How to Do the Melting Point Trick

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How to Do the Melting Point Trick
Be sure that the coins you are using match. (Adam Gault/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Coin magic is a basic form of magic, rarely requiring advanced machinery to be performed, making it accessible in a variety of settings. The melting point trick is a crowd-pleasing illusion which makes use of a magnetic ring and coins which are attracted to the ring. When properly performed the magician appears to lay a coin flat atop a solid glass table, then as the magician covers the coin with his hand it melts through the table into the magician's other hand, palm up on the other side of the glass.

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Things you need

  • Magnetic ring
  • 2 matching coins

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  1. 1

    Wear your magnetic ring for your entire routine, so as not to attract suspicion by putting it on for this trick.

  2. 2

    Hold one coin between your ring and pinky fingers of the non-ring hand, so the coin is facing the back of your hand and hidden from the audience.

  3. 3

    Grip the second coin in the fingertips of the same hand.

  4. 4

    Tap the second coin on the underside of the glass to show the coin and table are solid.

  5. 5

    Place the second coin flat on the table, then slide your non-ring hand under the coin beneath the glass.

  6. 6

    Place the hand with the ring over the two coins, obstructing the audience's view of the coins.

  7. 7

    Slowly allow the coin beneath the glass to slide forward, attracted by the magnet, until it is flush with the glass under the ring.

  8. 8

    Press up on the coin under the glass, then pull the ring hand back, bringing the coin above the glass with it, leaving only the first coin on the underside of the glass.

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