Ching Ling Coin Box Trick Secret Revealed

This updated post exposed and explained comprehensively how the Ching Ling Coin Box trick is done.

I wrote this content for my readers (read as people) who are curious to know the trick secret.

How the coin could apparently visually go through the piece of glass trick (actually more of a durable perspex).

It include images captured from various demo videos, illustrations, together with snippets clips, to reveal the trick secret.

In fact, I have already mentioned the Ching Ling Coin Box and the Coin Of The Realm briefly in the Steel Ball through Glass Revealed post.

There is another steel ball goes through thick glass trick aka U-235, which I have exposed the secret as well in my December 2023 post.

I am also including other identical magic wooden coin box tricks, which include the Trapdoor by U. F. Grant, Coin Of The Realm and the Lippincott Box.

In addition, I am also sharing resources of free magic books online.

All this is meant for people who want useful and relevant information about the world of magic tricks.

Ching Ling Coin Box Explained

Firstly, let’s sort out the confusion over the name of this wooden magic coin box.

There are magic shop websites and the Magic Cafe Forums, where they call the Ching Ling Coin Box as the Coin Of The Realm and the Lippincott Box.

These two other boxes are different magic props, which I would elaborate more below.

TikTok Ching Ling Coin Box Videos 

Have you come across the Ching Ling Coin Box Reveal and Ching Ling Coin Box Explained TikTok videos in the Google search results page?

They do not explain or reveal the trick secret, as claimed.

In other words, you could say they are not relevant and helpful content.

Basically most of these TikTok short and playful videos are merely made for fun and laughter.

Their aim is to generate viewers’ comments.

They just copied Pete Firman’s video doing the ruler through glass in box trick.

Ruler Through Box Trick Revealed

Incidentally, I have already posted the article about the ruler through box trick revealed back in September 9, 2022.

As you can see the image from a TikTok video, the accompanied illustration on the left is taken from this very blog post!

It did credited to this blog. Thanks.

The two pictures are down here.

READ ALSO: Knife Through The Ching Ling Coin Box Trick Revealed

Box With Glass Magic Trick 

This original article (September 22, 2022) is the first time the secret of the Ching Ling Coin Box was explained and revealed online.

It really revealed and explained the secret method of this pocket trick as stated in the post title.

It was almost a year later (December 16, 2023) after this post was published, there is a TikTok video that exposes it with a different prop.

Instead he uses the steel ball through glass trick box (with round holes) to reveal the secret, as seen below.

Ching Ling Coin Box Explained

In short, there is not a single TikTok video clip really exposing or explaining the Ching Ling Coin Box secret, so to speak.

As a matter of fact, the Google search results page merely show mostly YouTube demo videos, magic store websites, an eBay listing and a Magic Cafe post.

Now, let’s find out the proper secret of the Ching Ling Box.

When I was exploring this coin box with glass magic trick, I found there are a few versions.

You can still buy them from most of the magic online stores, Amazon website and eBay as well.

First, there is this square-like wooden box which looks like the steel ball through glass prop.

But it comes with slots, instead of round holes.

Ching Ling Coin Box Magic Trick

Its approximate dimensions are: 3.15 x 3.15 x 1.77 inches.

This Ching Ling Coin Box also has the same features as the steel ball through glass box prop; exposed vintage hinges and clasp.

There is another similar design manufactured by David Robbins & Company (E-Z Magic), selling in Abbotts Magic Company.

Ching Ling Box Abbott Magic

Similarly, there is this Ching Ling Coin Box Deluxe listing in the eBay site and selling in Wrinkler’s Magic Warehouse.

This quality prop is made with solid teak and embellished with gleaming brass trimmings.

There is another version which is smaller in size and rectangular in shape.

Ching Ling Coin Box Exposed
Now, let’s find out the how does this magic coin box work.

Yes, how to make the coin apparently goes through the glass inside the wooden box.

If one performs this solid through solid penetration trick well, it is amazingly magical, to say the least.

Ching Ling Coin Box Secret

When I first watched this coin in the magic box demo videos, I observed closely how they handle the box and perform their acts.

