138 entries in Coin / Effect Themes / Gags / Miscellaneous
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
To conveie one shilling being in one hand into another, holding your armes abroad like a rood sucker bet in which a coin is in each hand, it is proposed to bring them into one hand without the hands coming near each other
1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXV) 187
How to rap a wag on the knuckles gag in which a spectator is rapped on the knuckles
Related to 1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXV) 187
A merry conceit gag in which a spectator is rapped on the knuckles as coins are handed out
1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 38
A Simple Coin Trick coin in broken match into bottle, non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 295
Variation - A Good Cath gag, coin appears under two bigger coins
1935 Coin Magic 28
Amusing Dime Catch coin pressed on spectators forehead vanishes
Related to 1935 Coin Magic 29
Dime and Ginger Ale Bottle dime put on mouth of a bottle jumps into the air
1935 Coin Magic 29
To Pick Up a Dime with the Palm
Related to 1935 Coin Magic 33
Matt Schulien, Dorny Testing a Half Dollar gag, glass hammered onto coin
1941 After the Dessert 8
Bruce Elliott The Back Room bar bet with a coin, gag with a bill (Al Cohn), on semantics, exposure, George Karger, Keith Clark and Bill Larsen
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 16) 68
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 17) 70
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • coin jumps from mouth of empty bottle, without touching
  • pepper in glass is attracted or repelled by finger
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 19) 81
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • drinking from a sealed bottled without opening it
  • moving a coin without touching it
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 20) 85
Gaglets with assistant, coin falls on the stage and assistant is looking for it during the show
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 22) 93
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz, Walter B. Gibson Betcha
  • boiling water in a paper bag
  • beer bet
  • coin bet / puzzle ("One is not a nickel")
Variations 1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 24) 101
Eddie Joseph The Double Bite coin pressed on spectators forehead, he is told to make it fall but it's not there, it really is left there for second spectator, coin reappears under lapel of third spectator
1942 Coin and Money Magic 76
As-Thy Un changement de solide en liquide joke, changing coins of spectators to liquid
Dec. 1942 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 12) 12
James G. Thompson Jr. Coin Betcha
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 28) 118
Hen Fetsch Betcha removing two coins balancing on rim of mouth of a galss, with one hand, bar bet
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 33) 137
Hen Fetsch Betcha turning over a coin under a beer mug without touching the mug
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 34) 140
, Walter B. Gibson "Free" French Drop like spider grip vanish, as a fake french drop, as a switch, pretending to be a master sleever
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 52) 213
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha match balancing on edge of a match, everything is covered under a glass, removing match without touching anything
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 53) 217
Jean Hugard The Melting Coin coin is apparently bent with both and vanishes in the flame of a match where it is reproduced again
Aug. 1944 Hugard's Magic Monthly — Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 2 No. 3) 62
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1944 Six-Trix for 1944 8
Hen Fetsch Pants Pour gag, penny dropped in funnel which is in pockets, milk is poured inside funnel
1946 Milk Pitcher Magic 25
J. B. Bobo The Squirting Nickel use for hollow coin to squirt water from, heckler stopper
1947 Watch This One! 95
Jack Yeager Glorifying Your Magic 1. Califaction of Handkerchiefs (silks in dove pan merge together)
2. How to spell trust? (oddity on coin)
3. Key Card Placement (Charlier Pass)
4. 20th Century Silks idea
5. Zombie Idea (floating flower pot)
6. Comedy bits with a stooge
7. Miser's Dream Shower (with handkerchief)
8. Thumb Tip Idea (with scotch tape)
9. Thimble color change
10. The cotton bunny (cotton bunny to real one, dove pan)
1948 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1948) 12
Karrell Fox Sucker!! buddha papers joke for magician's
1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 166) 665
Coin On Card Stunt Balance card and coin on finger, flick card out under the coin
1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 16
Three Stunts with a Dime bets and gags with coins
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 21
Sucker Bet gag with coins
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 22
Penny Game puzzle with cigarettes, glass, coin and paper, set-up for joke with flash paper
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 24
Eugene Bernstein Shaker's Switch idea for old gag, pressing coin on forehead of spectator
1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 231) 925
Hen Fetsch Betcha!
