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Dime and Penny

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Dime and Penny is a classic pocket trick in which both coins are covered (sometimes a spectator's hand) and when uncovered, the dime has vanished.

Conceived by Thomas Nelson Downs around 1909 while working out the effect of passing coins through a borrowed handkerchief. The first gimmick was made to his specifications around 1917.

In The Trick Brain, Fitzkee states that it is "a modern adaptation of a more complex transposition trick which Professor Hoffmann called The Eight Coins and the Two Brass Covers", page 165 in More Magic.


  • Blackstone's Penny and Dime Trick in La Vellma's Vaudeville Budget (1921)
  • The Dime and Penny by J. P. Ornson in Sphinx, Vol. 20, No 12, Feb 1922.
  • Dime and Penny and Card by Alphrose in Sphinx, Vol. 22, No. 4, June 1923.
  • The Dime and Penny Trick by Mystic Eugene in Sphinx Vol. 22, No 11, Jan 1924.

See also: Scotch and Soda.