Crepe Coil Can
Of all my children, she is my favorite.  Have you ever said that as a parent?  Probably not out loud.  Since I don’t have human children, I think it’s totally acceptable for me to say that about my ideas and discoveries.  However, I do say that about each one because everyone excites me in the same way.  It may be a twist on something old or a unique discovery but they are all my favorites at birth.  Then I move on to the next child.  Probably another statement parents don’t voice in public.

Allow me to introduce you to my newest and favorite child of the moment.  I call it the Crepe Coil Can.  The magician’s hat coil has always been one of my favorite productions.  I used to use a hat coil in almost all my shows when I was in high school.  The effect is still strong today.  Several years ago I discovered that a roll of party crepe paper decoration could serve the same purpose as a hat coil and be much more economical.  It is larger in depth and won’t last as long but it gives a great punch for half a buck.

I’ve produced the coils from bags in the past but I’ve always wanted a way to be able to load a coil into a hat or other object quickly.  As a child, I used a large jar lid to hold hat coils.  I attached Velcro to the top of the lid and the inside of my top hat. The hat coil was jammed into the lid. The jar lid was a simple solution to hold the coil in the top of the hat as well as load it during a show.

While working on another project, I decided to spend a little time searching for a “jar lid” that would work with the crepe paper coil.  I won’t bore you with the details of my search.  I’ll just say my local grocery store and Dollar Tree offered the solutions.

The crepe paper I use comes from Dollar Tree.  Two rolls in the pack for a buck.  Crepe paper found in party stores is larger and more expensive.  The Dollar Tree size is perfect for this project.  Figure 1 shows my perfect can.  That’s a statement I’ve never used before.  As you can see, my perfect can contains French onion dip.  Step 1, remove the dip and clean the can.  Use your favorite method.

The coil is almost a perfect fit in the can.  Figure 2.  You’ll need to removes a little of the coil from the outside to fit it inside the can.  It’s best if it’s slightly loose.  Be sure to push the center of the coil up so it’s ready to grab and pull.  Figure 3. Cut a hole in the lid slightly smaller than the coil.  Figure 4.  The lid holds the coil inside the can and allows it to fall out when ready.  Figure 5.  This can works great.  Find a way to attach the can to the inside of the prop you wish to use to produce the coil.  Magnets would be a perfect solution if French onion dip came in steel cans.  However, Velcro is a great option.

I found a pimiento cheese package that works perfect as well.  This is actually my favorite of the two methods.  Figure 6.  It’s not required to remove any of the outside of the coil.  Because the coil is looser inside it flows out much easier.  Figure 7.  I do recommend the brand shown in the picture.  The fit of the lid and size of the package works great.  Some of the other brands have lids that fit lower in the package.  The cheese is tasty too.

I hope you’ll find a way to use this idea in your shows.  Kids love productions like this.  A quick Google or Bing search of “hat coil magic” will reveal they can be $4 and up.  The coils sold by shops are great and I recommend them.  You can also find Youtube videos seeing them in action.  The magic shop version is very impressive.  However, these crepe paper coils are an inexpensive option and comparable in effect.

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