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Big Coin Through Small Hole
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Big Coin Through Small Hole magic trick which depends on paperfolding. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


The earliest appearance of this design that I have been able to find is in Volume 3 of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was published in 1894. Each volume of 'La Science Amusante' is a collection of articles, many or all of which had been previously published in the French magazine L'Illustration. I do not know the date on which the original article, if any, explaining this particular design was published.


The effect also appears in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932, under the title of 'Camel Through The Eye Of A Needle'.