To perform a simple magic trick with a coin, place three quarters and one piece of aluminum foil that is shaped like a quarter into your hand. Close your hand, and squeeze the foil quarter into a ball so that it hides behind the remaining three quarters. You need three quarters, aluminum foil and a pair of scissors.
- Make the foil quarter
Use the scissors to cut out a small, square-shaped piece of aluminum foil. Place the foil on top of one of the quarters, and rub the quarter while pressing down firmly so that the face of the quarter creates an imprint in the foil. Wrap the foil around the sides of the quarter securely, and cut the foil around the quarter. Remove the foil from the quarter.
- Arrange the coins in your hand
Arrange the coins in your hand so that each of the three real quarters lies on top of the foil quarter to make both crushing and hiding the foil quarter much easier.
- Perform the trick
To perform the trick, carefully show the audience that you have four quarters in your hand without revealing that one of them is fake. Close your hand, and crush the foil quarter into a ball in the process. Ensure that the ball is hiding behind the three real quarters, and open your hand to show the audience that one of the quarters has disappeared.