Geoffrey Latta

Here's another bit of finesse that combines David Roth's technique for Classic Palming One Coin of a Group with another move so that two coins can be palmed.

Drop a stack of four half dollars on your right hand, which is palm up. Turn your hand over, your fingers curling into a loose f is t, the coins stacking inside your fingers. Do Roth's technique, and then turn your h and palm up again to display the coins - one will be in classic palm (fig. 492). Move your left first finger onto the top (outermost) coin and drag it inward onto the coin in classic palm as you say, "Four coins which you've examined" (fig. 493).

Move your left hand away and turn your right hand over loosely curling your fingers. Two coins should stay in classic palm and the other two will stack inside your fingers.

You may have to use the coin that your left first finger is dragging to push the coin that's resting partially on the coin in classic palm out of the way.

This routine uses only one move - Geoff's Han Ping Chien. The application is also fairly easy. There is, of course, a catch: you must be able to act, and well. If you convey the proper impressions to the audience this is one of the cleanest coins across routines you could possibly want. It uses only four coins and can be done either standing or sitting.

Display the four coins and drop them on your left palm. Close your hand and do Isolation Placement as already described, getting one of the coins ready. Look at your left fist and give it a slight upward shake. Follow the path of the invisible coin as it travels across to your right hand. Glance in front of you, just a bit to your right, as if you see the coin in midair (fig. 494 is the audience view). You've followed the path of the imaginary coin to your right hand and, when it reaches it, pretend to grab it, your hand turning palm up with your thumb behind your straightened fingers (fig. 495).

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