As I was cleaning up my messy desk recently, I decided to also clean up my desk, cupboard and bookshelf drawers too. I’m a bit of a pack-rat, and I tend to hog stuff I don’t use for years on end.
But I was pleasantly surprised to discover this old ready-to-use magic trick hiding in the depths of my cupboard. It’s the kind you might see on a roadside stall or a small store in the ground floor of some shopping complexes. I remember getting my parents to purchase this gimmick (along with another one, a trick that allowed you to pour milk out of a small bottle into any container, and then you show the container being empty! The milk had vanished from both the bottle and the container! Cool stuff, for a kid at least..)
Anyway, this Vanishing Coin trick, as referred to in the packaging, is very simple, and honestly wouldn’t have fooled anyone watching. But like I said, for a kid, it’s a fun enough time-waster…
So here’s how to vanish a coin:
Step 1: Set out your tools of the trade. And a coin. 10 cents will do nicely.
Step 2: Examine the little plastic board (marked with a question mark). Looks ok.
Step 3: Examine the coin. Still valid.
Step 4: Examine the rings. Gold flaking is coming off, but still good. Wait, there’s something inscribed on this… “One Ring to rule them all….” Err. Let’s ignore that, shall we?
Step 5: Align the rings, one on top of the other.
Step 6: Cover the rings with the plastic board.
Step 7: Lift the rings together with the plastic board…
Step 8: … and place them over the coin.
Step 8: Chant some incantations, make some voodoo signs, dance naked around a fire, whatever. “Abracadabra” works for me.
Step 9: Lift the plastic board.
The coin’s vanished, yo! It’s gone!!!
So how did I do it? Correct answer wins a cappucino.