Geoffrey Latta

This is based on the Walt Rollins coins through table routine on p. 450 of Modern Coin Magic. The set-up is simple. Put the following four coins in a small purse of the type used throughout the book: English Penny, Half Dollar, Chinese (brass) coin, and a quarter. The copper coin and the quarter must be at either ends of the stack. You should be seated at a table opposite the audience, working on a close-up mat. A copper/silver coin is finger palmed in your left hand, copper side against the fingers.

To perform, hand the purse to a spectator. Tell him to open it and look at the coins inside (he is not supposed to take them out). At the same time rest your palm-down left hand on the table and allow the finger palmed coin to drop onto it. Your hand completely covers this from above.

Take the open purse back from the spectator with your right hand, held between thumb (on the inner side) and fingers (on the outer side) (fig. 969). The copper coin should be directly beneath your thumb inside the purse. If it isn't turn the purse around so it is. Your fingers pinch the bottom of the purse and push it upward, stepping the outer three coins higher than the copper (fig. 970). (This is a Roth technique.) You'll find that your thumb can actually hold the copper coin in place through the purse's fabric as you push the other three coins upward.

Your right hand should be above, and just to the right of, your left hand. Now, two things happen simultaneously. Your right hand turns over, spilling three coins from the purse - the copper will remain inside, trapped by your thumb's pressure. At the same time your left hand moves to the left. The three coins failing from the purse will join the copper coin already on the table and it'll appear as though all four simply fell from the purse (fig. 971).

Close the purse and place it on the table to your right where it's out of the way. Line up the coins in a horizontal row on the table about an inch apart from each other. The order, from left to right, is: copper, silver, brass, quarter.

The Brass Coin

Turn your right hand palm down and lift the copper coin with your thumb (beneath), first and second fingers (above). Place it into your palm-up left hand, which immediately closes into a fist around it (simulating a Retention Pass). Pick up the silver coin and repeat that, putting it on top of the copper with a clink and closing your, fingers around it. Repeat with the brass coin, this time doing a Retention Pass so the

coin is retained in fingertip rest in your right hand after it clinks against the silver coin in your left hand. Your right thumb and first finger pick up the quarter and toss it into your left fist from about four inches away, your left fingers rapidly opening and closing to catch it.

Turn both hands palm down, say the magic word, and turn your right hand palm up, opening it to reveal the brass coin. Turn your left hand palm up and open it to show the quarter, silver, and copper coins. Turn both hands palm down, at the same time curling your fingers so the coins fall onto them (fig. 972). Lower your thumbs onto the coins and straighten your fingers, turning the coins over and placing them on the table (fig. 973). This method of placing the coins on the table keeps the proper side of the copper/silver coin upward. Keep it in mind because you'll use it again later on.

The Silver Coin

Hold your left hand palm up. Your right hand lifts the quarter and places it into your left hand, which closes over it, again simulating a Retention Pass. Your right hand picks up the copper coin and does a Retention Pass as you apparently place it into your left hand. (Don't forget to let the copper coin clink on the quarter before you pivot it back into your right hand.) Your right hand settles to the table in a relaxed fist and secretly turns the copper/silver coin over (copper side up) as explained in Wild Coin No. 3, at the beginning of Change Series No. 3.

Your right hand moves forward, lifts the silver coin, and does Geoff s One-Hand Turnover Switch as you ostensibly move the silver coin toward the spectators for a closer look. After the move the copper/silver coin will be on the table silver side up, and the silver coin will be in right-hand fingertip rest. As your right hand moves forward to lift the tabled silver coin it classic palms the silver coin in fingertip rest.

Pick it up and drop it onto the quarter already in your left hand, letting it clink against it. Close your left fingers quickly afterward. Say, "The silver coin will travel next." At the same time uncurl your first finger and let them get a peek at the silver coin (fig. 974). Don't worry about them not seeing the copper coin they'll only be looking for the silver coin at that moment.

Curl your first finger again and turn your left fist over. Your right hand lifts the brass coin and makes a palm-down fist. Allow the classic palmed silver coin to fall onto the brass coin with a clink. Turn your right hand palm up and open it showing both coins. The coins in your left hand should be resting on the insides of the fingers. Slowly turn your left hand palm up, at the same time straightening your fingers so the coins do not turn over - a copper and a quarter will show. Place those coins onto the table. Turn your right hand palm down and drop its coins onto the table.

The Quarter

Hold your left hand palm up. Place the copper coin onto it, in the center, and place the quarter onto that, spread slightly to the right (fig. 975). Close your hand and do Isolation Placement, getting the quarter ready to be Han Ping Chiened. Your right hand lifts the silver and brass coins and holds them inside your right fingers as in figure 976, silver inside brass.

Do Geoffs Han Ping Chien, the quarter flying out from your palm-up left fist and landing beneath? the coins in your right hand. Things are a little different here: you don't spread your right fingers when you slam the coins onto the table. Simply turn your right hand over during the move as usual and smack its coins onto the table trapping the quarter beneath them. Immediately square the coins with your thumb and fingers, covering them from the front (fig. 977). Lift the brass coin and move it forward, lowering it so that it overlaps the front edge of the silver coin (fig. 978). Raise your right hand and turn it palm up to show it empty. The quarter remains hidden beneath the silver coin, and the brass coin helps to cover the fact that the silver coin is elevated above the table.

Turn your right hand palm down and lower your second finger onto the outer edge of the brass coin. Push downward, levering the inner ends of both coins upward so your thumb can slip beneath them (fig. 979). Lift the stack and make a fist around it.

Both hands are in palm-down fists as you say whatever mumbo-jumbo is apropos. Turn both fists palm up and open your right hand revealing three coins. Open your left hand revealing the copper coin. Both hands close into loose fists as they turn palm down, your thumbs move onto the coins, and you straighten your fingers to turn the coins over as you place them onto the table.

The Copper Coin

Turn your left hand palm up and place the copper coin onto it in palm - up finger palm. Close your fingers into a fist, automatically turning the coin over, now silver side up. Do the get-ready for Geoffs Han Ping Chien.

Your right hand lifts the quarter, brass, and silver coins and holds them on the curled fingers so that the silver is on top. Do the Roth technique for Classic Palming One Coin of a Group (the silver) and then turn your hand palm up to display the coins, the silver in palm-up classic palm. Do Han Ping Chien, apparently tossing the three right-hand coins onto the table. Actually the silver coin is retained in classic palm. The


quarter and brass coin join the apparent I y silver coin which secretly falls from your palm-up left fist. After the move is completed raise your right hand and move it back toward you, letting it settle to the table in a relaxed fist. Let the silver coin drop from classic palm to fingertip rest.

Your right thumb and first finger lift the quarter, turn it over, and move it toward the audience. Repeat the same thing with the brass coin. Do the One-Hand Turnover Switch as you apparently repeat the same thing with the silver coin. After the move your right hand moves back to the table edge and simply lets the copper/silver coin slide Off Your fingertips and into your lap.

Immediately lift your right hand, show it empty, and wave it over your left hand. Open your left hand to show that it, too, is empty. Cleanly push the purse toward a spectator. He'll open it and find the copper coin inside, and you are clean - everything is examinable.

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