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ChessMess
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What did you do?

Is it just urban legend that a magician once accidentally loaded a coin into a woman’s bra without her noticing, resulting in a subsequent flooring of everyone around when the disappeared coin 'reappeared'?
KJ
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I'm not sure if that's even possible but I do think it would be funny. I have accidentally loaded a coin in someone’s pants when I tossed it at their pocket. I am still hazy on how it got there, but she was a bit freaked out and didn't talk to me again that night because she thought I was the devil… crazy eh?

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I have been caught a few times.
Luckily people tend to focus only on the coin that they see you loading and not any other coins that you may have on you.
Most of the time when I am caught I end up loading a different coin onto a different spectator while everyone is laughing about my mishap.
I then ask why everyone is laughing. They say that they know that I was loading a coin on so and so. I say what coin? You mean the one in ___s left back pocket? ___ freaks out checks his/her pocket and everyone forgets that I ever messed up.
lowphat
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One time I tossed a quarter into a friend of mines pocket who was walking away. He was about 12ft. away and it actually went in. He turned around right away and laughed because he felt it. (He’s a magician also, so it’s not a big deal.) I've never been able to repeat it.

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david_a_whitehead
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I’ve been caught a few times. I need to improve my misdirection.
Chad Sanborn
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I do a coin on the shoulder routine in the restaurants. Occasionally, the person who had the coin on the shoulder would laugh or move and the coin would drop off. Sometimes, (rarely) it would hit the carpeted floor unnoticed. Mostly it would hit the table with a clang. It’s as though it fell out of nowhere. I would usually just look up at the ceiling and say "thank you", like God or somebody just dropped me the coin. Then I pretend to pocket it, actually bringing it back out and going back into the routine.
But I never got caught during the actual loading sequence. Just a casual hand on the shoulder for a second or two is all it took.

Chad
Daniel Faith
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Only once. The guy thought I was trying to pick his pocket.
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mithrius
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Funny, I've been busted picking a guy's pocket. He thought I was loading a coin.
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One idea: Have a coin in classic palm and another in finger palm. During a production sequence, reach into someone's pocket (e.g., pocket on a coat) and drop one coin into it just before coming out with the other coin. The spectator will react as if you produced or found it in his pocket … and never suspect that you left another coin behind. (You can always mask this encounter by producing other coins from his elbow, ear, etc.)

In any case, the coin you leave behind can come in handy later, maybe as part of a Flurry routine, a Coins Across, or (if you've loaded a bent coin) a PK-type effect.

Cheers,
Jerry
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