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Within a couple of days of passing our Art Editor's version of the Coin in the Bottle over to the Editor, Peter Crush demonstrated his method of this effect to me in the Blenheim Bar — where else?
Using a new English penny piece and showing that it was too large to pass through the neck of a tonic bottle he placed it flat over the aperture as shown in (Fig 1) and grasped the neck of the bottle in his left hand as in (Fig 2) and putting the index finger of his right hand into, the top of his left fist pushed it downwards onto the coin pressing it into the bottle.
The effect was excellent and the method ideal for close-up performances. The secret is of course the same — the coin is a folding one but using a small coin is one of those — why did I not think of it — ideas. Also being small the ; extraction of the coin is much easier. I
An interesting variation in presentation came up -neck, stand with an handkerchief through the
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