Restored Coin

David Roth

This is another quick effect that uses the Shuttle Pass, and it bears a passing similarity in method to The Karate Coin because of that. The effect to laymen, of course, is radically different. This was one of the items I talked David into giving me while I was with Apocalypse and it was briefly described in Volume One, Issue Eight, though using a different switch because David didn't want to put the Shuttle Pass into print at that time. The restoration was also not described in detail.

You need to prepare a "torn" coin by taking a regular half dollar and making a jagged cut from edge to center, and then bending one of the sides of the cut inward (fig. 97). File the jagged edges smooth so you don't cut yourself (and so, as David put it, the coin doesn't "eat" your thigh if you carry it in your pants pocket between performances). Any jeweler can do this for you.

Classic palm the torn coin in your right hand with the cut directly in line with your fingers (fig. 98). That's important because it must land in the proper position after the Shuttle Pass so your thumb can cover the tear. Display a regular coin on your palm-up left hand in finger palm (it's been previously examined). Do the Shuttle Pass as described in The Karate Coin, your right thumb covering the tear just

before you separate your hands. Immediately turn your right hand over, your first and second fingers covering the tear. Slide your first finger directly over the tear so you can move your second finger out of the way, curling it beside your third and pinky fingers (fig. 99).

Your left thumb and first finger grasp the coin in the same way so that your first fingers are beside one another (fig. 100). Note which side of the tear is bent inward and mime bending that hand inward and the other outward (fig . 101). Use a lot of arm and shoulder strength to make it convincing, and then slide your fingers to the sides revealing the tear (fig. 102).

Take the coin with your right hand and display both sides - it can be examined. Take it back afterward and hold it in French Drop position in your right hand, the tear pointing to the left (fig. 103). Move your left fingers in front of the torn coin, allowing it to fall into right-hand finger palm. Your right fingers grasp the regular coin that's been in left-hand finger palm (fig. 104). Move your left hand slowly to the left, extending your first finger over the tear the audience believes to be in the coin (fig. 105). Rub your finger back and forth a few times and then slowly remove it, revealing the restored coin. Your right thumb and fingers squeeze the coin, snapping it to a vertical position. Your hand turns over to hand out the coin for examination.

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