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ViciousCycle
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I like the effect of popping a coin into one's ear and having it pop out one's mouth. Of course, this always creates the slight risk of accidentally swallowing the coin if one does not carefully position the coin in one's mouth. Swallowing coins is never good for one's health, but be especially careful with pennies minted after 1982. They contain very high levels of zinc. According to an old Environmental Health Perspectives article, the chemical reaction between zinc and stomach acid is like the chemical reaction in wet cell batteries. The article is archived at http://www.ehponline.org/docs/1999/107-6/forum.html .

Of course, the trick is safest when done with olives rather than coins. But one's more likely to carry coins on their person than olives.... =)
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Interesting article. As a Veterinarian, I can tell you a story about a German Shepherd that presented to my hospital with terrible anemia, and close to death. We took an x ray, and found that he had ingested a penny. We got it out surgically, and the anemia resolved. At the time, there were only a handful of cases in the literature. But that was when zinc was first introduced into the penny. As an aside, I wisely chose NOT to do coin tricks in the room for these owners!
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LOL, well it would have been much more convenient for the dog if you could have just magically removed the coin, although bad for your business as a Veterinarian.

Don't know how often this has been mentioned, but I stopped doing effects of putting things in my ear or nose for the younger children. Even if you explain its magic etc the really young ones will still try it. This comes more from experience as a teacher than as a magician.
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Well I use to produce my copper coin from Scotch and soda from my Mouth untill on day it came out with blood on it. Now mind you the responce was freaking great but I amazed myself that day. Only I was never able to reproduce it that way. I don't know why I bled that first time. Good stuff though.
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