Geoffrey Latta

This is a masterpiece of construction: David Roth has called the second transposition the best use of a copper/silver coin he's seen. It's one of the most visually astounding coin routines you'll ever learn. You need three regular coins - a copper, a silver, and a brass (or Chinese) coin. These are in a small purse (the same type that's been described for the Wild Coin routines). A copper/silver coin is behind the purse, silver side against the material. This is in your pocket. There is no lapping, so you can do it standing. You must work on a soft surface, though it doesn't have to be a close-up mat in this case.

The Set Up Sequence

Remove the purse from your pocket with your right hand, held between thumb on the inner side and fingers on the outer side (fig. 566). Your thumb holds the coin in place behind the purse. Place the purse on the table, the coin hidden beneath it.

Show your hands empty. Pick up the purse (the coin still concealed beneath it) holding it on your outstretched right fingers (fig. 567). Your left hand approaches and grasps the left side of the purse, thumb beneath and fingers above (fig. 568). The coin remains on your right fingers as you lift the purse, taking it to the left and shaking it. At the same time your right hand turns inward, the coin in fingertip rest. Your curled fingers push the coin into classic palm (silver side against palm).

Your right fingers open the purse and your left hand turns it over, dumping the coins onto the table. As the coins fall your right fingers curl so you can transfer the copper/silver coin back to fingertip rest (silver side up). Your left hand continues holding the purse thr oughout the following right-hand switching sequence. Your right hand moves to the coins on the table and grasps the silver coin between your thumb and first finger by pushing downward on the inner edge with your thumb so your first finger can slide beneath it. Lift the coin and turn it over, moving it slightly forward (fig. 569). Repeat with the brass coin. When you turn over the copper coin do the One-Hand Turnover Switch, simulating the two previous turnovers.

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As your right hand returns from the switch your thumb slides the switched-out copper down to fingertip rest. Your left hand, which has been holding the purse, places it onto your right fingers over the copper coin. Without pausing your right hand places the purse, with the copper beneath it, onto the table somewhere to your right.

The First Transposition

Your right hand places the silver coin onto the copper, and both of those onto the brass. Your right thumb moves beneath the stack's inner end and levers them up against your fingers (fig. 570). You're going to do an Al Baker steal. Turn your left hand palm down and curl your fingers inward so they point toward you (fig. 571 shows both hands just prior to the steal). Your right hand swings once to the right (a small wind-up) and then to the left, relaxing its fingers. Your thumb retains the brass coin while both coins in front of it fly into your left hand (fig. 572). Watch the coins as they fall onto your left fingers - they must both be silver side up. If you've bent your wrists inward during the toss they'll naturally fall that way.

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It appears as if your right hand has just tossed the coins into your left hand, which closes into a fist. Raise your left hand and shake the coins inside, at the same time classic palming the brass in your right hand. Turn your right hand partially palm up, fingers pointing to the left, and move it beside your left fist. Your right thumb and first finger reach into the thumb hole and pull out the copper/silver coin (the uppermost coin) silver side up (fig. 573). Leave it resting on your right fingertips and close your hand into a fist.

It appears as if your right hand has just tossed the coins into your left hand, which closes into a fist. Raise your left hand and shake the coins inside, at the same time classic palming the brass in your right hand. Turn your right hand partially palm up, fingers pointing to the left, and move it beside your left fist. Your right thumb and first finger reach into the thumb hole and pull out the copper/silver coin (the uppermost coin) silver side up (fig. 573). Leave it resting on your right fingertips and close your hand into a fist.

Relax your right palm allowing the brass coin to fall onto the copper/silver coin with a clink. Your right hand swings forward straightening its fingers and slapping its coins onto the table (they turn over before they hit the table). Lift it, revealing the copper and brass coins (fig. 574). Turn your left hand palm up and open it revealing the silver coin.

