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Pretty Penny by Michael John (Instant Download)


The best coin in bottle ever, and one of the biggest magic discoveries of the century. VISUALLY melt a coin into a bottle and IMMEDIATELY GIVE IT AWAY as an impossible souvenir!
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"A very clever piece that I’m excited to perform" - David Blaine

"It’s an actual masterpiece. The more time I spend with it, the more I realize what a big step forward this is. Way to go. A brilliant, magnificent piece from a brilliant magician & magic creator - what a mic drop of an entrance into the world of magic creators. This is one of those rare pieces where the method is as amazing as the effect. And the effect is perfect. What an absolute treasure. I’ve been involved in magic for most of my life and I can’t remember being this excited about a trick for a long, long time. Thank you Michael for making this." - Nate Staniforth

"An incredible coin in bottle. This piece has a lot of value in it. Getting the coin in the bottle with your method is genius, but the other part that is genius is your melting through handling. We are just as excited about it. You’ve replaced the folding coin. This is so good that Michael should have kept this one for himself; I’m glad he didn’t." - Doug McKenzie

"I'm fooled. I think it's extraordinary. Really, really special and I think the marketplace will LOVE this. For now, I’ll bask in the glory of just being amazed." - Joshua Jay

"Mind blowing! The greatest magic trick I think I’ve ever seen." - Bobby Motta

"It’s been fun to watch the evolution of CIB effects. Michael has taken it to an extraordinary place. This may be the most simple and practical yet visual CIB to date. Killer! Kudos Mike!" - Eric Ross

“Michael this is brilliant! This is real magic, finally a method that checks all the boxes and leaves your audience with an impossible souvenir, amazing discovery!” - Bro Gilbert

"I’ve seen Michael trying to come up with his own contribution to the coin-in-bottle plot he loves for YEARS. Not an easy task with all the versions already out there. When he sent me a video of a coin SLOWLY penetrating a glass bottle, I went “OMG, he finally did it”. Pretty Penny Principle is more than pretty, it’s gorgeous!" - Johannes the Dreamer, the creator of Breakthrough

"Not just an impossibly visual coin in bottle without gimmicks, but multiple methods and presentations to fit any performance style! The time, thought, experience and creativity that Michael John has put into this is abundantly evident. If you have the slightest interest in the coin and bottle effect, Pretty Penny is required learning." - Karl Hein

"Michael John is a good friend. As you know, I have my own version of a coin in bottle that I have been using for over 50 years. This is totally different and quite extraordinary! Actually, Michael gives you a variety of effects starting with a borrowed penny (marked!) that penetrates into a glass beer bottle! It’s a real unprepared bottle and a real, unprepared penny! This is so cool! He also teaches how you can give away the bottle with the coin still in it as a souvenir! What a great effect! The person can take it home and show it off for years. What a great way to advertise yourself! Plus there is more such as having the coin visibly penetrate into the bottom of the bottle while you hold the top with just one hand! And he also showed me how he pulls out a coin that’s already in the bottle right through the side! I am excited because this is all based on a new principle I have never seen before. When you see it, you will agree and wish you had thought of it first! In truth, Michael presents his idea so as to leave open many new effects that go beyond what he teaches. He WANTS you to experiment and come up with you own ideas for different coins and bottles! Even though I will continue to use my version in my own shows, I will also be using Michael’s version for certain other special situations. And that’s what this is – SPECIAL!" - Richard Osterlind

"Aside from the lovely visual penetration, MJ has taken the impossible object/give-away concept and made it the most practical, efficient and cost free version imaginable. You can give these bottles away and it’ll cost you pennies .. literally. Easy to prep and easy to do, this is worker material, just terrific!" - Steve Valentine

"..you brought the coin in bottle back into the mainstream in very cool and evolved way!:)" - Calen Morelli

"I've always loved the coin thru bottle plot and many have intrigued me over the years, but this approach has to be my favorite in terms of method AND visual. I'm not sure if this one can be topped to be honest. Great discoveries!" - Cash Magick

"My high net-worth audiences have huge bank balances. Who would have thought I could excite them using just a penny! The upward penetration is extremely visual, and will baffle them all. Hats off to Michael John, both for his inspired thinking and for his clarity in teaching every detail and nuance." - Steve Cohen

"I am not a big fan on the many marketed CIB’s, but I am a fan of Pretty Penny’s Optical Rise…this could have easily been named Perfect Penny. It looks soooo good." - Nick V. creator of Factory Sealed

Pretty Penny by Michael John is the greatest coin in bottle of all time because it uses borrowed ordinary objects. You read that right. Borrowed coin, borrowed bottle, it does not get better than this

Imagine this. A penny is placed on your palm, an empty bottle is placed on the coin. Not only do you see the coin melt through the glass bottle but you hand out the bottle for examination. It gets better just wait. Not only can they examine the coin and the bottle but the coin is stuck in the bottle forever unless they break it.

As if that was not enough, Pretty Penny by Michael John includes a total of four methods to perform the coin in bottle.

