by Volker Weber

Anybody care to explain how this trick works?


He's very good, but its just slight of hand.

He has a similar coin to work with. The "magic" happens when he rubs his hands, then pushes up his sleeves. At that point, there is a quarter on the table, and a quarter held between the fingers of the hand which goes under the table -- held so it is invisible to the palm.

When the top hand covers the coin, he's doing two things. He's carefully palming the coin on top (see as he takes the hand away, two fingers come back to secure it, since its a very weak hold initially). In the mean time, the hand on the bottom is carefully working the coin from betwen the fingers upward into the palm.

It requires a lot of practice, and he's very good.

Andrew Pollack, 2005-11-19

How does he do the salt grinder? And the girl that holds a coin?

Volker Weber, 2005-11-19

Absolute world class illusion. Or was it really magic?

Cem Basman, 2005-11-19

There is no spoon. Or coin, in this case. ;-)

Oliver Regelmann, 2005-11-19

My guess is that the table is prepped with a seamless glass panel that slides back into the wooden frame, just enough to pull the salt shaker through the opening. A spring in the frame slides it back to the original position.

That's the only explanation I can come up with - other than "real magic"...

Marc Beckersjürgen, 2005-11-19

the first part of the salt grinder trick is maybe something with a magnet, you can hear something metallic slide over the glass as he moves his hand over it.
maybe the guys around him are just actors and it's really a trick with a hole in the glass he opens...

pascal germroth, 2005-11-19

His hand motions make it look as though he is sliding something around. I'd guess there is small section of the table glass that is beveled and rests in the middle of the table. If it's cut and fitted very precisely, you'd never be able to see its edges except with very close inspection.

Damien Katz, 2005-11-19

I don't think it's something wrong with the table/glass. On CeBit05 near the heise stand there was also a magician making similar illusions.
It's just very good prestidigitation. The watch on his left hand is very huge and at the right middle finger there's a ring - maybe magnetic? He's not choosing the right coin just for fun at the beginning ;-)

Martin Hiegl, 2005-11-19

Since it's on topic - can someone explain me this one?

Stefan Funke, 2005-11-20

What about a glass that turns liquid if it gets warm?

Fabian Vogler, 2005-11-20

Maybe the guy gets liquid? ... ;)

Cem Basman, 2005-11-21

Aren't humans liquid anyways? After all we're mostly made out of water. ;)

Ralph Unden, 2005-11-21

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