Thursday, May 8, 2008

Coin Thru Bottle

Effect- A signed coin is penetrated through a completely seal soda bottle.

Preparation- To prepare this effect, you need some cooking mittens, two identical coins, some tongs, a knife, a permanent marker, two identical soda or water bottles, a cooking pot, and some scissors. First, take one of the coins, and initial it, front and back (use a spectator’s initials if you know for sure who you’re going to perform for, if not, use your own.) Open one of the bottles, take the scissors, and cut off the plastic ring near the top, and drop the signed coin inside. Now, pour some water into the pot and heat it up until it’s very hot, but just under a boil. Take the knife, stab a hole through the unopened bottle, drain out the water, and carefully place the bottle into the hot water. Let it soak for about 30 seconds, and then remove it with some tongs. The hot water will have softened the plastic so much that you’ll be able to crunch it in and remove the cap without opening it. Take the unopened cap, and screw it onto the opened bottle, and the preparation’s all done.

Presentation- Hold the bottle upside down, causing the coin inside to fall into the inside of the cap. Approach a spectator, offering to show them a trick. Take out the coin, write your initials on it, front and back, and hold it in the palm of your left hand, with your right hand holding the bottle upside down by the cap. Now, to cause the penetration, all you’re going to do is a strike vanish. If you’re unfamiliar with it, you simply bring the bottle down in sort of an arc motion, as if you’re going to smack the coin, and you toss the coin up and catch it in the right hand as you’re bringing down the bottle, not only making the coin in your hand disappear, but causing the duplicate coin in the cap to fall down into the bottle. Give the bottle out for examination, pointing out that it is still sealed, and has no holes.