Richard Kaufman

I wanted to be able to do Scott's wonderful routine without having to lap or use a shell. This handling appears the same to the audience and can be done anytime. It also teaches a new way to get into Edge Grip with one hand. All you need are three coins - two coppers and a silver. These are finger palmed in your left hand with the silver coin innermost (i.e., farthest away from your fingers). Have the double compartment purse frame in your right hand.

Shake the purse frame and ask the spectators if they hear anything. Put the frame in your left hand in production position, wedged between your thumb base and first and second fingertips. I'm not going to repeat all of Scott's patter so you'll have to flip back once you've learned the moves. Open one compartment of the purse, reach inside, and remove the silver coin with your right hand. Place it on the table to the right. Do the Johnny Paul subtlety already taught in Scott's routine, inserting your right fingers into the purse and turning your hands palm toward audience to show them apparently empty. You're actually concealing the coppers in left-hand finger palm.

After you've lowered your hands and turned them palm toward you again, snap the purse shut and open the other compartment as far as you can (fig. 734). Reach inside, grasping the coppers between your right thumb, first, and second fingers (fig. 735). Your thumb pulls the inner coin upward until it's behind your fingers as you openly remove the copper which remains at your fingertips from the purse (fig. 736). Place the visible copper onto the table to the left of the silver coin. Curl your right fingers as you retract your hand afterward, the hidden copper in fingertip rest.

Getting Into Edge Grip: Method Three

The copper coin is already in fingertip rest (fig. 737). Raise your hand slightly. Two things happen at the same time: your hand rotates at the wrist so that your palm faces left (and your fingers point in the same direction), and your third and pinky fingers curl (figs. 738 and 739 show two progressive views). You have to time it so that the copper coin balances on your third finger as it curls, remaining in a horizontal position. Move your thumb onto the copper's inner edge and the coin will be in Edge Grip (fig. 740).

Your left hand places the purse frame between your right thumb and second finger in Edge Grip Display (fig. 741). Place the purse frame back between your left thumb, first, and second fingers (which is the same way your right hand just held it). That frees your right hand. Lower it to the table turning it palm down and letting the copper coin drop to fingertip rest.

Lower your right hand over the silver coin. Your thumb moves onto its inner edge and presses downward enabling your fingertips to move beneath it. (This is Geoffrey Latta's One-Hand Turnover Switch.) Your thumb drags the silver coin up along the side of your first finger while you raise your hand, turning it palm down over the purse frame. You don't have much time here - the copper coin will drop through the frame as soon as your fingers have straightened sufficiently (fig. 742). Your thumb holds the silver coin in place against the side of your first finger. Once the copper coin hits the table your right fingers curl, your thumb pushing the silver coin to fingertip rest. Immediately get the silver coin into Edge Grip as just described and place the purse frame between your right thumb and second finger in Edge Grip Display. Your left hand turns over both copper coins on the table.

Place the purse back between your left thumb, first, and second fingertips. Lower your right hand allowing the silver coin to fall back to fingertip rest. Your right hand descends over the copper coin on the left. Slide your first finger beneath it and nip the coin's right edge between your first and second fingers (fig. 743). Raise your right hand over the open frame in position for my Visual Drop Change (fig. 744). Lift your right thumb - the silver coin will drop through the purse frame and the copper coin will drop to a clipped position (fig. 745).

That's it. You're left with the extra copper in your right hand, which can be sleeved or simply ditched in a pocket.

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