The Manual - Coins and Glasses

It's an age old trick that's stumped the best of us. Here, thanks to John Archer, Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year, we divulge how to beat them at their own game with the coins and glasses trick.

The Hook Borrow three empty glasses and ten coins. Challenge the mark to place an odd number of coins in each glass using all the coins and all three glasses. Place your bets.

The Scam The method is stupidly easy and all is needed is some simple lateral thinking and a little forethought to use glasses that will nest together. Simply, put two coins in glass 'A', three coins in glass 'B' and five coins in glass 'C'. Now nest glass 'B' inside of glass 'A' and voila! Each coin contains an odd number. Glass 'A' contains seven coins (two plus the five inside glass 'B'). Glass 'B' contains three coins and Glass 'C' contains five coins. Job done, collect the drinks.

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Words by Jordan Waller with John Archer, Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year. www.john-archer.com