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, Derek's handling (which does predate Geoff's) was obviously created in the same train of thought. The only requirements are that you be seated at a table opposite the audience, and that you use four identical coins.

The First Coin

Have the coins examined and then returned to you. Show your hands completely empty and stack the coins directly in front of you about two inches from the table edge. Openly move your right hand beneath the table. Lower your palm-down left hand over the stack so that the coins can be grasped between your thumb and first finger (fig. 993). Note that the lower side of the hand is pressed firmly against the table so that the spectators cannot see under it. At this point the stack is shielded from the audience by the backs of your first and second fingers.

Lift only the top three coins and move them forward, diagonally outward and to the right (fig. 994). Pause when your left thumb base is directly over the coin which you've left on the table as shown in the illustration. Press your left hand lightly downward and lower the three coins onto the table, covering them with your fingers (fig. 995). Say, "I'm going to rub the first coin through the table." Retract your left hand just enough so that the coin hidden beneath your thumb base falls off the table and into your lap (fig. 996).

Make a few rubbing motions with your hand - but don't overdo it: this is not the Marlo move where the coin is rubbed backward beneath your hand.

Bend your right hand inward at the wrist and pick up the just-lapped coin. Move your hand back beneath the table and snap the coin upward against it making a noise. Lift your left hand revealing only three coins. Pick those up and let them rest on your palm-up left hand so that the center coin is directly in line with your second finger (fig. 997). Close your left fingers into a fist over the coins, your second fingertip pressing on the center coin to hold it, and the coin to its left, in place Jig. 998 in which the hand is transparent). The coin farthest to the right is gripped very loosely inside your third and pinky fingers.


Tilt your fist upward to a vertical position, holding it about an inch above the table (i.e., simply turn your hand at the wrist so the thumb hole is pointing directly upward, the backs of your fingers facing the right) (fig. 999). Move your right hand toward you and, on its way out from beneath the table, leave the coin it holds in your lap. Without pausing bring your right hand above the table directly in front of you directly in back of your left hand (fig. 1000). Note that your right hand should be palm down, fingers curled into a loose fist as if holding a coin.

Two things happen simultaneously. Your right hand begins to move outward and turn palm up. It passes directly beneath your left hand, which relaxes and allows the lowermost loose coin to drop out of it and onto your right fingers (fig. 1001). Other than relaxing its pinky your left hand does not move. Your right hand continues moving forward, grasping the coin it holds between thumb and first finger and turning palm down to tap it on the table (fig. 1002). Say, "That's one - through a solid table." You're now one ahead.

The Second Coin

Your right hand takes its coin and, as soon as its beneath the table again, snaps it into classic palm. Pick up the coin already in your lap and hold it between your thumb and first finger, Move your hand beneath the center of the table.

Slap your left hand onto the table, turning it palm down and spreading its fingers. Lift it to reveal only two coins. Pick those up and display them on your palm-up left hand for a moment. Close your left fingers into a fist and turn it palm down, your second or third finger pushing one of the coins backward so it dangles outside your fist held in place by only your fingertips. (This has been described before - see Roth's Deep Back Clip Steal for more details.)

Bring your right hand out from beneath the table with its two coins spread, held between the thumb and first finger. Move your right hand around and in front of your left hand, tossing its coins onto the table. Simultaneously your left hand moves back to the table edge and allows the dangling coin to drop into your lap (fig. 1003). (This is a modification of a Vernon move from Kangaroo Coins.) Without pausing your right hand lifts the two coins it has just dropped while your left fist moves forward a bit.

Your right hand moves beneath the table and, on the way, picks up the just-lapped coin.

The Third Coin

Once your right hand is beneath the center of the table your left hand turns palm down, fingers straight, and slaps its coin onto the table. A second later let the third coin in your right hand, which you've been holding away from the others, fall onto them with a clink. Lift your left hand revealing a single coin. Pick it up and hold it on your palm-up hand for display. As you close your fingers into a fist tilt your hand sideways so it's in the same position for Han Ping Chien as in the handling for the first coin (i.e., in a vertical position with the thumb hole pointing upward). Remember that your fist should be about an inch above the table.

While still beneath the table your right hand grips its three coins in a fanned spread between thumb and first finger (fig. 1004). Note that the uppermost coin is spread outward, and the lowermost inward. Raise


your right hand above the table so its three coins are visible and say, "The one remaining in my left hand Bend your right hand back at the wrist, tossing the lowermost coin into your lap (fig. 1005) as You continue, ". . will join these three. . . ." As you finish the sentence, saying, 11 ... in my right hand," your right hand snaps outward at the wrist tossing the two coins it holds forward - directly beneath your left hand. At the same time your left pinky relaxes (your left hand does not move, though!) so the single coin slides out and coalesces with the two thrown from your right hand (fig. 1006). Show your right hand empty, then pick up the three coins and go under the table with them.

The Fourth Coin

As your right hand goes beneath the table it picks up the fourth coin between thumb and first finger. Slap your left hand onto the table as you simultaneously let the fourth coin hit the others. Bring all four coins out from beneath the table to end.

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