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The Traveling Coin

For the purpose of the above trick it is necessary to obtain a very thin imitation half-dollar, through the center of which a tiny hole is bored. Now push a pin half way through the hole and solder it in this position. Cut away the "head" end of the pin and bend the pointed end over to lie flat on the coin (see Fig. 64). Now glue on the back of the coin a piece of cloth the same color as the coat worn by the performer, trimming it off neatly round the edges. Paint the shiny edge of the coin all round with black paint.
The coin prepared in the above manner is now placed on the table, black side up, the magic wand lying in front of it. In the act of taking up the wand the artist palms the coin. He then borrows a half-dollar from a member of the audience, takes it in his right hand (which is also concealing the faked coin). He now transfers the borrowed coin, apparently, to the left hand (in reality it is the faked one), placing the borrowed coin with the wand on table. (So that the audience cannot see the coin on the table it is dropped behind some other article over which the wand is laid.)
The performer now shows the faked coin, placing the finger over the pin when so doing to prevent it being noticed. He now lifts his right arm high, puts the coin with the left hand against the elbow of the right, fastening it here with the pin, the black side, of course, being outwards. Now he pretends to take it in his right hand (it is, of course, firmly attached to the right sleeve) and go through the same movements on the left sleeve. Then he goes through a number of imaginary passes and eventually shows both hands quite empty. The wand is now picked up, together with the borrowed coin, and the same is produced at pleasure.
The above idea admits of so many variations that the author has described it very fully. A similar idea might be very well employed in the "Miser's Dream," by having some coins similarly prepared attached to various parts of the body, which could be palmed off invisibly and eventually produced as if from the air.