John Bentz

A description of this effect could read like an ad. An English penny is wrapped in a small piece of napkin and it's shadow remains visible through the paper during the rest of the trick. You cleanly push three straight pins through the center of the coin. They can be left sticking half through and both sides of the napkin can be shown. You pull out two of the pins and let the spectator pull out the third. Everything can be immediately handed out for examination. It really looks even better than that!

There is some one-time advance preparation - you need an English penny (called the copper hereafter) with a hole through its center about the size of a regular penny. Take two short pieces of black electrician's tape and cover both sides of the hole (fig. 782). You also need three straight pins and a small piece of napkin (one quarter of a paper napkin - about six inches square) that's been prefolded into sixteenths, which is four folds (fig. 783).

Classic palm the prepared coin in your right hand and drop the other items on the table (on your close-up mat) and you're ready. To perform, introduce the pins and stick them, upright, into the mat's outer right corner (fig. 784). Show the piece of napkin and a regular copper coin and let the spectators examine everything.

Fold the napkin into quarters (i.e., fold it in half and then half again) so it forms a little three by three inch pocket and lay it on the table directly in front of you, open end toward you. Lift the upper layer (only) of the napkin with your left thumb and fingers. At the same time your right fingers curl into a loose fist, your palm relaxes, and the prepared coin falls to fingertip rest. As you raise your hand and your fingers straighten your thumb moves onto the coin to hold it in place. (This is the same one-hand switch already described in Torn Between Two Worlds.)

Lower Your fingers over the real copper and slide it toward you on the table. It'll eventually fly off the table and into your Lip. Without Pausing your right hand moves slightly upward and your right thumb pushes the switched-in copper forward so its forward edge protrudes past your fingertips (fig. 785). Insert the coin into the napkin beneath the single layer lifted by your left hand. Push it all the way to the far corner and then fold the napkin twice more so it's about an inch and a half square. When you make those two final folds, always fold under so the shadow of the coin remains in view beneath a single layer (fig. 786).

Hold the coin by its edge through the napkin with your left hand and allow the spectators to briefly touch it just to see that you haven't switched it for a cardboard disk (or whatever). Pick up one of the pins with your right hand and stick it through the center of the coin (fig. 787). Turn your left hand over very slowly to display both sides. Insert the second pin through the coin at a small distance from the first pin. You can let the spectators peek beneath the napkin as you push the pin through. Insert the third pin in still another place (fig. 788).

Pause for a second to allow the effect to sink in. Then pull out the first two pins one at a time and stick them back in the mat. Lean forward and extend your left hand to the spectator inviting him to pull out the third pin. As he does your right hand drops into your lap and finger palms the regular copper. As you lean back afterward raise your right hand onto the table. Let the spectator stick the pin into the mat beside the others.

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Unfold the napkin until it's back to quarters (a three inch square, and still folded twice) and lay it on the table directly in front of you, exactly as it was when you initially inserted the coin. Your left thumb lifts three layers at the inner open end (leaving only one layer on the table). Turn your right hand palm down and move your thumb beneath the finger palmed copper coin. Straighten your fingers a bit so that the coin is balanced on your thumb (fig. 789).

Move your right hand over the tabled napkin, your thumb moving into it (fig. 790). Your thumb moves the coin into the napkin until it's almost directly beneath the gaffed coin, but stepped inward a bit (fig. 791).

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Your left hand moves around to the extreme corner of the napkin where the coins rest and grasps it, thumb above and first and second fingers below - also grasping the coins (fig. 792). Turn your left hand palm down swinging the napkin downward and away from you (fig. 793). Raise the tip of your left first finger and allow the real copper to drop out onto the table. That should be no problem because it's lower than the gaffed coin - you should have no trouble retaining the upper coin and releasing the lower.

Immediately sweep your left hand toward you until the napkin's lower end passes behind the table edge. At that moment relax your thumb and fingers, releasing the gaffed coin so it can fall into your lap (fig. 794). Without pausing your left hand turns palm up and tosses the napkin forward on the table for examination (fig. 795).

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