter B. Gibson) that has a bottom recessed to take a single coin — and enough half dollars to fill the box. Some boxes take four halves, some five or six. Also required are two American pennies, an extra half dollar and a handkerchief. With a bit of wax, fix the extra half dollar into the recess of the box, and stick one of the pennies onto the half dollar. The penny should be affixed somewhat off center, to give the impression that it rests loose on top (Figure 172).

Place the other half dollars into the box, filling it, and lay the second penny on top. Then set the lid on the box. Carry the handkerchief in your left jacket or trousers pocket.

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