The Acentric Purse

A seemingly impossible production of four coins from a purse frame (i.e., a purse without the bag). Your hands are shown empty throughout the routine using many of the Edge Grip techniques just taught, and the coins are produced a number of different ways, one of which is a new sleight called the Edge to Fingertip Drop Production. There are two handlings - choose the one you prefer. Four half dollars are in right-hand Curl Palm, and the hand rests on the table in a relaxed fist. Your left hand...

Derek Dingle

Derek demonstrated this routine while we were going over some material in preparation for his new book, The Complete Works of Derek Dingle. Portions of this had originally appeared in The Pallbearer's Review (January, 1973), though improperly described. The reason I'm including it here is because elements of it are antecedents of Geoffrey Latta's Ultimate Han Ping Chien and David Arthur's Last One Through. Though Geoffrey had neither seen nor heard of Derek's handling until I showed it to him,...

Edge Grip Technique

It's an ancient technique, and probably hundreds of years old. Originally, before David tinkered with the move, you had to turn your back in order to put coins into Edge Grip it was strictly a one-shot concealment. David is releasing two of his methods for getting into the grip in full view of the audience (they occur, of course, in the context of routines). Other techniques which are made possible through the use of Edge Grip, and which will later be used in...

The Shuttle Pass

This is a versatile utility move - many of the later routines in this book use it in one way or another (or another ). I'll assume, for the moment, that you're sitting when you learn this, though the move can be done standing as well. Classic palm a coin in your right hand - that's the coin that'll be switched in. Another identical coin lies in finger palm on your palm-up left hand - that's the coin that'll be switched out. Your hands rest on the table about six to eight inches apart your left...

Wild Coin No

It was inevitable that Peter Kane's Wild Card plot should eventually be adapted to coins, and both Father Cyprian and Al Schneider have published methods. David has many versions - this, I think, is the best. It is ungimmi-cked, and uses a cup a la Father Cyprian's version. You must be seated at a table opposite the audience, working on a closeup mat. A small opaque cup with four half dollars in it is also on the table. An English Penny is classic palmed in your right hand. To perform, pick up...

Sol Stone Magician

Sol has two methods for this routine - this one uses a gimmicked coin, but the one that follows does not. This is also the simpler of the two. To prepare, a copper silver coin is Downs palmed in your right hand crotch and your right thumb, first, and second fingers hold a brass or Chinese coin (fig. 371). You can flash the empty right palm to the audience by bending your hand backward at your wrist, being careful, of course, not to flash the Downs palmed coin. Afterward turn your right palm...

Danny Korem

The idea of secretly tossing a coin inside your shirt is not new, but this is a sure-fire handling covered by a perfectly logical action doing a heads tails flip of a coin. You must be standing, wearing a button-down shirt. Hold the coin in your palm-up right hand between thumb, first, and second fingers. Your hand should be held comfortably close to your body, just above waist level (fig. 884). Move your thumb beneath the coin and flick it upward so it spins end over end as it flies. Say, Call...

Sol Stone

How Back Finger Clip Coin

This is the better method of the two because the palm of your hand (apparently empty) is toward the audience throughout the changes - it's also very difficult. Before you get involved with the triple change, which really just involves classic palming a third coin during the rest of the sequence and producing it at the end, I'll teach it as a copper to silver and back again change. To prepare Downs palm a copper coin in your right hand and hold a silver coin between your right thumb, first, and...

The Portable Hole

Coin Flipping Over Knuckles

You could count the classic coin plots on the fingers of one hand - until now add The Portable Hole to that list. This routine is the epitome of David Roth's genius as both a creator and synthesizer, and he's used it both in his professional act and lecture and it is world famous. What you're about to read is the height of coin magic - the state of the art. The routine itself is fairly long and complex, and will be difficult to master. Only a few can and will do it. The props and conditions are...

Fingertip Rest Position

I am not going to teach all the basic palms and grips because you should already have read Bobo's Modern Coin Magic and they're all well described there. What follows is a bit of finesse - something that most advanced coin workers use a lot. It's a simple thing to understand and do - it'll just take a bit of your concentration to remember to use and I'll remind you constantly . Classic palm a coin in your right hand. Curl your fingers into a loose fist and rest your hand on the table. Now relax...