• Bill Wisch

Impossible Coin Vanish by Bill Wisch

Original Publication Date: September 1997


This is a fantastic vanish of a coin. I've used this for years as part of my standup one coin routine. Based on Slydini's sit-down routine, it literally stuns people...especially magicians. The reason is because the actual vanish is totally psychological. The coin never moves. In fact it is

openly displayed in plain view of the spectator! The coin is never seen. If you have the BEST OF SLYDINI & MORE, by Karl Fulves, you can see this action as part of the PAPER BALLS OVER THE HEAD routine on page 82, phase three. I'm not sure if Karl mentions this move as being able to be a coin vanish, but knowing how complete he was when writing the Slydini books, I wouldn't be surprised if it is mentioned somewhere in the coin sections.

Anyway, the move goes like this. A coin, preferably a dollar or half, is shown on the right palm. The coin is dropped into the LH and classic palmed. At this point the spectator thinks the coin is in the closed LH. Separate the two hands a bit...LOOK at the LH and open it palm up. At the exact same time the RH turns palm up and opens slightly while continuing the classic palm clip. In other words, BOTH hands are palm up and open while you're looking at the open left hand, with the RH keeping control of the classic palmed coin.

In the next beat, both hands turn down as if to show the backs and you look at the spectator. Again the RH is classic palming the coin. Now the move is over and you can come to a rest position.

(An article will appear very soon containing the use of timing, rest positions, beats, off beats and other elements of the timing sequence so things will be a bit clearer then, I'm sure.

It appeared to the spectator that you dropped a coin into the LH...crumpled it up and both hands were shown empty front and back. It is hard to believe that something like this works but you have my 100% guarantee that it does. It is my favorite, complete coin vanish and, when learned, will be yours also.

This may have appeared in one of the other Slydini books...perhaps Ganson, or even as part of the Stars of Magic Series "Flyaway Coin Routine" classic.

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