This trick packs a punch!
It's simple! And simply terrific! Your spectator cuts a deck of cards. The card that is on top of the cut pile is set aside. You place a half dollar into the spectator's hand, and ask him to wave his hand over the chosen card. The card is turned over- it's the 7 of Hearts. And when he opens his hand- the half dollar has a "7" and a "heart" punched out of it!
Yes- the half dollar is a REAL U.S. half dollar coin!
And yes, you have to force the 7 of Hearts card.
We show you exactly how to force the card in the FREE VIDEO in the TIPS section.
And if you'd like to learn other easy methods of forcing a card, please see the Forcing a Card DVD.
You also have to switch the real half dollar for the punched one.
Just watch how Peter Monticup does it in the video demo above.
History and Trivia:
Is it illegal to use real US
coins to make magic tricks? According to the U.S. Treasury F.A.Q., the answer is-
It is only illegal to alter a US coin with the intention of spending
it as if it were a coin of a different value.
From the official U.S. Treasury
website: "Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone
who 'fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the
coins coined at the Mints of the United States.' This statute means that you may be violating the law if
you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it [in a monetary transaction in trade for
goods or services] to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does
not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against
such activity absent fraudulent intent.
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