You'll learn the
-Optical Rise
-Quarter Penny
-Penny Push
-Penny Slam

Here's why we love it
-The penetration looks even better in person. The optical rise is a true innovation unlike anything we have ever seen before.
-The coin goes in and the spectator cannot get it out without breaking the bottle.
-All of the props are ordinary and you could perform Pretty Penny with items found at a bar or party you are attending.

A special thanks to Paul Harris

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 13th, 2024
I’m always looking for impactful effects that use seemingly ordinary items. In this case they not only look ordinary, they ARE ORDINARY, and allow you to leave spectator with an impossible souvenir (and you don’t need to buy refills!)

Can’t necessarily prep on the fly, but a few minutes alone will be sufficient

Couldn’t stop smiling as I went through the method - every step practical and allows you to deliver the experience/visuals exactly as shown in the video.

Put it all together, and the perfect reputation maker!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 13th, 2024
A big THANK YOU to Michael John for releasing this to the community. WOW! The methods for loading a regular penny (signed or unsigned) into an ungimmicked bottle is incredible and the various handlings and penetration effects are even better! Easy to do, no heavy sleights, and the angles are nearly 360 on most of the handlings. Not much else to say. BUY THIS and support independent creators like Michael.
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Short and sweet! I like the principle Michael John has found - it's nothing weird, it's practical, it doesnt take a lot to make this feel truly improvised - I had the necessary materials on hand, and yup. It works. There are constraints and specific conditions to it, but angles are great and you really do end clean and your spectator can really take the coin in the bottle as a souvenir. Teaching is clear and deliberate, and he includes some equally good alternate presentations. Worth $20? I think so.
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Very good visual… but Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 10th, 2024
While I give him a ton of credit for developing a great visual effect… and I absolutely do think this is a GREAT visual effect! It’s not something I could use very often. Maybe once per event, and that’s probably it.
It’s not impromptu, for those that are wondering. It does require a bit of set up. So you’re gonna have to walk around with a “prepared” bottle. Once you perform it… that’s it. You either carry on the night and never perform it again, or sneak away and prepare another bottle.
My suggestion would be to save it for the end of your gig(if you’re a working magician), and perform it for whoever hired you, or maybe the CEO, President, or upper management of the company you’re entertaining for.
Sometimes I have to have meetings with people like I mentioned above, to discuss whether or not I’d be the right choice for entertainment. This would be a great way to “seal the deal” and get the gig.
In short… strong, visual magic! But use it sparingly, and wisely! Don’t purchase this with the intentions of doing it a dozen times at the same gig. Keep in mind, you’re gonna have to carry this bottle around til you perform it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 14th, 2024
This probably falls around 3.5 stars for me. The effect is decent enough, but I feel like this should have fallen into the "Best Sellers under $10" section instead of where it's at.

I'll use the effect here and there as I perform in appropriate settings, but I've gotten stronger magic for less.

It's currently only around $20, so it doesn't break the bank and it may be strong enough to fill gaps in someone's set, but it won't be going into my regular routine.
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I give this 3 stars because
In any country you can’t use penny,the method is not work in the bar 100%and you need to set up
You need to be very careful for the angles and spectators can’t fully examine the bottle before the penetration.
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Simply Beautiful!!! Report this review
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The method is beautifully simple, and the results are simply beautiful!

Just the fact that you are able to use real un-gimmicked bottles and coins, and can hand them out to your spectators to keep as an impossible souvenir is one of the most powerful and lasting effects you could ever do.

Michael John does a great job at explaining all the different handlings and variations you can do with this effect.

Every magician claims their invention is a "utility tool", but this is the closest you will ever get to pure magic!
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Impossible no one has come up with this. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 17th, 2024
No gimmick bottle. No folding or gaffed coin. A coin is actually in the bottle. The spectator sees the penetration. No special tools to heat or slit the bottle. It is examinable. The coin in the bottle appears unaltered. No bend. No scratches.
The instruction is right on. Started doing it after 15 minutes after a few Coronas.
Yes there is a switch. But the optical penetration and penetration is so very strong. If there is any downside and I mean this should not be a deterrent, the coin can’t be signed. I provide the coin and have it examined. It is the same date and aging of the coin in the bottle. I also use a Klaus ruse which he used for his effect Whisper. (Quarters thru the hand ). I place an identical subtle scratch on both coins. This is a keeper and would be a must especially for a bar magician!!
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Knowledge is POWER and no trick displays this principle more than Pretty Penny. If you are a performer that can think on your feet, GET THIS~! I perform walk around magic at conventions and this is an IMMEDIATE add to my routine~

Versatile, powerful and uses absolutely ungimmicked bottles and pennies...amazing~~!
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BEST, FULLY EXAMINABLE, NO GIMMICKS, COIN IN BOTTLE EVER!!!! Report this review
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Michael John's "Pretty Penny" is the BEST coin in bottle ever! This is a totally new technique and uses normal bottles and pennies to achieve INCREDIBLY VISUAL penetrations of pennies through glass bottles!
The download is INSTANT, and Michael goes through all the fine details, different handlings, and gives BONUS tips at the end of his over 40 minutes of instructions.
I'm adding this to my FAVORITE impromptu magic to perform IMMEDIATELY!

EXTREMELY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! A Billion Stars!!
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