Now You See It

Everyone enjoys a simple piece of illusion, especially when delivered by a non-professional illusionist. It makes them feel that they can easily pull off the same trick, and they can. Grab a coin and a pen and practice the movement a few times before trying it out on someone. Prepare to engage!

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Place the coin in the palm of your hand and hold the pen in the other, like a wand.


Would you believe that this pen and coin can never be in the same place at the same time? It’s like a black hole opens up when they’re together.

You should have an intrigued onlooker.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

With a simple rhythm, start tapping the tip of the pen onto the coin with a fairly big upward motion towards your head, counting as you do.


One, two, three…

After you’ve tapped the coin on ‘two’ you casually place the pen behind your ear on your upstroke. The onlooker’s focus should be on the coin in your palm. When you bring your pen hand down for the count of three, it will have disappeared (behind your ear).


I told you, the pen disappeared… Take a brief pause … behind my ear.

Point to the pen behind your ear for the reveal. While they’re looking at the pen, casually place the coin in your pocket and close your hand as if you’re still holding it.

Take the pen from your ear and tap your closed hand, then open it.


You see, now the coin is gone.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I can either write a cheque or pay in cash, but never both at the same time.
  • This icebreaker is costing me a fortune in coins.
  • It’s a magic pen, take it and use it responsibly.
Alternative ending

If you’d like to, reveal the final coin disappearance (into your pocket) so they can try the whole thing for themselves.

Anticipated responses and retorts

How did you do that?

Watch and learn. Watch and learn.

Is that hard to do?

Piece of cake. And some penmanship.

Do you ever show that to kids?

I am the kid here, but yeah – they like it.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to create some curiosity.
  • When you need to get people involved.
  • When you want to give people something to remember.
Where to use it
  • general informal gatherings
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • visiting a customer
  • socializing
Getting ready
Items required
  • A pen
  • A coin
  • Make sure the pen is not of the leaking kind and that the coin is fairly big, like a US Quarter.
Training required
  • Practice a couple of times in front of a mirror.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may be asked to do this again, and again, and again … have fun, and enjoy.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a pen and a coin

size size

fits in your pocket

durability durability

don’t sit on the pen

source source

a friend

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one or in a group

possible health risk possible health risk

it could cost you a few coins

reusable how many times you can use it

when you show them how the game’s up

training needed training needed

just have fun

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