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Bob Johnston
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Is here a known history on the Coin Tray, and is it still the property of someone?

I do realize that it has been in magic kits for ages.

Curtis Kam
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same as you, plus 3 and enough to make
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I recall that Hofszinzer had a couple of trays that did what modern coin trays do, but were of a different design, mostly glass framed with wood. Isn't the metal tray described by Hoffman? That would most likely put it in the public domain.

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Curtis, you are correct, the coin tray is described in Hoffman's "Modern Magic," and it probably wasn't a "new" trick even at that time (late 1800's). Unfortunately, we will probably never know who actually invented it. SETH
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