Ken Krenzel

The routine that's come to be known as The Coins of Ishtar is really quite old -the basic effect, that of three coppers and three silvers doing a simultaneous coins across from hand to hand, is Paul N. Rylander's and appeared in The Sphinx many years ago. Most of the handlings that have appeared have used gimmicked coins, but this one does not; any six coins (three of each kind) can be used, Because of that you can use, say, three English Pennies and three quarters (though I'll teach it using three half dollars and three English Pennies). You can be either standing or sitting, though you must have a table to work on.

Hold three silver coins on your palm-up right hand and three copper coins on your palm-up left hand. Display the coins for a moment. Both hands close: your right hand does the Roth technique for Classic Palming One Coin of a Group; your left hand does Isolation Placement getting one of the coppers ready for Geoffrey Latta's Han Ping Chien.

After each hand has performed its actions both fists are turned palm up. Turn your right hand over and do Latta's Han Ping Chien (Handling No. 1), one of the coppers flying beneath your right hand as it slaps two of its silver coins onto the table (fig. 816). The third silver coin remains in right-hand classic palm.

Raise your right hand a bit and pick up the two silvers and one copper beneath it between your thumb, first, and second fingers (fig. 817). Now, several things happen at the same time. Turn your right hand palm up and raise it about six inches, simultaneously relaxing your right palm so the classic palmed silver coin falls onto the table. As your right hand is turning up, your left hand turns palm down and slaps its two coins over the silver coin that's fallen from your right hand (fig. 818).

Lift your left hand and pick up the two coppers and one silver between thumb, first, and second fingers (fig. 819). The first pair of coins has transposed.

Close both hands into fists letting the coins drop inside them. Turn both fists over: your right hand does the Roth technique again, classic palming one of the two remaining silver coins; your left hand does Isolation Placement, getting one of the two remaining coppers into position for the first handling of Latta's Han Ping Chien. Turn both fists palm up.

Repeat the double Han Ping Chien sequence as already described, first doing Geoff's HPC to get another copper coin beneath your right fingers, and then doing Ken's addition to get the classic palmed (in your right hand) silver beneath your left fingers. Afterward there'll be two silvers and one copper in your left

hand and two coppers and one silver in your right. Display the two three-coin spreads in your palm-up hands as at the end of the first transposition.

Close both hands into fists letting the coins drop inside. Turn both fists palm down. Your right hand classic palms the last silver coin (via Roth's technique) while your left hand gets the last copper coin ready for Han Ping Chien using Isolation Placement.

To show the last transposition and conclude, repeat the double Han Ping Chien sequence again as described.

In Addition: The handling is consistent throughout the routine - everything appears exactly the same each time the coins jump, and there's absolutely nothing to detect.

The method is designed to be done rapidly because, as Ken points out, the Ishtar premise is repetitious and the second and third transpositions become anticlimactic. In order to avoid that Ken's handling is extremely clean and direct, without any extra movements or fumbling. Hint: Try incorporating the muscle pass into the second HPC action.

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