Geoffrey Latta

After Geoff saw Open Travelers No. 1 he developed the following handling, which tackles the problem from an entirely different approach. You need four coins and a matching shell (which is over one of the coins at the start).

Display the four coins in your hands, show both sides briefly, and place the shelled coin onto the table to the right. The three remaining coins lie on your left palm, spread inward from your second finger base (fig. 859). Begin to close your left fingers, at the same time turning your hand over. Your second and third fingertips should press upward against the lowermost coin once they've curled inward. They push the lowermost coin out of your fist so that it dangles, held by your fingertips, as already taught in Roth's Deep Back Clip Steal.

Your right hand pretends to take one of the coins from your left hand and place it onto the single coin on the table to your right. The coin is, of course, invisible. Afterward show your right hand empty on both sides. Turn it palm down and lower it over the shelled coin, pressing against it with the base of your second finger. After a second or two the shell will adhere to your hand if you lift it. Don't pick your hand up much, however, simply enough to move it a bit to the right so that when you lower it the shell will overlap the coin. Raise your right hand to show the two coins (fig. 860).

The patter line, "The first coin has traveled from here to here," will cover the open steal of the coin from your left hand. Like this. As you say, "The first coin . , - 11 your right hand moves over the two tabled coins; your fingers on the outer edge and your thumb on the inner edge of the shell (fig. 861). At this point you've completely covered the coins from the audience. Your right thumb and fingers move the shell to the left so that it falls over the tabled coin (fig. 862). Continue, ". . . has traveled. . .," and immediately raise your right hand, your fingers together and straight with your thumb behind them as if holding a coin (fig. 863). As you raise your right hand turn it slightly to the left as in the illustration.

As you continue, ". . from here.. .," a number of things happen simultaneously. First, both hands begin to move to the left, though your right hand moves much faster so it catches your left hand (fig. 864). As it moves your left fist turns over and, as the coin comes into view, your right thumb and fingers grab it (fig. 865). As soon as your right hand has the coin it freezes, while your left hand continues to move (fig. 866). Your left hand stops, too, after another few inches. Then, your right hand taps the half dollar against your left wrist (fig. 867). (This is a move which both Geoff and Scott Weiser have come up with independently.) That happens when you finish saying, "...from here "

As you finish the sentence, saying, ". . to here," your right hand slides the coin it holds beneath the shelled coin on the table - the shelled coin overlapping it and spread to the right (fig. 868).

Open your left fingers to display two coins. As you close your hand and turn it palm down get another coin into stealing position, hanging out of the fist.

Your right hand pretends to take another visible coin and place it onto the two already on the table, then turns palm (town and secretly spreads the shell to the right by picking it up beneath your second finger base as already described. When you lift your hand there will apparently be three coins on the table. Repeat the fake pick up, sliding the shell over one of the coins, and do the steal from your left hand as you say, "The second coin has traveled from here to here." Slide the coin in your right hand beneath the two on the table and you're set to repeat the patter to make the final coin go across.

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