Remember That Pantomime Is Very Important In Illusion

Reach out for another coin and pretend to drop it into hat, allowing a seventh coin to fall from left hand. Then repeat again and let an eighth coin fall from left hand.

You now have one coin left in your left hand and one coin palmed in your right hand.

"This is called, Easy Come, Easy Go."

Reach into the air for a coin again, and this time really drop coin from right hand into hat.

Reach into air again and pretend to grab a coin in right hand. Now TURN BODY TO THE RIGHT SO THAT LEFT SIDE IS TOWARD AUDIENCE. Pretend to throw imaginary coin in right hand high up into the air. Follow it with your eyes.

Allow right hand to fall at your side. Curl your fingers up under your coat and release the five coins in the front safety pin. Now pretend to catch coin from the air in the hat and release last coin from left fingers. Keep opening of hat slightly turned from audience so that they cannot see coin fall from left hand. Figure 24 shows side of hat toward audience.

To learn how to get coins from safety pin easily, study the diagrams in Figures 25 and 26 carefully. Let top edge A of coins come downward. This brings edge B to the top and turns bottom edge of coat up with it. Figure 25. Push edge B down and out of safety pin with thumb. Let coins come into hand in Finger Palm position and close second, third, and fourth fingers over them to conceal them. Figure 26.

Turn to the left again so that you can hold back of right hand naturally toward audience.

"Every man his own mint."

Reach up into air after coin, and in doing so, slide a coin from those palmed in right hand into Production Clip position with thumb. Figure 27 shows coins in Finger Palm position. Put thumb over them and open fingers out as in Figure 28. Push coin out to end of thumb and index finger and close other fingers over rest of coins again. Figure 29.

Throw this coin into hat. Reach up into the air again and slide a second coin from right hand into Production Clip position. Throw this coin into hat. Continue to reach for coins and toss them, one at a time, into the hat until all five coins have been taken from right hand. Vary the production of the coins by producing from elbow or knee.

"A fine shower for the first of the month's bills."

Turn opening of hat toward audience. Reach in with right hand and scoop up a good handful. Hold hand above hat and let coins slide, one by one in rapid succession, into the hat.

"Just like a miser letting the gold run thru his hands."

Reach in again and pick up a handful of coins, this time keeping back of hand to audience. In pouring coins back into the hat, hold back a few and palm them. You will have no difficulty in doing this.

"Money, money everywhere, and to think of the years I had to work for a living."

Reach out and produce the next bunch of coins, one at a time, from various places.

Now scoop up a handful of coins from hat with left hand and let them slide back, retaining some in your hand. Produce these coins as you did before with right hand, varying your productions to keep your audience at a high pitch. For instance, you may produce a coin from a spectator's coat and toss it into the hat. Reach into hat and take out a coin.

"You see, this is just like the rest, Sir."

Catch money from here and there—from a spectator's ear, from a lady's hair—until the supply in left hand has been exhausted.

Now take hat in left hand again and hold it in front of spectator. Tell him to sneeze, and as audience is watching him, reach up under coat again and release five more coins into right hand. Finger Palm coins.

"That's a poor sneeze. Better blow."

Put right hand with coins palmed to spectator's nose, hold hat underneath, and let coins slide down into hat as though they came out of his nose. Figure 30.

This gets a good laugh and gives you an opportunity to reach under coat again for third load of five coins. Produce these one at a time from various places—a spectator's chin, or hair, from a coat, or lady's hat. Toss these into the hat as they are produced. Then reach into hat again, scooping up a handful of coins, letting them slide back, and retaining a few by Palming them in your right hand. Go up to another spectator, and holding hat under his nose, ask him to blow.

"Blow hard."

Place right hand on his nose and let coins slide into hat. "There now, we have half a hat full of money." Go back to stage. Pour coins out into a bowl.

"And as parting advice to the ladies, try this sometime with hubby's hat."


The Miser's Dream offers 30 much opportunity for variation in production that you need never lack for chances to make this effect especially interesting.

Throwing the money through the hat Is always good. Also you may pretend to put coin in mouth and blow it into hat, dropping coin from left hand to complete the illusion.

Here is a good move: Vanish coin by means of the Back Finger Clip Vanish (Lesson 21, Figure 64 to 68) in right hand. You face front with both arms extended to sides. As you vanish coin from right hand, drop a coin into hat from left hand, watching the hat as you do so. Then produce coin again at right finger tips. Figure 31.

Another arrangement is to have a safety pin with a load of coins just inside the bottom of your left trouser's leg. Boldly reach up and under cover of trouser slip coins out of pin and produce them. Or you may have a small wire clip, such as is used to hold letters together, under each lapel with a coin in each, which you can produce.

Study the Palms and Vanishes in Lesson 21. Many can be used to good advantage. Instead of pretending to place the coin in left hand, pretend to place it in the hat. Use the Invisible Thumb Palm to show the hand apparently empty every once in a while.

PUT SNAP AND LIFE into the catching of the coins. Do not let time between production of coins drag. Work fast to keep your audience keyed up to a high pitch of excitement.



