Geoffrey Latta

Ask him to open it, remove the coins, examine them, and place them back in the purse. After he's done all that take the purse from him and set it open on the table in front of you, just a bit to your right (fig. 515).

The Fake Take Out

Raise your right hand and start moving it toward the purse, at the same time straightening your fingers. Your thumb moves beneath the copper/silver coin and holds it in place beneath your fingers (fig. 516).

Insert your fingertips into the purse, your thumb pushing the copper/silver coin to your fingertips (fig. 517). All of this takes place inside the purse and is hidden from the audience. Drag the coin across the coins actually resting in the purse as you remove it for display (fig. 518). It appears as if you've merely reached inside the purse and removed one of the silver coins.

Change Series No. I

Drop the apparently silver coin onto your palm-up left hand in finger palm. Pause for a second and point to it with your right first finger. At the same time relax your right palm and allow one of the classic palmed coppers to drop to fingertip rest (fig. 519). Curl your right first finger and move your hand away.

Curl your left fingers into a fist and say your magic words. The copper/silver coin will automatically turn over as you make the fist. Open your fingers revealing a copper coin, which now rests somewhere on your palm area. Your right hand moves over the copper and begins the One-Hand Turnover Switch, picking up the copper/silver coin and switching it for the real copper coin in fingertip rest. As you turn the coin over slap it onto the table in front of your left hand (fig. 520). When you lift your right hand you'll find that the copper/silver coin will be back in position, held beneath your straightened fingers by your thumb, for the Fake Take Out.

Without pausing your right fingers go into the purse and do The Fake Take Out apparently removing another silver coin - actually, of course, it's the silver side of the copper/silver coin. Drop the silver coin onto your palm-up left hand in finger palm. Close your left fingers and open them, revealing that the silver coin has changed to copper. At the same time your right fingers curl and allow the second copper to drop onto them in fingertip rest. Once you've opened your left fingers your right hand picks up the copper coin and does the One-Hand Turnover Switch, switching in the real copper coin as it's slapped onto the table. Place it onto and overlapping the copper coin already there, spread to the right (fig. 521).

Your right hand immediately moves to the purse and does The Fake Take Out, apparently removing the third silver coin from the purse (and without the scraping noise this time!). Drop it onto your palm-up left hand in finger palm. Open and close your left fingers, changing the coin to copper. Your right hand places it onto and overlapping the two coppers already on the table (obviously you cannot turn it over).

(After I've described the other two handlings and the end sequence there will be a sleight Geoff sometimes uses at this point to show both sides of all three coppers before going into the end sequence.)

Change Series No. 2

Do the first change sequence until you've apparently removed one of the silver coins from the purse, placed it on your palmup left hand, and done the one-hand change secretly turning over the copper/silver coin. Open your left hand to reveal that it's copper and do the One-Hand Turnover Switch, your right hand slapping it onto the table and switching in the real copper coin.

Your right hand moves to the purse and does The Fake Take Out, apparently removing the second silver coin from the purse. Now, the handling changes.

Your right hand places the silver coin onto and overlapping the copper coin that's on the table, lifts both, and places them on your left fingers (fig. 522). Move your left thumb onto the coins. Turn your left hand palm down, your left thumb pushing the copper/silver coin - now copper side up - onto the table (fig. 523). The real copper is retained beneath your left fingers by your thumb. This is an old change of Stewart Judah's from Bobo.

523

Once the copper/silver coin has been placed on the table your left fingers curl into a fist and your left hand turns palm up. Crumple your fingers and say your magic word, opening them to reveal a copper coin. Simultaneously your right hand transfers its copper coin from classic palm to fingertip rest.

Your right hand reaches to the copper coin that's on the table and does the One-Hand Turnover Switch, leaving a real copper on the table and concealing the copper/silver coin in right-hand fingertip rest. Your left hand places its copper coin onto and overlapping the one on the table. Then, your right hand moves to the purse and does The Fake Take Out, apparently removing the third silver coin from the purse. Place the silver coin onto your palm-up left hand in finger palm. Your right hand picks up the two coppers from the table and holds them, spread, between thumb, first, and second fingers (fig. 524). Move your left thumb onto the left edge of the silver coin and press lightly downward so that the right edge lifts (fig. 525).

Your right hand guides the silver coin between the coppers (fig. 526). Your right finger positions are: thumb on the upper side of the top copper coin, first finger on the underside of the copper/silver coin in center, and second finger on the underside of the lowermost copper coin. Start to close your left fingers, allowing them to turn your right hand over (fig. 527).

Your right second fingertip releases the copper coin it's been resting against and it falls onto your left palm. Your right hand immediately moves upward with the two seemingly copper coins (fig. 528).

Your right hand places its two coins on the table. Crumple your left fingers and then open them, revealing a third copper coin. Place it onto and overlapping the two already on the table.

Change Series No. 3

(The set up for this is basically the same, though one of the real copper coins is finger palmed in your left hand to start, leaving only one copper classic palmed in your right hand.) Insert your right fingertips into the purse and do The Fake Take Out, apparently removing one of the silver coins. Do a Retention Pass into your left hand while keeping your left fingers curled so you don't expose the copper coin in finger palm. The copper/silver coin remains in your right hand, of course, in fingertip rest. Open your left hand revealing a copper coin. Show both sides of the copper as you table it.

