Edward Marlo

The four coin assemblies which follow this one have never been published before. This first appeared in Tops, June 1975, as Instant Coin Assembly. It seems to have gone unnoticed and since it certainly deserves a place in the literature I'm using it to introduce the four new assemblies. The particular approach in each of the five cases is different, and the way the routines progress visually also varies. In this case, where. four coins are covered by four cards, three of the coins vanish before any are shown to have joined the "leader" coin.

The routine is impromptu, all you need are four cards, four quarters (borrowed, if possible), and a mat. (If you don't wish to borrow the coins you can, of course, use half dollars or English Pennies. The cards should be the Ace, Two, Three, and Four of a suit, because the coins will vanish from beneath them in numerical order! The cards should be in the order, from the top down; Three, Ace, Two, Four.

To perform place the quarters, all tail side up, in a square formation on the mat about a foot apart from each other. Your left hand holds all four face-down cards (which have already been shown to the audience) in dealing position. Thumb off the top two cards without reversing their order and take them with your right hand; thumb above, fingers below. That leaves two cards in your left hand. Both thumbs push the top cards slightly off the lower cards (your right thumb pushing to the left, and your left thumb pushing to the right) (fig. 585). Turn your hands over to briefly flash the faces of the cards again (fig. 586). Turn them palm down.

Lower your hands over the two outer coins (your left hand over the outer-left quarter and your right hand over the outerright quarter), at the same time tilting your hands forward so the outer ends of the cards touch the table (fig. 587). The lower sides of your first fingertips press downward against the outer edges of the quarters (fig. 588 in which the cards are transparent). Your second fingers are naturally pressing on the inner edges of the coins.

Press lightly downward with your second fingers, causing the outer edges of the quarters to rise (fig. 589 is an exposed view). Slide your first fingers beneath the coins, clipping them firmly between first and second fingertips (fig. 590 in which the cards are transparent).

Slightly lift your thumbs, releasing the upper cards of both pairs, letting them begin to slide onto the table, while at the same time your hands move apart (fig. 591). As your hands move apart (leaving the top cards on the table) you'll find that by slightly dropping your second fingers and pushing lightly inward with your first fingers you can cause the quarters to flip head side up beneath the cards (fig. 592 is an exposed view).

Your thumbs now press lightly downward on the inner edges of the coins (through the cards), allowing your first fingers to slip out from above the coins and move beneath them (fig. 593 in which the cards are transparent). With a bit of practice this simultaneous double steal is both easy and invisible.

Turn your hands palm down displaying the faces of the cards to the audience. At the same time your fingers, which cover the coins, pull them back a little (fig. 594). After a moment turn your hands palm up again, pushing the coins back to beneath the center of each card.

Begin to cover the two inner coins, then lift your hands again as if you've changed your mind. Your right hand places its card on top of the left-hand card, outogged diagonally to the right (fig. 595). At the same time your right second finger slides the coin beneath its card inward and to the left - to beneath the lefthand card where it's held by your left first finger (fig. 596 in which the cards are transparent).

Turn your right hand palm down and push the inner-right coin forward a little, saying, "This will be the leader coin." Your right hand takes the outer card as before as if to cover the inner-right coin. Before you get too far, however, change your mind again and put the right-hand card back where it was on top of the left-hand card. While your right hand is there it pushes both hidden coins into alignment, and moves them to the very tips of your left fingers (fig. 597 in which the cards are transparent). Your right hand moves away, turns the inner-right coin head side up, and pulls it back to its previous position as you say, "If he's going to be the leader he's got to use his head."

Your right hand takes its card again, but your left hand covers the coin at the inner right (fig. 598 in which the cards are transparent). Note that the coin that was already there is to the right of the other two being added. You'll find it an easy matter to put the card down neatly and take your left hand away without any chance of pulling the hidden coins out because of the way they were held at the extreme fingertips.

(At this point, just to check, your right hand holds the Ace; the Two is at the outer left; the Three at the outer right; the Four at the inner right.)

Lower your left first fingertip onto the inner-left coin and hold it in place as your right hand slides its card beneath it (fig. 599). Lift your right hand with the coin balanced on the back of the card and hold it beside your palm-up left hand (fig. 600). Move the card's left long side onto your left hand - along the line where the fingers meet the palm (fig. 601). Lift your right hand, tilting the back of the card toward you. The coin will fall to the lower side of the card (fig. 602). Without pausing your right thumb reaches down, its tip moving onto the coin. Pull the coin upward and, at the same time, lift the card and close your left fingers (fig. 603). It appears as if you've simply dumped the coin into your left hand.

Brush the card's lower side against your left fist and then open it to show that the coin is gone. Say, "The first coin has vanished from under the Ace." Lay the face-up Ace, with the coin hidden beneath it, onto your left fingers (fig. 604). Your right hand reaches to the card at the outer left and grasps it; thumb at inner side, second finger at outer side, and first finger resting lightly on top, Lift the card and snap its outer side off your second finger saying, "The second coin has vanished from beneath the Two," as you turn the card face up.

Place the Two beneath the Ace so that its left long side holds the coin in place (fig. 605 in which the cards are transparent). Your right hand grasps the card at the outer right and, exactly as you did with the Deuce, snap it face up and say, "The third coin has vanished from beneath the Three." Both hands now turn palm down to display the backs of the cards, the coin between the left-hand cards concealed by your left fingers (fig. 606). Both hands turn palm up again.

Your right hand places the Three beneath the Two, and then takes all three cards between thumb (above) and fingers (below) (fig. 607). Press firmly downward with your thumb to hold the coin securely in place between the Ace and Two. Your left fingers move onto the left long side of the facedown card at the inner right to hold it in place as your right hand slides the left side of the Ace beneath it (fig. 608). Relax your right thumb's pressure allowing the coin to slide out from beneath the Ace and Two and join those already beneath the Four.

Say, "No, wait. Let's do it this way, instead." As you talk your right hand pulls its three cards to the right and leaves them on the table a few inches to the right (fig. 609). Very cleanly flip over the Four revealing all four coins beneath it, saying, "Seems like they all used their heads, too!" (fig. 610).

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