Richard Kaufman

This is basically a combination of a Scarne idea and Ben Braude's De-Sleever move, both of which appeared in The Phoenix in the late forties. You need a deck of cards and two matching half dollars (you can use quarters if you prefer). You must be standing, wearing a jacket, with the extra coin classic palmed in your right hand. Have the other coin in your left jacket pocket.

Hand the deck to a spectator for shuffling. When he's finished your left hand brings out the coin for display in palm-up finger palm, ready for The Shuttle Pass. Do the move, apparently taking the coin with your right hand. Give it to the spectator to hold.

Take the deck from him and hold it, face down, in natural dealing position in your left hand. Spread the cards from hand to hand, your right second fingertip reaching between your left second and third fingers. Move it beneath the coin and pull it to the right, pressing it lightly upward against the spread (fig. 880 is an exposed view).

Ask the spectator to remove any card, breaking the spread at that point - your right hand lifting all the cards above the selection. As your hands separate your right second fingertip presses the coin upward against the bottom of the upper portion (fig. 881).

Have the spectator replace his card onto the lower portion in your left hand. Immediately place the righthand cards on top, loading the coin above his selection. Hold the deck fairly tightly in dealing position your left fingers will prevent the loaded coin from shooting out the side of the deck during the Braude sleeving move. Extend your left hand toward the spectator and ask him to place the coin onto the deck, pretty close to center.

Both arms now move at the same time. Extend your left hand to your left, turning slightly. At the same time raise your right hand in a palm-up gesture (fig. 882). Lower your right hand, turning it palm down, until it's directly in front of you. At the same time swing your left hand in a quarter circle toward your right hand, stopping when it's directly beneath. The coin that's on the deck will continue to move because of your left hand's momentum, flying off the deck and up your right sleeve (fig. 883).

Without pausing your right fingers begin rubbing the top of the deck in small circular motions - as if rubbing the coin through the cards. Lift your fingers revealing the vanish and show your right hand empty. Your right hand cuts the deck at the natural break provided by the coin, lifting all the cards above it. Extend your left hand toward the spectator and ask him to lift the coin and look at the card beneath it which is his selection.

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