Then slide the tip of the hanger up between your two fingers to the penny. The penny now has support while you find good balance to rest it on the hanger’s tip.
To stop, open up the spin into a larger circle and bring the hanger to a stop as gently as possible. If you stop the spin “naturally” in one smooth motion, using one larger-circled spin, the penny should remain in place.
One day in the Army, I needed some extra change, so I made some nickel and dime bets with several guys that I could do this trick. After they all paid up, a drunk G.I. came into the barracks and I offered the bet to him. He laughed and said, “I’ll bet five dollars you can’t do that.” So I did the trick again. He congratulated me and began to walk off, but the other guys standing around, who had lost small change to me, took hold of the fellow, brought him back, and made him pay me the five dollars.
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