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Ever wonder just how real the magic appears from a child's point of view?

This happened a year ago and I always think about it because it was a great lesson to me. I often get in the habit of plucking coins out of kids ears, but to me I'm thinking "look, I made a coin appear back here". To a lot of kids though, they effect is "How did a coin GET in there?"

During a strolling magic show I was making coins vanish as I drop it into someone's hand, then pull it out of the ear, their sleeve, etc. At some point I must have made a few coins vanish into a few kids' ears before pulling them back out. I forgot one.

A mother walked up to me with her daughter, nearly in tears, and said the girl didn't want to leave because I forgot to take the coin out of her ear. I did it right then and there. And she lit up all happy. But, this poor girl spent the better part of an hour walking around the venue thinking there was a coin magically implanted in her ear!!!

(PS: I've never made a habit of "putting things IN kids ears" so I must have just got caught up in a moment...)
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Ahhhhh! The world famous quarter from the ear trick, now ever immortalized due to the popular TV commercial where the grandpa pulls a quarter out of his grandson's ear. "Oh, a QUARTER!!" "Do it again grandpa!"

I love the reactions this gets from kids. They range from delight and a bright smile, to the child who pulls back as soon as you reach for the ear. You usually don't see it coming, and you subsequentally end up pulling the coin from a point somewhere in mid air.

I use the maneuver a lot when I'm beginning my lady bug routine ( )

But that poor girl! She obviously thought the magic was very real!

I remember as a little boy thinking my uncle could ACTUALLY take his thumb off.
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