This magic trick makes for a great presentation, followed by a great craft project. I did this as the highlight of a magic program once before and the kids were super excited to play the trick on parents and friends.
You place a coin and a glass on a table. You cover the glass with a handkerchief and move it over the coin. Remove the hankerchief and the coin has vanished! Cover the glass again, move it away, and the coin has reappeared!
Supplies You Need:
A clear glass or plastic cup
Two sheets of construction paper, the same color
Prepare the glass: Turn the glass upside-down and put it onto the sheet of colored paper. Take the pencil, draw around the glass and cut out the circle. Put a small amount of glue on the rim of the glass and place it on the paper cut-out. Let this dry thoroughly– it should take at least a few hours. Then cut any extra paper away from the edges.
Now set the stage. Put the second sheet of colored paper on the table – everything will go on top of this. Put the glass onto the paper upside-down, over to one side. Keep the coin in your pocket and the handkerchief with you.
How to Perform:
After you have set everything up, bring in the audience. Say, “I will make a coin magically disappear before your very eyes. Does someone have a coin I can use?” If someone has a coin, use it, but if not, bring out your own and say, “I have a coin with me, so we’ll use this one.”
Put the coin in the center of the paper. Pick up the handkerchief and say, “I will use the glass to make the coin vanish.” Cover the glass and move the handkerchief and glass on top of the coin. Now take the handkerchief away– the coin looks like it’s gone! It’s actually hidden under the paper that is glued to the glass. After a second, cover the glass again and move it away, into your magic box or put it away. The coin has returned!
When the trick is done, distract your audience by starting another trick or ending the show. Don’t let them look at the glass, because they’ll see how you did the trick.