Geoffrey Latta

Geoff uses this handling mostly for laymen. That's because the action occurs in the spectator's hand. in your right jacket pocket have the silver glob and lighter. The clear disk is inside the expanded shell in a convenient pocket.

To perform, remove the shelled disk and display it shell side up, taking advantage of the fact that your hands are otherwise empty. Ask a spectator to extend his right hand, palm up, fingers straight. Lay the shelled disk on the base of his fingers for a second and press it downward with your right first finger (fig. 511). Pick it up and say, "I'm going to try and steal this from your hand." Place it back on his hand (still on his finger base) and immediately cover it with your palm-down right hand - your right second finger base directly over and pressing on the shell (fig. 512). Push downward on his hand so that he's forced to push upward. Say, "I'm going to lift my hand and try and take the coin - but I want you to also try and take it."

Count aloud, "One, Two, Three," and lift your hand straight up. The spectator will close his hand into a fist immediately, around the disk. The shell will adhere to your second finger base. It won't stay there for more than a second so rapidly and naturally curl your fingers. Immediately reach into your right pocket and drop the shell. Finger palm the silver glob and come out of the pocket openly holding the lighter.

Hand the lighter to the spectator and ask him to light it and wave it around his closed fist. When he's done that once or twice reach over to the thumb hole side of his fist and insert your right fingertips into it (fig. 513). Your thumb pushes the glob to your fingertips as you pretend to pull it out of his fist (fig. 514).

Drop it onto the table, or onto his other hand, and ask him to open his hand revealing the clear disk.

In Addition: Geoff also uses this switch for a copper-silver transposition in a spectator's hand. You have to use an expanded English penny shell with a silver coin inside, since a half-dollar shell won't fit over an English penny, but the mechanics of the switch remain the same. The unique thing about this switch is that your hands are obviously empty before it happens.

After David Roth had developed his Wild Coin handlings he called Geoff on the phone and described them. Geoff then developed the following three handlings which tackle the Wild Coin plot from an entirely different angle than David's. Though none of these handlings involve lapping, they're easier to perform if you're sitting at a table. Each method begins and ends the same way, and three central change series are described - read all three, try them, and select the one you prefer (though Geoff always uses the third one).

Set-up Sequence

To prepare, place three silver coins in a small purse (of the type already described). Two copper coins are classic palmed in your right hand, and a copper/silver coin is in fingertip rest (in the some hand) resting in a relaxed fist on the table. Your left hand shakes the purse, jingling the coins, and hands it to a spectator.

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