For this trick, you need 2 sheets of paper, a bandanna or another cloth of similar size, scissors, glue, a pencil, a drinking glass, and a penny.

Start by tracing the mouth of the glass on one sheet of paper. Cut out the circle.

Glue the paper circle onto the mouth of the glass. Use a small amount of glue. We had glue running down the sides of the glass after our first attempt…

Once the glue is dry, you are ready to perform your trick! Set the glass on top of the second piece of paper. Lay the penny next to the glass. Announce that you are going to make the penny disappear. Dramatically cover the glass with the bandanna.

Pick up the glass (while covered) and move it over. Make sure that it lands on top of the penny.

Ta da! The penny has vanished!

But it was really under the glass all along…

We first did this trick when my son was 6 1/2. We homeschool, and we got the idea from his Wordly Wise Level C workbook. (This is a vocabulary series. Great books, by the way.) The trick worked well because the only thing he had to master was not letting people see the bottom of the glass. He couldn’t wait for his 3 year old brother to wake up from his nap so that he could show him the trick! 3 year old Gresham said, “HOW are you doing that??”


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