  • reading the date of a coin through a paper
  • predicting the right card, gag (two versions)
  • showing five kings in a deck
Also published here 1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 236) 944
Franklin V. Taylor Wet Dime! water drops fall from between two coins
1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 245) 980
Al Baker Dime and Penny Gag for magicians only
Also published here 1951 Pet Secrets 82
The Squirting Nickel when pressed, water squirts out
1952 Modern Coin Magic 264
Ronald B. Edwards Just A Half magician's joke, tearing up a folding half
1954 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 299) 1197
Eddie Joseph Hot Money coin held over match catches fire
1954 A Magician Goes to Dinner 6
Charlie Miller Coin in Paper Sack ?
1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 80
J. B. Bobo A Funny Finish for a Coin Routine dividing ten coins between boys and performer, boys get nothing
1966 The New Modern Coin Magic 423
Milton Kort, Ron Bauer Gag Penetration with an Okito Box coin becomes bigger as it penetrates box
1966 The New Modern Coin Magic 504
Al Flosso, Karl Fulves The Wonderful Coin Trick coin held with visible pull as gag, then really vanishes from end of pull
Variations Aug. 1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 10) 52
Bob Ostin A "Sucker" Coin Trick penny changes to silver coin with hole in center, penny is show to also have hole
1968 Fingertip Fantasies 86
Zwei Mini Gags
  • gag with matches for non-smokers
  • spectator sits on coin or card, date or value are divined when performer watches inside mouth
1968 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 29 No. 3) 57
Heinz "Durox" Rüegg 5 Gags gags and idea
  • MC bit, bill as crib sheet, gag
  • MC gag, parked car
  • torn and restored newspaper gag
  • thumb flies away
  • chocolate coin gag
1969 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 30 No. 5) 85
Pete Biro Sock Purse Gag
1970 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70) 55
Jay Weiler Hook Coin Gag for magicians
Feb. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 4) 318
Robert Eagle Penny Gag using special advertisement penny
Dec. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 2) 388
Les pieces compressibles ou l'epreuve de force apparently coins shape change, gag
Also published here
  • "Journal de la Prestidigitation" No. 273
1970 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 31 No. 4) 62
Bernard Shine, Roger Smith The Head-less Coin Half dollar with head of Kennedy cut out
  • The Partial Travelor
half dollar placed inside spectator's hand, only head of the coin travels to performer's hand, coin has hole
Mar. 1971 Necromancer (Vol. 1 No. 8) 5
Bob Read R.I.P. sort of miser's dream with a hat, joke
1973 Thanks to Pepys... 14
Juan Tamariz Cuenta Enigmatica de 3 Monedas do as I do trick with coins, spectator fails to repeat the same actions
1973 Aprenda Ud. Magia 99
Ken Brooke Coin Riddle bar bet
Related to Dec. 1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 50
Ken Brooke Coin Puzzle
Related to Dec. 1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 50
John Cornelius Gotcha! - Sleight Of Foot gag for "coin brushed under foot" in which it is not there at the end
Related toVariations May 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 7) 735
John Cornelius Gotcha! - Invisible Downs Palm coin position that allows to display hand more freely, as magician's gag
May 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 7) 735
Betcha Can't coin pressed on spectator's forehead gag
1974 Tricks with Coins 54
George Blake On Coin Puzzle other solution
Inspired by Feb. 1975 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 6) 76
Fred Robinson Edge Spinners bar bets and flourishes with coins
  • Finger Flicker, coin spinning
  • Thumb It, coin spinning with two hands
  • Tri-Van, sleeving technique while coin spins
  • Bottoms Up, coin spins on reversed tumbler
  • Nicked, how to hear on which side a coin lands on
  • Off Balance, coin lands always on the same side
  • Smash and Grab, spun coin vanishes by hitting a match box on it
  • For Two Pins, coin spins held by two pins
  • Skittled, coin is knocked over with an other coin
May 1975 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 9) 106
Bob Read Bob's Business Noses Galore coin from nose, plastic nose appears
June 1975 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 10) 122
Fred Robinson Circulating Coins several ways of spinning a coin on a needle, tossing and rolling a coin
