David Arthur

David has an unusual method for visibly melding two quarters into a half dollar. To prepare, finger palm a half dollar in your left hand. Borrow two quarters from a spectator.

Hold the borrowed quarters between the thumb, first, and second fingers of each hand (fig. 930). Your hands are almost palm up - or, at least as much as possible without exposing the finger palmed half dollar. Move the right-hand quarter over your left palm in Retention Pass position (fig. 931). Do the move, your left second, third, and pinky fingers closing over the coin for so it appears).

Your right hand classic palms the quarter as it moves away. It returns to take the quarter from your left hand. Both hands close into palm-down fists. The just-taken quarter is in right-hand fingertip rest. Ask the spectator how many quarters you have in each hand. No matter what he says turn both hands palm up and move your thumbs inside: your right thumb pushes the quarter from fingertip rest into view past your fingertips, your left thumb pushes a tiny bit of the half dollar's edge into view (fig. 932 is your view; fig. 933 is the audience view). Say, "One in each hand."

The right-hand quarter is held by your thumb, first, second, and third fingers. Bend your right hand back at the wrist (fig. 934). Swing it forward snapping its quarter against the inside of the half dollar with a clink (fig. 935). Repeat this again.

Start to do it a third time (by this time you should have established a beat and rhythm) but, as your right hand swings forward to clink the coins, your third finger snaps the quarter inward into classic palm (fig. 936). Your first and second fingers move forward to the half dollar as if they held the quarter. The moving quarter should strike the quarter already in classic palm at the exact moment that it would've struck the half dollar.

Your right thumb and fingers grab the half dollar and turn it over a few times before handing it to a spectator.

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