144 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 187
How to rap a wag on the knuckles gag in which a spectator is rapped on the knuckles
Related to 1584 187
A merry conceit gag in which a spectator is rapped on the knuckles as coins are handed out
1634 38
A Simple Coin Trick coin in broken match into bottle, non-magical science experiment
1902 295
Variation - A Good Cath gag, coin appears under two bigger coins
1935 28
Amusing Dime Catch coin pressed on spectators forehead vanishes
Related to 1935 29
Dime and Ginger Ale Bottle dime put on mouth of a bottle jumps into the air
1935 29
To Pick Up a Dime with the Palm
Related to 1935 33
Matt Schulien, Dorny Testing a Half Dollar gag, glass hammered onto coin
Also published here 1941 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
Aug. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 16)
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag
Sep. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 17)
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • coin jumps from mouth of empty bottle, without touching
  • pepper in glass is attracted or repelled by finger
Oct. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 19)
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • drinking from a sealed bottled without opening it
  • moving a coin without touching it
Oct. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 20)
Gaglets with assistant, coin falls on the stage and assistant is looking for it during the show
Nov. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 22)
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 Dec. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 24)
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 76
As-Thy Un changement de solide en liquide joke, changing coins of spectators to liquid
Dec. 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 12)
James G. Thompson Jr. Coin Betcha
Feb. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 28)
Hen Fetsch Betcha removing two coins balancing on rim of mouth of a galss, with one hand, bar bet
Apr. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 33)
Hen Fetsch Betcha turning over a coin under a beer mug without touching the mug
Apr. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 34)
, Walter B. Gibson "Free" French Drop like spider grip vanish, as a fake french drop, as a switch, pretending to be a master sleever
Jan. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 52)
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha match balancing on edge of a match, everything is covered under a glass, removing match without touching anything
Feb. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 53)
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 62
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1944 8
Hen Fetsch Pants Pour gag, penny dropped in funnel which is in pockets, milk is poured inside funnel
1946 25
J. B. Bobo The Squirting Nickel use for hollow coin to squirt water from, heckler stopper
1947 95
Milbourne Christopher Wooden Nickels wooden coins as giveaways
Feb. 1947 293
Milbourne Christopher Coin Catching Comedy jumbo coin gag, in a routine
Oct. 1947 359
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)
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1948)
Karrell Fox Sucker!! buddha papers joke for magician's
Dec. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 166)
Coin On Card Stunt Balance card and coin on finger, flick card out under the coin
1949 16
Three Stunts with a Dime bets and gags with coins
1949 21
Sucker Bet gag with coins
1949 22
Penny Game puzzle with cigarettes, glass, coin and paper, set-up for joke with flash paper
1949 24
Eugene Bernstein Shaker's Switch idea for old gag, pressing coin on forehead of spectator
June 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 231)
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 Aug. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 236)
Franklin V. Taylor Wet Dime! water drops fall from between two coins
Dec. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 245)
Al Baker Dime and Penny Gag for magicians only
Also published here 1951 82
The Squirting Nickel when pressed, water squirts out
1952 264
Ronald B. Edwards Just A Half magician's joke, tearing up a folding half
Feb. 1954
The Phoenix (Issue 299)
Eddie Joseph Hot Money coin held over match catches fire
1954 6
Matt Schulien, Dorny Testing a Half Dollar gag, glass hammered onto coin
Also published here 1959 61
Charlie Miller Coin in Paper Sack ?
1961 80
J. B. Bobo A Funny Finish for a Coin Routine dividing ten coins between boys and performer, boys get nothing
1966 423
Milton Kort, Ron Bauer Gag Penetration with an Okito Box coin becomes bigger as it penetrates box
1966 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 52
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 1968 65
Bob Ostin A "Sucker" Coin Trick penny changes to silver coin with hole in center, penny is show to also have hole
1968 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
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 29 No. 3)
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
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 30 No. 5)
Pete Biro Sock Purse Gag
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70)
Jay Weiler Hook Coin Gag for magicians
Feb. 1970 318
Robert Eagle Penny Gag using special advertisement penny
Dec. 1970 388
Les pieces compressibles ou l'epreuve de force apparently coins shape change, gag
Also published here
  • "Journal de la Prestidigitation" No. 273
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 31 No. 4)
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)
Bob Read R.I.P. sort of miser's dream with a hat, joke
1973 14
Juan Tamariz Cuenta Enigmatica de 3 Monedas do as I do trick with coins, spectator fails to repeat the same actions
1973 99
Ken Brooke Coin Riddle bar bet
Related to Dec. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4)
Ken Brooke Coin Puzzle
Related to Dec. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4)
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 735
John Cornelius Gotcha! - Invisible Downs Palm coin position that allows to display hand more freely, as magician's gag
May 1974 735
Betcha Can't coin pressed on spectator's forehead gag
1974 54
George Blake On Coin Puzzle other solution
Inspired by Feb. 1975
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 6)
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)
Bob Read Bob's Business Noses Galore coin from nose, plastic nose appears
June 1975
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 10)
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)
, 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)
Moneda en la Frente (I) gag, spectator can not remove coin from forehead
1975 101
Mondea Gag glued coin on counter, as used by Fu Manchu, gag
1975 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 218
Geoff Ray Close-Up Quickly coin transforms into spider, gag
Nov. 1976
Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 3)
Karl Fulves Folding Coin Gag for magicians, using welded obvious folding coin
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #1)
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)
Dai Vernon "Over The Top" Vanish sucker gag for magicians
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #8)
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 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 67
Karl Fulves Current Comedy confusing coin magic patter
Interlocutor (Issue 22)
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)
Slydini A Coin Gag coin given to spectator, vanishes before he reaches for it and is reproduced
1979 48
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1980 24
Michael Ammar Coin on Ceiling also as a kicker for card on ceiling with card corner
VariationsAlso published here 1981 11
Stephen Tucker Curio magician only gag, apparently using magnetic locking coin
May 1981
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Jack Hughes Dippy Duck toy duck in aquarium finds selections and coins
1981 119
Steve Beam Counting Forty as Four spectator gets glimpse of load of coins which then vanishes without ever being produced
1982 31
Steve Beam Muscular Coins Across gag using muscle pass
1982 36
Claude Hale Eggstraordinary coin dropper in stuffed chicken
1982 57
Phillip Young Brace Yourself two jokes with braces and coins
1982 29
Ross Bertram Two-Faced double sided coin changes into two separate coins, for magicians
1983 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 82
Gary Osborne By Gum apparently biting off parts from a coin, making coin vanish, ungaffed
Also published here Sep. 1983
Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 29)
Meir Yedid Misdirection Coin Vanish toy spider jumps across table as misdirection, gag
1983 5
David Roth Ringing The Change coin makes ringing sound, hidden bell
1984 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 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 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 4
Albert Goshman Spiked Coin coin sticks to forehead, shown to have spike in it.
