Flying Coins
Make real quarters travel invisibly between these cups!

Flying Coins


Make real quarters travel invisibly between these cups!


Ages 10 and up   Level 2

Totally amazing magic effect using REAL quarters!

You show two tall plastic cups. The cups are tipped, and 4 coins come out of each cup. The coins are dropped back into the cups, and the magic begins!

You pretend to remove a coin "invisibly" from one cup, and toss it "invisibly" into the second cup. When the cups are tipped, 3 coins emerge from the first cup, and five coins from the other! The coin really did travel invisibly from one cup to the other!

The coins are replaced and this is repeated, with one coin removed from one cup and re-appearing in the other, until all 8 Coins have gathered in the same cup!

Best of all, once you know the basic principle, you can modify this routine and use eight coins, six coins or four!

What a trick!
Exceptionally easy to do, I was doing a simple routine the same night I got them. At first I was worried that close-up audiences might be able to see down into the cups, but they'd have to be very tall, and right on top of you to do that. It works great, I've done it with patter, and even silently, to great effect. A couple tips I offer: 1- use all eagle back quarters. These days with all the special state or national park quarters etc., it's pretty easy for a sharp eyed observer to spot if one quarter is different. Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I say why risk it. 2- once I had the 5 eagle backed quarters I wanted for my routine, I kept them in one of the cups always so that a) the trick is always ready, and b) I don't accidentally spend any of them. To keep them from spilling out into your close-up case simply pick up a cork or rubber stopper from a craft or hardware store. Be sure to bring one of the cups with you so you get a cork that fits. I even use pulling out the cork as a nice, interesting way to begin the trick.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from UT. on 9/18/2015
Great trick, looks...not so much
My version of this trick came with bright red cups with the words Flying Coins Tricks screen-printed on them in white. Needless to say, I'll be needing to use a little acetone or a fine-grit sandpaper and paint on them to get rid of that unfortunate bit of business. The trick itself, though, works great. The gimmick is dead clever and once you know how to do it there's a lot of possibilities. At the price it's hard to beat; just be ready to do some cosmetic rescuing if you get a set thats ugly. says: Great tip! For a short while, that design was the only one offered by our supplier. We didn't like it either! Fortunately, the sets coming in now may vary in cup color, but don't have writing on them.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from KY. on 1/10/2015
A Fun Routine
I love this trick. The kids enjoy it but it stumps the adults as well. I like to stack the cups and make a quarter pass through them (like cups and balls) and then send it back to the other cup by turning it upside down and clinking the two together. Thanks to the tip from Trey P. I found that a 1&1/8" rubber stopper fit my set perfectly. :-)
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from TN. on 2/16/2017
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