Lesson

This course in Magic would not be complete unless you were taught the famous Miser's Dream effect. It was a very popular number with T. Nelson Downs in his Coin Act. The experiment is very interesting for it permits of many variations. The money can be picked out of the air, from various parts of the performer's body, from the whiskers of some spectator, from a lady's coat, or it may be caused to fall in a shower when someone sneezes.

The other effects in the lesson also offer good opportunity for manipulative sleights with coins in vanishing and producing them. I teach you the general principles and I want you to work them out to fit various occasions. In tricks where there is repetition, you must vary the means of producing coins so that you do not lose the punch of the experiment. You must add spice to the effect and keep your audience interested.

This lesson is based around the use of two dozen half dollar-size Palming Coins. If you desire, however, you may use more coins, even as many as fifty.

Performer borrows a derby hat from a spectator and shows it empty. Then he reaches into the air and produces a half dollar, which he tosses into the hat. From then on, in an amazing manner he produces coins from here, there, and everywhere. The supply seems to be endless and the audience is bewildered by the mysterious happenings.

1 -- Two dozen Palming Coins.

(It is well to have a supply of these coins on hand for your various coin effects.)

2 -- Three black safety pins from 1-7/8 to 2 inches long.

3 -- A borrowed derby hat. A derby is preferred because it is stiff and the coins make a noise when they are dropped into it. In case of necessity, use a soft felt hat, although the experiment is not so effective when it is used. Sometimes a performer carries his own derby hat for the experiment.

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