Do The Fake Take Out again, removing the second silver coin from the purse. Do a Retention Pass, ostensibly placing it into your left hand. It's retained in your right hand in fingertip rest. Move your right thumb onto the inner edge of the copper/silver coin and push it up along your fingers (fig. 529). When it's pushed far enough it'll naturally flip over and fall back to fingertip rest - now silver side up.

Your right hand reaches to the copper coin already on the table and does the One-Hand Turnover Switch, leaving the copper/silver coin on the table copper side up and taking the real copper coin in fingertip rest. As you do that say, "That leaves one copper coin here. . .." Your right hand immediately moves toward the purse, at the same time transferring the copper to thumb palm. Once your thumb has gripped the coin your fingers straighten and dangle over the purse as you continue, ". . one silver coin here " Now, move your right hand over your left fist and do The Vernon Load secretly dropping the thumb palmed copper into it as you conclude, and one silver here." (The Vernon Load will be described later in CopSilBrass.)

Open your left fist revealing another copper coin. At the same time your right hand relaxes and lets the classic palmed copper drop to fingertip rest. Your left fingers flip their coin over a few times. Your right hand reaches to the copper/silver coin that's on the table and does the One-Hand Turnover Switch as you say, "One copper here. . . ." Your left hand slaps its coin onto the table next to the other copper as you continue, ". . anothercopper here. . . ." Your right hand moves to the purse and does The Fake Take Out as you conclude, ". . and one silver here."

Do a Retention Pass into your left hand, retaining the coin in right-hand fingertip rest. Flip the coin over with your thumb so that it's silver side up as already described. Your right hand picks up one of the copper coins on the table and does the One-Hand Turnover Switch placing the copper/silver coin onto the table copper side up. The real copper ends in righthand fingertip rest afterward.

Your right thumb and first finger turn over the other copper coin that's been lying on the table and places it onto and overlapping the copper/silver coin to the right.

Curl your right fingers transferring the copper coin to thumb palm. Do The Vernon Load as you wave your right hand over your left fist, secretly loading the copper coin inside it. Open your left hand to reveal the copper and then place it onto the table with the others.

End Sequence

This is Geoff's handling of an Al Baker technique originally described in Bobo. Your right hand picks up all three coppers from the table and holds them stacked in finger palm in your palm-up hand. Your left hand picks up the purse while your right hand jingles the coins to cover any noise made by the silvers in the purse.

Your left hand's grip on the purse is important - your third finger presses the hinge of the frame against the base of your thumb (fig. 530). Your first and second fingers are curled rather widely around the front of the purse so there's a space behind them. Tilt the mouth of the purse slightly toward you.

Move your palm-up right hand in front of your left hand, your right pinky resting on and hugging your left first finger (fig. 531). It appears to the spectators that your right hand turns palm down and drops the coins into the purse. It's difficult to explain how to make that look convincing because the coppers actually go between the purse and your first and second fingers - right into finger palm! Your right hand doesn't just turn over, your whole forearm, from fingertips to elbow, rotates (fig. 532). And, it doesn't just turn, but hops a bit as it does - in other words your hand moves up a little, turns over, and then descends. More than anything else it's the body language of your entire arm that conveys the impression that you've dropped the coins into the purse.

So, when your hand turns over the stack of coppers will drop into left-hand finger palm. Your right thumb immediately moves behind the purse and snaps it shut (fig. 533). Your right hand lifts the purse, jingles the coins, and hands it to a spectator to open. At the same time your left hand settles into a relaxed fist on the table. When the spectator opens the purse he'll find that the coppers have changed back to silvers.

In Addition: What follows is an optional display sequence that you could use after Change Series No. 1, before you ostensibly drop the coppers back into the purse. It isn't necessary in Change Series No. 2 or No. 3 because both sides of all the coppers are shown during the sequence.

Multiside Display Sequence

Three copper coins lie on the table overlapping each other - the one farthest to the right is the copper/silver coin. Lift and place them onto your palm-up left hand as in figure 534; the bottom coin in finger palm and the other coins spread toward your fingertips.

Turn your right hand palm down and rest your second and third fingers flatly on the uppermost coin (fig. 535). Note that your first finger rests on the middle coin - which protrudes visibly to its left. Press downward with your fingertips so that your thumb can slip beneath the top two coins (fig. 536 is an exposed view). Your thumb immediately starts pushing the center coin to the left (fig. 537). Don't worry about the noise it makes scraping against the top coin because that's covered by the ambiguity of the pick up. Simultaneously your left hand tilts palm toward you concealing the fact that it holds only one coin (the spectators think it holds two), Your right hand also turns palm toward you

Your right hand moves forward and places the visible copper coin onto the table. Do the One-Hand Turnover Switch, leaving the copper/silver coin on the table copper side up. The real copper coin ends in fingertip rest. Rapidly move your right hand over your left hand, which turns palm up beneath it. Your right second and third fingers lay the concealed copper onto and overlapping (to the right) the one already there (fig. 539). Immediately draw your right fingertips back so the second copper coin is visible. Pick it up, simulating your previous actions, placing it onto and overlapping the copper coin already on the table. Turn it over simulating, but not doing, the switch. Finally, your right hand moves back to your left hand, picks up the third copper coin, and places it onto the two already on the table.

Body Language Basics

Body Language Basics

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