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that sounds kinda cocky, doesn't it? I don't mean it that way. The stunt is one of my pets and I've been doing it for a long time. I have never seen it in print nor have I seen a similar piece of apparatus except the old "coin jar", from which this idea was stolen. It had to be so because the "coin jar" is too old-fashioned in appearance for use in this era. The routine is ny own and the children love it. It is not a typical Jinx trick."

Effect: TVro boys are invited to assist P (performer), one of whom must have a nickle or a quarter. The other is handed a banana and told to sit in a chair at one side. I use one of the exploding folding campstools so easily made with the parts of an "exploding matchbox" and elastic cloth. Perhaps I shouldn't say that this interlude starts the stunt off with a "bang". (No, you hadn't better. Ed.)

P has the boy with the coin read its date aloud. He is shown an unprepared tumbler, and a saucer not so unprepared but with a perfectly honest appearance. The saucer is placed upon the tumbler and the boy led to stage center. He is shown three halfdollars (not palming coins, please). Then he tells the youngster that to show how safe it is for him to lend his coin for the trick, P will also use the three halves. The four coins are wrapped in a small piece of newspaper (See Jinx #94-p583), and the small bundle placed upon top of the boy's head. P says that he'll magically draw the coins 6ut of the package, throw them into the air, and make them soar around until finally they drop inside the covered saucer. The boy

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is told to put his finger on the package, because sure as not he'll look up when P pretends to throw coins into the air. The coins land with a loud clink in the glass after P has pointed out their imaginary flight all over the room.

The boy takes the paper off his head and finds the coins gone. The coins in the glass are emptied into hie hand but only three half-dollars are there. The boy's coin has vanished. The magician remarks that it must have gotten separated from the others during the flight because it was just a little fellow and couldn't keep up.

All during the procedure the first boy has been eating the banana (P whispered to him to do so when he was first seated). There is plenty of opportunity to see that he has followed instructions. But P apparently is quite oblivious to the eating, which seems to tickle youngsters and grown-ups no end.

P now confesses to the boy who has lost his coin that there is one sure thing a nickle (or quarter) does when it doesn't fly into the glass along with three half dollars, and that is to fly into a banana (because nickles just love bananas). P, of course, is greatly concerned to learn that the first boy has eaten the banana and consequently» ly has the nickle in his stomach.

J)y There f^yy is nothing to do but "operate". Then follows either (1) the old pump stunt with the Magic Funnel, "to draw the coin out by de-hydrating him"; or, (2) by reaching down the boy's neck and pulling out a candy bar which if" unwrapped, broken open, and found to have the coin inside. The candy bar is handed, half to each assistant, and. upon return of the coin to owner, its date verified.

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