Lesson 23

This course in Magic would not be complete unless you were taught the famous Miser's Dream effect. It was a very popular number with T. Nelson Downs in his Coin Act. The experiment is very interesting for it permits of many variations. The money can be picked out of the air, from various parts of the performer's body, from the whiskers of some spectator, from a lady's coat, or it may be caused to fall in a shower when someone sneezes.

The other effects in the lesson also offer good opportunity for manipulative sleights with coins in vanishing and producing them. I teach you the general principles and I want you to work them out to fit various occasions. In tricks where there is repetition, you must vary the means of producing coins so that you do not lose the punch of the experiment. You must add spice to the effect and keep your audience interested.

This lesson is based around the use of two dozen half dollar-size Palming Coins. If you desire, however, you may use more coins, even as many as fifty.



Performer borrows a derby hat from a spectator and shows it empty. Then he reaches into the air and produces a half dollar, which he tosses into the hat. From then on, in an amazing manner he produces coins from here, there, and everywhere. The supply seems to be endless and the audience is bewildered by the mysterious happenings.


1 -- Two dozen Palming Coins.

(It is well to have a supply of these coins on hand for your various coin effects.)

2 -- Three black safety pins from 1 7-8 to 2 inches long.

3 -- A borrowed derby hat. A derby is preferred because it is stiff and the coins make a noise when they are dropped into it. In case of necessity, use a soft felt hat, although the experiment is not so effective when it is used. Sometimes a performer carries his own derby hat for the experiment.


To Prepare:

Place nine coins in your empty left trouser's pocket.

Inside the right side of your coat about an inch and three-quarters from the bottom, place one of the black safety pins. About one-half inch back of it, place the second pin, and one-half inch back of that, the third one. Figure 1.

Close each pin and into each place five coins. The wire on each side has enough spring to hold the coins securely. You may have to pull the wires apart or push them together a little to adjust them to the coins, but this is an easy matter. Allow a larger section of the coins to extend above the pins and a smaller section below the pins. This is done to make it easier to release the coins when you need them. Figure 2.

To Perform:

Borrow a derby hat. Hold it in right hand, and as you go back to stage, reach into left trouser's pocket with left hand. Stack the nine coins and bring them out Finger Palmed—the coins rest at base of fingers and are held in place by tips of second and third fingers. Remove hand from pocket. Be sure that fingers conceal coins. Figure 3.

As you turn to face audience (right turn), transfer hat from right to left hand. Grasp hat with thumb and index finger of left hand. Figure 4.

This position gives you a good grip on hat and completely conceals coins so that hat may be shown from all sides. Figure 5.

"Deep down in our hearts there seems to be the desire to make money fast. Almost anyone would rather like to wake up in the morning and find himself a millionaire. I have learned, however, that the only safe way to make money fast is the magical way. You see there is plenty of money around, but the trick is to get it. Are you aware of the fact that the air is full of money and that it lurks in the most unexpected places? Now all that a magician needs to make money is his empty right hand."

With hand pointing downward, show right hand on both sides, fingers wide apart.

"And he uses a hat to hold the money in."

Show hat empty, even examining it under the hat band.

Hold hat up in left hand with opening toward you. Grasp other edge of brim with right hand. Figures 6 and 7.

Remove left hand from hat and bring it over to right hand. Turn hat with right hand. Figure 8.

Grasp hat just above right hand with fingers of left hand inside the hat and thumb outside. Remove right hand from brim of hat. Figures 9 and 10.

As you bring left hand into position, let the coins arrange themselves along the inside band of the hat and hold them in place with your finger tips. Figure 11 shows how coins are concealed by fingers of left hand inside the crown of the hat. Nothing is visible to the audience. Figure 12 shows how coins are arranged along the band of the hat under the fingers.

Figure 13 shows a detailed view of the arrangement of the coins. They are spread a little apart and overlap each other. The one on top is nearest the finger tips.

Push top coin forward a little with fingers so that it is ready to be released. It is now easy for you to allow this coin to fall into the hat at the desired moment. Figure 14.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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.

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