A coin with some identifying mark on it is borrowed from a spectator. It is placed in an envelope. A borrowed handkerchief is knotted. Suddenly the coin disappears from the envelope and appears in the knot in the handkerchief. The envelope is torn up and the handkerchief is untied to disclose the coin.


1 -- A fairly heavy manila envelope, or some other envelope which is fairly opaque. Size: 3 7-8 x 6 1-2 inches.

3 -- A borrowed half dollar.

4 -- A borrowed handkerchief. SECRET AND PATTER:

To Prepare:

To Prepare:

On the bottom edge of envelope, out a slit about an inch and three-quarters long. Do this carefully right on the fold so that it will not be noticed. A safety razor blade is excellent for cutting the envelope. Figure 32.

Have half dollar held by wire clip under vest or lower edge of coat, or you may have it in pocket which you can reach conveniently. If you desire, you may have coin Finger Palmed and come forward to start experiment with it already in position.

To Perform:

Borrow a handkerchief and place it over left arm. Borrow half dollar and ask owner to mark it for identification. Take coin in right hand, being careful to conceal other coin Finger Palmed. Finger Clip coin and, pretending to transfer it to left hand, Front Thumb Palm it and drop your own coin into left hand. This is the same move as you learned in your last lesson under the effect, THE COIN IN THE MAGICAL ENVELOPES.

Now allow the borrowed coin which is Thumb Palmed to slip down into Finger Palm position.

Go back to stage. Take handkerchief by corner nearest you, placing hand under it with coin and thumb on top toward audience. Hold your own coin up in left hand. Figure 33.

Draw handkerchief away from left arm. As you do so, raise index finger of right hand up and over to front of handkerchief near thumb so that it is near edge of coin and handkerchief is held between first and second fingers. Figure 34.

When handkerchief falls from left arm, it is held gripped in right hand. Borrowed coin is held between thumb and fingers and is covered on both sides by handkerchief. Figure 35.

Place half dollar which you have in left hand on table or some other place in full view. If you have an assistant, you may give it to him to hold.

With coin held in fold of handkerchief in right hand, pick up opposite corner of handkerchief in left hand and hold as shown in Figure 36.

Now with a movement cause the corners C of the handkerchief to flip up over middle and fall down front. Figure 37.

This makes a tube in middle of handkerchief. Bring two ends fairly close together. Release coin and allow it to slide down tube to center of handkerchief. Figure 38.

Tie a knot in handkerchief and give it to spectator to hold by one of the corners. If coin is visible in knot, pull down cloth over it a little to conceal. Figure 39.

Pick up half dollar and the slit envelope from table.

"The gentleman has marked his half dollar. He can recognise it easily, I am sure. Would you mind, sir, if I sent it away in an envelope?"

Show envelope empty and drop half dollar into it so that audience can see it go in. Coin comes to bottom of envelope. Hold it there with thumb and fingers of left hand. Figure 40.

Seal flap of envelope. Now turn it on end and let coin slide down to slit corner. Hold coin there with right hand. Figure 41.

Turn envelope straight again and let coin SLIP OUT THROUGH SLIT IN ENVELOPE INTO RIGHT HAND and Finger Palm it. Figure 42.

Take envelope in left hand. Drop coin into upper left coat pocket or right trouser's pocket, as you have been taught to do, without letting audience see. You may have a pencil in one of your coat pockets and drop coin into pocket while reaching for pencil.

"I will just mark the envelope with my secret initials."

Mark envelope and place pencil back in pocket.

"In reality, I should not have done that. I forgot that the gentleman marked his coin. Strange as it may seem, two magic marks on the same package oftentimes dissolve that which is within."

Shake envelope and listen.

"It seems rather quiet within. Sir, your coin has kissed us goodbye."

Tear up envelope into small pieces and drop on table. NOTE:

A ruse to use is to paste a piece of opaque paper, cut round the size of a half dollar, in the bottom of the envelope. After you have taken coin out, hold envelope up in front of a burning candle or match and show shadow of coin within (really the opaque paper). Set fire to envelope and let it burn, finally dropping the remains onto a plate. You have apparently burned the coin.

Another clever fake is to paint a disk the size of a half dollar with Chinese White water colors, such as are used by show card writers and artists, on the inside of a white envelope. Inside of envelope may be shown with nothing in it, but when envelope is held to light, the disk shows opaque and appears to be the coin. Paint disk so that it looks like coin is lying at bottom of envelope. With a manila envelope, use a paint to match made by mixing white, red, yellow, and a touch of black.

You may also work it this way. Hold envelope to light with coin in it before you slide coin out into your right hand. Have coin in middle of envelope at bottom when you do this. Take envelope away from light and let coin slide into hand. Hold envelope in left hand and let it burn, in the meantime disposing of coin in right hand.

"But something tells me that it has not gone far."

To gentleman holding the knotted handkerchief.

"Would you mind untying the handkerchief to see whether the gentleman's coin has in some mysterious way hidden itself inside the knot?"

Spectator unties the knot and finds the borrowed coin.

"Will you please give it to the gentleman who loaned it to me and let him identify it as his coin? Remember, I do not touch the half dollar myself. Is that your coin, Sir? Which goes to show that as you give so shalt thou receive."

Return borrowed handkerchief or use it for another experiment.

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