Magic Nook Magic
Piggy Needs Money
to Candy Bag
and Their Dreams
by Jim Gerrish
Jim explores the history of today's
Miser's Dream, starting with Hoffmann's Shower of
Coins and up to the present day, where everyone
sticks a hand in a pail to produce a bunch of coins. But
what if you didn't have to stick your hand in a pail to
do the same thing? What if you handed the pail to a
helper to hold as you filled it with noisy coins? What if
you used a glass jar instead of a metal pail and could
see the coins fall into it, as well as hear them? See
where Jim's Dreams takes him (and knowing Miser Jim, it
won't be expensive!).
Jim includes his own inexpensive noisy
wine bucket that a helper holds by side handles as shown
in the above photo. Then Jim describes an inexpensive
Dollar Store Coin Ladder you can build. Finally he
describes his glass jar coin collector. All of these can
be easily and inexpensively built for your own
performances. Just in case you like some of the
traditional shenanigans and want to keep them in the act,
the entire history of the miser's dream probably has most
of them included. Like every coin-loving Miser, you can
have it all!
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