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The professor’s trick

MagicCoin.jpgOur diplomatic correspondent sends in this report, with a note saying “The following is a true story. Only the names have been changed
to protect the untenured.”

X is a famous researcher. Even in his late seventies he is still very active. As a young researcher, you hear many stories about him. He is very approachable. He is an amateur magician. He is a letch.
“Hello Professor X, my advisor asked me to say hello.”
“Very nice to meet you. Would you like to join us for lunch?”
“Yes, where are you going?”
“Hooters”, and the old man smiled.

The waitress came over. “Let me show you a trick”, said the harmless looking old man as a coin suddenly appeared. His hands were steady and swift as the coin vanished and reappeared. “Come closer”, he said, and his hands began to shake as she bent nearer to him to watch.
Usually with a small child, the magician vanishes the coin and pulls it from behind a child’s ear. This was not a small child and the ear was not where the coin was appearing.
The amazing thing was how long it took the girl to realize there were no accidental “touchings”.
The last thing I remember my advisor saying was “always
leave a big tip when you go out with Professor X.”

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