53 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 Later Magic 484
Al Baker Bending a Half Dollar
Also published here 1941 Magical Ways and Means 44
George Karger Karger's Bent Coin switch
1945 My Best 172
Samuel Berland Pinched pieces are broken of from a half dollar, last piece transforms into a quarter
1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 105) 423
Unknown The Bent Penny coin bends in spectator's hand
1952 Modern Coin Magic 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 Tricks for Informal Occasions 13
Edward Marlo Solid-Soft-Solid-Gone coin folded in paper is bent
1957 Coining Magic 16
Milton Kort Sheer Brute Strength Penny bending
1962 Kort Is Now In Session 17
John Braun Penny Prestidigitation combination routine with seven pennies
1966 The New Modern Coin Magic 414
C. Thomas Magrum Quick Change dollar to half dollar to copper, vanishes, dollar reappears bent and is straightened
1966 The New Modern Coin Magic 472
Gene Nielsen Gellerism Plus penny bending
1973 Magick (Issue 81) 402
Stephen Minch Wilting Coinage bending borrowed coin visibly
1975 Mind & Matter 47
Philip T. Goldstein Chaos gathered metal objects put in a handkerchief and react on their own, some of them are bent
1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 27
Harvey Rosenthal The Unknown coin bends in two steps, metamorphosis change
1976 Close-Up Sampler — Part 1 10
Paul Harris Torn & Restored Coin Three pieces of a coin fuses into one coin
Variations 1977 SuperMagic 42
Al Mann The Bends coin is bent and folded
Related to 1977 Psycho-Mentisis 1
David Roth Torn & Restored Coin
Aug. 1978 Apocalypse (Vol. 1 No. 8) 92
David Roth The Complete Torn and Restored Coin
1981 CoinMagic 28
Richard Kaufman, Scott Weiser Torn Between Two Worlds Torn, changed and then restored coin
1981 CoinMagic 193
Tom Gagnon Bending Coin
1981 Sleightly Original 67
Stephen Tucker Zig Zag Coin middle section of coin is moved to the side
1982 Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. Special #2 (Xmas)) 12
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 A Close-Up Kinda Guy 82
Stephen Tucker Ferryman four coins travel under four playing cards, as a kicker one coin is found to be bent
1983 Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 25) 475
Stephen Tucker The Rolled Coin ideas with rolled up coin, travel to pen
1983 Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 29) 571
Bill Diedrich The Squished Nickel nickel is pressed flat by squeezing it with bare hands
1983 Powerful Magic 63
Ed Eckl Susie B. torn coin
1984 Fork Full of Appetizers — Book 2 102
David Roth A Mighty Squeeze Fold a coin in half and then quarters
1985 Expert Coin Magic 40
Jay Sankey Bridging The Gap using a clear glass tube as gag explanation for Coins Across through which rolled up coin slides
1986 Sankey Panky 53
Hal Barlow Hot Money coin starts to smoke when rubbed and is bent
Dec. 1988 Magick (Issue 414) 2070
Neal Rider Mind Bender several different coins in hand, quarters bend in spectator's hand while pulse stops
May 1989 Magick (Issue 421) 2105
Unknown Metal bending No. 27, coin apparently soft and bent back and forth
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 39
Michael Powers Twilight Zone coin and mirror, coin also bent and straightened with mirror
Inspired by 1990 Top Secret Stuff 146
Bob Friedhoffer Strongarm
Variations Aug. 1991 Apocalypse (Vol. 14 No. 8) 1959
Alan Alan Apocalypse Variations Or Additions
Inspired by Apr. 1992 Apocalypse (Vol. 15 No. 4) 2059
Paul Harris Torn & Restored Coin (revised) three pieces of coin melt together into coin, using folding coin
Inspired by 1996 The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Super Magic) 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) 133
David Harkey, Eric Anderson Torque coin gets hot, is dropped into drink which boils, bends
Variations 1997 Ah-ha! 12
Simon Lovell Cointear coin is torn
1997 Simon Says! 234
Unknown The Rubber Coin Illusion coin appears to be soft
1999 Natural Selections — Volume II 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 Natural Selections — Volume II 192
Chad Long Stretching Silver borrowed quarter is bent and stretched, then returned
2000 Some Other Stuff... 7
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
2001 Intermagic (Vol. 24 No. 3-5) 156
Nathan Kranzo Hot Coin borrowed coin is squeezed and smoke is seen escaping from fist, coin is bent, uses thumbtip
2001 The Ends 7
Al Baker Bending a Half Dollar
Also published here 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magical Ways and Means) 182
Jay Sankey Prime Time Bend borrowed quarter visibly bends
2004 Sankey Unleashed 120
Robert Cassidy The Quarter Bend bending a coin, reel
2004 The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy 232
Alexander de Cova Wild Bending Coins coins bend one by one à la wild coin
2015 Burners — Vol. 2 300
John Wilson The Hypnotic Coin Bend coin bends in spectator's hand
Inspired by
  • "Skin" (Benjamin Earl, DVD, 2008)
2016 You and Me and the Devil Makes Three — Volume I 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)) 141
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)) 168
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 Icons 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 Rubinstein Coin Magic 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 Rubinstein Coin Magic 309