High Flying Winged Silver

David Roth

This is David's all new handling of Coins Across using Edge Grip. You'll be amazed at how impossibly clean it appears to both laymen and other magicians.

You must be working on a soft surface - though you can be either standing or sitting since there's no lapping. (If the soft surface prerequisite is a problem you can substitute another technique for The Scoop Addunder.)

To begin, have a coin classic palmed in your right hand and four matching coins on the table in a horizontal row about an inch apart (fig. 125). Your left hand picks up the coin on the left end of the row and holds it, palm up, in finger palm. Do a Shuttle Pass, your right hand ostensibly taking the coin. It turns palm down with the switched-in coin held at the fingertips and moves toward the right end of the row.

Both hands now work simultaneously gathering the coins. Your right hand places its coin onto the one at the right end of the row and lifts both of those. Your left hand lifts the coin at the left end of the row. Your right hand places its two coins on the coin (originally third from the right) remaining on the table and lifts all three. Your left hand drops its coin onto your palm-up right hand so it coalesces with the three already there.

rothClose your right hand turning it palm down and classic palming one of the coins as already described (see Classic Palming One Coin of a Group) as you make a fist. Your left hand also curls into a fist and turns palm down. Make your magic gesture and open both hands over the table - three coins drop from your right hand and one from your left (fig. 126). Your hands are almost touching the table when you open them. Immediately raise them straight up, move them back a bit (toward you), and let them settle onto the table in relaxed fists (fig. 127).

Your left hand picks up the coin on the left and holds it in palm-up finger palm. Do a Shuttle Pass, your right hand apparently taking the coin and immediately moving to tap the three coins on the table with it. As your right hand moves downward to tap your left hand settles back to relaxed fist position on the table. Say, "It used to be over here but it jumped into my left hand."

Turn your left hand palm up keeping your fingers partially curled so the coin concealed in finger palm isn't exposed. Your right hand tosses the coin it holds onto your left palm - it won't hit the finger palmed coin if you're careful (fig. 128). Close your left hand and turn it palm down.

Your right hand picks up the three tabled coins and classic palms one of them as it makes a palm-down fist. Make your magic gesture (wiggle your thumbs, or whatever) and open your fists low over the table. Let the coins, two beneath each hand, spread before you lift your hands to reveal that the second coin has jumped. Remember to lift your hands straight up, move them toward you, and then let them settle in relaxed fists on the table behind the coins. Gesture with your palm-up left hand as you say, "The second coin has jumped across" (fig. 129).

Both hands simultaneously pick up the innermost coin of each pair and place it on the other coin - so there's a stack of two in front of each hand. Start moving your right hand across the table toward the coins in front of your left hand. As it moves allow the classic palmed coin to drop to fingertip rest. Do The Scoop Addunder as your right hand lifts the two coins in front of your left hand, secretly adding its coin to the bottom of the stack.

Getting Into Edge Grip: Method One

A stack of three coins now rests on your curled right fingers. Curl them enough so that you can lift your thumb without dropping the coins, and move your thumb onto the inner edge of the stack. Straighten your fingers (fig. 130). The stack is now gripped solely by your thumb and second finger, with the outer edge of the stack (directly opposite your thumb) exactly between the second and third joints of your second finger. (All of this is shown in the preceding illustration.)

Turn your left hand palm up and hold it beneath your right hand. Your left fingers are slightly curled and almost touch the outer side of your right third finger (fig. 131). Relax your thumb and second finger and allow the bottom two coins of the stack to drop into your left hand - one coin remains between your right thumb and second finger (fig. 132). Curl your left fingers until they touch the edge of the coin still in your right hand. Continue to close them -they pivot the coin to a horizontal position (a.k.a. Edge Grip) (fig. 133). Don't close your left fingers completely - just enough to do the move (which isn't really very much) and separate your hands. The spectators should still be able to see two coins in your left hand.

Obviously I've broken this new method of getting into Edge Grip down into small steps to teach. In David's hands it takes a second. You just drop the coins into your left hand and close your fingers a bit. It's quick and precise.

Your left fingers open and your left thumb pushes the coins to your fingertips. Your left hand places one vertically between your right thumb and second finger in Edge Grip Display position, and holds the other in a similar fashion as you cleanly display two coins. Your left hand places its coin between your right thumb and second finger, with the one already there, but spread slightly. Your right hand holds both over your palm-up left hand and does the Edge Grip Load already described, dropping those two and secretly adding the third coin as they fall into your left hand.

Your right hand picks up the two coins on the table and holds them in Edge Grip Display for a moment (even though there are no coins in Edge Grip to conceal). Let the coins drop into your right hand and make a fist, classic palming one of them. Turn both fists palm down over the table, make your magic gesture, and open both hands. One coin will drop from your right hand, three from your left hand. Your hands move straight up, then toward you, finally settling back onto the table in relaxed fists behind the coins (fig. 134).

Your left hand picks up one of the three coins in front of it and holds it in palm-up finger palm. Do a Shuttle Pass, your right hand apparently taking the coin. Your right hand crosses over in front of your left hand and picks up one of the two coins in front of it - it now holds two. Your left hand picks up the coin remaining in front of it and places it with the two coins already in your right hand. All three coins are held slightly spread in a fan between your thumb, first, and second fingers.

Turn your right hand palm down, allowing the coins to coalesce in a stack and catching them on the insides of your fingers. Curl your fingers, move your thumb onto the stack's inner edge, and straighten your fingers so the stack is held solely by your thumb and second finger in position for the method just taught of getting into Edge Grip.

Turn your left hand palm up and hold it directly beneath your right hand (obviously the finger palmed coin is shielded from the audience by your curled left fingers) (fig. 135). Now, do Method One as taught, your right thumb and second finger relaxing just enough to release the two bottom coins of the stack they fall onto the finger palmed coin with a clink. Your left fingers curl slightly, your fingertips hitting the coin remaining in your right hand and pivoting it to Edge Grip.

Transfer the three coins from your left hand to Edge Grip Display in your right hand, held between thumb and second finger. Cleanly display the three coins and then drop them into your left hand, doing Edge Grip Load and secretly adding the fourth coin that was in Edge Grip. Your left hand immediately closes into a fist and turns palm down. Your right hand picks up the coin remaining on the table and classic palms it as it closes into a fist.

Both hands are held palm down over the table. Open them - four coins fall from your left hand and none from your right. Wiggle your fingers as you raise your hands, subtly giving the impression that your hands are empty. Move them toward you and let them settle onto the table in relaxed fists. End of routine - you can go south with the extra coin whenever you like.

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