Edge Grip Copper Silver

David Roth

This is David's way of applying Edge Grip to the opening of a copper/silver sequence. Let's assume two coins are on the table - a copper and a silver, and an extra copper coin is classic palmed in your right hand.

Turn both tabled coins over a few times to show both sides, leaving the copper coin on top of the silver coin, overlapping inward (fig. 183). Let your right hand settle to the table in a relaxed fist as your left hand makes a palm-up gesture. Relax your right palm and allow the extra copper coin to drop to fingertip rest.

Your right hand does The Scoop Addunder, adding the extra copper coin beneath the stack as it's picked up. Curl your right fingers slightly so that the coins form a neat stack inside them and move your thumb onto their inner edges (fig. 184). Move your right hand over your palm-up left hand and do David's first method for getting into Edge Grip (taught in High Flying Winged Silver). In other words your right thumb and fingers relax just enough to allow the two lower coins, a copper and a silver, to drop onto your left hand. (Y ou'll find that particularly easy - the last copper practically holds itself back because of the larger size of an English penny.) As soon as the coins drop your left fingers close, pivoting the extra copper into Edge Grip. Immediately turn your left fist palm down and lift it to jingle the coins. At the same time your right hand descends to the table for a moment.

Open your left hand, bringing the copper and silver coins to your fingertips for display. Take the silver coin with your right hand in Edge Grip Display and hold the copper that remains in your left hand in a similar way. Your hands appear to be completely empty except for the two coins.

Here's one way that I might go into a copper/silver sequence after doing David's opening handling just described. Your left hand turns palm down and places the copper coin onto the table. As it turns palm up your right hand moves over it and releases the Edge Gripped copper into left-hand finger palm (fig. 185). Your left fingers must be curled to conceal the action from the audience. Your right hand immediately moves the silver coin back near your left palm in position for a Retention Pass (fig. 186). Do the move and close your left fist.

Your right hand transfers the silver coin from fingertip rest to classic palm as it reaches to pick up the copper coin on the table. Do a Palm Change as your right hand makes a fist. Say your magic mumbo jumbo, turn both fists palm down and open them over the table - a copper falls from your left hand and a silver from your right.

This is a for-magicians-only version of David's famous Chink a Chink routine. In the original routine (which I wrote for Apocalypse Vol. 1 No. 1) an extra coin was used and the hands crossed during the routine. In this version two extra coins are used and the hands never cross (a la Frank Thompson). As usual with all of David's routines the illusion is impeccable, especially for the two final coins, as you'll see in a moment.

You must be seated at a table opposite the audience and working on a soft surface. Four half dollars lie on the table in a square, each about a foot from the others - the two inner coins about three inches from the table edge (fig. 187). Two extra coins are classic palmed in your right hand.

Hold your palm-down hands over the inner coins (your right hand over the inner right coin and your left hand over the inner left coin) and say, "I'm just going to cover the coins. . . ." Retract your hands as you finish that line, moving them slightly apart and letting them settle on the table behind the coins.

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