Dec. 1975 Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 4) 190
, Alex Elmsley, Tony Faro, Ed Schuman Festive Fun a coin puzzle by Alex Elmsley and by Tony Faro, logic puzzles, making smoke powder by burning a striking surface, match problems by Tony Faro, medium card revelation, a number puzzle by Ed Schuman and how to stick a bottle on a wall

Dec. 1975 Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 4) 192
Moneda en la Frente (I) gag, spectator can not remove coin from forehead
1975 Magia en el Bar 101
Mondea Gag glued coin on counter, as used by Fu Manchu, gag
1975 Magia en el Bar 109
Gerald Kosky Color-I-Tus colors appear on blank cards and vanish again, coin appears to be bendable
Inspired by
  • Nixon's "Chinese Coin Mystery"
Also published here
1975 The Magic of Gerald Kosky 218
Geoff Ray Close-Up Quickly coin transforms into spider, gag
Nov. 1976 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 3) 329
Eddie Fields Dropsy Diddle spectator locates selection by dropping coin on card in a spread, "you card is under the coin" and top change
Related to 1976 The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields 65
Karl Fulves Folding Coin Gag for magicians, using welded obvious folding coin
1976 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #1) 880
Vic Allen Helping Hand snatching a coin out of the spectator's hand, ends a with a rubber hand joke
May 1977 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 9) 407
Dai Vernon "Over The Top" Vanish sucker gag for magicians
1977 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #8) 1007
Karl Fulves Blackmailing the Enemy spectator balances coin on nose and must make it fall, then coin pressed on spectator's forehead, heckler stopper, picture snapped with camera
Related to 1977 The Magic Book 144
Thomas A. O'Lenick Aero-Dynamic Dollar bill with two quarters in it is folded into propellor and tossed to ceiling where it sticks
Related to 1978 Las Vegas Close-Up 67
Karl Fulves Current Comedy confusing coin magic patter
1978 Interlocutor (Issue 22) 83
Rudolf Braunmüller Magische Scherze und Gags various gags with balloon, butter/knife/bread, bill in cigarette, cigarette, coins
Mar. 1978 Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 1) 9
Slydini A Coin Gag coin given to spectator, vanishes before he reaches for it and is reproduced
1979 The Magical World of Slydini 48
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 24
Michael Ammar Coin on Ceiling also as a kicker for card on ceiling with card corner
Also published here 1981 Encore II 11
Stephen Tucker Curio magician only gag, apparently using magnetic locking coin
1981 Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 1) 4
Jack Hughes Dippy Duck toy duck in aquarium finds selections and coins
1981 Jack Hughes World of Magic — Volume One 119
Steve Beam Counting Forty as Four spectator gets glimpse of load of coins which then vanishes without ever being produced
1982 Steve Beam On Coins — Volume II 31
Steve Beam Muscular Coins Across gag using muscle pass
1982 Steve Beam On Coins — Volume II 36
Claude Hale Eggstraordinary coin dropper in stuffed chicken
1982 Fork Full of Appetizers 57
Phillip Young Brace Yourself two jokes with braces and coins
1982 Fingers don't Entertain, People Do 29
Ross Bertram Two-Faced double sided coin changes into two separate coins, for magicians
1983 Bertram on Sleight of Hand 68
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
Gary Osborne By Gum apparently biting off parts from a coin, making coin vanish, ungaffed
Also published here 1983 Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 29) 568
Meir Yedid Misdirection Coin Vanish toy spider jumps across table as misdirection, gag
1983 Off the Wall 5
David Roth Ringing The Change coin makes ringing sound, hidden bell
1984 The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 3 19
Steve Beam Leftovers a computer gag, Henry Pettit, Dan Garrett, Phil Young, Wayn Kyzer's bear handed production gag, , a coin gag by Dexter Cleveland, Don Morris, a probability impossible trick for magician's by Steve Beam
1985 The Trapdoor — Volume One (Issue 8) 140
John Riggs The Thing small puppet hand in coin purse, throws coin out, more ideas on "Mr. Jimmy" by Steve Beam
Related toAlso published here 1985 The Trapdoor — Volume One (Issue 12) 193
Richard Bartram, Jr. Phert! idea when spectator's hand is covering cards / coins on the table, so they feel the magic moment, plate-lifter
1985 Close-Up of the Damned 4
Albert Goshman Spiked Coin coin sticks to forehead, shown to have spike in it.
