10 amazing routines using the ‘dynamiccoins’ gimmick.Dynamic Coins is an great prop which has one verywell known effect - the appearing and disappearingcoin routine. The prop is a pair of brass caps whichcan be shown empty, and a normal brass ring.Inside the two brass caps are shells - false stacks offour coins. A genuine coin of matching value is placedon top and the five coins can be made to appear,disappear, penetrate and move invisibly. Some newerversions of this gimmick can be handed out forexamination. This manuscript contains effectsdesigned for those, but if you have one which cannotbe examined or closely viewed, just skip anyaudience participation or examinationsections in the instruction. Contents - -appearance -penetration -transposition -vanish -lost coins -5p’s to 10p’s -through the table -coins in head -die to coins -coins in can
The first 4 effects should have come with your prop. They can beperformed as separate routines, or all together as one. The next 6 routinesare all new effects.The original effects.1. Appearance.Effect - two brass caps are shown empty, and one isplaced inside a brass ring. When it is hit on a tableand lifted up again, a stack of five coins hasappeared.Method - Set up your Dynamic Coins as to start atrick, with the two shells (false stacks) inside the caps,but with a genuine coin hidden as described in theintroduction.Display both caps as empty - and the ring.Place one cap inside the ring and tap them onto thetable. Lift up the cap to reveal the stack of coins.2. Penetration.Effect - the coins are placed on top of the empty cap.Another cap is put on top, and the coins pass throughthe lower cap onto the table.
Method - Remove the ‘unloaded’ cap from the table,as it is now actually empty. Leave the coin shell onthe table.Take the ‘loaded’ cap (the one with a shell), and usethe ring to carry out the appearance move, but withoutlifting the cap afterwards.Carefully, so as not to show the hollow shell, lift thepile of coins which you already had on the table, andput them on top of the loaded cap.Now, put the unloaded cap over the visible coins andpress it down so they vanish.Lift up the whole thing and the coins have penetratedthe solid brass cap.3. Transposition.Effect - the coins jump from cap to cap, however faraway they are.Method - Have a shelled stack of coins visible on thetable, as well as a loaded cap and an unloaded cap,plus the ring.Turn both ‘empty’ caps over, one inside the ring, andone covering the coins, but not enough to vanishthem. Pick both caps up again and slam them down,being careful to land them in exactly the correctpositions so the change takes place.
Then, after a dramatic pause, lift both caps to revealthe transposition of the stack.4. Vanish.Effect - The coins vanish from the table under one ofthe caps and the cap is still empty.Method - Show both caps as empty, but have ashelled stack visible on the table. Cover the stack withthe unloaded cap and press it down - not too hardthough, because people realise there’s somethingdodgy going on. Lift the cap to reveal the vanish, thenshow both empty again. As you hold the caps and lettheir disbelief soak in, press the shells hard into thecaps with your thumb.Hand the separate parts out for examination, but eachto a different person.The new effects.5. The lost coins.Effect - the stack of coins is placed under one cap,and they are both moved around. The spectator isasked to guess where the coins are and they arealways wrong.The coins are produced from somewhere unexpected,like a matchbox or glass.
Method - Have a genuine stack of five 10p coinshidden somewhere, in a matchbox or a glass or mug.Make sure they are not visible or nobody will touchthem until the end of the trick.Use the appearance move to get a shell stack, andthen display empty caps, quite far apart so nobodynotices a difference.Cover the coins with the unloaded cap and vanishthem without revealing the vanish.Move both caps around as if trying to confuse theaudience.Tell them they can keep the coins if they can tellwhich cap they were under.Lift up the one they point to. It isn’t there. Mix themagain and do the same again. It is still not there.Oh wait - lift up both caps - the stack is gone! Directthe spectator to where the genuine stack is and getthem to take out the coins and examine them.6. The 5ps to 10ps.Effect - a stack of five 5 pence coins are placed on atable. In one swift movement, an empty brass cap isbrought down on them and when it is lifted they aregone, replaced by the same number of 10 pencecoins.Method - Have a genuine stack of five 5p coins on thetable, and an unloaded cap under the table, on yourlap.
