Derek Dingle

The basic idea for this appeared in an old Phoenix. To set up, obtain a nest of boxes set - the small plastic kind where all the lids and bottoms are the same color. Separate all the boxes and lids and lay everything on the table. Take all the lids except the largest and stack them one inside the other - place those aside. Stack all the bottoms except for the largest, turn them over, and place them into the largest bottom (fig. 1007 is a schematic view). Cover that with the largest lid and place the whole thing on the table. Finger palm the rest of the lids that you've placed aside in your right hand, openings toward you (fig. 1008).

To perform, borrow a quarter and have it marked. Take it between thumb, first, and second fingers of your right hand and Retention Pass it into your left hand. Once your left fingers have closed into a fist your right hand drops away with the quarter in fingertip rest (fig. 1009). Raise your left fist and make a remark. At the same time your right thumb slides the quarter into the lids (fig. 1010).

Your right hand reaches forward and lifts the box from the table, thumb above, first finger beneath (fig. 1011). Raise your hand and turn it palm up, your thumb dragging the box over the lids as your fingers straighten (fig. 1012). Note that the lids rest in High Finger Palm on your second and third fingers, which are dropped a bit so your first finger conceals the extra thickness from the front.

Your right hand reaches forward and lifts the box from the table, thumb above, first finger beneath (fig. 1011). Raise your hand and turn it palm up, your thumb dragging the box over the lids as your fingers straighten (fig. 1012). Note that the lids rest in High Finger Palm on your second and third fingers, which are dropped a bit so your first finger conceals the extra thickness from the front.

Crumple your left fingers, opening them and making a tossing motion toward the box. Shake your right hand up and down a few times so the spectators hear the coin rattle - it sounds as if it's in the box! Turn your left hand palm down and take the box and lids beneath it from your right hand, thumb at inner side and second finger at outer side (fig. 1013). Rotate your left hand so the top of the box faces directly toward the spectators. Show your right hand empty and, with it, remove the large lid. Turn the lid around and place it beneath the box, over the other lid (fig. 1014 shows the lid just before it's flush with smaller lids). Rotate both hands so the bottom of the box is once again parallel with the table.

Move your right first finger onto the top of the open box (onto the supposed lid of the inner box) and slide the box to the right (fig. 1015). Note that your right thumb begins to move beneath the bottoms to complete the grip. At the same time, to avoid exposing the insides of the lids remaining in your left hand, your left thumb tilts them toward you so they're held by your second finger (on the outer side) and your thumb (on the inner side) (fig.

Separate your hands a bit, your right hand taking the bottoms and turning them inside toward audience. Say, "When you take off the lid there's another box inside." Lower your left hand slightly keeping it palm toward you, straighten its fingers, and pull the lids inside it to a High Finger Palm. At the same time your right hand flips the bottoms over and turns palm up so they're held between thumb and second finger as in figure 1017.

Move your hands together as just shown, so your right hand is directly in front of your left hand - the box almost in line with the lids. Your right thumb levers the box toward you so the smaller bottoms fall out, openings upward, onto your right third finger (fig. 1018). Without pausing your third finger kicks the bottoms over again so they do another somersault right onto the lids (fig. 1019). All of this is covered from the audience by the backs of your right fingers.

Without pausing your left thumb moves onto the bottoms and presses them firmly into the lids. Immediately turn your left hand palm down, ,rasping the whole works between thumb beneath, and second finger above. Both hands set the items on the table (fig. 1020). Your left fingers pluck off the large lid and then push the closed smaller boxes toward the spectator for him to open and find his marked coin.

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