Criss Angel's Coin In Can
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Coin in Can
Written By: Kurtiss Gooch
A coin, signed by a spectator is smashed through a can, without making a hole in it! When the can is opened, the signed coin is poured out!
A similar effect (Sinful aka Quarter through Soda Can) is performed by Criss Angel on his 'Mindfreak' series. This method is not necessarily how Criss Angel performs it, but the effect is similar.
After the spectator has signed the coin, the magician takes it, places it in his palm, and takes an unopened soda can in his other, bottom facing the coin.
Then, he looks at both, and hits the can with his right hand (the one with the quarter), and shows his hand empty when removed, then the soda still sealed, the bottom solid.
He then opens the can, pours it out, and shows that the coin is indeed IN the can!
This trick is a somewhat complex piece of work, you need not know any well-known sleights, but just get a feel of how to hide small things and tell stories and make yourself look professional. Out of a 1-10 scale on difficulty, I'd give it an 8. Not too up-close, but can be pulled off from about five feet away, and in front of crowds if done right.
You start by having an unopened can of drink, a quarter (or smaller coin, but quarters works best = any coin that will fit in the opening will do) and a permanent marker.
Begin by showing the unopened can and let them examine it. Also, let them examine the coin and mark it with your marker, in any way they so choose.
When you get it back, you put it right in your palm, so they can see, and hold the can by the openable part, so they see the bottom. Then hit your palm on the bottom of the can. The coin will be between your palm and the dent in the bottom.
Then remove your palm, and show it empty, but turn the can towards you so they can't see the quarter.
Then turn the can so they see the top, and catch the coin in your hand between the ring and pinky fingers and your palm. Now show both the top and bottom solid and sealed.
To finish, go to open the can, and move the coin up to your index and middle fingers, hiden from audience. Open the can with the coin on top under the thumb, so it falls in when you open it.
Pour it out in a glass or whatever, and make sure they see you doing this, hold it from the bottom.
Lo and Behold, their coin is IN the can.
End in whatever manner you so choose.