Geoffrey Latta

This is ultra clean - clean to the point that it satisfies almost any visual conditions you could think up. Your hands never touch, only four coins are shown at all times (both sides, too), and both hands are shown empty at all times. You'll have to try it to see how to-the-point every move is. There's not even any palming!

To start, four coins lie on the table in a horizontal row about a half inch apart, the coin that's second from the right has an expanded shell over it (fig. 499). Hold your left hand palm up. Your palm-down right hand picks up the coin at the left end of the row and holds it in Retention Pass position. Place that coin into your palm-up left hand simulating (but not doing) a Retention Pass. Repeat with the second coin (the one now on the left end of the row) placing it into your left hand. Pick up the third coin, with the shell on it, and, holding it shell side toward audience, do a Retention Pass, apparently placing it with the others in your left hand. The shelled coin should smack against the coins in your left hand just before it's stolen back into your right hand, making the proper noise.

The shelled coin remains in fingertip rest on your curled right fingers. Your right thumb and first finger pick up the fourth coin and toss it into your left hand from a few inches away, your left fingers quickly opening and closing to receive it. Make your magical gesture and open your right hand revealing the shelled coin sitting, shell side up, on your fingers. Turn your right hand over and slap the coin onto the table. Lift your hand and turn the coin over so the shell side is up again. Show your right hand otherwise empty.

Open your left hand revealing three coins. Turn it over, slapping them onto the table. Lift your hand and turn the coins over and show it empty.

Both hands pick up their coins and display them on the fingers - three in the left and one in the right. Turn your hands over, closing your fingers into fists. Your left hand does Isolation Placement, preparing one of the coins for Han Ping Chien. The coin in your right hand remains resting on your curled fingers. jingle the coins in your left hand as if the second coin has jumped. Begin to simultaneously straighten your right fingers and turn the hand palm up. As you do your thumb lands on the edge of the shell nearest your fingertips (fig. 500). Without pausing it lifts the shell and slides it inward until it leans three-quarters off the coin beneath it (fig. 501). Note that your thumb continues to rest partially on the shell.

Begin to raise your right hand, tilting your palm toward you. As you do your right thumb slides the shell over the lower coin (fig. 502). Say, "The second coin has jumped." Now, turn your right hand palm down and slap its shelled coin onto the table at the same time doing the Han Ping Chien so that your left fist releases one of its coins and moves to the left. Two coins will be trapped beneath your right fingers, one with a shell over it. Lift your right hand and immediately turn the two coins beneath it over. Show it empty.

Open your left hand showing two coins, turn it over slapping them to the table, lift it, turn the coins over, and show your hand empty.

Both hands move simultaneously. Your right hand picks up the regular coin and places it on top of the shelled coin and lifts both. Your left hand places one of its coins on top of the other and lifts both. Both hands display their coins on the fingers of each palm-up hand. Turn your hands palm down. Your left hand does Isolation Placement getting one coin ready. Your right hand classic palms one of its coins (via the Roth technique), and allows the shelled coin to rest on the insides of the fingers.

Relax your right palm allowing the palmed coin to fall onto the shelled coin with a clink. Turn your right hand palm up, straightening your fingers, your right thumb picking up the shell (which is between the two real coins) and spreading it inward as already described - three coins are shown. Raise your right hand as before, your thumb pushing the shell over the bottom coin. Turn your right hand over, slapping its two coins onto the table at the same time doing Han Ping Chien so that three coins are under it by the time it hits the table.

Lift your right hand to show three coins and turn them over. Show your hand empty. Open your left hand to show one coin. Turn it over, slapping it onto the table. Immediately turn the coin over and show your hand empty. Your right hand stacks its coins so that the shelled coin is on bottom and picks them up. Your left hand lifts the single coin. Both hands display their coins on the fingers.

Close both hands into fists. Your left hand does the get-ready for Han Ping Chien while your right hand classic palms one of its coins. Relax your right hand, allowing the palmed coin to drop with a clink. As you open your right hand your right thumb pulls the shell (which is over the bottom coin) upward and spreads it inward so that four coins appear to be there. Raise your right hand, your thumb pushing the shell back over the bottom coin. Turn your hand over and slap it onto the table, doing Han Ping Chien so that four coins are beneath it when it's lifted. Immediately turn the coins over and show your right hand otherwise empty. Open your empty left hand.

The coins on the table should be spread. Move your right hand over the shelled coin and slide your thumb beneath it (fig. 503). Your thumb pulls the coin into finger palm. Move your right hand over another coin and relax your thumb, letting the coin drop out of the shell onto one of the tabled coins. The shell is retained in finger palm. Take those two coins and drop them on a third, drop those on a fourth, and have them examined.

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