Geoffrey Latta

You need only four coins for this standup anytime, anywhere, coins across into a spectator's hand. Let the spectators examine the coins. When you get them back display them on your palm-up right hand. Do Geoff's technique for Classic Palming Two Coins of a Group as already taught. Afterward two coins are classic palmed in your palm-down right hand and the other two rest inside your curled right fingers. Move your thumb onto the inner edges of the coins so you can straighten your fingers, still holding them (fig. 496). Toss the two coins into your palm-up left hand from a distance of about eight inches, immediately closing it. Silver will be seen flying into your left hand and it's impossible to tell that there are fewer than four coins.

Ask a spectator to hold one of his hands palm up between you and rest your right hand lightly on top of it (fig. 497). Give your left fist a shake and follow the flight of the imaginary coin with your eyes as it travels from your left fist to his hand. Time it right and, when you look at his hand relax your right palm a bit and drop one of the two palmed coins onto his hand. The second coin remains in palm. (There's nothing I can explain about this, which is an old idea. It's just control that comes with practice. You should be able to classic palm four coins and let them drop one at a time.)

Lift your right hand so they can see the coin. Say, "That's the first one." As you say, "Three left," very quickly open and close your left fist (a la Ross Bertram) flashing some silver. They won't be able to see how many coins are there -but it looks like three if you're casual about it, Move your right hand back over his hand and repeat the action again, shaking your left fist and watching the coin travel to his hand. When it arrives relax your right palm and allow the second coin to drop onto the first with a clink.

Move your right hand away so they can see both coins. Open your left hand to show two coins still there. As you close your left hand do Isolation Placement getting one of the coins ready. Your right hand picks up the two coins from the spectator's hand and does the Roth technique for Classic Palming One Coin of a Group, turning palm up afterward to display them. Do Geoff's Han Ping Chien on the spectator's hand. Briefly: your palm-up left fist should be directly beside the spectator's hand. Your right hand turns palm down, one of its coins dropping to fingertips. It does its little hop forward onto the spectator's hand, fingers straightening and pushing the coin that slides out of your left fist downward (fig. 498). Immediately lift your right hand and say, "Two."

Cover his hand again, shake your left fist, and follow the invisible coin over to his hand. Relax your right palm and allow the third coin to drop onto the two already there. Lift your right hand to reveal three coins and open your left fist to display the last coin.

Your right hand picks up the coins that are in the spectator's hand. At the same time your left hand does the Han Ping Chien get-ready so the last coin is ready for the move. Again, your palm-up left fist is beside the spectator's hand. Your palm-up right hand displays the three coins, turns palm down, and hops onto the spectator's hand. You do the move during that so the coin in your left hand is added beneath the coins your right hand puts on the spectator's hand. Don't lift your right hand, though - your fingers remain pressed over the coins. Move your thumb beneath his fingers and curl them closed, asking him to "Hold tightly." Move your left hand away, make your magic gesture, and then open it. Ask the spectator to open his hand revealing four coins.

In Addition: The handling for the third coin is the one I prefer. Geoff sometimes does it like this. Start when they have two and you have two. Your right hand picks up both coins from your left hand and holds them between thumb, first, and second fingers. The upper coin is in Retention Pass position, the lower coin just goes along for the ride. Do the Retention Pass into your left hand, dropping the lower coin and stealing the upper coin into fingertip rest. It appears as if you've place both in your left hand. Your right fingers push the stolen coin into classic palm. Continue as described, moving your right hand over the spectator's.

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