Edge Grip Technique

David Roth

David did not invent the Edge Grip. It's an ancient technique, and probably hundreds of years old. Originally, before David tinkered with the move, you had to turn your back in order to put coins into Edge Grip: it was strictly a one-shot concealment. David is releasing two of his methods for getting into the grip in full view of the audience (they occur, of course, in the context of routines). Other techniques which are made possible through the use of Edge Grip, and which will later be used in various routines, will also be explained.

Take a half dollar and grip it as shown in figure 24. It's held horizontally (parallel with the floor or table) between your thumb and second finger. On the second-finger side the coin rests between the joints, leaving the second fingertip free. On the thumb side the coin should be inward just enough so that your thumb and second fingertip can touch when curled around the coin (fig. 25). That's your best guide - if you can touch your thumb to your second fingertip then the coin is in exactly the proper position.

Take another coin and place it, held vertically, between your thumb and second fingertip (fig. 26). The coin, or coins, held this way - in Edge Grip Display - are your logic (or justification) for holding your fingers in such a peculiar position. It's not strange when something is held there - it is if nothing is held.

When you hold your right hand at eye level you should be able to see only the edge of the Edge Gripped coin, and second finger both above and below (fig. 27). If you hold your hand in that position, so your view is exactly the same as in figure 27, then the concealed coin will be parallel with the floor and concealed from the spectator (fig. 28 is the audience view). You must practice raising and lowering your hand, tilting it slightly so that the coin in Edge Grip remains hidden.

Curl Palm

One of the problems David had in developing routines with Edge Grip was the frozen position of your thumb and second finger when coins were being concealed. He solved it by developing a palm that can be instantly gotten into and out of from Edge Grip without any additional movement.

Place one coin in Edge Grip, held horizontally between your right thumb and second finger. Curl your second finger around the coin's edge as far as you can (fig. 29). Your thumb and second finger press the coin inward against the length of your second finger (so it's completely wrapped, or curled, around the coin) (fig 30). By keeping your second finger curled tightly around the coin's edge you can move your thumb away and retain it there [fig. 31).

That's it. To get from Curl Palm into Edge Grip simply reverse the actions: move your thumb onto the edge of the coin and straighten your second finger. The coin will roll out a bit and fall naturally back into Edge Grip. Once the coin or coins have been transferred from Edge Grip to Curl Palm your thumb and first finger can pick up and hold other coins, etc. You can also rest your hand on the table in a relaxed fist while coins are in Curl Palm.

Edge Grip Load

Most standard handlings make this kind of thing awkward - secretly loading an extra coin into your hand as you openly drop other coins into it. The very nature of the Edge Grip cleans this up completely.

Place a coin into Edge Grip and hold two other coins in Edge Grip Display - vertically between thumb and second finger, visible to the audience. Move your right hand over your palm-up left hand (fig. 32).

Separate your thumb and second finger, dropping all the coins (bo th those visible and concealed) into your left hand. Naturally, your left fingers close immediately around them (fig. 33). The illusion is perfect. Your hands appear to be unquestionably empty as you drop two coins into your left hand - and you've secretly loaded an extra coin.

Shuttle Pass From Edge Grip

If you want to do the Shuttle Pass as already taught, but have a coin concealed in Edge Grip instead of classic palm, this is how.

A coin rests in finger palm on your palm-up left hand. There's an identical coin hidden in Edge Grip in your right hand. Your hands are about six inches apart, etc., as already described. Your right hand is relaxed, fingers pointing downward (fig. 34).

Move your hands together until your right hand is directly beside your left hand. Start simultaneously turning your left hand palm down and your right hand palm up (fig. 35). You don't have to worry about transferring the coin from classic palm to your fingertips because it's already there - so the move is easier to do this way.

As your right hand turns palm up your right thumb simply tips the coin forward so that it falls across your first and second fingers (fig. 36). Continue as in the regular handling of Shuttle Pass, moving your right hand to the right, out from beneath your left fingers, and then moving your right thumb onto the coin and placing it aside (or whatever the routine calls for).

Shuttle Pass Drop

This allows you to show one coin in your left hand, transfer it to your right hand, and drop it onto the table while simultaneously concealing up to three other coins in Edge. Grip.

Let's assume that three coins are Curl Palmed in your right hand, and one coin lies in finger palm on your palm-up left hand. Your hands are about six inches apart in Shuttle Pass position. Your right hand is relaxed and resting on the table in a loose fist. Raise your hands a bit and transfer the three concealed coins

from Curl Palm to Edge Grip. Afterward your right hand hangs loosely at the wrist, fingers pointing downward.

Move your hands together until your right hand is just beside your left hand. Simultaneously turn your left hand palm down and your right hand partially palm up - the Shuttle Pass action. Don't turn your right hand completely palm up, though, stopping when the insides of your fingers are toward you and the three concealed coins are parallel with the table (fig. 37). Rock your right hand downward a bit as if it's caught the coin (fig. 38).

Your right hand immediately moves away from you, diagonally outward and to the right (fig. 39). As it moves curl and separate your right third and pinky fingers (fig. 40 is an audience view). When your right hand is about a foot away from you, and about two or three inches above the table, relax your thumb and second finger. Your fingers are pointed slightly downward, the coins at a forty-five degree angle to the

table (fig. 41). Move your right hand sharply downward (only an inch or so) allowing the bottom coin to drop off the stack and onto the table (fig. 42). It should look as if you've deliberately put the coin down. It's a precise, crisp, movement. Your hand does not move over the table and remain motionless in the air while the coin drops from it - it moves downward as if putting the coin down. There should be no pauses, either.

Once the coin has dropped retract your right hand, Curl Palming the two coins it still contains. At the same time allow your left hand, still holding a finger palmed coin, to settle into a relaxed fist.

Edge Grip Recovery

There are two coins in your right hand, one in Edge Grip and the other in Edge Grip Display. You want to quickly and secretly transfer the coin from Edge Grip to classic palm. Figure 43 shows the starting

position. Lower your right hand turning it palm down, at the same time relaxing your thumb and second finger so the Edge Gripped coin falls to fingertip rest (fig. 44). Your third finger immediately pushes the coin upward into classic palm (fig. 45). At the same time your thumb, first, and second fingers twirl the visible coin.

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