Take the regular card In the left hand and the gimmick in the right. Hold both hands palms-up, fingers pointed upward, with the cards displayed vertically, backs toward the audience. The gim-micked card is gripped at the edge with the thread, near its middle, and the coin is permitted to dangle behind the screen of the right fingers (Figure 181). Hold the left hand's card in a similar grip.

Now, using the tips of the thumb and first two fingers of each hand, rotate the cards, displaying faces and backs of both. Keep the right second, third and fourth fingers together to conceal the coin behind them as you turn the card. Slip the left hand's card in front of the gimmick in the right hand (i.e., the gimmicked card is situated nearest your body) and lower both cards onto the right hand and over the coin (Figure 182). Simultaneously open the right hand flat to receive the cards. The gimmicked card should be on top.

With your left hand, reach into your pocket and bring out the duplicate coin. Display it and set it on the table. Then take the cards, with the coin hidden below them, into the left hand—thumb on top, fingers beneath—and lay them in front of you on the table. You should, by the way, perform this on a tablecloth or a close-up mat, to prevent the coin from "talking". The side of the gimmicked card to which the hair is attached must be on the right.

With your right hand, pick up the duplicate coin and execute a pass, apparently placing it into your left hand. Any convincing pass will do. Since the coin is small, Mr. Elmsley suggests the pinch vanish as a good choice (see Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic, p. 32).

Make a crumpling action with the left fingers over the cards and, while all attention is directed there, retract the right hand to the edge of the table and lap the hidden coin.

Using just the fingertips of the hands, neatly flip the two cards over to the right, exposing the coin beneath (Figure 183), This vanish and reproduction of the coin constitute the first phase of the routine. In the second phase the coin will be caused to travel invisibly from one card to the other.

Phase Two

Flip the two cards leftward and over the coin again. Then, with the left hand, grasp them by their extreme left corners—second fingertip at the outer corner, thumb at the inner — and raise them about a quarter of an inch from the table. With the right hand, grip the inner right corner of the upper (gimmicked) card (Figure 184) and carry it eight inches to the right as you say, "Suppose we only cover the coin with one card." The hair of course drags the coin along, hidden below the gimmicked card. (Here the cloth surface is important. Without one, the coin would be heard as it moves across the table,)

Drop the right hand's card onto the table without paying it any attention. Your focus remains on the left-hand card. Your attitude is one of nonchalance, as you set aside the second card.

Slowly lower the left hand's card onto the table and apparently onto the coin. Make a magical gesture over this card. Then rub the card in small circles on the table, as if rubbing away the coin. Flip the card over, showing the coin is gone. Use this card to flip the gimmicked card over, to the right, exposing the coin beneath it.

Phase Three

We now come to the final phase of the routine, the penetration of the coin through the table. To prepare for this, we indulge in a bit of by-play. You still hold the normal card by its left side in your left hand, thumb above, fingers below. Lower this card over the coin, but do not release it.

With the right fingertips, flip the gimmicked card sidewise and leftward, onto the left hand's card (Figure 185). Immediately slide

the left hand, with its card, eight inches to the left, acting as if you were rather clumsily stealing the coin beneath it. "Once more we separate the cards. Now, where do you think the coin is?"

If you have played your part convincingly, the spectators will strongly suspect the left-hand card. Before they can openly commit themselves to this error, raise that card and show the coin is not there.

"Oh no! I did that to see if you were watching. But you are quite right in thinking the coin isn't here." As you say this you show that the coin has vanished from beneath both cards:

Transfer the left hand's card to the right hand, taking it between the thumb and forefinger by its right inner corner. Immediately place the tip of the left forefinger at the left edge of the tabled gimmick, bracing it, as you slip the right hand's card under the right edge of the gimmick and scoop up both card and coin (Figure 186), The hair makes the scooping of the coin onto the card almost automatic.

Without hesitation, with the right hand pinch the inner right corners of both cards and raise their right sides until the cards are vertical and their undersides are exposed to the audience (Figure 187), The edge of the gimmick to which the hair is attached should now be uppermost. Thanks toi the hair, the coin is hidden, suspended between the cards.

Pause for a moment to let the vanish register. Then transfer the cards to the left hand, gripping them by their lower left corners. As you do this, let the hands be seen otherwise empty.

With the freed right hand, reach, under the table, procuring the

lapped duplicate coin on the way. Snap it loudly to the underside of the table, suggesting with the noise that you have just now pulled the coin through. Then bring the coin from beneath the table and toss it down.

At the same time casually carry the cards to your left pocket and leave them there as you bring out a few more coins of various denominations. This action distracts attention from the pocketing of the cards. With the right hand, pick up the coin from the table, add it to the others in the left hand and pocket the lot.

No suspicion should be directed at the cards if they are casually handled. Don't be in too great a hurry to dispose of them; and should someone ask to see them, merely break the thread and palm away the coin. It takes only a few minutes to construct another gimmick.

Since only one side of the coin on the gimmick is seen during the routine, if you have someone mark the opposite side of the duplicate coin, you can have the mark confirmed again at the finish. You might wish to consider adding this ploy to the presentation.

You may, at first, be overly concerned about the hair being seen. I can only assure you that it will not be noticed. Mr. Elmsley has performed this on a white tablecloth—the most unaccommodating of backgrounds—and, to make matters worse, for a group of magicians. He succeeded in fooling them all. Afterward several admitted they had seen the hair, but they failed to recognize it as instrumental to the method. Today, though, with ultra-fine threads readily available, nothing need be seen at all.

Other moves are possible with this gimmick. For example, have the normal card face-down on the table, and hold the gimmicked card face-down by its hair-free side in the right hand, with the coin hidden under it. Now apparently flip the tabled card face-up with the card in your hand, but actually do a Mexican turnover (see The Expert at the Card Table, pp. 123-124, or any text on Three-card Monte), The gimmicked card ends up on the table, lying to the left

of the exposed coin, and the normal card is now in your right hand. Through this maneuver the coin is apparently produced from beneath the tabled card.

If you experiment with this gimmick, other disarming moves can be discovered. For additional ideas, see A1 Spackman's "Merely a Beer Matter" in The Gen (Vol. 22, No. 6, October 1966, pp. 160-161) or Ganson's Art of Close-up Magic, Volume One (pp. 290-292).

May 1953

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