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How to Perform the Vanishing Coin Trick With a Handkerchief
In this easy magic trick, you insert a coin into a handkerchief that you're holding in your other hand and the coin mysteriously disappears. It's a baffling vanish effect and it's simple to learn and perform.
A plus, you can perform this one just about anytime, anywhere. All you need is a quarter and a handkerchief, and that special secret. For the secret, turn to the following steps.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Materials You'll Need
You'll need a coin (a quarter will work just fine and this may be borrowed), a handkerchief, and a rubber band (the smaller the better).Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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The Importance of the Rubber Band
The secret lies in the rubber band. Before you perform the trick, wrap the rubber band around the fingers of one hand. You may have to double or triple-loop the band so it forms a tight "ring." With the rubber band in place, you’re ready to perform the trick.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Here's the Work
Walk out with the rubber band around your fingers. Don’t draw any attention to this hand. Just keep it hanging at your side or in your pocket. Ask a spectator for a quarter and show the handkerchief with your other hand.
Drape the handkerchief over the hand with the rubber band. Place the quarter into the handkerchief. What you’re doing here is spreading the rubber band and inserting the coin and a piece of fabric from the handkerchief into the stretched rubber band to form a little pocket.
Let the rubber band slip off of your fingers. The band should tightly close-up, trapping the coin in a bit of fabric in a secret pocket.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Show the Coin Is Gone
Bring out the hand that formerly held the rubber band and let the handkerchief fall. If you like, you can utter some magical-sounding incantation. The coin will look as if it disappeared. If you like, you can even shake the handkerchief a bit and the coin won't fall out and this will help convince your spectators that the coin has vanished.
Obviously, you can't allow spectators to examine the handkerchief as they will discover the secret. Simply bunch up the handkerchief in your hands and put it away in your pocket or aside in a case.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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The Secret Behind the Trick
The coin will be held in a little pocket formed by part of the handkerchief and the rubber band.
A Coin Vanish With a Gimmick
If you're interested in exploring yet another way to vanish a coin, check out this vanishing coin trick with a distinctly different approach. This trick doesn't require any cover (handkerchief) and is particularly out in the open. In this trick, you'll learn how to make an intriguing gimmick that's easy to construct and only takes materials and tools that you have around the house. When you're ready to perform the trick, the gimmick does most of the work of making a coin vanish.
More Money Magic
And if you're interested in learning how to perform more magic with coins and money, you'll find some great easy magic tricks in our collection along with clear, step-by-step instructions.