65 entries in Coin / Effect Themes / Topological Effects / Torn & Bent Coin
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Professor Hoffmann The Melting Coin (Improved) coin becomes soft, held into flame, becomes tin-foil ball
Related to
  • "La Pièce Fusible" (Robert-Houdin, Secrets of Conjuring and Magic)
1903 484
Al Baker Bending a Half Dollar
Also published here 1941 44
George Karger Karger's Bent Coin switch
1945 172
Samuel Berland Pinched pieces are broken of from a half dollar, last piece transforms into a quarter
May 1946
The Phoenix (Issue 105)
Milbourne Christopher, Emmett Barbee Squeeze when spectator squeezes closes fist coin bends in hand or sponge ball shrinks
Nov. 1946 264
Bruce Elliott Bending Coin Idea head on coin pops out and back
July 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 129)
Sylvester A. Keny The Push-In Fist Vanish vanish
  • Bending a Borrowed Half Dollar
Feb. 1947 296
The Bent Penny coin bends in spectator's hand
1952 186
Eddie Joseph The EJ Version of the Bent Coin copper changes to silver, then it bends and bends back and eventually changes back to copper
1952 13
Edward Marlo Solid-Soft-Solid-Gone coin folded in paper is bent
1957 16
Milton Kort Sheer Brute Strength Penny bending
1962 17
John Braun Penny Prestidigitation combination routine with seven pennies
1966 414
C. Thomas Magrum Quick Change dollar to half dollar to copper, vanishes, dollar reappears bent and is straightened
1966 472
Gene Nielsen Gellerism Plus penny bending
Magick (Issue 81)
Stephen Minch Wilting Coinage bending borrowed coin visibly
1975 47
Philip T. Goldstein Chaos gathered metal objects put in a handkerchief and react on their own, some of them are bent, bi-metal disc
1976 27
Harvey Rosenthal The Unknown coin bends in two steps, metamorphosis change
1976 10
Paul Harris Torn & Restored Coin Three pieces of a coin fuses into one coin
Variations 1977 42
Al Mann The Bends coin is bent and folded
Related to 1977 1
David Roth Torn & Restored Coin
Aug. 1978
Apocalypse (Vol. 1 No. 8)
David Roth The Complete Torn and Restored Coin
1981 28
Richard Kaufman, Scott Weiser Torn Between Two Worlds Torn, changed and then restored coin
1981 193
Tom Gagnon Bending Coin
1981 67
Stephen Tucker Zig Zag Coin middle section of coin is moved to the side
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. Special #2 (Xmas))
Paul Harris, Dick Ryan Chocolate Coin real coin is torn open as if it were a chocolate coin with tin foil
Inspired byAlso published here 1983 82
Stephen Tucker Ferryman four coins travel under four playing cards, as a kicker one coin is found to be bent
May 1983
Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 25)
Stephen Tucker The Rolled Coin ideas with rolled up coin, travel to pen
Sep. 1983
Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 29)
Bill Diedrich The Squished Nickel nickel is pressed flat by squeezing it with bare hands
1983 63
Ed Eckl Susie B. torn coin
1984 102
David Roth A Mighty Squeeze Fold a coin in half and then quarters
1985 40
Jay Sankey Bridging The Gap using a clear glass tube as gag explanation for Coins Across through which rolled up coin slides
1986 53
Hal Barlow Hot Money coin starts to smoke when rubbed and is bent
Dec. 1988
Magick (Issue 414)
Neal Rider Mind Bender several different coins in hand, quarters bend in spectator's hand while pulse stops
May 1989
Magick (Issue 421)
Metal bending No. 27, coin apparently soft and bent back and forth
1989 39
Michael Powers Twilight Zone coin and mirror, coin also bent and straightened with mirror
Inspired by 1990 146
Bob Friedhoffer Strongarm
Variations Aug. 1991
Apocalypse (Vol. 14 No. 8)
Alan Alan Apocalypse Variations Or Additions
Inspired by Apr. 1992
Apocalypse (Vol. 15 No. 4)
Sandy Spillman Something on My Mind: Telekinesis on telekinesis with coins, bending and moving, jumping coin
June 1993
Vibrations (Vol. 15 No. 12)
Joe Rindfleisch Duo-Torn & Restored Coins two coins are torn and restored together
June 1994
Magic (Vol. 3 No. 10)
Paul Harris Torn & Restored Coin (revised) three pieces of coin melt together into coin, using folding coin
