This little feat of magic is simple to perform, yet it is actually somewhat impressive. By rubbing thumb and forefinger tips together, the conjurer is able to manifest a plume of bluish smoke. The effect can last for a minute, and there is no apparent source of combustion. The preparation for this trick is utter simplicty, and the required materials are available almost everywhere.


Preparation and execution:

  1. The heart of this trick is the striking-strip on the matchbook. Isolate it as well as you can.

  2. Curl the strip into a little spiral, place it on the coin, and ignite it.

  3. When the strip has been completely burned, blow the ash away. The coin should now have a dark residue on its face.

  4. Dip the tip of your index finger into this substance, and rub it between your fingers.

  5. Say "Presto!"