Edward Marlo Coin Magic

Often someone like Marlo will take a rnass-marketed gimmick and apply it in ways undreamed of by its inventor. Both this routine and the next are examples of just such a case. Marlo has developed ingenious handlings of Tim Wenk's E Pluribus Unum gimmick. The idea of soldering coins together in a group is not new by any means. It is only Weak's application of the gimmick that is original, and Marlo's approach is entirely different. The only sleight per se that is used in the routines is the Dingle-Schneider Pickup Move (and that move appears, unfortunately, without any credit in Weak's manuscript).

You need a gimmick which consists of three quarters soldered together in a triangle (fig. 637). You also need four regular quarters, four playing cards, and a mat. You must be seated at a table opposite the audience. Have the gimmick in your lap.

To perform, your right hand gestures as you patter and drop your left hand into your lap. Pick up the gimmick and hold it on the fingers inside your closed fist (fig. 638). As your right hand lifts the packet of four face-down squared cards your left hand ascends to the table. Your right hand moves to the left and places the cards onto your left hand, which turns palm up to receive them (fig. 639).

Both hands spread the cards to the right into a small fan, your left fingers pushing the gimmick to the right beneath them until it's under the upper card (fig. 640 is an exposed view). Your right hand moves away while your left hand holds the whole business. Arrange the four quarters into the standard square formation, the two inner quarters an inch or two from the table edge (fig. 641).

Your right hand returns to the cards and takes the top card at its outer end, your left hand bending slightly inward at the wrist to facilitate this (fig. 642). Your fingers move onto the gimmick and, as you take the card away, retain it beneath. Place the card over the quarter at the inner right, being careful not to let the gimmick hit the coin already there (fig. 643 in which the card is transparent).

Snap your fingers. Move your left hand over the card at the inner left, and your right hand over the card at the outer right. Both hands lift those cards simultaneously doing the Pickup Move - it appears as if both coins have vanished (fig. 645). Without pausing your left hand lays its card onto the table, face down and horizontally, as in Figure 646, the coin stays hidden beneath it. Your right hand lays its card onto that card, spread slightly forward (fig. 647).

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Both hands immediately move: your right hand over the card at inner right and your left hand over the card at outer left. Your left hand does the Pickup Move while your right hand simply lifts its card revealing all four coins beneath it (fig. 648). Your left hand lays its card onto the two already in the center of the mat, spread slightly forward (fig. 649),

Lower your right hand slightly until it's a few inches above the tabled coins, simultaneously touching the quarters with your left fingers as if to arrange them (fig. 650). Lower the card until its lower side is pressed against the table. Your left thumb immediately kicks the gimmick toward you, off the table and into your lap (fig. 651). Lever the card face down over the remaining single coin (fig. 652).

Raise your hands and snap your fingers. Do the Pickup Move with the card at the inner right showing that all four coins have instantly vanished (fig. 653). Lay that card onto the others, spread outward in a similar manner.

Pause for a moment, then wave your hands over the cards. Turn your right hand palm up and grasp the right ends of all the cards between thumb and fingers. Slide them forward to reveal a coin (fig. 654). Let the bottom card drop and continue moving your hand forward until the second coin, on top of that card, is visible (fig. 655). Let the next card drop and move the remaining two forward until the third coin is visible, then let the third card drop. Lift the remaining card and slide it beneath the coin which rests on the table near you (fig. 656).

The next routine, What Happened?, can be used immediately after this.

This can be used on its own, or as a logical follow-up to the preceding routine. Let's assume you've just finished that one and are going to continue. Allow your right hand to drop into your lap and pick up the gimmick, holding it on the fingers of your palm-up hand.

Your left hand gathers the quarters that are on the table and drops beneath the table edge as if to put them away since the routine seems to be over. Actually, though, your left thumb pushes one of the quarters onto the gimmick in your right hand, and your right hand comes out from beneath the table with the coins displayed. Say, "Well, I don't usually do this, but would you like to see it again?" As you talk your left hand silently places the three coins it holds somewhere in your lap, out of the way (other things will be lapped later on).

All that takes only a few seconds, and by the time the spectator says "yes" your left hand should be above the table again, arranging the four cords, face down, in the usual square layout. Lift the card at the inner left with your left hand and turn your right hand palm down to thumb off the loose coin onto the table (fig. 657). Place the card over the coin. Your right hand remains palm down afterward.

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