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Stock trope of the StageMagician, sometimes refereed to as the Miser's Dream. On their introduction, something will get pulled out from behind someone's ear.

This is in fact a very easy trick to perform off-the-cuff. The only setup required is that the magician have a coin or other small object somewhere he can palm it.

For other stock tricks, see SawAWomanInHalf, PickACard, PullARabbitOutOfMyHat, and DisappearingBox.


* A State Farm commercial advertising its "Discount Double Check" service showed an old man playing this trick on his grandson. When his granddaughter asked him to check again for more money, he reached into his pocket to get another coin... only for her to roughly tousle her brother's head, flinging out coins, dollar bills, and other expensive items from {{Hammerspace}}.
-->'''Grandfather:''' ...my watch.

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': Prof. Calculus does one by accident in ''Flight 714''.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': In a flashback, it is revealed that Jean's mental powers were inadvertently coming to, tearing down the mental blocks Professor X had placed there years before. To discover the cause, Professor X reaches behind Jean's ear and pulls out... a mental hologram of ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, explaining that the resurgence of Jean's powers was due to her trying to emotionally "reach out" to him. Not quite a quarter, but pulling something out of someone's subconscious seems like a cool trick, too!
* In a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' written by Creator/PaulDini, there's a flashback scene where Alfred tried to throw a birthday party for young Bruce, less than a year after his parents were killed, and hired Zatara the magician to entertain at the party. Bruce wandered off to be alone, not wanting to party with the other kids, Zatara's daughter ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} approaches Bruce and, without saying a word, pulls a variant of the coin-behind-the-ear trick, producing soap bubbles from behind Bruce's ear. Because of this trick, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Zatanna became one of the first people to reach young Bruce after his parents' deaths]]. Batman recalled his first meeting with Zatanna when the two investigated the murder of her former assistant at the hands of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, which [[AuthorsSavingThrow helped him overcome his mistrust of Zatanna]] after the events of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}'s '' grandpa shows this trick to a delighted Tod... only to start accusing him of stealing his money and it pretty much goes downhill from there.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': When Calvin's dad does it to him, he has Hobbes hold him upside down and shake him, to see if there is any other loose change in him.
* ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician teaches a kid this trick to get back from a very far future where he had been pulled by that same kid playing with TimeTravel. In said future the only thing worth anything is knowledge - and since said trick had been completely forgotten in the face of more advanced amusements, it was very valuable.
* A ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip has a headhunter tribe always entertained by one uncle pulling a skull from behind a child's ear.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter'', Rick gives Ella her invitation to the ball this way.
* In ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'', show cow Maggie is able to pull out stuff (food) from the ears of others and herself. Sometime later, Mrs. Caloway teases her on getting some money this way when they and Grace decided to go to town and negotiate with Buck.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Robert does it to Giselle in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''. She thinks he actually is pulling them from her ear.
* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', King Agamemnon does this to Kevin as part of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cups_and_balls Cups and Balls]] magician's trick.
* Andy does this to Trish's youngest daughter with a fake ear in ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'', delighting her. The older daughter is unimpressed, and quickly realizes the implication that he would've had to have a fake ear in his pocket all day just to do those kinds of tricks.
* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', Larry does this to Atilla the Hun. Being the primitive savage he is, he falls for it.

