I had a different blog prepared for today, but it can wait. This one can’t.
In an earlier blog I wrote that when I was eight years old, my father went to New York and brought me a magic trick from Tannen’s, Nickels to Dimes. That was 62 years ago. I’m sure the trick wasn’t new then either. Basically, what happens is this. Four nickels are stacked on the table. A little brass cap is placed over them and they change to 4 dimes. The spectators can examine the cap and the dimes all they want. The nickels have vanished. That’s the effect.
Besides getting this when I was 8, I’ve been demonstrating this trick for 35 years. It’s always a sale, because its a great little trick, easy to do, easy to carry around, and not expensive.
Today a customer came into the shop. He is a grandfather and does stuff for his grandkids and probably friends as well. He was having trouble with his Nickels to Dimes. The first thing I noticed was that there was a hole in the top of the cap. Perhaps something got stuck in there, and it must have been the only way to get it out. He told me something did get stuck and he tried to take it out with pliers and he must have ruined the whole thing. I took a new one off the shelf for him. He didn’t like the idea of the “ring”, if you know what I mean. I told him it was necessary to do the trick and that’s when the magic happened.
Many magicians come into the shop and want to show me magic tricks. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time and usually I tell them I’m not allowed to watch tricks, because the boss will fire me (fat chance). I’m the one that’s supposed to be doing the magic. But I watched it to see how he could do it without the ring. Let me tell you, of all the tricks I have ever seen, this one blew me away.
If you’ve been to the shop, you know that Phil is always, I mean always, working at the computer. He doesn’t mean to be rude, or inattentive, but he is under a lot of pressure to do what has to be done to keep the site up to date, etc., so I usually attend to the people that come in, and try not to bother him. I was so impressed with this routine that I made Phil stop what he was doing to watch. Blew Phil away too. We’re talking about Nickels to Dimes here!
He started off placing one dime at at time in a stack of four, he covered them with the cap, and they changed to four nickels. Okay, we got that. Then he put the cap back on the nickels and when he lifted it he had the four dimes back. We got that! Then he took the cap and banged it on his back of his closed hand and when he opened his hand the nickels fell out. We got that! But he just kept on going producing more nickels and dimes and we couldn’t follow it any more! It was amazing! Put that in you cap and wear it!