I suspected the method of this penetration effect is the same as the steel ball through the glass box trick.

It uses the similar secret pivoted door, just like the Watch Box below.

Watch Box Magic Trick

Check out the Watch Box in the Professor Hoffmann‘s 1876 book “Modern Magic: A Practical Treatise On The Art Of Conjuring“.

After this post was published, I discovered the rare Ching Ling Coin Box instructions sheet from a listing in eBay.

That conformed my speculation is correct.

You can see the original hand-drawn illustration below.

Secret Pivoted Door

The secret is a hidden pivoted door on one side of the wooden box, like the Watch Box.

To do the trick, use your thumb to press the top part of that gimmick side inward, and the door will swivel open, as illustrated below.

Ching Ling Coin Box Penetration Trick

So this is how it looks like with the actual wooden box.

Ching Ling Coin Box Deluxe Secret

Tilt the box slightly to let the glass piece to slip out about half way through the opening into the palm of your hand.

Now the coin can penetrate through both holes without the glass obstruction.

After the trick, tilt the glass piece back into box and press the secret pivoted door to close it.

Images From Demo Videos

These are some snippets taken from the YouTube Ching Ling Coin trick demo video clips.

Let’s scrutinize how the trick is done in the video together with the accompanied images.

Ching ling Box Magic Secret Exposed

You can see both his thumbs pushing in the pivoted door on the side of the box, as he closes the cover at: 0:06

At 0:09, he tilts and shakes the wooden box upward, to drop the glass piece out into his left palm.

puzzle wooden box with glass trick

After the penetration trick, at 0:14 he spreads out his left palm as he pushes the glass piece back into the box.

Then he uses his right thumb to close back the secret pivoted door.

From this Funtime Magic video at 0:30-0:31 the performer’s  right thumb together with his index finger pushing the pivoted door at the side of the box, before closing the lid.

After he has clasped the box, he discreetly tilts the box towards him.

Ching Ling Coin Box Secret Revealed

After the act, at 0:46, his right thumb closes the pivoted door back into the box, thus pushing the glass piece back into the box.

Ching Ling Box Glass Penetration

This is another Ching Ling Box demonstration, where you can see how the trick is done.

At 0:33, his left thumb pushes down the pivoted door, just before he brings down the cover.

Coin Through Glass Magic Trick

Then he tips the box downward to let the glass piece falls out into his palm.

To end the demo, at 0:57, his right thumb closes the pivoted door.

As a result, the door pushes the glass piece back into the box.

Box Glass Penetration Trick

From this video, at 0:38 his right thumb pushes down the pivoted door to open it.

Coin Penetration Magic Trick Secret

After he has closed the box, at 0:41, he tilts the box backward slightly to drop the glass piece into his hand.

Coin Box Penetration Trick

At the end of the act, at 0:54 he pushes the coin to his spectator to misdirect him, while he tilts the box forward slightly.

Then he uses his right thumb to close the pivoted door.

Ching Ling Coin Box Penetration Trick

The visual below is captured from the video called it “Melting Coin Box“.

Melting Coin Box Trick Secret

You can see the performer using both his thumbs ready to push down the pivot door, just before he closes the box at: 0:33-0:35.

Now you know and understand how the coin visually penetrates the sheet of glass, or so it seems.

Patter And Misdirection In Magic

To perform this pocket trick convincingly, you need a bit of sleight of hand skill, together with an entertaining patter.

Patter in magic, means what you say as you perform a trick.

It can functions as a form of misdirection to distract the audience’s attention.

NOTE: Check out these free books on sleight of hand and misdirection in conjuring tricks.

Similar Magic Trick Props

Here are three magical props which are identical to the Ching Ling Coin Box penetration

Trapdoor By U. F. Grant

The “Trapdoor” was created by the legendary magic dealer and inventor Ulysses Frederick Simpson Grant (popularly known as U. F. Grant).

Vintage Trapdoor U F Grant

Trapdoor is a slim square box with slots parallel to the hinge.