* Professor "Reg" Chronotis does this as a hobby in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' by Creator/DouglasAdams. Then he goes on to do something that actually "is impossible".
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' story "Secret of the Coin" had a man take this ''way'' too far after it was performed on him as a child, to the point of killing people and finally summoning Beelzebub in order to learn the trick.
* Sheriff Pangborn is shown doing this at least twice in ''Literature/NeedfulThings'', by Creator/StephenKing, both times to cheer up someone who needs it.
* Fake Jamaican Robert Marley pulls this off in ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' twice. On the first time it's with a ''live centipede'' out of David's ear; on the second, [[spoiler:it's a live centipede out of his stomach!]]
* Shadow does coin tricks, including this one, throughout ''Literature/AmericanGods'', as a way of keeping his hands busy. It becomes important to the plot when he ends up with a pair of very special coins: [[spoiler:the sun and moon]].
* In ''Literature/PinocchiosSister'', a stage magician eating with Martha pretends to pull a roll out of her ear.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/HotelBabylon'':
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Monica hints to her dad that she needs some money. He's oblivious to the request, and does the coin trick to nobody's amusement but his own. Monica's reaction? "You got anything bigger back there?"
* Dax does it to the (large-eared alien) Quark in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. This being The Future, he accuses her of [[TeleportersAndTransporters using a teleporter to do it]]. It's a bar of gold-plated latinum she produces from his ear. Afterwards, Quark has to shoo away Rom, who's [[ComicallyMissingThePoint peering into his ear to see if there's any more wealth in there]].
* This was used in an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' to free a Pacific Island princess from an arranged marriage.
* JD does this in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. To no less than ''David Copperfield'' himself. Who then promptly makes the coin completely disappear, with a thoroughly unimpressed look on his face...
* Series/JonathanCreek does it also, quite naturally as he is a magician's assistant by trade.
* A favorite trick -- sorry, ''[[InsistentTerminology illusion]]'' -- of amateur magician GOB Bluth on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. It leads to him getting stabbed as he accidentally manages to get the violent inmate "White-Power Bill" temporarily re-christened as "Dirty-Ears Bill".
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'':
** Happens in the Christmas special, when Josh has been arrested and is in a jail cell with a ScaryBlackMan.
** In the episode with the magician, Josh tries to pull the What Have We Ear trick on him... to be horrified when the coin comes away dripping fake blood.
* Big Howard does this to Little Howard in ''Series/LittleHowardsBigQuestion''. Little Howard then goes to try and break his head open to get the money that is obviously in there.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Mary's brother Roy tried to impress Tommy with this.
-->'''Roy:''' Hey, what's that? A quarter?\\
'''Tommy:''' Oh, I get it. You're trying to impress a youngster with what you think is a mystifying feat of trickery.\\
'''Roy:''' [[PhraseCatcher Cut your hair, you look like a girl!]]
* On ''Series/{{Psych}}'', a woman does this with a flower to convince a little girl that the flower was magic. Turns out to be a ChekhovsSkill, as she used to similar trick to steal the ring that Shawn and Gus had been hired to find.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''. Scully does this to Mulder when they're visiting a town of sideshow freaks and performers.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|1998}}'', the title wizard is asked by a young Morgan Le Fay to "Do some magic for me!" He obliges by doing this trick. Her response? "That's not real magic. That's just a trick. Anybody can do that." Which she then proves by pulling another coin from behind Merlin's ear. If you pay attention, you notice that Merlin conjures the coin into Morgan's hand with real magic, but she doesn't notice, apparently assuming that's how the trick works.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Howard pulls this on Sheldon when he wants to bug him because he is uninterested in Howard's magic tricks.
** When Bernadette and Howard are about to have make-up sex, he does to Bernadette to reveal a condom.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Barney has been luring women away from [[spoiler:Marshall]] using magic tricks. Before they go out for another night, [[spoiler:Marshall]] asks Barney to empty his pockets of magic paraphernalia, then his sleeves, and finally to look behind his ([[spoiler:Marshall's]]) ear, from which he pulls a coin.
* Parodied in ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' in a sketch where an old man does the trick for a young boy outside a grocery store. He then notices something sticking out of his ear and pulls out a twenty dollar bill. He keeps pulling out more and more bills before deciding the kidnap the boy when his mom isn't looking.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'':
** Goren does this in "Vanishing Act"; producing the passkey from behind the guard's ear as a flourish as he finishes demonstrating how a StageMagician had stolen the key from the guard.
** The fixer for a 'rockstar' fashion designer does this at the start of "Rispetto"; producing cocaine for his employer.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Videogame/TheSims3'': Sims with the magician career from the "Showtime" ExpansionPack can pull the coin trick as an interaction at the novice stage.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' does it [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2001/05/01/ozy-and-millie-672/ here]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'', the magician Saxony Canterbury does this trick to amuse a child. Then an assassin tries to shoot him. Saxony catches the bullet ''in his hat''. Then "pulls" it from behind the assassin's ear - ''still moving''. The assassin's head is ChunkySalsa.
* An adult version [[http://sexylosers.com/051.html appears]] (NSFW) in ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'', where a magician is fingering his girlfriend, then pulls out a coin.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* "The Dingo's Guide to Magic" from ''WesternAnimation/TazMania''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** Dr. Henry Killinger, despite the fact that he is capable of very powerful magic, does this to entertain children.
** Dr. Orpheus mentions that if he reaches behind your ear, it won't be a nickel he pulls out, '''[[LargeHam BUT YOUR VERY SOUL!!!]]'''
* Mumbo pulls a penny out of a hostage bank teller's ear in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. The real trick is that it was covered in ear wax...
* [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything DJ Jesús]] does this in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil'' in a way that's genuinely supernatural - the setup is exactly the same, but he pulls an entire platter of fish out from behind Lucy's head, something he couldn't conceivably have palmed (and wouldn't have had any place to hide behind her). Everyone takes the sight with [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight casual disinterest]], except for his YesMan, Judas.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' pulled a Krabby Patty out of Squidward's ear once, as well as his nose.
* Dexter's dad does this in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' when he wants to go buy ice cream from the ice cream truck (whose driver had a grudge against him).
* On ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', when Frylock is looking for someone to resurrect Master Shake, one of the applicants is a stage magician repeatedly pulling the same quarter out of where Meatwad's ears would be, if he had any.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Moe entertains Maggie by pulling a penny behind her ear... who then proceeds to grab the penny and swallow it.
-->'''Moe:''' Okay. We won't tell no one about that.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Lawrence does this with Phineas which impresses Buford, to which Phineas points out that he always keeps a bunch of coins behind his ear.