Mickael Chatelain ONE Trick Secret Revealed And Explained

Let’s explore Mickael Chatelain ONE trick secret of teleporting three coins with the sleight of hand, gimmick cards and gimmicked playing card box.

I do not own nor have seen the actual latest ONE magic trick created by Mickael Chatelain.

This is my two cents how this Mickael Chatelain teleporting coin magic trick is done.

It is derived by just watching the only demo video clip, together with my wild guess.

Anyway, my assumption of Mickael Chatelain ONE trick secret could be completely incorrect.

It doesn’t matter because I love to know how things work.

I can learn from his ingenious thinking behind all those amazing close up magic tricks.

Now, let’s explore and examine this new ONE trick by French magic creator Mickael Chatelain.

Mickael Chatelain ONE Trick secret

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It starts out with a box of playing cards and three coins.

He takes out the deck of cards from the box.

Chatelain palms the first coin and makes it disappear.

Magically it seems to reappear inside the playing card box.

Then he makes the second coin vanishes, by placing it under a playing card.

Just like the first coin, the coin apparently also teleported into the playing card box/case.

Finally Chatelain places the third coin on the palm of his hand and covered it with a playing card.

With a turn of his hand, the coin is gone, and this third coin also appears to be teleported into the playing card box.

Watch magician Mickael Chatelain performing the ONE magic trick below:

Mickael Chatelain ONE Trick Secret

Before I proceed further, I think the playing card box is gimmicked, and it has three hidden coins inside within a slider or chute.

At the onset of the act, he never highlights the playing card box at all.

He never shows its interior and particularly front side of the box to the viewers.

Gimmick Playing Card Box

Casually he put it down at the corner as if it is just an ordinary playing card box.

It is a subtle psychological act of suggesting there is nothing inside it.

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Instead he misdirects your attention to the three coins and the disappearance effect.

Then there are two gimmick cards on top of the pile, which help to make the second and the third coin to disappear.

I would explain them as I go along….

First Coin

I think the first coin is made to vanish by the sleight of hand.

At 0:18, you can see him drags the coin to edge of the table and secretly let it drop down.

Basically he just sweeps the coin off the table (aka lapping), as seen here.

Mickael Chatelain Magic Trick

Probably the coin falls onto his lap, a servante table pocket or just onto the floor.


Mickael Chatelain also does lapping in his Bottle demo video, just before he hits the bottom of the glass bottle at 0:35.

Palming Magic Trick

As I have mentioned above, there are three concealed coins inside the playing box.

That is the first hidden coin.

Well, at the beginning of the performance, Mickael Chatelain just gingerly pulls out the deck of cards at 0:08.

He never tilts the box all the way upside down or shakes it at all.

Coins And Cards Trick Secret Exposed

Now there are still two more coins inside the box probably stored in a slider or chute gimmick.

I do not know precisely how Mickael designed the gimmick, but it is can control each individual coin inside.

There are couple of methods of doing it.

Second Coin

To make the second coin to disappear, he uses the first gimmick card from the pile.

At 0:31 when he lifts up the gimmick card (King of Spades) from the pile, he flips it around as if it is a normal card.

At 0:34, it appears like he slips the coin into the secret pocket at the face of the King of Spades card.

Watch closely and you can see he does not place the coin on top of the table.

His left hand is pressing onto the backside of the card, as he lifts up it face to open up the secret pocket.

You can see he uses just two fingers to hold the coin because he is inserting it into a narrow slot.

Mickael Chatelain ONE Trick

At 0:43, he slips his fingers underneath the card, to make sure the coin is safely slipped inside the secret pocket with his middle finger and presses it down with his thumb.

Mickael Chatelain ONE Coin Trick

You notice the appearance of the circular pattern under his thumb, is slightly blurred.

Mickael Chatelain Gimmick Card Trick

In addition, when he flicks the card with his finger, it bends slightly, because of the coin inside the card.

You can see the embossed impression on the card.

Gaff Card Magic Trick Revealed

Watch closely at the card, or slow the playback speed to 0:25, you would notice there is something solid inside the card underneath the circular pattern.

The thin black curved line is where the opening of the secret pocket, which hides the second coin.

Gimmick Card Trick Secret

I think this is where the hidden opening on the face of the King of Spades card.

Mickael Chatelain Gaff Card

He keeps holding onto that particular spot with his thumb and his index finger as he turns the gaff card around.

Then discreetly he removes the gimmick card and carry on with the act.

Gimmick Playing Card Box

How does the so-called second coin get inside the box?

Before he reveals the disappearance of the second coin, at 0:38, he shakes the box under the pretense of showing you there is nothing inside.

Watch that short snippet again, but this time watch his right hand fingers under the box at 0:40, just before he places it down on the table.

It looks as if he is fiddling with the bottom of the box, before laying it down on the table.

Coin Magic Trick Secret

I think this is when he secretly releases the second hidden coin from the concealed chute or drawer inside the box.

Third Coin

To vanish the third coin, he uses the second gimmicked card which I think it comes with a concealed magnet.

After placing the third coin onto the palm of his hand, he places the gimmicked card on top of the coin.

At 1:02, he picks up the box, shaking it to indicate there is nothing inside.

Again he puts his fingers underneath the box.

Magic Trick Gimmick Secret Exposed

I think this is when he releases the third coin, ready for its appearance, just like what he has done with the second coin.

At 1:05, he turns the card around, quickly pulls it out from his left clenched fist, with the face of the card (Four of Diamonds) facing away from the viewers.

Slow the playback speed to 0:25, and you can see the coin attached to the face of the Four of Diamonds card.

Magnetic Card Magic Trick

That little bit of what you see on the card from the visual above should be the coin.

It is because that is supposed to be a white blank area of the face of the Four of Diamonds card.

Mickael Chatelain One Trick 2023

Remember he never shows you the face of the Four of Diamonds card, probably because of the attached coin on it.

At 1:08, he uses the card to misdirect your attention to his empty clenched fist, then he discreetly discards it together with the third coin.

Finally, he pours out the just-released third coin from the box.

I reckon this is Mickael Chatelain ONE trick secret of making the three coins to disappear and reappear inside the playing card box.

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