Geoffrey Latta

Geoff was working on the old premise where three silver coins vanish from one hand one at a time and reappear in the other hand which contains three copper coins. Dai Vernon and Sam Aronson have published methods in Select Secrets and The Art of CloseUp Magic. Geoff has changed the premise by isolating the copper coins beneath a glass on the table. The routine is a brilliant application of Tom Gagnon's Tiddlywinks Change.

You need a glass about the size of an old-fashioned glass (sort of a triple shot glass). Geoff prefers a fluted one with a scalloped design cut into the bottom. You also need six coins - three silver, two copper, and a copper/silver coin. Stack them so that they appear to be three silvers and three coppers [the coppers on top of the silvers) and place them in the glass.

To perform, spill the coins (while still stacked) out of the glass and into your left hand. Place them onto the table, separating them into two spreads - coppers to the left and silvers to the right (fig. 553). Pick up the glass, which has been lying nearby, and turn it mouth down over the copper coins, leaving a bit of the copper/silver coin's edge protruding from beneath the glass on your side (fig. 554).

Your right hand picks up one of the silver coins and does a Retention Pass, apparently placing it into your left hand (fig. 555 is an audience view. Note that your hands are held to the left of the glass during the vanish so everything can be clearly seen). After the move your right hand settles into a relaxed fist on the table with the silver coin in fingertip rest.

Turn your left hand palm down, at the same time holding your fingers together and straight with your thumb behind them as if holding the coin. Lower them onto the glass (fig. 556). Push downward, doing the Tiddlywinks Change, flipping the copper/silver coin silver side up. It appears as if the silver coin drops through the glass (fig. 557).

Pause for a second and lift the glass with your left hand. Your right hand immediately swings around and in front of the coins (fig. 558). There's one less copper coin than there should be and you can't give the spectators time to count. Your right first finger moves up against the side of the lowermost coin of the stack and your thumb moves on top of the silver coin (fig. 559). In a continuing motion your right hand sweeps inward, flipping the stack over (fig. 560). It immediately moves upward, your thumb pushing the silver coin that was in fingertip rest to your fingertips (fig. 561). Though it's an illogical sequence it appears as if your right hand has picked up the silver coin that penetrated the glass.

Place that silver coin on the table an inch or two in front of the three copper coins. Reverse count the copper coins onto the silver coin one at a time, leaving them spread inward, overlapping. The copper/silver coin is the last coin and it goes on top, spread farthest inward (fig. 562). Place the glass over the coins leaving the inner edge of the copper/silver coin beneath its lip in position for Gagnon's move.

Your right hand picks up another silver coin, does a Retention Pass into your left hand, and settles onto the table in a relaxed fist with the coin in fingertip rest. Your left hand presses the silver coin through the glass exactly as before, doing the Tiddlywinks Change. When your left hand lifts the glass your right hand curves around in front of the stack and flips it over, lifting the switched-in silver coin as described. Place it onto the table just in front of the stack and reverse count the coins onto it - first the silver coin, then the three coppers. The copper/silver coin goes last. As before, the coins are overlapping and spread inward. Cover them with the glass in position for the Tiddlywinks Change.

Your right hand picks up the last silver coin and does a Retention Pass into your left hand. Your left fingers remain closed as you extend your left hand away from you (fig. 563 is the audience view). At the same time your right hand classic palms the silver coin. Move your right hand onto the top of the glass and say, "This time it'll travel long distance." Make a small jerking motion with your left hand toward the glass and a second later your right hand presses downward causing the copper/silver coin to flip over. Open your left hand to show it empty. It picks up the glass and your right hand flips over the stack substituting the real silver coin as described, lifting it for display. (You have to transfer the silver coin from classic palm to fingertip rest before doing the last move, and the best time is as you show your left hand empty.)

To clean up put some of the coins away (including the gimmick) and go into another routine which uses less coins, like a copper/silver routine.

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