Coin Now N This Fold

Now, with the handle of a spoon, gently run over the surface of the paper, thus getting the impression of the half-crown through on to the lead foil. Most of you will have taken a rubbing of a coin at one time or another and will readily understand the process used here. Foil differs slightly in colour from a silver coin, and this difference can be masked by the used of a thin wash of yellow water colour. See Fig. 3.

With this faked 'coin' duly made, fold the paper into nine, BUT SEE THAT AN UN-FAKED PART OF THE PAPER GOES OVER THE HOLE, in other words, that only white paper shows through the hole.

Ask for the loan of a coin and request that it be marked. In the meantime, pick up the paper, unfold it and call attention to the hole in the centre. The closed fingers of the right hand hide the foil gimmick, on the side section.

Take the coin and place it in the centre of the paper, right over the hole, and immediately fold in the faked section, so that the foil comes right over the coin. At this stage the front of the paper may be turned to the audience, showing them the borrowed coin visible through the hole. See Fig. 4.

Fold in the opposite fold, thus forming a paper tube, and just as you are about to fold up the lower section, allow the coin to slide down into that part of the paper. However you manage (?) to fold in the upper section first so that the coin is now in the outside fold. To the spectators, the packet looks just the same, with the coin visible through the hole, whereas the borrowed half-crown is available whenever you want it. See Fig. 5.

Transfer the packet to the left hand and with the right hand take up the tray. As you do so, allow the coin to slide out into the left palm. Place the tray in the left hand, and set the glass in position on the table. The right hand now takes the packet from the left fingers and makes to balance it upon the tray. As this is done the tray is lowered on to the coin in the palm. Any accidental noise made will be accounted for by the coin in the packet (?) striking the tray through the paper. Having balanced the packet take the tray in the right hand, fingers underneath and exert a slight pressure on the coin to press it to the wax.

Place the tray upon the glass and set fire to the paper, retiring to a distance from the table. The fire will be seen to consume the paper all round the coin (?) and finally collapse on the tray. The heat from the burning paper will be transferred to the tray, which heat will in turn melt the small knob of wax, allowing the coin to tinkle into the glass.

Remove the tray and glance into the tumbler. It sometimes happens that the coin falls completely free of wax, and in this case the coin may be taken from the tumbler by the loaner himself. If however it is noticed that a small amount of wax has remained on the coin, then, in full view of the lender, making it quite plain that you have nothing else in your hands other than the tumbler, slide the coin into the left hand, and, with the thumb nail scrape off any wax as you pass the coin for identification.

Perhaps that is enough of these "Waxy Wangles" for the time being, and I will return to the subject at a later date, maybe next month. We'll see what turns up in the meantime.

Yours Magically,

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