Joe Safuto

If you've ever wanted to do a close-up version of Copentro, without any gimmicks, Joe's routine should be exactly what you're looking for. You must be seated at a table opposite the audience. You need six half dollars, two identical glasses, and an opaque hanky. Place three of the coins into one of the glasses and place that into your lap. The other three coins lie on the table beside the glass and hanky.

To perform, allow all the props to be examined, then drop the coins into the glass. The hanky should be lying near the table edge in a spread condition. Lean forward, your right hand reaching for the visible glass. At the same time your left hand drops into your lap, picks up the loaded glass, and moves upward to just beneath the table edge (fig. 869). Your right hand picks up the glass that's on the table and spills the coins to the left. At the same time your left hand moves upward a bit more, your first finger and thumb grasping the edge of the hanky and lifting it (fig. 870).

Swing your right hand around toward you, moving it behind the hanky (fig. 871). Without pausing drop that glass into your lap and grasp the glass held by your left hand (fig. 872). Move it forward benea , th the center of the hanky and leave the now covered glass on the table to the left of the coins.

Drop your right hand into your lap and set the glass between your legs, mouth upward, directly beneath the table edge at center (fig. 873). At the same time your left hand arranges the visible coins in a horizontal row on the table to the right of the covered glass (fig. 874).

Pick up one of the coins and hold it on your palm-up right hand in classic palm position (fig. 875). Pretend to dump that coin into your left hand, which immediately closes into a fist. Your right hand moves back to the table edge and drops so that your fingers rest on the table, but the rest of your hand hangs over the edge (fig. 876). Your right palm should be directly over the glass held between your legs.

Raise your left hand over the covered glass and pretend to drop the coin into it. At the same time relax your right palm and allow the classic palmed coin to fall into the glass with a clink (fig. 877). Since sound is om-ni-directional the spectators will hear the sound as if it came from the covered glass on the table.

Show both hands empty. Your right hand picks up the second coin. Repeat the vanish and then proceed exactly as already described so the second coin is heard to fall into the covered glass on the table.

Show both hands empty. This time, your left hand lifts the remaining coin and holds it in palm-up finger palm. Apparently dump the coin into your right hand. Your left hand relaxes and moves to the table edge and rests there, the lower side of your pinky along the I edge (fig. 878). That hand is directly over the glass in your lap. Your right hand, supposedly holding the coin, moves over the covered glass and pretends to toss the coin downward into it. Simultaneously relax your left fingers and allow the finger palmed coin to drop into the glass.

Show your hands empty, lean back and relax, and allow your right hand to drop into your lap. It picks up the glass that's between your legs and moves upward to just beneath the table edge. Your left hand sharply pulls the hanky off the tabled glass to reveal the coins inside, and continues moving back to the table edge to place the hanky's edge between your right thumb and first finger (fig. 879).

Your left hand moves back to the visible glass and spills out the coins. It moves behind the hanky, which your right hand raises, and drops the glass into your lap. Grasp the loaded glass and move it beneath the center of the hanky, pushing the now covered glass back to the left. (This is the same switch you did at the start, though with the opposite hands.) Set the just-lapped glass upright between your legs.

Offer to repeat the routine. Repeat the first vanish, classic palming the coin in your right hand as your left hand pretends to drop it over the covered glass, but do not release the right-hand coin. Look puzzled because there's no sound. Your right hand picks up the second coin and does a finger palm vanish into your left hand. Again, your left hand moves over the glass and pretends to drop the coin in - but no noise. Your right hand moves back to the table edge as before, but retains the coin in finger palm.

Your palm-down left hand lifts the third coin and pretends to place it at your right fingertips, your left thumb pulling it into finger palm. Your right hand immediately moves over the covered glass and pretends to drop the coin in.

Apologize for the lack of noise, and ask the spectator to press the spot on the table where the first coin was. At the same time gesture with your left hand and move your right hand back to the table edge in position to drop the classic palmed coin into the glass in your lap. When the spectator pushes, relax your palm and allow the coin to drop. Ask him to push the spot where the second coin was - this time allow the finger-palmed coin in your right hand to drop.

Your right hand reaches forward to the spot where the third coin was, at the same time moving your left hand back to the table edge in position to drop its coin into the glass. Pretend to pick the coin up and toss it into the glass, at the same time dropping the left-hand coin into the lapped glass. Show your hands empty and let a spectator remove the hanky to reveal the coins back in the glass.

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