1985 Magic By Gosh 73
Albert Goshman Coin on Edge coin on edge in tabled glass
1985 Magic By Gosh 120
Karl Fulves Blackmail "Penny Papers", coin pressed on spectator's forehead, not really there
Related to 1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 5) 86
Roger Klause Delayed Reaction coin is tossed to other hand but is seen a little later, sight gag using muscle pass
Variations 1986 The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 5 136
Die Strafe folgt auf dem Fuß challenge that the spectator should grab a coin under a hat as soon as the hat is lifted by the performer, coin transformed into a lemon or raw egg
May 1986 Intermagic (Vol. 12 No. 2) 97
John Riggs Cranium Vanish gag, coin is thrown in the air and lands on performer's head, he then removes the coin and it vanishes, for bald people only, tattoo
1987 The Trapdoor — Volume One (Issue 20) 349
Karrell Fox "A Real Shocker" tray of coins vibrates and buzzes when spectator touches a coin, joy-buzzer
1988 My Latest Book 20
Animation No. 7, six copper coins and one silver coin in handkerchief, silver coin apparently doesn't like that and the handkerchief shakes widely, at doorway edge, part of handkerchief behind door, gag
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 9
Steve Spillman The Coin On Forehead coin dropping from spectator's head changed to jumbo coin, Paperballs Over The Head situation
1990 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 3 No. 1-5 Aspen Bar Magic) 29
Steve Beam Roller Derby while doing the coin roll, a dinner roll appears
1990 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 33) 592
Mark Fitzgerald Chink-A-Change gag with coin-changer
1990 The Minotaur (Vol. 2 No. 1) 6
Michael Ammar Coin on Ceiling also as a kicker for card on ceiling with card corner
Also published here 1991 The Magic of Michael Ammar 93
Bret Blackshear Thumbs Up coin apparently produced from thumb tip, gag
1991 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 39) 704
Gary Osborne Gary's Münzenverschwinden apparently biting off parts from a coin, making coin vanish, ungaffed
Also published here Jan. 1991 Intermagic (Vol. 16 No. 1) 20
Rudolf Braunmüller Aufsitzer & Bierwetten collection of bar bets
  • Verschiedene Wetten
    • Die dreifache Gemeinheit (drinking shot glass under hat without touching)
    • Für Trinkfeste (drinking three beers faster than someone else three shot glasses)
    • Beantwortungs-Wetten
    • Münzenwetten
    • Eine Pokerwette (cards taken openly from face-up deck, yet spectator loses)
    • Die nächste Karte, die ich umdrehe, ist Ihre! (Circus Card trick)
  • Zauberer-Wetten (for magicians)
    • Der Center Tear
    • Der Münzenschnipper
    • Mental-Farbwürfel
    • Der Faro-Mischkünstler
June 1991 Intermagic (Vol. 16 No. 2) 79
Karl Fulves Shocked hidden joy buzzer under metal cup, as burglar alarm when spectator takes out a coin
Related to 1993 Rigmarole (Issue 5) 52
Sid Fleischman The 31-Day Coin Trick coin tossed towards ceiling vanishes, a month later it comes down into glass
  • First Magic Meeting: The Vanish
  • Second Magic Meeting: The Return
1993 The Charlatan's Handbook 30
Alexander de Cova Convention Fooler coin under foot vanish with sucker element, other coin under foot
Related to 1994 Secrets No. 1 79
Yuji Wada Stretching Your Money two coins are produced, then they become magnetic and travel to one hand, finally one coin is stretched
1994 The Minotaur (Vol. 6 No. 3) 6
Bob Farmer Double-Headed Coins bar bets with double-headed coins
  • Con of the Realm
  • Pocket Change
  • Two Heads are Better than One
  • Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
  • None out of Three
  • Two out of Three Ain't Badder
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