Inspired by 1996 145
Paul Harris, Dick Ryan Chocolate Coin real coin is torn open as if it were a chocolate coin with tin foil
Also published here 1996
The Art of Astonishment — Book 3 (Issue Close-up Kinda Guy)
David Harkey, Eric Anderson Torque coin gets hot, is dropped into drink which boils, bends
Variations 1997 12
Simon Lovell Cointear coin is torn
1997 234
The Rubber Coin Illusion coin appears to be soft
1999 166
Tim Trono Spare Change Meets the Bent Penny idea for marketed routine
  • Bending the Dime
Inspired by
  • "Spare Change" (David Acer, marketed 1988)
1999 192
Chad Long Stretching Silver borrowed quarter is bent and stretched, then returned
Also published here 2000 7
Peter Lamont A False Solution coin held into glass with liquid comes out bent, then liquid is drunk by performer, acid presentation
2000 27
Wolfgang Moser Die verbogene Münze coin put in spectators hand, then coin in performer's hand is bent, spectator's coin as well and a spoon as well
Intermagic (Vol. 24 No. 3-5)
Nathan Kranzo Hot Coin borrowed coin is squeezed and smoke is seen escaping from fist, coin is bent, uses thumbtip
2001 7
Chad Long Stretching Silver borrowed quarter is bent and stretched, then returned
Also published here July 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 11)
Al Baker Bending a Half Dollar
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magical Ways and Means)
Jay Sankey Prime Time Bend borrowed quarter visibly bends
2004 120
Robert Cassidy The Quarter Bend bending a coin, reel
2004 232
Paolo Cavalli PKoin bending coin with initials on it
2004 21
Miguel Ángel Gea La Esencia III complex coin routine, four different coins, coins are transformed, torn, folded, changed into different material and sizes, made to cut a card or used as eraser, jumbo coins sequence
  • Fase I: Física esencial
  • Fase II: La representación de la esencia
  • Fase III: Las diferentes caras de la esencia
  • Fase IV: La esencia mimética
    • Primera desaparición/aparición
    • Segunda desaparición/aparición
    • Tercera desaparición/aparición
    • Cuarta desaparición/aparición
    • Quinta desaparición/aparición
    • Transformación (de plata a cobre)
    • Disminución
2009 187
Jon Allen Unique Coin Bend using "Coin Unique" set
2009 48
Tim Trono Bending Coin marked coin is bent in performers hand, red glow from hand while it is bent, D'Light
(PDF bonus effect from August 2012)
Aug. 2012
Real Secrets (Vol. 1 No. 5)
Michael Weber, Tim Trono Remote Coin Bend in spectator's hands
  • Idea #1
  • Idea #2
  • Idea #3
(website bonus from Mar. 2013)
Inspired by Mar. 2013
Real Secrets (Vol. 1 No. 12)
Alexander de Cova Wild Bending Coins coins bend one by one à la wild coin
2015 300
John Wilson The Hypnotic Coin Bend coin bends in spectator's hand
Inspired by
  • "Skin" (Benjamin Earl, DVD, 2008)
2016 25
Fritz Alkemade D.A.R.C. fuse two "half" (sawn in half) coins into one whole coin
July 2019
Elixir (Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2))
Samuel Varg, Jon Allen The Double Peek Warped Coin Routine coin bends when held by spectator's hands, includes nice subtlety by Jon Allen where spectator can peek at the coin to check it has bent yet
July 2019
Elixir (Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2))
Paul Vigil ICON Redux "A Multi-Phase Mental Coin Routine"
  • Phase 1: Spinning is Everything (heads or tails predicted)
  • Phase 2: A Penny for your Thoughts (coin after elimination process predicted)
  • Phase 3: Heads Up (date on a chosen coin predicted)
  • Phase 4: Eye-Con (coin bends)
  • Phase 5: A Supplementary Continuation
  • Phase 6: Folie à Plusieurs
  • Afterthoughts
  • Further Thoughts (incorporating Yigal Mesika's "Electric Touch")
  • Notes
2019 1
Michael Rubinstein The Bent Coin Routine spectator's and performer's coin each get bent
VariationsAlso published here
  • At the Table lecture, 2017
2020 288
Michael Rubinstein Three Quarters of a Trick combination of Smiley Jr., Bent Coin Routine, Bill Through Coin
Inspired byAlso published here
  • Penguin Two Live lecture, 2016
2020 309