This trick, by Al Baker, is considered by most magicians a close-up classic. A book of this kind would not be complete without it.
The plot is of the simplest nature-four half dollars are passed one by one through the table top from the left hand to the right. No duplicate coins are used.
The trick must be done while you are seated at a table and, before making any mention of doing a trick, a little preparation has to be made. With your right hand grip the cloth of the left leg of your trousers at the seam midway down the inside of your thigh and pull the loose part over onto your right thigh, at the same time pressing your knees together. This can be done easily under cover of adjusting your chair. The cloth will thus form a flat surface onto which you can safely drop a coin and from which you can just as easily take it again, with no one being any the wiser.
This done, you are ready either to borrow four half dollars or to produce four of your own, which you drop onto the table in front of you. Casually rub your hands together so that all can see you have no other coin, but for goodness sake don't say anything about your hands being empty or about what you propose to do.
Was this article helpful?
Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.