By Kind Permission From Franc Karpo

**Effect: **Magician displays three coins, (nickels) on the table. One
coin is picked up by the right hand and placed into the left hand. A second
coin is picked up and placed in the left hand along with the first coin.
The third coin is placed into the right pants pocket.

The left hand is opened to show that the third has travelled by magic into the left hand, making a total of three coins! The three coins are then dropped onto the table.

This entire sequence is repeated again revealing the coin has again travelled back into the left hand. The three coins are dumped onto the table.

This time the magician drops one coin into his left hand and places two coins into his pocket. Now when the left hand is opened, instead of the coins travelling back into the hand, the coin transforms into one big coin - a half dollar.

**Preparation:** To do this you need you need four coins instead of three.
Ahha, that's the secret! You also need a larger coin for the transformation.
I like to use four quarters and a silver dollar. I've also used four nickels
and a half dollar. Basically you want to have a definite difference in the
size of the coins, so that the transformation will be more dramatic.

**Here's what you do before you start:**

(I'll assume that you're going to use four nickels and a half dollar.) Place the big coin into your right jacket pocket. The extra, (4th) nickel is hidden in the right hand. Just try to relax the hand and not grip the coin with too much force. The other three nickels are on the table.

**Performance: **Pick up one coin from the table with the right hand,
(don't let anyone see the hidden coin.) Place
this coin into the left hand. Say to audience, "One coin in my hand."

(As soon as the left hand has the coin - make sure to close that hand.)

Grab another coin from the table. Place this coin into the left hand along with the first coin, but, at the same time secretly drop the hidden coin into the left hand as well, making a total of three coins. Say," Two coins in my hand." (Make sure to close your left hand after the coins are in it.) The audience believes that you have two coins in your left hand. Pick up the last, (apparently 3rd coin) from the table with your right hand and openly place it into your right pocket. Say, "And a coin goes into my pocket." But that's not what really happens! Here's what's really going on: you pretend to place the coin into your right pants pocket, but really come back out with it hidden in your right hand. Just let your hand relax naturally by your side.

"Did you see it jump back?" As soon as you say this, open your left hand and dump three coins onto the table to show that the 3rd coin has magically jumped from your pocket and back to your hand! (Everyone will be watching the three coins so the heat will be off the hidden coin it your right hand.)

Now repeat the sequence again. The right hand picks up a coin and places it into your left hand; make sure not to expose the hidden coin in your right hand. Pick up another coin with your right hand and drop in into the left hand at the same time secretly adding the hidden coin. (You now have three coins in your left hand, but the audience is only aware of two.)

Now this is where we change it up for the big finish. The right hand picks up the last coin from the table and places it into the right pants pocket as before, but this time you really do drop the coin into your pocket and grab the big coin, (half dollar or silver dollar; depending on what you're using) and bring your hand out of your pocket keeping the big coin hidden from the audience. (Relax your right hand by your side.) Open your left hand and dump three coins on the table to show that the coin has travelled back again!

Ok, here's the final sequence.

(You have three coins on the table with the big coin hidden in your right hand.) "This time we will do it backwards. One coin in my hand." Pick up one of the coins from the table with your right hand and apparently place it into the left hand. What you really do is switch the coins. The right hand drops the big coin into the left hand while holding back the small coin. This takes a little practice, but it's not hard as it sounds. The closing of the left hand around the coin will cover the fact that you've switched them. This is the most important part of this coin trick. If you can this move smoothly, the coin trick will amaze everyone!

At this point the closed left hand has the big coin inside of it. (The audience thinks it has a smaller coin.) The right hand has a small coin secretly hidden in it. (There are two coins left on the table.) "And these two will go into my pocket." The right hand with its hidden coin picks up the final coins (at the same time) from the table and drops all three coins into the right pants pocket. Now you are clean. The left hand has the big coin and the right hand is empty. Casually show that your right hand is indeed empty.

At this point, look at your audience and ask, "How many coins are there now
in my in my hand?" Some will answer, "Two" some others will say "three."
You reply, "Only one - a big one!" As soon as you say "only one", open your
hand to show the transformation and dump the big coin on the table! Every
time I do this people grab for the big coin. They want to check it out and
make sure it's for real. *The beauty of this trick is that you're clean
with nothing to hide. Congratulations, you've just performed a miracle! Have
fun performing with your free coin magic trick.*

**Key Points**

1. Whenever you have a coin hidden in your hand, try to relax. Slightly turn your body to the left so that the back of the right hand is facing the audience. Also never look at your hand when you have a coin hidden in it. Remember the audience will follow your eyes.

2. Practice the routine in the mirror. Any mistakes will be evident. Especially practice the switch with the big coin. Sometimes people will see a flash of the big coin. That's OK because they will think it's the smaller coin. Remember you're the only one who knows about the big coin!

3. When you have this coin magic trick well rehearsed, you can substitute and use other objects. I've used four grapes and a small lemon or tomato. I've also used four pebbles and a stone. Use your imagination.