On a Dime

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Dark Side of the Horse, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

11 Responses to “On a Dime”

  1. Powers Jul 8th 2013 at 07:08 am 1

    He didn’t really stack 30 coins on the edge of a dime, which would be an impressive feat. All he did was glue them to the table upside down?

    I dunno.

  2. mitch4 Jul 8th 2013 at 07:10 am 2

    There are two different tricks or oddities going on, and they don’t quite work together, for me anyway.

    The first is just the nature of the challenge. He just says “…stacked on a dime” but doesn’t say “… stacked on a dime standing on edge“. If it could be flat (as the wording without the picture would seem to allow) it might not be too hard; but with the dime on edge (as the picture implies is required) it’s well-nigh impossible.

    Then we have the reveal of the subterfuge. To hang like that, though, all the coins must be glued or strung together. That would probably be cheating even if stacked upwards instead of hanging.

    But the trick can at most fool us, the implied observers. Horace’s friend (I forgot her name) is right there within the scene and knows perfectly well all along which way is up.

  3. billybob Jul 8th 2013 at 07:28 am 3

    I’d vote for a powerful magnet on the bottom of the table (and not ask if coins are really magnetic) so the coins could be held together against gravity when upside down, but couldn’t be stacked upright.

  4. John Small Berries Jul 8th 2013 at 08:50 am 4

    There’s a third oddity: the pattern of sunlight on the wall. As close as the table is to the wall, if the light were coming from a skylight, the table would be interrupting the sunbeam and casting its own shadow into the pattern of windowpanes. But if the light were coming from a window off the right side of the third panel, the sun would have to be below ground level in order to make that particular pattern… unless the horse is going so far for his illusion that he’s placed a large mirror outside in order to reflect the sun at that angle.

  5. James Pollock Jul 8th 2013 at 12:19 pm 5

    I remember a Penn & Teller TV bit where they’re in a booth of some kind, and they do a bunch of levitation tricks, including pouring the water “up” from the pitcher to the cup. Finally, you get a different shot where you can see that they’ve been suspended upside-down the whole time.

  6. Pinny Jul 8th 2013 at 12:56 pm 6

    Re: #5 (James Pollock )”

    It’s the first scene in the film, “Penn and Teller Get Killed.”

  7. James Pollock Jul 8th 2013 at 02:13 pm 7

    I definitely saw it on TV. I suspect they (re?)did it for a TV appearance (talk show? SNL? one of their own shows? I don’t remember… but it was TV.)

  8. Powers Jul 9th 2013 at 08:33 am 8

    James, they show movies on television now.

  9. James Pollock Jul 9th 2013 at 01:28 pm 9

    Powers, but I don’t watch them, and never have. Movies on TV have annoying pauses, and strange edits where dialog and actions seem to have happened but get skipped over.

  10. Pinny Jul 9th 2013 at 05:21 pm 10

    It’s also likely that they used some of their existing routines in the film.

  11. Mark in Boston Jul 9th 2013 at 06:22 pm 11

    In the movie, they were on TV, on some sort of “Saturday Night Live” type of show. There was a shot of viewers in a living room watching it on TV. So you DID see it on TV, in a movie. If you saw the movie when it was on TV you saw your TV set showing a movie showing a TV set showing a live TV performance.

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