David Arthur

By using principles of David Roth's (from his Okito box work and The Purse and Glass routine) David Arthur has put together this excellent routine with four coins and a purse. It's impromptu, can be done standing (though you need a table to work on), and uses only four coins and the purse. Place the coins into the purse before you begin.

To perform, open the purse and dump the coins onto the table. Arrange them in a horizontal row and place the open purse just behind them, mouth toward audience (fig. 906). Your right hand turns palm down and picks up the coins from left to right, stacking them as it goes. Do the Roth technique for Classic Palming One Coin of a Group and turn your hand palm up afterward to display the coins. Do the Latta technique for Classic Palming Two Coins of a Group, dragging a second coin over the one already in classic palm. (These techniques are explained in detail in the Roth and Latta sections.) When you turn your hand palm down two coins will be retained in classic palm and two will fall onto the insides of your fingers.

Both hands move simultaneously. Your left hand picks up the purse and holds it between thumb and fingers inside your hand, opening (mouth) upward. Your right thumb moves onto the uppermost of the two coins resting on your fingers and pushes it toward your first finger (fig. 907). Raise your right hand turning it palm toward you so that it's directly over the open purse (fig. 908).

Without pausing your right hand descends, to apparently place all four coins into the purse. Guide the lower coin into the purse, pressing it against the inner part of the frame (fig. 909). Your right thumb will he able to guide the upper coin behind the purse as your hand descends (fig. 910). Move your hand downward until the coin is completely hidden behind the purse and snap it shut (fig. 911). You may find this easier to do if you lift your right pinky so that your fingers are able to get inside the purse with less effort. It's a quick thing, so practice it until you've worked up some speed. It must appear as if you've placed the coins into the purse.

Your left hand takes the purse and places it onto the table with the coin hidden beneath it (fig. 912). The situation is two coins classic palmed in your right hand, one coin in the purse, and one coin hidden beneath it. As your left hand lays the purse down your right hand settles to the table in a relaxed fist,

The First Coin

Your right hand pretends to pluck a coin from the purse, remaining about two inches above it. At the same time your left hand turns palm up, fingers spread (fig. 913). Move your right hand over your left hand, slightly curling your left fingers around the back of your right hand (fig. 914). As you ostensibly place the invisible coin you've taken from the purse onto your left palm relax your right palm and allow on(,, of the classic palmed coins to fall into your left hand (fig. 915). This is hidden from the audience by your left fingers. Without pausing move your right hand away, closing your left fingers into a fist.

Pause for a second and open your left fingers revealing the coin. Push it to finger palm with your left thumb and do a Shuttle Pass, apparently taking it with your right hand, (Actually the coin that's in classic palm in your right hand is substituted while the original coin remains in left-hand finger palm.) After the Shuttle Pass your right hand places the visible coin between your left thumb and fingers, and your left hand tables it to the left of the purse (fig.

The Second Coin

You've already done the work for this one. Simply close your left hand into a palm-up fist. Show your right hand empty and pretend to pluck another coin from above the purse. Toss it toward your left hand, which opens revealing another coin.

Turn your left hand over and pick up the coin that's lying beside the purse (the just-produced coin remaining in finger palm). Turn your left hand palm up and pull the coin that you've just picked up onto the coin in finger palm, overlapping it, spread inward (fig. 917). This application of Han Ping Chien is from David Roth's Purse and Glass routine. Your palm-down right hand grasps the purse between thumb (beneath - holding the hidden coin) and first and second fingers (above) (fig. 918). Lift it, holding it broadside toward audience just above the table. Raise your left hand and say, "Two coins have already jumped out. . . ." Lower your left hand and turn it palm down beside the purse. As you do your right hand

raises the purse, your right thumb releasing the hidden coin. It falls to the table and coalesces with the single coin that falls from your left hand (one remains in finger palm) (fig. 919). Finish the sentence, 11 ' . . and two are left in the purse." You have to time the move so it appears that your left hand just dumps its coins onto the table.

The Third Coin

Your right hand tables the purse to the right of the two coins. Close your left hand into a fist and turn it palm up. Pretend to pluck another coin from the purse and toss it toward your left hand. Open your left fingers to reveal another coin. Place it onto the table with the two coins already there.

The Fourth Coin

Show your hands empty. Pick up the purse and open it, removing the coin that's inside with your right hand. Your left hand holds the open purse inside it between thumb and fingers. Your right hand displays the coin, which rests directly over the inner portion of your second finger (fig. 920). Move your right hand in front of your left hand so your right third finger hugs your left first finger (fig. 921).


As you turn your right hand palm down your third finger moves above the inner edge of the coin and then straightens, clipping it between your second and third fingers (fig, 922). When your hand is palm down the coin actually dangles in the purse for a moment (as shown in the illustration). Turn your right palm toward you keeping your right pinky pressed against your left first finger so the audience cannot see between your hands (fig. 923).

Your left thumb closes the purse a bit, just enough so that your right hand can lower the coin behind it (fig. 924). Move your right thumb onto the coin and hold it against the back of the purse, sliding it to center (fig. 925). Turn your right hand palm up and grasp the purse from beneath between thumb and fingers (fig. 926).

Your left hand grasps the left end of the purse and, as it lifts it taking it to the left, your right thumb pulls the coin behind your right fingers (fig. 927). Your right hand settles into a relaxed fist with the coin in fingertip rest as your left hand tables the purse to the right of the three visible coins.

Pickup one of the coins with your left hand and maneuver it into pal m- up finger palm. Do a Shuttle Pass, apparently taking it with your right hand. Your left fingers lift another coin and place it beside the one already held between your right thumb and fingers. Pick up the remaining coin and display it (fig. 928). Turn both hands palm down and place the coins on either side of the purse (fig. 929).

Close your left hand into a palm-up fist. Pretend to pluck the last coin from the purse with your right hand and toss it toward your left hand. Open your left fingers to reveal the final coin. Drop it onto the. table to the left of the purse - everything can be examined.

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