Marked Coin Penetration

EFFECT: A 10p coin is borrowed and marked for later identification. A small pay envelope is shown empty and the coin dropped inside by a spectator. The magician seals the envelope and folds it in half. His hands are seen to be empty and the spectators can feel the coin inside the envelope.

A pack of cards in a card case is freely shown and placed across the mouth of a glass tumbler. The envelope with the coin inside is put on top of the cards. The magician taps the envelope and a coin is seen and heard to fall into the glass. The envelope is torn up since it is now empty, the cards lifted away and the spectator himself removes the coin from the glass and verifies that it is his coin.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A Coin Out Envelope. 2. A pack of cards in its case which has a small piece of Blu Tack stuck to the centre of the rear of the case. 3. A glass tumbler. 4. Some small round self adhesive stickers. 5. A pen.

PREPARATION: Have all the props on the table in front of you, the cards and the glass to the right side, the envelope flap side down to the left, with the stickers and the pen.

PRESENTATION: You ask to borrow a 10p piece and when one is offered, you hand the spectator a sticker and the pen so that he can attach the sticker to one side of the coin and initial it.

Pick up the Coin Out Envelope, turn it flap side towards yourself, and hold it in your left hand by the two long sides. If you open it up with the right fingers, a little pressure from the left hand on the sides will keep it arched open and the slit part of the envelope will be held closed and therefore go unnoticed.

You invite the spectator to glance inside the envelope in order to ensure that it is empty and then to drop his coin inside. When he has done so, you shake the coin about inside to emphasise that it really is inside, making sure that it finally comes to rest in the bottom right hand corner of the envelope. You then lick the flap and stick it down.

As soon as the flap is stuck down, your left thumb slides down the envelope until it rests over the slit, the flap side can then be shown to the audience to show that the flap is stuck.

When this has been seen, you raise the flap side towards yourself again and your right hand now also grasps the envelope, thumb on top of the coin, fingers on the address side. If you now push down with the left thumb on the part of the envelope to the left of the slit, you will find that the overlap of envelope at the join will be pushed under the left most edge of the coin. In fact, depending on exactly where the envelope join is in relation to the size of the 10p, you may find that the extreme edge of the coin may now be visible.

In any case, it should now be possible for the coin to be simply rolled straight out of the envelope by tipping up the right side so that it rolls out to the left. This move, however, will come in a moment.

The moment that you have pushed down with the left thumb thereby in effect releasing the coin, the right index finger bends down towards you the top half of the envelope which is then creased across.

The slit part of the envelope is now hidden inside the fold. The right fingers and thumb squeeze on either side of the coin so that an imprint of the coin's shape is left showing on the address side. This will help to maintain the illusion that the coin is still in the envelope after it has gone.

You can now allow the spectator to feel the coin through the envelope if you wish, then allow the coin to secretly slide out into your left fingers.

As soon as the coin is free, carefully stand the envelope up on the table. See Fig. 13.

Your right hand picks up the card case, shows it back and front, the fingers covering the Blu Tack, and then passes it to the left hand, thus covering the coin which is pushed very gently onto the Blu Tack.

The right hand now picks up the glass and places it in the centre of the table. You lay the card case over the mouth of the glass and then the envelope is put on top of the lot.

With the left hand holding the cards and the glass steady, the right hand hits the envelope, dislodging the coin which falls into the glass.

(Note: It is probably better to use an older piece of Blu Tack because it will not stick so well and thus the coin will dislodge more easily). You tear up the envelope and the spectator removes his coin.

If you prefer to use the Coin Out Envelope - Type 2, this is the handling you need to affect the steal of the coin.

The first thing to ensure is that the loosened flap section at the base of the envelope has been cut wide enough for the width of the coin. If the width of the hinged flap is only just wide enough, you may well find slight difficulties in stealing the coin smoothly. Assuming the width is satisfactory, here's how to affect the coin release.

Having borrowed a coin which has been marked, pick up the envelope in the left hand and hold it open as in Fig. 14. Notice how the left little finger is used to hold the loosened flap shut while the envelope is bowed open.

Invite the spectator to drop his coin inside. After he has done so, shake the envelope from side to side so that the coin can be heard rattling around inside. Finish up with the coin resting in the corner where the loosened half flap is.

Still keeping the half flap closed, change your grip on the enve

lope to that shown in Fig. 15. The address side of the envelope is held flat facing the audience as you lick the main top flap of the envelope and stick it down. The right hand then folds the top of the envelope back down towards yourself to fold the envelope in half, and as it does so the left fingers allow the half flap to drop open and the coin to slip down into the left hand. Fig. 16.

Fig. 16

The folded envelope is passed over to the right hand, the secret flap being pushed shut by the left fingers at the same time and the envelope is ready to be destroyed for the vanish.

Fig. 16

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