How to Make Soft Coins

Don’t you hate it when you make the “move” and you hear the scraping of metal on metal or that dreaded coin click where it shouldn’t be?

The usual answer is find junk silver that have smooth, worn finishes that allow coins to slide together soundlessly. Finding 4 coins that meet this criteria is easier said than found after having dug in enough junk silver buckets at coin shows.

Fortunately Brad Morgan has released an excellent Soft Coins tutorial using a few basic items around the house and few products you can order for a few dollars.

Making Coins Soft from Brad Morgan on Vimeo.


Materials Needed to Make Soft Coins Required Materials

I’m looking forward to making my set!  I’ve got far too many Kennedy Half Dollars that need a good polish and softening!

Thanks Brad!



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7 Responses to “How to Make Soft Coins”

  1. It is embarrassing to forget a part of the magic trick half way through or to mess up the handling.

  2. I’m fond of doing magic tricks and I actually used to train my young friends (because they are the ones easily tricked) during my free time. Thanks for sharing this idea, I’ll sure try this!

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I am really enjoying the site. I hate that I am only finding it now. I have been studying magic all my life, but only now am I getting into coins. I have dabbled with them off an on, but until recently I have always considered myself a card man. Please keep up with the site, it’s really great.

  4. I dropped my fake silver dollars in bleach, lucky me there was a percentage of silver in it so it actually worked and they turned black. now they’re yellow dollars.
    need to do some softening on those coins though. dropped too often during practice.

  5. Is there other optional thing to use instead of A-West Blacken-It, and still getting that black color ? Probably bleacher? here in mexico it is impossible to get A-West Blacken-It, in case of using bleacher, the procedure to apply it would be the same than the us of A-West Blacken-It? or do i need to mix it with water or something like that? I really will appreciate it the answe. Thanks.

  6. Dear Brad, or Andy,
    What is the reasoning behind softening coins? I’m just starting out in coin magic and working through Sankey’s Revolutionary Coin Magic, Bobo’s Modern Coin Magic, as well as some newer stuff out there. On a Homer Liwag dvd, he really illuminated to me the importance of catching light on a coin before vanishing it, to make it that much nicer of a vanish. HOwever, wouldn’t that work best with a shinier coin? Also, sometimes you want a nice clink when your doing a click pass, etc. Is softness just a matter of the coins having less topographic detail and therefore they’re quieter when rubbing against each other? I’d like some clarity on the criteria. Can a coin be soft, shiny, and clink well?

    • Hi Marco –

      The main reason for using soft coins is to avoid the grinding noise when the coins come together.
      In Ron Bauer’s Gadabout Coins Revisited, he uses an In The Well vansih that relies on two coins coming together without making any noise as they slide together.
      In Chris Kenner’s Out of Control book, he has several moves that require a coin to be added back to the stack silently.

      I have several worn Walking Liberties and Barber halves that can be easily polished for a nice shine and they are silent (or as close as possible to it) when they come together.

      A soft coin can be shiny and still clink.

      Hope that helps!