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Scotch and Soda

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Scotch and Soda is a magic effect involving a copper coin and a silver coin which appear to transpose and change. Named after the cocktail Scotch and soda; the copper coin represents the "Scotch" and the silver coin represents the "soda".

The effect is usually performed as follows: The magician displays two coins of almost equal size, one copper and one silver. The silver coin is most often a U.S. half dollar and the copper coin is usually either an English penny or a Mexican centavo. The magician stacks the coins and places them into the spectator's hand. He then asks her to place her hands behind her back and put one coin in each hand, remarking that the silver coin is slightly larger than the copper coin, making them easy to tell apart. The magician asks to see the silver coin which the spectator produces. When the spectator opens her other hand, the copper coin has become a quarter. The copper coin can then be made to appear wherever the magician desires, such as in the spectator's pocket or under an object across the room.

Came onto the magic market around 1974.

See also: Dime and Penny sometimes referred to as Gin and tonic..


  • Scotch and soda 1 by Ken Simmons (1982)
  • Scotch and Soda 2 by Ken Simmons (1985)
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