Copenetro (Early Original) by Bob Kline

(c. 1947) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

If you are going to use Copenetro you’re best off with an original and early Kline versions like this. When you put them side to side you can tell the difference quite easily. The base is clearly, and deceptively, smaller in size especially the larger perimeter at the bottom. The top “flare” section of the base is beautifully turned with a nicer design than the later models. The “lip” at the top of the base where the inverted glass rest is larger causing a deeper recess to keep the glass more securely in place. BTW, the original glass is smaller and nicer designed than currently used; mine had a sort of lacy flowery etching around the the top half of the glass that lended a more graceful look to the apparatus. The mechanics are also clearly better and sturdier from what I can remember from the model I had owned. The rich cherry wood used in these original pieces is gorgeous. The coin stand is much better than the current version; it’s appears rather “compact” and more difficult to believe it can hide 4 half dollars.

In my teenager years I performed Jack Hughes’ Visible Coins to Glass, which doesn’t look as pretty but for my money worked flawlessly for many years. I found it easier to set and release than every version of Copenetro that I have tried. I also found the coin vanishing stand more deceptive in Jack Hughes’ version. But there is no doubt if you are collecting them this one will look better on your shelf.

Effect: Four coins are placed in a stand. An inverted tumbler is set over a small glass on a pedestal which is held in your hand. You drape a handkerchief over the glasses. A coin is removed from the stand, thrown, and is heard to fall into the glass, apparently having penetrated the handkerchief and the tumbler. This is repeated. The audience appears skeptical, so you remove the handkerchief and show the two coins in the glass. Another coin is removed from the stand, and this time with no covering over the glasses, is actually seen to have passed through the tumbler and fall into the small glass. The visible penetration is repeated with the fourth coin. If desired, the complete effect may be performed without covering the glasses.

There is no need for any manipulation since the clever apparatus does ALL the work.

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Approx. Price: $169.00 (2008) ***

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