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Aqua-Coin Flight by Devin Knight

A practical parlor routine. Three different value marked coins are dropped by a spectator into a tall thin glass of water and one is then selected. Without sleights or difficult moves, the marked coin vanishes from the glass and ends up inside a sealed envelope.

A new and novel platform coin trick that is a real fooler! Not just for close-up, but an actual coin effect that plays big and fills the stage as they say. There are no gimmicks or difficult sleights. A totally impossible appearing coin flight under impossible conditions. All it takes is a bit of practice, then you will have a masterpiece of magic.

The performer borrows three coins from the audience and has someone copy down the dates for verification later. There are no switches! The actual three borrowed coins are used. No hidden extra coins used either.

The performer shows a tall, thin glass full of water. The three borrowed coins are covered with an ungimmicked hank and given to anyone to hold. That person drops the coins into the glass of water. Everyone hears the coins clink when they hit the bottom. Read that again, the spectator, not the magician, drops the coins into the glass.

The magician then picks up the glass and walks among the audience and they look into the glass and see the three coins on the bottom of the water-filled glass. The performer points out that the glass is too tall and too thin for anyone to reach down and remove a coin. The only way to remove a coin is to empty the glass and dump out the coins. This is a 100% true statement.

The glass is returned to the table and covered with the handkerchief. There is a small ungimmicked manila coin envelope on the table. A spectator is asked to examine it and make sure it is empty. The magician removes a poker chip from his pocket and drops it inside the envelope. (He really does.) He seals the envelope. He folds it in half and clips it with a paper clip. It is given to anyone to hold. That person can actually feel the poker chip inside. The spectator places the folded envelope on the table.

That spectator is asked to select one of the three coins and mimic removing it invisibly from the water-filled glass and toss it toward the sealed envelope. Assume he chose the nickel.

Now hear this, anyone removes the handkerchief from the glass. When he looks inside the glass there are only two coins! The chosen coin (the nickel in this case) is gone. He may examine the handkerchief, the two remaining coins and the glass, the chosen coin has vanished under test conditions.

The magician plainly shows both hands to be empty, picks up the envelope, tears it in half and dumps out the contents. It is the chosen coin. The poker chip has vanished. The person checks the date of the coin verifying it is indeed the same borrowed coin. It really is!

  • no gimmicks
  • ungimmicked poker chip
  • no coin switches
  • no difficult sleights
  • uses 3 borrowed coins - no extra coins used
  • uses equivoque
Once you see how effective this is, you will always want to include it in every show.

1st edition 2016, 9 pages.
word count: 2540 which is equivalent to 10 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Ronald M Levy
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 20 October, 2016

By cleverly dovetailing illusions of coins in water, and using the meanings of sounds heard by the participants, Devin Knight is able to build an effect that can fill a stage, and that can seem like real magic to an audience. Each step in this illusion and each sound, is so cleverly thought out, that the audience will be taken step-by-step to the conclusion of the trick before they realize their amazement at this effect's surprising finish.