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Chink-A-Chink by Eddy Taytelbaum

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I’ve only owned a few Eddy Taytelbaum items but there is no doubt this Chink-A-Chink set is easily the finest available. What a beautiful set to behold.

Effect: Chink-a-chink is a close-up magic effect in which four small objects magically transport themselves from location to location when covered by the performer’s hands, until the items end up gathered together in the same place. Chink-A-Chink has a long history and more details can be found here.

Sean McWeeney, the author of the first dedicated e-book on Chink-a-Chink, Congregation: The Magic Trick Historically Known as Chink-a-Chink, has demonstrated that the trick is a lot older than was previously thought, with a history stretching back to at least early/mid-19th-century Germany. The trick was famously covered in Edwin Sach’s seminal book Sleight of Hand in 1877, utilizing four sugar cubes. Hank Yoe is reputed to have performed it around the turn of the 20th century, and introduced the name Sympathetic Coins.

Max Malini, who popularized the trick in the early 20th century, using cut-down wine corks, is generally credited with naming the trick. Although the name was probably meant to be onomatopoetic, it can be interpreted as a racial slur and as a result has been given alternative names. Leo Horowitz perpetuated Malini’s version while adding refinements of his own, using covered sugar cubes of a type popular in supper clubs and night spots in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Doug Henning performed Chink-a-Chink on television in the early 1970s, using seashells. Dutch magicians Fred Kaps and Tommy Wonder were also associated with the trick.

Pre-fabricated Chink-a-chink sets are available on order from various magic-makers, including Auke van Dokkum of the Netherlands, Francois Danis of France and Jim Riser of the US. Professional magicians, however, generally prefer the traditional “found objects” (such as corks and bottle caps) to the artificial ones, reducing demand for the purpose-built sets.

(The video is by Francois Danis featuring one of his sets, not this Taytelbaum set.)

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Approx. Price: $849.95 (2017) ***

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1 review for Chink-A-Chink by Eddy Taytelbaum

  1. Andy Martin

    I’ve only owned a few Eddy Taytelbaum items but there is no doubt this Chink-A-Chink set is easily the finest available. What a beautiful set to behold.

    Trying to maintain The Largest Online Magic Collection of Rare Magic, Vintage Magic and New Magic is primarily a labor of love and takes many hours every week for just a few new items, many of which are fairly mediocre effects. However, when you receive items like this or the Richard Gerlitz’s Butterfly Boxes it makes it all worthwhile. Just breathtaking.

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