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7 Ways To Rig A Coin Toss

Hilary Clinton won the Iowa Caucaus off the back of a coin toss. A coin toss. A major step in the process to choosing the President of the United States of America all came down to same technique used to decided football kick offs and who puts the cat out. But how could either candidate have rigged the toss in their favour?

1) Always Pick Heads

Stanford math professor and man with way too much time on his hands Persi Diaconis has done the math and determined that rather than being a 50/50 proposition, the natural bias in a coin’s weight means heads will be the winer 51% of the time. If that margin seems slight, remember that a roulette wheel makes casinos millions with similar odds.

ODDS: 51/49
ODDS OF GETTING CAUGHT: LOW

2) Play First The Three

Penney’s Game is a great method of getting 7 to 1 odds on a coin toss. Each person guesses what they think the outcome of a coin toss will be. E.g. HEADS TAILS HEADS or TAILS TAILS HEADS. The coin is flipped until someone’s combination is tossed.

Let the other person guess first and you can win one in seven times by using the following formula:

  • You first pick is the OPPOSITE of their last
  • Your second pick is the same as their first
  • Your third pick is the same as their second

ODDS: 1/7
ODDS OF GETTING CAUGHT: LOW

3) Learn The Feel Of A Coin

Toss the coin fairly and, when you catch it, feel the which side is face up with fingers. Tails is usually rougher than heads. Slam the coin on the back of your hand accordingly and you win.

ODDS: 100%
ODDS OF GETTING CAUGHT: HIGH

4) Flip The Coin Like A Frisbee

Rest the coin on the back of your thumb with your index finger wrapped around it. As you toss, don’t flick your thumb but instead use your index finger to spin the coin like a frisbee. Practice this move until you’ve got it down pat. Add a little wobble and the move looks like a regular toss.

ODDS: 100%
ODDS OF GETTING CAUGHT: LOW

How To Beat A Coin Flip

5) Use a Double Side Coin

American, British and European currency can all be purchased as double sided coins from any magic shop. Learn how to switched the gaffed coin for the straight one before you even think of going up against a professional gambler. I recommend the Bobo Coin Switch.

ODDS: 100/0
ODDS OF GETTING CAUGHT: MEDIUM

6) Practice

If you practice your coin toss using the same coin over and over, eventually you can get your odds of winning up by pure force of will alone. Go for three to four flips maximum and try to get the coin to land on a soft surface to avoid rolling or bouncing. Carpets, table cloths or your hand are best

ODDS: 70/30
ODDS OF GETTING CAUGHT: LOW

7) Be A Dick

Call “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” as the coin is in the air and hope their not paying attention.

ODDS: 100/0
ODDS OF GETTING CAUGHT: HIGH

On the flip side (see what I did there) the best way to makeĀ  coin toss fair is to have an impartial flipper, a heavy coin and make sure the coin hits a hard floor or table.

None of that will help Bernie though

Nicholas J. Johnson is a Melbourne magician, author, entertainer and collector of scams.

 

 

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2 responses to “7 Ways To Rig A Coin Toss”

  1. Ayden says:

    Amazin

  2. Pete says:

    Interesting articles. On your three coin trick if you win one in seven what does your opponent win? Also I must tell you one in seven makes the odds 6 to 1 not 7 to 1.

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