Begin by bringing out the box. Hold it in your left hand and, with your right hand, place the lid onto the table. Next remove the penny
from the box, display it and lay it beside the lid. Dump the half dollars from the box into the right hand, taking care to conceal the bottom of the box. Then count the halves back into the box and pick up the lid.
As you replace the lid on the box, secretly turn the box over. There are several turnover techniques that can be used here, and the reader likely has a favorite. If not, a study of Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic or Mohammed Bey's Okito Coin Box Routines will provide a selection. The method that Mr. Elmsley favors is this:
The box rests at the base of the left fingers. Display the lid mouth-up on the fingers of the palm-up right hand, with the thumb inside the lid. Bring the right hand back, toward the box on the left hand, and simultaneously turn your right palm toward you, so that the lid lies behind the fingers and cannot be seen by the audience. In this motion, grip the opposite edges of the lid between the right first and fourth fingers, as if you were front palming a coin. This permits your right thumb to move away from the lid, which it does to contact the near edge of the box (Figure 173).
As the right hand continues to move inward, the right thumb tips the box forward and over, inverting it onto the inner phalanges of the left fingers (Figure 174). The right fingers conceal the turnover of the box from the audience. Complete the turnover action by
lowering the lid onto the bottom of the inverted box, then move the right hand away.
Whatever the turnover method employed, finish with the capped box resting on the inner phalanges of the left second and third fingers.
"For the first part of the trick, I shall use the penny and a handkerchief." With these words, lift the box from the left fingers, leaving the stack of coins behind. Simultaneously turn the left hand palm-down to hide the coins, finger palming them, and reach into the left pocket for the handkerchief. Draw the handkerchief from the pocket and snap it open, while with your right hand you place the box onto the table.
Open the handkerchief with both hands and display it. Then drape it over the left hand, turning the hand palm-up only when it is under the handkerchief. Thus, the palmed coins remain concealed. Spread the left thumb, first and fourth fingers, while keeping the coins under control in the curled second and third fingers. If the first and fourth fingers are raised slightly, the left hand appears to be opened flat under the handkerchief (Figure 175).
With the right hand, pick up the penny from the table and pretend to place it into the center of the handkerchief. Actually retain it in the right hand. Any false transfer can be used. Mr. Elmsley finds the pinch vanish well suited for this situation (ref. Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic, p. 32). Close the left fingers, bunching the center of the handkerchief as if clutching the coin there.
Blow on the handkerchief and open the left fingers, first and fourth again raised slightly, letting the center of the handkerchief fall open (Figure 175 once more). The coin is seen to have vanished.
While attention is focused on the handkerchief, secretly shift the penny to right-hand finger palm. Then, with the right hand, lift the lid from the box on the table, revealing the penny there, resting on what appears to be the stack of halves.
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