David Arthur

This is how David applies Geoffrey Latta's second handling of Han Ping Chien to the last coin in a Coins Through the Table routine. Let's assume that you're seated at a table opposite the audience and that you've already made the first three coins pass through the table (they're moving from your left hand, which is above the table, to your right hand, which is beneath). Your palm-up left hand holds a single coin, your palm-down right hand holds the other three coins from above between thumb, first, and second fingers (fig. 937). Your right hand is close to the table, the bottom of the lowest coin almost touching it. Your left hand is above it and to the left.

Move your right hand toward you until it passes the table edge. Simultaneously relax your thumb and fingers a bit so the bottom coin drops into your lap (fig. 938). This happens as soon as the stack is beyond the table edge - there's no pause. Your right hand immediately begins moving away from you, tile opposite way, over the table again. When it passes your left hand both hands move forward together (fig. 939).

As they move relax your left pinky and allow the coin to slide out. It'll fly forward as it falls because of your left hand's momentum (fig. 940). You've got to aim carefully here because the falling coin must land beneath the two coins in your right hand (fig. 941).

Your right hand immediately lifts all three coins and spreads them for the spectators to see. Take them beneath the table picking up the lapped coin on the way. Show your left hand empty and bring your right hand up with four coins to end.

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