1985 73
Albert Goshman Coin on Edge coin on edge in tabled glass
1985 120
Karl Fulves Blackmail "Penny Papers", coin pressed on spectator's forehead, not really there
Related to 1985 86
Roger Klause Delayed Reaction coin is tossed to other hand but is seen a little later, sight gag using muscle pass
Variations 1986 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)
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 349
Karrell Fox "A Real Shocker" tray of coins vibrates and buzzes when spectator touches a coin, joy-buzzer
1988 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 9
Steve Spillman The Coin On Forehead coin dropping from spectator's head changed to jumbo coin, Paperballs Over The Head situation
Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 3 No. 1-5 Aspen Bar Magic)
Steve Beam Roller Derby while doing the coin roll, a dinner roll appears
1990 592
Mark Fitzgerald Chink-A-Change gag with coin-changer
Mar. 1990
The Minotaur (Vol. 2 No. 1)
Michael Ammar Coin on Ceiling also as a kicker for card on ceiling with card corner
Also published here 1991 93
Bret Blackshear Thumbs Up coin apparently produced from thumb tip, gag
1991 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)
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)
Jeff Stuart, Chris Hurlbert Ear from Coin Gag producing a fake ear from a coin
Jan./Feb. 1992
The Magic Menu (Vol. 2 No. 9)
Karl Fulves Shocked hidden joy buzzer under metal cup, as burglar alarm when spectator takes out a coin
Related to 1993
Rigmarole (Issue 5)
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 30
Giovanni Livera Keep Your Eye on the Coin (Coin to Eye Transpo) eyeball and coin change places
Sep./Oct. 1993
The Magic Menu (Vol. 4 No. 19)
Alexander de Cova Convention Fooler coin under foot vanish with sucker element, other coin under foot
Related to 1994 79
Yuji Wada Stretching Your Money two coins are produced, then they become magnetic and travel to one hand, finally one coin is stretched
Sep. 1994
The Minotaur (Vol. 6 No. 3)
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 6
John Riggs Mr. Jimmy puppet hand in coin purse, throws coin out
Also published here 1995 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
The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Las Vegas Close-Up)
Paul Harris Cheap Juggler pennies are balanced on edge, then shown stapled together
The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Misc. Pieces of Paul)
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)
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)
Milton Kort The Invisible Toss Magician pretends to do false transfer, but coin is shown to have transferred
1999 147
Steve Beam Imaginary Vanish mathematical problem, dividing money
Inspired by
  • Stewart James' "One-Cent Tale" in "The James File" p. 1931.
2002 111
Al Baker Dime and Penny Gag for magicians only
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Pet Secrets)
Torkova The Edible Coin Magician apparently swallows coin
2004 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 280
Gary Plants Casino Royal coins in square layout, coins are added, yet number remains same, mathematical principle (edge counting)
2004 33
Curtis Kam Bending The Chinese Coin giant coin, bending gag
2004 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)
Bob Ostin The Perfect Shell gag for magicians
Also published here
  • "The Perfect Shell" in "Magic Mag" Vol. 3, Nr. 6. 1982.
2005 137
Fred Robinson The Coin Con bar bet
2009 240
Tom Stone Hand Rothing idea for climax for David Roth's "The Sleeve" (Expert Coin Magic)
2010 71
Another Bar Bet coin removed from underneath object
Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 9)
Patrick Page A Coin Trick "they must be mine" joke
2011 298
Patrick Page The Coin Vanish coin placed on head, vanish for child, rest of audience can see how it works
2011 320
Kevin Ho A Simple Vanish finger instead of coin vanishes
Inspired by 2014 11
Tomas Blomberg Four Heads coin flipped four times, bet is that it shows head every time
2014 318
Tomas Blomberg Two-Upped con game with tossing of two coins
2014 319
Roberto Giobbi Any Money Called for joke story, producing asked-for amount of money from pocket
Hidden Agenda (Issue Feb 17)
Roberto Giobbi Idea for a Bill Routine pencil through bill, promising to make hole disappear but making whole bill vanish, similar gags
Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 28)
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 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 707
Andrew Mayne Eat the Change borrowed coins are thrown into one's mouth and loudly eaten
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Dec. 2009
2022 909