The fundamental discipline of magic is sleight of hand. Making an object vanish is the quintessential magic trick. Once you learn sleight of hand, there is an almost unlimited number of things you can do. With small objects like balls or coins, the most common method used to effect a vanish is referred to as a false transfer. A false transfer is when you pretend to move an object (such as a small ball) from one hand into the other, but secretly retain it in the original hand. And the French drop coin trick is usually the first false transfer a magician learns.