Hanging Coins Plus

David Roth

I originally described a version of this routine in Apocalypse Vol. 1 No. 6. David has also used it in his lecture for several years. This version has many details never released before on timing, patter, and an entirely new center sequence after the first two coins have vanished. Also, this leads directly into the Flash Production which uses many of the new Edge Grip techniques already taught to reproduce the coins one at a time. The alternate original ending, which David used because he didn't want to release the Flash Production, will also be briefly described.

You may be either standing or seated - it depends upon the performing situation. Your left hand grasps four half dollars between thumb and first finger (fig. 136). Note that the coins are spread downward (the hand is palm up), the innermost coin being the lowermost. The pad of your thumb rests across a small portion of all the coins, making the grip as secure as possible. Your left second, third, and pinky fingers are loosely curled beneath the coins and out of the way.

The Feint

You'll have the option (which David usually takes) of doing this bit of business three times during the routine. Learn it now so you don't have to keep flipping back. Hold your hands comfortably in front of you at about waist level. (If you're performing while seated at a table simply let your hands hover just above the table.) Say that you're going to make the coins invisible one at a time and hang them in the air. Turn your right hand palm toward you and move your hands together. Your right fingers move outside the coins, your right thumb moves onto the inner side of the innermost coin (fig. 137). Note that your left thumb is pointing toward the right. Say, "Watch," as you simultaneously raise both hands; your right hand curves upward and to the right, your left hand upward and to the left. Your right thumb retains the innermost coin flatly against the insides of your right fingers (fig. 138).

Your hands have moved upward only about six or eight inches, and are just below your chest. Your right thumb pushes the coin inside your hand up to your fingertips as you say, "It hasn't gone yet" (fig. 139). Put the coin back where it was, with the others in your left hand.

Getting Into Edge Grip: Method Two

Pause, gesture toward the audience with your palm-up right hand, at the same time casually letting your left hand drop to waist level, the coins tilted to a horizontal position (parallel with the table or floor) (fig. 140). Patter briefly. Move your right hand down to your left hand, guiding the same coin that you've just used for the Feint into Edge Grip between your right thumb and second finger (fig. 141). Continue to look at the audience and patter during this.

Raise both hands as in the Feint - your right hand curves upward to the right, your left hand upward to the left. Your right hand moves with fingers held together and straight, as if a coin was held flatly behind them as you did in the Feint. Now, of course, the coin is in Edge Grip (fig. 142).

Move your hands together, opening your left second, third, and pinky fingers. Move your right fingers over your left palm (your right pinky actually resting on it for a moment) and curl your left fingers around them (fig. 143). Pretend to drop the coin onto your left hand, immediately curling and spreading your right fingers as you move your right hand a bit to the right. Your left second, third, and pinky fingers close over the coin supposedly placed there (fig. 144).

Immediately rotate your left hand at the wrist, placing the three-coin fan into Edge Grip Display between your right thumb and second finger (fig. 145). Your right hand takes the coins and turns palm toward audience. Crumple your left fingers, opening them, and pretend to "hang" the now invisible coin in the air in front of you.

Show your left hand to be empty both front and back. Lower both hands slightly. Your left hand, held palm toward you, takes the uppermost (outermost) coin of the three and holds it in palm-up finger palm as you count, "One" (fig. 146). As you say, "Two," your right hand drops the other two visible coins just inward of, but overlapping, the coin already in your left hand (fig. 147). On "Three" do a Utility Switch. Briefly: Your left hand turns palm down over your right hand, which turns palm up. Two coins drop from your left hand into your right hand, coalescing with the coin which has been released from Edge Grip, while your left hand retains one coin in finger palm (fig. 148).

Your right hand maneuvers the coins into a stack and places them back between your left thumb and first finger in spread (fanned) position. Repeat the Feint, really taking a coin flatly inside your right fingers. Push it upward revealing that it's still there and then replace it in the left-hand fan.

Now, really do the sequence, taking a coin into Edge Grip in your right hand. Simultaneously raise both hands, pretend to place the coin into your left hand, and place the other two coins remaining between your left thumb and first finger into Edge Grip Display in your right hand. Your right hand turns palm toward audience displaying two coins.

Hold your left fist palm up and open it, revealing that the coin is still there. Place that coin with the two in your right hand, and then transfer the whole fan back to your left hand between thumb and first finger.

Lower your left hand to waist level, tilting the coins parallel to the floor, and say, "This time it'll really go." Move your right hand over the fan, taking the uppermost coin into Edge Grip beneath the coin already there (fig. 149). Continue with the sequence as you did to vanish the first coin, raising and separating your hands (keeping your right fingers together and straight), pretending to place the coin into your left hand, your left hand placing the two visible coins into Edge Grip Display in your right hand, etc. Turn your right palm toward the audience to display the two coins while your left hand pretends to hang the second coin in the air.

Once you've shown that your left hand is empty, take one of the visible coins from your right hand and display it between your left thumb and second finger (fig. 150). Maneuver the left-hand coin onto your palm-up hand in finger palm and drop the right-hand coin onto it (fig. 151).

Do the Shuttle Pass From Edge Grip exactly as taught in the Sleights and Finesse section - here exchanging two coins for two. Your left hand turns palm down retaining both coins in finger palm, and your right hand turns palm up displaying its coins between thumb, first, and second fingers.

Place the two coins between your left thumb and first finger in spread position. Do the Feint, taking one with your right hand, then showing that it's still there, and finally replacing it. Both coins are again held between your left thumb and first finger.

Take one coin between the thumb and first finger of each hand and say, "I could make the last two go one at a time. . . " Put the right-hand coin between your left thumb and first finger (exactly onto the other coin) and continue, " .. or I could make them go together." As you say that lower your left hand slightly, tilting the coins so that they're parallel with the floor (they're about to go into Edge Grip) (fig. 152). Move your right hand over them, taking both into Edge Grip (fig. 153). Your right thumb, first, and second fingers immediately grasp the upper edge of the two finger palmed coins (fig. 154). Pull them upward, out of your left hand, and spread them as you say, "But I'll do it one at a time" (fig. 155). Note that your left hand is displayed empty during a gesture as you talk.

Place both coins back between your left thumb and first finger. Lower your left hand to waist level, tilting the coins, and immediately lower your right hand, taking the uppermost coin into Edge Grip beneath the two already concealed there. Raise your hands, your right fingers together and straight, and pretend to place the coin in your left hand, which places the last visible coin between your right thumb and second finger. Your right hand turns palm toward audience to display one coin. Your left hand hangs the third invisible coin in the air.

At this point you've got three coins in Edge Grip and one coin in Edge Grip Display. This is where you'll start the Flash Production to reproduce the coins. If you're already familiar with the original ending then turn directly to Flash Production. If you don't know how David used to end the routine, read on.

Say, "You may not believe that these three coins are hanging here in the air. Watch." Swing your right hand in a large sweeping motion from right to left, letting the visible coin drop inside it with a clink as it hits the coins already there - your right hand makes a fist (fig. 156). Lower your hand and open it revealing all four coins.

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