Coin Effect

mfc A silver coin vanishes, changes into a copper coin, this in turn vanishes leaving the silver coin only.

Both coins are unprepared and though the copper coin is not apparent at the beginning of the effect, the silver coin may be borrowed.

This is best performed standing and the audience may be seated or standing. I detail an 'easy' way and the method I use; both have some advantages and disadvantages.

1) Copper coin, an old penny is classic palmed in the right hand. A silver coin, I use a half dollar, is held at the right finger tips between the thumb on the performer's aspect and the first and second fingers on the spectators side. The hand is half closed and the back of the hand is towards the spectators.

The silver coin is loosely tossed- onto the left palm. As the left hand closes and turns palm downwards the coin (silver) is worked to the heel of the left hand in preparation for a steal.

The right forefinger taps the back of the left hand and as the spectator(s) is asked "What colour was the coin" the left hand rotates clockwise to a palm upward position and the right hand, still with forefinger extended steeils the silver coin. During this steal the silver coin is gripped and then stolen between the thumb above and the incurled second finger underneath.

The right forefinger again touches the back of the left hand as the performer asks "Could it change colour?" As the coin has already been stolen this can be done very lightly and cleanly.

The left hand, palm upwards is opened wide showing the coin to have vanished.

The left fingers close, feint towards the right elbow and the coin is produced at the right finger tips from behind the left elbow.

The silver coin is rolled over the back of the right fingers. If the performer can do this with an empty hand he will find it no more difficult with the copper coin classic palmed.

If possible it should be included as it enhances the already achieved effect that the right hand is otherwise empty. It can however be omitted.

The silver coin is placed at the tips of the left thumb and first two fingers and the right hand moves across the left hand performing the classical 'spellbound' change. (SEE OTHER

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The right hand takes the copper coin and performs the roll down flourish. This demonstratates that it is clearly a different colour on both sides.

The right hand makes a pass with the copper coin apparently being placed in the left hand. Care must be taken to avoid the silver coin being seen or the coins from talking as the right hand withdraws palming the copper coin. The left hand closes tightly around the silver (supposed copper coin).

The right forefinger again rubs the back of the left hand which revolves and opens to display the silver coin. As it is picked up by the right fingers and thumb to be handed to the spectator the copper coin is secretly left in the left hand loosely finger palmed and the hand drops to the side.


1) The copper coin may at the start be back palmed or clipped so that the silver coin can initially be displayed on a palm up empty hand.

2) As the silver coin is thrown from the right to left hand the copper coin is moved to the classic palm.

First steal of silver coin and production, as above.

3) When the silver coin is displayed at the left finger tips ready for 'spellbound' the right hand comes past the silver coin which the right thumb presses against the right second and third fingers the side of the coin can be held firm by pressure from the first and fourth finger, as if about to back palm. At the same time the left thumb and fingers steal the copper coin from the right palm and display. As the copper coin is displayed the left fingers turn it over whilst the right hand drops down to the side classic palming the silver coin.

4) The right hand takes the copper coin and performs the roll down. The left hand opens and the right hand takes the copper coin and makes a bluff pass to the left hand. The copper coin is secretly carried under the right palm on the tips of the right middle two fingers and a palm for palm change occurs. (I have a move for this but no space to explain it here).

The left hand opens empty and the right hand drops the silver coin to the left hand.

The finish is as in the simpler version.

Do at least try the simple version — it's neat, complete and fun to perform.


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Three cards are selected from an ordinary pack. They are then returned to the pack and the usual Triumph shuffle made in which the two halves of the pack are riffled shuffled into each other, one half face-up and the other half being face-down. Upon ribbon spreading the pack all the cards are seen to be face-up, with the exception of three face-down cards which are shown to be ones selected. The knockout comes when the ribbon spread pack is turned over to reveal that the backs are each of a different design — a Rainbow Pack.


Two packs are required. A normal one having say, a red back design and the other in which every batch has a different design — a Rainbow pack. On the face of the latter put any card from the red backed pack face-down and push this prepared pack halfway down the waist band of your trousers on the left side with the odd red backer facing outwards.


It would be possible to do a trick beforehand with the red backed pack, but I go straight into the trick by ribbon spreading the pack facedown across the table requesting that three people each select a card by pushing it clear of the spread. After the selections have been made gather up the remainder of the pack and ask each person to write their name across the face of their chosen card or to show their cards to the rest of the audience. As this is being done turn your back to them — so that you cannot see the faces of the chosen cards.

Immediately your back is turned you switch the red backed pack for the Rainbow one in your waistband in the following manner. Before turning the red pack should be in your left hand which is chest high and near the opening of your coat, which should be unbuttoned. The right hand should be held waist high. With the hands so positioned when you turn your back to the audience the red backed pack can be popped into the inside coat pocket on the right side, and the Rainbow pack taken with the right hand, without any elbow movement being visible to the audience which might suggest that something underhand is taking place. When you face front again the Rainbow pack should be in the left hand with the red backed card showing on top.

Lift the inner end of the top card and hold a break beneath it in readiness for the tilt move, and take card No.l and insert it into the break beneath the top card. Close the break as you square up the pack.

Card No.2 is taken and also inserted from the rear into the pack but this time about halfway down and taking a little finger break above it. As you square up the pack make a half pass revolving the bottom half and keeping a break between the two halves with the left little finger. Actually it is possible to manage without this break using instead the natural one created by the two halves being back to back.

Card No.3 is now taken and pushed into the pack from the rear, this time going into the break taking a fresh break above it with the left little finger as you square the pack.

The order of the cards reading from the top is now — red backer face-down — Card No.l facedown — half the Rainbow pack face-up — little finger break — card No.3 face-down — half the Rainbow pack face-down — and finally card No.2

face-up on the bottom of the pack.

Holding the pack in the left hand take a break at the inner and below the top card with the right thumb and cut the pack at the little finger break. When completing the cut transfer the break held by the right thumb to the left little finger. Cut the cards above the break to the bottom and keep a left little finger break between the two halves.

Reading from the top of the pack the setup is now — card No.l face-down — half Rainbow pack face-up — little finger break — Card No.3 face-down — half Rainbow pack face-down — card No.2 face up and finally the odd red backer face-down.

Cut the pack at the break and turn the bottom half held in the left hand over (carefully). Riffle shuffle the two halves together on the table ensuring that card No.3 at the bottom of the left hand falls first and the top face-up card of the same half (odd red backer) is the last to fall. Square up the pack at the same time under cover of this action turn the bottom card over using the half pass or any other suitable move.

Proceed to 'show' the cards to be mixed face-up — face-down as follows. Take the face-up card (odd red backer) from the top of the pack and push it into the pack halfway down taking a left little finger break BELOW it. Somewhere within the top two or three face-up cards will be one face-down, card No.2. Push all the face-up cards above card No.2 into the pack below the break and card No.2 into the pack above the break. Cut the pack at the break and complete the cut.

The position is now that the Rainbow pack is face up with the selected cards face-down evenly separated and the odd red backer face-down on the bottom of the pack. Palm off the bottom card and ribbon spread the cards across the table revealing three face down cards in a face-up pack which prove to be the ones chosen. The palm can be eliminated by cutting the odd backer to the top and fanning out the cards instead of ribbon spreading them. Care must be taken not to expose the red backer.

Finish by turning the cards over to reyeal the Rainbow backs.

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