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Paul Chosse
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There is a recovery in Bobo that is excellent - you toss the coin from the retrieving hand to the other hand behind your leg as you pick it up, then apparently vanish it. In fact, this is so good that I have used, it dropping the coin on purpose, as a vanish!

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Chris "linkster" Watson
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Depending on the situation you could use humor "Doh...Sack the Juggler" or "I learned this trick off Isacc Newton". Under the shoe vanish is good or you could use the MP and say have you seen a coin fall up as well. If no one saw where the coin dropped from I guess you could say that you just knocked one of your "hanging coins" off it's perch and proceed into the hanging coins routine.

If anyone has the ability to make themselves disappear in a puff of smoke in this situation please feel free to PM me the secret...they may not remember my coin magic...however!!!
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I find this topic fascinating. The ingenious methods and explanations magicians use to get out of a coin-dropping pickle are a tribute to the inventiveness of the "trick" brain!

BOBO (on Coin Clasics Vol. 1) drops a coin and says, as if it were perfectly natural, "First coin I dropped all day."

His book, of course, has many classic solutions - as do the posts above. Can anyone think of other lines or ways to turn this unfortunate moment into as fortuitous chance for a spontaneous miracle?

Somewhere I've heard the old chestnut, "If that floor weren't there the coin would STILL be falling."

Reading through Eddie Joseph's excellent COIN AND MONEY MAGIC (Abbots - 1942) I stumbled (pun intended) across "The Heel Vanish," (pg. 20) which might also serve as a way out of the dropped coin dilemma. It also is a way to produce a coin. Seeing as it is a brilliant solution, I am quoting the method from the book - with minor attempt to encode the key word.

"Now, if you were to place a coin on the floor and stand on it and then move foot to show a "disappearance" even a child will suspect that you caused the coin to adhere to your sole by wax or otherwise.

On the other hand, if you were able to place a coin on the floor and stand on it and then be ABLE to raise your sole outward and show that the coin is not sticking to it, then, of course, it would be a fit trick for the most mature person.

.........I thought it would be a good thing to stand on a coin and cause it to vanish. The onlookers will naturally suspect the "how" and then I could use the opportunity in creating a "sucker" atmosphere till someone bit and then turn the table on them.

This vanish was the result. Take your shoes to a cobbler and tell him to cut a s--t through your heel. The right place for the s--t would be a little below the point where the heel meets the sole. The s--t should be of sufficient size to admit a small coin comfortably.

All you have to do is pretend to place the coin under the foot but really push it into the s--t in the heel. Press foot on floor to create impression that you are causing the coin to adhere to your sole. When wanting to reveal the vanish merely move foot aside in a cautious manner so that they may think you are avoiding them from getting a sight of the sole.

Continue this for a while, when you will certainly be told what you are about.

Then you remark, "Oh! I know what you are thinking of." Pick foot staight up so that they will all be able to see "how wrong they were."
Larry Barnowsky
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"Now if I could only control gravity I'd be perfect" I've used this line at times. I think there are similar lines in some of the old coin books. The coin vanish under the foot is also a great way of capitalizing on a mistake.
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You could paraphrase from Steven Wright (sp?): "Does that prove that gravity exists... or does the Earth just suck?"
"Anything is possible... if you don't know what you are talking about."
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