Show two coins, a half dollar and an English penny. Place them in your closed hand. Remove one, show it, place it in your pocket. Open your hand- both coins are still there! Repeat this several times, if you wish. Finally, as a climax, after removing a coin and placing it in your pocket, open your hand- it's empty! Both coins have vanished!
Completely mechanical and easy to do. This version comes with an expanded shell (a $24.00 value!) that can be used by itself to do other tricks.
The Hopping Half- Regular Version is a less expensive version of this trick, but uses all gimmicked coins and does not come with an expanded shell.
You supply an ordinary half dollar coin, available from your bank or from MagicTricks.com.
J.N. Hofzinzer invented the Coin Shell in the mid-1800s. Conrad Haden invented the Expanded Shell. Then Jim Boyd took both ideas and developed the Hopping Half trick in 1967.
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