1994 Beat 'em, Cheat 'em, Leave 'em Bleedin' 6
John Riggs Mr. Jimmy puppet hand in coin purse, throws coin out
Also published here 1995 The Magic of John Riggs 14
Thomas A. O'Lenick Aero-Dynamic Dollar bill with two quarters in it is folded into propellor and tossed to ceiling where it sticks
1996 The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Las Vegas Close-Up) 181
Paul Harris Cheap Juggler pennies are balanced on edge, then shown stapled together
1996 The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Misc. Pieces of Paul) 241
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
Karl Fulves Nickels to Dimes magician's only trick with nickels to dimes apparatus in which nickels transpose with cap
Related to 1998 Underworld (Issue 9) 122
Milton Kort The Invisible Toss Magician pretends to do false transfer, but coin is shown to have transferred
1999 Kort 147
Steve Beam Imaginary Vanish mathematical problem, dividing money
Inspired by
  • Stewart James' "One-Cent Tale" in "The James File" p. 1931.
2002 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 111
Al Baker Dime and Penny Gag for magicians only
Also published here 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Pet Secrets) 430
Torkova The Edible Coin Magician apparently swallows coin
2004 Random Acts of Magic 255
Jay Sankey, David Acer Under Foot expose the "brush coin under foot" gag, but reveal that the penny under the foot has become a quarter
Related to 2004 Random Acts of Magic 280
Gary Plants Casino Royal coins in square layout, coins are added, yet number remains same, mathematical principle (edge counting)
2004 Lecture Notes — The Second Super Session 33
Curtis Kam Bending The Chinese Coin giant coin, bending gag
2004 Dangerous Notions 7
Bob Read Cracking Wise piece bitten out of drinking glass, with additional phase
Inspired by
  • Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic, p. 168
Apr. 2004 Genii (Vol. 67 No. 4) 74
Bob Ostin The Perfect Shell gag for magicians
Also published here
  • "The Perfect Shell" in "Magic Mag" Vol. 3, Nr. 6. 1982.
2005 Bob Ostin — A Lifetime of Magical Inventions 137
Fred Robinson The Coin Con bar bet
2009 The Magic of Fred Robinson 240
Tom Stone Hand Rothing idea for climax for David Roth's "The Sleeve" (Expert Coin Magic)
2010 Vortex 71
Another Bar Bet coin removed from underneath object
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 9) 301
Patrick Page A Coin Trick "they must be mine" joke
2011 Magic Page by Page 298
Patrick Page The Coin Vanish coin placed on head, vanish for child, rest of audience can see how it works
2011 Magic Page by Page 320
Kevin Ho A Simple Vanish finger instead of coin vanishes
Inspired by 2014 Stupid Horrible Immature Tricks 11
Tomas Blomberg Four Heads coin flipped four times, bet is that it shows head every time
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 318
Tomas Blomberg Two-Upped con game with tossing of two coins
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 319
Roberto Giobbi Any Money Called for joke story, producing asked-for amount of money from pocket
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Feb 17) 52
Roberto Giobbi Idea for a Bill Routine pencil through bill, promising to make hole disappear but making whole bill vanish, similar gags
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 28) 341
Tomoya Horiki Time and again Single coin is apparently tossed into other hand multiple times, keep seeing the coin being tossed over and over again
Inspired by 2018 Progress Principle 20
Eric Leclerc The Hand Bank Vanish Bob Farmer's Tiny Hand coin vanish on a pull for a complete vanish
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Feb. 2008
2022 Talk About Tricks (Issue 2) 707