Phase One

When ready to begin, reach into the pocket and thumb palm the copper coin. Grasp one of the silver coins at the fingertips and bring the hand from the pocket. Briefly show the half dollar and drop it onto the palm-up left hand, positioning it at the base of the forefinger. Move the left hand from left to right, displaying the coin.

"If you take a half dollar and place it into the left hand..." At this point the left hand should be held directly in front of you, with the right hand nearby. Bring the right hand over the left and, with the right thumb and forefinger, pick up the half dollar. As you do this, let the thumb-palmed penny drop onto the inner phalanges of the left third and fourth fingers (Figure 192). The hands are perfectly positioned to permit this, and the action of picking up the half dollar naturally facilitates the release of the penny.

While the right hand is still over the left, begin to close the left fingers loosely, finger palming the penny, and turn the hand palm-down. Then let the penny fall from finger palm onto

the tips of the third and fourth fingers.

Deposit the half dollar in the curl of the left forefinger, resting it on the middle phalanx of the thumb. You will now seem to push the silver coin into the fist, but it is actually stolen away by the right hand. Place the tip of the right forefinger onto the center of the coin and push it into the left fist. However, just as the coin moves out of sight, bend the right forefinger downward, rotating the coin around the left thumb (Figure 193, exposed from below). When the coin reaches a position flat under the left thumb, bring the right thumb up against it and grip the coin in Frikell-style thumb palm (a sort of finger palm done with the thumb). Then straighten the right forefinger and withdraw it from the fist (Figure 194). As the right hand moves to the right, straighten the thumb against the side of the hand, transforming the Frikell palm into a thumb pahn. Moving from the one to the other is easy to do, (This steal is based on a thimble vanish by Edward Proudlock.)

With your extended right forefinger, tap the back of the left hand as you complete the explanation: "...and if you then squeeze it, curiously enough it emerges from the other side looking like a penny." Wiggle the left fingers, working the penny to the left until it protrudes from the curled left fourth finger (Figure 190 again). Keep a grip on the coin with the fourth finger; you do not want to drop it.

Turn the left hand over and, while attention is momentarily drawn there, relax the right thumb and let the half dollar fall from thumb palm into finger palm. Then grasp the penny, taking it between the right thumb and fingertips, and remove it from the still closed left hand. Lay it on the table.

"To do that, besides the penny you need a half dollar." As you say this, open the left hand, showing it empty. This should surprise the spectators, who expect to see the half dollar there. Reach into your right pocket and remove the second half dollar, holding it at the fingertips. Retain the original half dollar in finger palm as you do this.

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