This was a favourite effect of the much loved Percy Press. He was, perhaps, the last of the English 'Street Conjurors' and had performed this effect thousands of times.
HOW IT LOOKED
Percy would tilt his small table forward to show that the top was solid. Replacing it on the ground, he laid a white handkerchief on it. A 10p coin was borrowed and placed in the centre of the handkerchief. He then borrowed a soft trilby hat and covered the coin with it. He lifted the hat and the coin was still on the hank. He placed the coin in his left hand and it vanished. He replaced the mouth-down hat on the handkerchief and folded the four corners around the hat to make a parcel. He reached under the table and reproduced the coin. Then he lifted up the 'parcel' replaced the hat on the table and produced a brimming glass of water from under the handkerchief.
[This was Martin Breese's first print publication.]
1st edition 1981, 11 pages.
word count: 2267 which is equivalent to 9 standard pages of text