Subscribe to Adam’s newsletter: the only way to stay up to date

How To Win The ‘Which Hand?’ Coin Game

September 7, 2017
Coin Game Street Leeds

In this footage which ended up not making the final cut of ‘Adam Patel: Real Magic’, but did get circulated by a couple of media outlets, I play the famous ‘Which Hand?’ coin game and win five out of five times.

If you’re not familiar with it, the premise is this:

A participant is asked to enclose a coin inside one of their hands behind their back and then present their two identical looking hands in front of them. My job is then to determine which hand contains the coin. Every. Single.Time.

For such a simple game, it’s extremely fascinating.

In this article, I let you behind the curtain as I share some of the techniques I use.

The Nose

The nose knows. And the nose very often tells. If you ask the participant to slowly separate their fists, the participant’s nose will very often move in the direction of the guilty hand, betraying where the coin is. It’s the slightest micro-movement, but it’s surprisingly consistent. And usually the technique I use in the first round of the game.

Arm Resistance

If you lightly move both arms from side to side, the arm holding the coin almost always has more resistance than the other. This is extremely consistent and always my double check, no matter what other techniques I’m trying to employ.

Reverse Psychology

Tell somebody that they keep going for the same hand over and over again, and they almost always follow that up by breaking the pattern and changing hands the next time round.

The Glance

I have not yet found a way to cause this to happen, but people don’t like being watched. So when you look at them in an analytical way, they become uneasy and will often glance very quickly at the hand with the coin on it.



Now you too can have a go at playing the Which Hand? coin game with your friends.

Enjoy. And let me know how you get on…

Facebook Comments


Like the way I write? I do take commissions for content writing. Let's talk.

Popular posts

Do It Now - How To Write A Goals List

Goal Setting For High Achievers: 6 Golden Rules For Dream Realisation

Read more
black mirror - bandersnatch

Thoughts on ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

Read more
Adam Patel Awkward

Why Am I Not Successful?: Mark Zuckerberg, The Millennial Pride Vacuum & How To Be Happy

Read more
90s Software

Time Machine Moment: 90s Software Frustrations, macOS Mojave & The Final Straw With Final Draft

Read more
Seasonal Affective Disorder

How I Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Read more
Adam Patel: What Bullying Did To Me

What Bullying Did To Me: A First Hand Account From A Bully Victim & An Open Letter To Bully Victims Everywhere

Read more
Adam Patel Brown Magic Edinburgh Fringe 2018

What Happened In Edinburgh

Read more
The Extinction Event at High Tide Festival

The Extinction Event: A Review

Read more
Best Indian restaurants London

London’s Best Indian Restaurants According To Me (2018)

Read more
Watford Borough Council Logo

Adam Performs For Watford Borough Council

Read more
Adam Patel Looking Mysterious

FIRST LOOK: ‘Adam Patel: Real Magic’ Credits Sequence

Read more
Adam Patel Performing Magic On South Bank

7 Things I Learned From Making A TV Magic Special

Read more

Watch ‘Adam Patel: Real Magic’ On Amazon Prime From Sunday 10th June

Read more
Adam Patel Brown Magic Tile

‘Adam Patel: Brown Magic’ Coming To Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Read more
Adam Patel Awkward

Well This Is Booking Awkward

Read more

The Undirected Show Episode #1

Read more

What Now?: Life After Real Magic & Future Experiments

Read more
Switch Off Facebook

Why I’m Switching Off Social Media

Read more

Adam Nominated For Examiner Community Award

Read more

Bradford Magician

Read more

Contact Adam