Basic Coin Magic

These effects are identified as basic. However, they are not self-working and require practice to look good.

It is recommended to practice in front of a mirror, and if you have a three way mirror, you can also look at side angles. Unlike easy card magic, where the principles are often initially mathematical or require almost no sleight of hand, the fundamentals of coin magic require the development of skill and co-ordination. Some of these simple moves are used by experienced magicians on a regular basis in their routines, so don't worry if you can get them immediately. Also remember that fast magic is not necessarily good magic - so go slower than you think.

French Drop 
Difficulty level: 1

The French Drop or ‘Tourniquet’ is a false taking of an object, which is considered by some to have its origin in The Discoverie of Witchcraft – the first magic book in English – published in 1584. The actual term ‘French Drop’ first appears in print in Professor Hoffmann’s Modern Magic (1876).

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Vanishing & Appearing Coin
Difficulty level: 2

A variation on the French Drop combined with other moves.

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Coin transformation
Difficulty level: 2

A coin changes in the magician's or spectator's hand.

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Around The Hand Vanish

Difficulty level: 2

A coin vanishes from the magicians hand with a gesture of the wand.

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Coin Under Shoe

Difficulty level: 2

This routine is taken from J.B Bobo's book Modern Coin Magic, first published in 1910.

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Coin Through Trousers

Difficulty level: 2

A coin passes through the fabric of the trouser leg and into the magician's pocket.

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