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Merenkov
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I'm going to the glass store this week to buy a piece of glass to practice this effect. Is there a recommended thickness? And on a related note, has anyone run into problems with glass coffee tables that were too thick for the trick to work? Thanks in advance for any help.
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I don't own this trick, but I've seen it done before. I was at my house when a buddy of mine did it. He did it on my desk(a glass desk) which is roughly 1 cm thick.I don't know if this is any help to you, but I tried.

Hope it helps,
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I ended up buying a 3/16" plate of glass for practicing, and it works well. I think the minimum thickness for a glass coffee table top, though, is about 1/4", and some are much thicker. The supplied coin worked fine with a 1/4" thick top, but the gimmick had problems holding my steel core quarter at that thickness. Since I don't want to use a foreign coin, a steel pennies might be the solution.
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Will plexiglass work? Much safer...
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That's a good point, Joseph. I tried it on a piece of plexiglass at the glass store, and it worked, but I didn't really think about it. That would have been a better choice for storing and practicing around the house. But ultimately, I think this trick will be most effective in impromptu situations when you happen to run across a glass coffee table in the hotel bar, or at someone's house, etc.
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Patio tables are also great, just be careful as they sometimes have textured surfaces that can talk.
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Have this and do have difficulty with the coin hang from its edge. The glass is about 3/8" ....hum....ideas?

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Joe
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OK. Here is my $0.02!

One can not make an assumption regarding the thickness of the glass. In one case a 1/2 inch thick glass would be perfect for the trick to work. And in another, a 3/8 inch thick glass may prove to be unsuitable for the same coins and gimmick. This is so due to one primary (besides other) reason - The LEAD content of the glass. The higher the lead content the thinner should be the glass (and vise-versa) for the trick to work.

Hence before one is all set to perform, make sure you have a trial run on that particular glass table. This is so because one doesn't know the lead content as well as hardness factor of the available glass.

While buying a glass top, make sure you take your coins & gimmick along so as to test for the most suitable glass thickness.

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Thanks for the suggestions and info on Lead content of the glass.

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Joe
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My pleasure, Joe!

Glad to know that the info was useful.

Kind regards,

Narendra

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Actually there is a version that you can do wich it doesnot matter how thick the glass is.
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I carry this trick everywhere and I have never ran into a problem with glass thickness. Every glass table I have every come across seems to work. My main suggestion is to get rid of the Euro coins and replace them with steel core quarters. The instructions outline a method of treating the new coins. In the US, any sort of foreign coin for this effect will scream fake.
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