The Disappearing Coin

4-6 year olds | half hour

Horrendously simple when you know the secret, but horrendously frustrating when you don’t, with a small amount of crafts you and your kids can amaze everyone with this classic magic trick.

What You'll Need

  • Glass
  • Coin
  • Two pieces of identical plain paper
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape or glue


The trick:
Before your audience arrives, you place your coin and glass (upside down) on one piece of paper, next to or separate from each other. You wrap the glass in another piece of paper/cloth, so that your audience can’t see inside the glass, and you move the glass over the coin. Be creative and decide how you’re going to pretend you’re making the coin disappear, you could wave a wand or your hands. When you remove the piece of paper/cloth from around the glass, the coin, which should be inside the glass, has disappeared.


  1. Take one piece of paper (it must be identical to the one you place your glass and coin on for the trick) and trace around the rim of the glass.
  2. Cut out this circle and stick it to the rim of the glass.
  3. Start the trick. What the audience doesn’t realise is that when you move the upside down glass (with the covering) over the coin, the coin doesn’t disappear, it’s just covered by the piece of paper stuck to the rim of the glass. However, because the paper stuck on the glass is identical to the paper that the glass is placed on, it looks like the coin has disappeared.


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