Put the ring over the 5p stack so that they are prettymuch in the centre.Tap a loaded cap over the coins and lift it to revealthat the coins have changed value.Change them back by taking the ring away andvanishing the 10p stack.Hand the coins out for examination and while they arebeing checked, quickly but carefully switch the loadedcap and bring out the unloaded one and hold it as youwere holding the loaded cap.When all the coins are given back, hand the cap andring out for examination.7. Through the Table.Effect - 5 coins are placed on a table. An empty cap isplaced under the table, then another cap is placedover the coins on the table. The coins on the tablevanish, and with a ‘chink’, the coins pass through andland in the other cap.Method - Have a false stack on a table with two caps,both unloaded. The other false stack is on your lap.Don’t worry if the genuine coin gets separated fromthe false stack on your lap - it’s not the end of theworld, just try to keep them together as it makes thenext move look more natural.Pass one of the unloaded caps under the table, andas you move it down, grab the stack from your lapand place it on top of the face down cap. Raise the
genuine coin slightly above the shell and hold thisposition.Practice doing this silently and with one hand, whilecontinuing to talk and gesture with your other hand,concentrating on the table top.Take the unloaded cap from the table and place itover the coins to vanish them.Under the table, drop the genuine coin on top of thestack so it rests there, so a ‘clink’ sound is heard.Pick up the loaded cap from the table and show itempty, then carefully bring out the coins on the capfrom under the table.You may want to vanish these quickly as well beforepeople ask to examine them. You may hand out thecaps and ring if you use the same preparationtechnique as in the end of trick no. 4 (vanish).8. Coins in Head.Effect - 5 coins are pressed into the magiciansforehead until they vanish from sight. An empty cap isplaced on a table and the magician blows on it andthe coins appear there.Method - This is probably the most complex effect asit involves some sleight of hand.You need two genuine coins, one unloaded cap, ashell stack and the ring.Prepare the stack by putting one genuine coin on topand one on the bottom. This is actually six, but referto it as five and they will generally believe you.
Cover the coins with the unloaded cap and use thevanishing move. This means that one genuine coin isstill visible as it does not fit in the cap. If you show thisto the audience as if there are four others in there aswell without directly referring to it, it seems that it isthe case.Lift the cap to your head, and as you do this, allow thegenuine coin to drop into a palming position so youcan safely hold it.When this is done, pretend to press the coins intoyour forehead, then reveal the vanish.If you are working at a table, drop the palmed coininto your lap as your hand moves down again, but ifnot, just hold on to it until you get a chance tonaturally move towards a pocket to hide it.Place the loaded cap inside the ring on the table anduse the appearing move, but don’t reveal it yet.Blow on the cap and make magical gestures, thenslowly lift up the cap.9. Die to Coins.Effect - A die is placed on the table. Suddenly, as abrass cap is passed over it, it changes to a stack ofcoins. Then it is changed back and the die is handedout for examination.
Method - The same as 5p coins to 10p coins, exceptthe 5p coins are replaced with a small die, or anythingelse which fits nicely inside the shell.10. Coins in the can.Effect - 5 coins disappear and reappear inside a canwhich they would not normally fit through the rim of.Method - Before the performance, take five smallcoins and drop them into an empty drink can. Leavethis on the table upright without knocking it ortouching it.Put a shell stack on the table, visible, and anunloaded cap.Carefully place the stack on top of the drink can,showing that they could not fall through the hole.Place the unloaded cap over the stack and use thevanishing move, but without revealing the vanish yet.Lift the can without shaking the coins inside, andpretend to press on the cap quite hard. After a fewseconds, jolt the can so the coins inside rattle around.Reveal the vanish, then get away before they ask toexamine your props.