.41 Cent Miracle by Michael Ammar
If you like effects that give you a chance to say something meaningful to your audience, and if you want an effect that packs really small and plays really big, then I think you'll love the .41 Cent Miracle.
The method is very simple and entirely self-contained. It takes no set-up and when you finish the effect, it’s basically ready to repeat. It's easy to carry with you and the emotional hooks that make people care about what you're doing are built into the routine. It's simple, easy, effective and has a heartwarming presentation that can be tweaked to fit any personality.
This is one of those rare ‘feel good’ effects that reveals several genuine nuggets of true wisdom during the performance. The presentation is that my grandfather would use these coins to teach me certain life lessons, and guess what? My grandfather really said these things! Not all at the same time, of course, the way it’s portrayed in this effect. These bits of advice were culled from our various conversations over the years, and he stayed as sharp as a tack until the day he passed in a house fire, at the age of 97.
Anyway, I know it’s naively optimistic for me to hope that watching a coin trick would ever convince some child to think seriously about anything in his life. I get that. But… every time I perform this, a sliver of my own mind will think seriously about my own life, and maybe… every time YOU perform this, something will sink in a little deeper into your own mind. If so, that would make this a winner for both of us!
By the way, this sounds better when told in the first person, so give credit for these things to your own grandfather, father, mentor or whoever.
Finally, there is a set of gimmicked coins which secretly nest inside of each other to create this same basic effect, but this routine is performed with 4 regular coins and… the incredible plastic digit cover magicians call a ‘thumb tip’.
Originally appearing on "Easy to Master Money Miracles Volume 1" DVD.
Michael has been teaching magic for 30 years. Mentored by The Professor, Dai Vernon, Michael began lecturing worldwide back in the early 80's. Since then he has been honored with six magician of the year awards from the Academy of Magical Arts and has been featured on The Tonight Show and David Letterman. His "Easy to Master Card Miracles" are the best-selling magic videos in the world.