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Topic: Coin in bottle
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 17, 2019 07:44PM)
Wondering about this. Anyone have any info about the history and originator of this effect?
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 17, 2019 11:05PM)
Hoffmann's book "More Magic" has the familiar coin gaff method detailed.
He elaborates to use a hollow cork so the performer does not need to grip the bottle in some odd way.
He also mentions using a hollow wand to introduce the gaff. Not bad.
He suggests breaking the bottle to recover the borrowed coin - which may have been less of a fuss back then than it is today.

The modern version using Dave Williamson's Striking Vanish ... well maybe he can provide additional historical provenance.

David Roth published an approach the the effect (well two if you include the funnel trick) where you have more options in terms of what the effect is "really". ;)
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 17, 2019 11:22PM)
Thanks, Jon. I had no idea it went back so far and already so sophisticated. And I assume that Hoffman's books were basically full of already well-established effects.