Penny trick

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Postby Van » 08/18/02 09:03 PM

Does anyone have a reference for the trick using pennies arranged around the perimeter of a square in small piles such that the total number of coins on each side is the same, then a coin is removed, the coins redistributed and each side again totals the original total?

I know this is in print somewhere but I seem to be having a CRS attack.

Thanks,

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/18/02 09:20 PM

There's a version of the trick in Michael Weber's book "Life Savers," and another in Jim Steinmeyer's new book "Impuzzabilities."
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Postby Van » 08/19/02 05:19 AM

Thanks, Richard. Silly thing was making me nuts. Finally reconstructed the thing, but cound'nt remember where I saw it.

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Postby Mike Fordice » 08/19/02 06:14 AM

Also in Bruce Bernstein lecture notes.
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Postby Mike Powers » 08/19/02 08:56 PM

I imagine that the idea here is old but does anyone know its origin?

I have some video of Jim Ryan performing it at the Midwest Magic Jubilee in St. Louis years ago. I'm going to have to dig up that video to remember the method...

Also, Vernon was there and he's on the video too. Good reason to resurrect it.

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Postby Bill Duncan » 08/19/02 10:20 PM

See also...
Paul Harris - The Art of Astonishment Volume 3
Perfect Ten Paper Clip Paradox
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Postby Bill Mullins » 08/20/02 08:16 AM

Also a version in John Rogers' (he of the wooden cigars) lecture notes.
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Postby Gary Freed » 08/20/02 08:33 AM

I don't know if it's in print or even if it's his own version, but several years ago at the IBM convention in Buffalo, Giovanni closed with this and "Killed!"
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Postby Paul Cummins » 08/20/02 08:47 AM

Originally posted by Gary Freed:
I don't know if it's in print or even if it's his own version, but several years ago at the IBM convention in Buffalo, Giovanni closed with this and "Killed!"
He sure did, but Gio kills with everything... I believe his routine is written up in the Genii magizine that bears his photo on the cover from a year or two ago.

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