The method of the trick is also the same as the Ching Ling Coin Box.

One side of the box, it can be pushed down to let the glass piece to slide out into the palm of the hand.

U F Grant Trapdoor Glass Penetration Trick

This is a closeup view of the pivoted door.

Trapdoor Coin Through Glass Trick

Watch the U. F. Grant Trapdoor demo below:

NOTE: To get free magic books by U. F. Grant, go to free Paul Osborne Illusion Plans.

Coin Of The Realm Magic Trick

The second one is the Coin Of The Realm is like the Ching Ling Coin Box, but rectangular in shape.

The magic effect is the same, the coin goes through the sheet of glass,

As the size of the Coin Of The Realm wooden box is bigger, the method of the trick is slightly different.

Coin Of The Realm Owen Brothers

Read the full explanation how the Coin Of The Realm trick is done.

Randi Rain’s Magic Coin Box

This third design is an interesting version of the Ching Ling Coin Box by magician Randi Rain.

Her cool and rugged wooden DIY magic prop uses a gleaming brass plate instead of a glass or acrylic piece.

Randi Rain Magic Coin Box

The method of getting the coin to penetrate the solid brass plate is the same as the Ching Ling Coin Box.

On one side of the low wooden box, is a pivoted piece.

Randi Rain Coin Through Brass Plate Trick

Similarly, she presses on it, tilts the box backward to slip out the brass plate into the palm of her hand.

Watch this part of the video at 16:40, you can see the collapsible side of the box (pivoted piece) goes down briefly, as her left thumb presses on it.

To view it clearer, reduce the playback speed to 0.25.

Randi Rain Coin Through Brass Plate Trick

The picture below is also captured from her video clip.

You can see the ‘missing’ pivoted piece through the slot of the box cover at 16:35.

It is ‘missing’ because it has being pushed downward, to let the brass plate to slide out.

Coin Penetrates Thru Brass Trick

To finish up the trick, she tips the box forward for the brass plate to drop back into it.

Lippincott Box Magic Trick

The effect of the Lippinncott Box is different from the Ching Ling Coin box.

It is a small wooden box is used for vanishing or producing a small item like a billet, a coin, a bank note, a ring, or a key.

Lippincott Box Quarter Go

The only similarity to the Ching Ling Coin box is the use of the secret pivoted door .

secret opening lippincott box

There is another version of the Lippincott Box created by the late Yonezo Mikame, the founder of Mikame Craft Japan.

Magic Box By Mikame Craft Japan

It is a small wooden box which is used for producing small items palmed in the hand.

Magic Box Mikame Craft Japan

Again the secret is is hidden pivoted door at one of the side of the box as shown below.

Mikame Craft Magic Box Secret


Okito Coin Box Trick Revealed And Explained

Talking about using coin and box trick, there is this popular Okito Coin Box.

It was created by Tobias Bamberg, (better known by his stage name Okito) back in around 1911.

Okito Coin Box Secret Revealed

This coin magic prop is actually a small metal, circular box with a lid, ungimmicked and examinable.

Here is the secret of the Okito Coin Box penetration trick explained.

Coin Magic Tricks

Coin magic is very popular among beginners in magic.

It uses misdirection and sleight of hand to manipulate coin(s) to entertain audiences.

Generally magicians perform it as a close-up magic, table magic, and street magic.

The 1935 book “Coin Magic: A Complete Manual Of Coin Conjuring” by Jean Hugard is a great introduction to coin magic.

Coin Magic A Complete Manual Of Coin Conjuring PDF

You get to learn all the important palms, transfers and utility moves.

Besides these free Thomas Nelson Downs books, here are more books with coin magic.

Here are more free books with magic tricks with coins.

Modern Coin Tricks J B Bobo

Modern  Coin Magic By J. B. Bobo
Click on any of these: Link 1Link 2

The Magic Art, Volume I By Donald Holmes

Click on any of these: Link 1Link 2

Mark Wilson's Complete Course Magic PDF

Mark Wilson’s Cyclopedia Of Magic: A Complete Course
Click on any of these: Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4Link 5Link 6