The Second Transposition

Your right hand picks up the copper coin, places it on the brass coin, and places both of those on the silver coin. Place the stack, slightly spread, onto your palm-up left hand (fig. 575). Close your fingers and turn your fist over. Your right thumb and first finger reach into your left thumb hole and pull out the copper/silver coin (on the bottom of the stack) silver side up. Your left hand does Isolation Placement, getting the brass coin ready to be Han Ping Chien-ed and locking the silver coin in position. Turn your left fist palm up (fig. 576).

Do Geoff's Han Ping Chien, your right hand simply turning over and slapping its coin onto the table (also automatically turning it copper side up) while your left hand moves smoothly to the left - the brass coin getting smacked to the table by your right fingers. Lift your right hand revealing the copper and brass coins (fig. 577). Open your left hand showing the silver coin - drop it to the table.

The Third Transposition

Your right thumb moves onto the purse so you can slide your fingers beneath it. Once you've picked up tile purse swing your right hand in front of you, the purse resting on your outstretched fingers. Your left hand lifts the purse, thumb beneath and fingers above, and your right hand tilts palm toward you to conceal the copper coin on your fingers. As your left hand moves upward with the purse your right hand classic palms the copper.

Your right hand moves to the tabled coins and stacks them silver onto copper onto brass. Your thumb moves beneath the stack and levers it upward against your fingers in preparation for the Al Baker steal again. Your right hand lifts the stack and holds it beside (just above and to the right of) your left hand. Do the Baker steal as you toss the coins into the purse. Your right thumb retains the brass coin (fig. 578). Your left thumb snaps the purse closed. Curl your left second finger behind the purse (fig. 579). Raise the purse to your left ear and shake it, at the same time straightening your left first and second fingers, flipping the purse around (the point is to reverse the copper/silver coin inside). At the same time your right hand transfers the brass coin to High finger palm - between the center joints of your second and third fingers (fig. 580).

Your left hand descends and places the bottom of the purse between your right thumb and fingers (fig. 581). Your left fingers open the purse and remove the copper/silver coin silver side toward audience (it'll be directly in front of the real silver coin). Place it on the table for the moment. Your left hand moves quickly back to the purse, closes it, and places it onto the table in front of the spectator. Your left hand picks up the copper/silver coin and maneuvers it into finger palm while your hand is palm up.

As your left hand does that your right hand transfers the brass coin to thumb palm. That's going to be difficult at first because of the copper coin in classic palm. A little practice will make it flow easily. Straighten your right fingers a bit once the brass has been transferred, holding them naturally curled and relaxed.

Curl your left fingers into a fist while the silver coin remains in finger palm. It must remain isolated there. Your right hand approaches your left fist to make a magic wave over it, and in the process loads the thumb palmed brass coin into it via Vernon's Loading Move. Briefly: Your left fingers are curled, but held slightly away from the heel of your hand (fig. 582). Your right hand moves over your left fist. Your right thumb relaxes, allowing the brass coin to drop inside your left hand, sliding between your left first and second fingertips and the heel of your hand (fig. 583). Immediately move your right hand forward and then back in a waving motion.

Squeeze your left fingers into a tight fist, forcing the copper/silver coin out of finger palm and onto the brass coin copper side up. Open your left hand revealing the copper and brass coins. At the same time your right palm relaxes and allows the classic palmed copper to drop to fingertip rest.

Shoot your left hand forward a little, causing the copper coin to slide forward into finger palm (fig. 584). Move your hands next to each other and do a Utility Switch. Your left hand turns palm down retaining the copper/silver and dumping the brass onto your now palm-up right hand. It coalesces with the copper already there. Drop those two coins onto the table. Ask a spectator to open the purse, where he'll find the silver coin. The gimmicked coin is in your left hand and can be disposed of whenever you get a moment.

In Addition: Recently Geoffrey has done the first transposition a little differently. Instead of using the Al Baker Steal as described he places the coins into his palm-up left hand one at a time, simulating a Retention Pass each time, and actually doing one when the brass coin is ostensibly placed into the hand. Make sure you let the brass coin hit the copper/silver coin already there with a clink before you pivot it back into right-hand fingertip rest. Then toss the silver coin into your left hand from a short distance.

Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them.

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