Scott Weiser

This tabled Coins Across routine uses an absolutely astounding concept which, as far as I know, is completely original with Scott. All you need are four coins and a close-up mat. You can be either standing or sitting since there's no lapping.

Display the four coins on your palm-up right hand. Get one of them into classic pal in position using Roth's technique for Classic Palming One Coin of a Group. Display them again, turning your hand palm down afterward and letting the three loose coins gather in a stack inside your fingers. Toss them into your left hand, which closes immediately afterward. It appears as if you've simply placed the four coins in your left hand.

Turn both hands to palm-down fist position and give them a slight shake. Turn both fists palm up. Open your right hand and allow its coin to slide to the left, off your hand and onto the table. Open your left hand and allow its three coins to slide to the right, onto the table (fig. 746). Each time a coin travels from your left hand to your right the appearance will be shown exactly the same way.

Arrange the left-hand coins in a row, overlapping and spread outward (fig. 747). Turn your left hand palm down, fingers outstretched and straight, and lower it over the three coins. Your fingertips rest on the outer edge of the outer coin (fig. 748). Your thumb levers the two coins to a vertical position pressing them against the insides of your left fingers (fig. 749). Continue curling your fingers, your hand forming a fist which rests on the table - the coin you haven't picked up lies on the table just behind your thumb base (fig. 750). It appears as if you've picked up all three coins.

The Iran Curtain Move

Your right hand picks up the single coin on the right and holds it between thumb, first, and second fingertips (fig. 751). Note that your fingertips are pulled back so that as much of the face of the coin is exposed as possible. Hold the face of the coin directly toward the audience and raise your right hand, turning it palm up (fig. 752). Your right hand is in line with your left hand, and about a foot to its right.

Say, "The first coin has already traveled " As you say the next portion of the sentence, ". . from here. . .," your right hand moves downward and to the left in a quarter counter-clockwise circle (fin. 753).

The lower side of your thumb lands on the single coin lying on the table (fig. 754). At precisely that moment your left hand moves upward, turning palm up, to the left (fig. 755). As you complete the sentence, ". . . all the way over to here," slide your right hand to the right in a slight outward arc (fig. 756). The tabled coin is slid beneath your thumb and concealed from the audience by your fingertips and the visible coin (fig. 757 is the audience view).

Here's the unbroken patter: "The first coin has already traveled from here all the way over to here." The entire move is done in that time. The technique is simple, so relax when you do it. Make sure to keep both your fingertips and the visible coin pressed lightly against the table so the audience cannot see beneath them.

After you've done the next move extend your right fingers over the visible coin (as you would when doing certain types of retention vanishes) and curl them, the coin in fingertip rest. As you close your fingers dig them under the coin that's on the table, clipping its outer edge (fig. 758). (Y our thumb base (:an hold the inner edge of the coin in place to make that easier.) The coin is hanging out the underside of your fist. Lift both fists and, holding them palm down over the table, give them a slight shake. As your right hand shakes it jerks upward and "hops" the coin that's dangling inside. Turn both hands palm up. Open your right hand and allow its two coins to slide onto the table; open your left hand and allow its two coins to slide onto the table.

Your left hand turns over and picks up both of its coins. As it forms a fist it pushes one of them out the back letting it fall onto the table. (More specific detail on doing that appears in Roth's Deep Back Clip Steal.) The coin that's been pushed out lies on the table in position for The Iron Curtain Move.

Your right hand turns over and picks up its two coins between thumb, first, and second fingers (fig. 759). Note that your thumb extends all the way down behind the coins. Turn your right hand palm up and say, "The second coin has also traveled " As you say, " from here " do the downward circular movement with your right hand so that your thumbtip lands on the tabled coin behind your left fist (fig. 760). Immediately raise your left fist, turning it palm up and moving it slightly to the left. As you finish the sentence, ". . all the way over to here," your right hand moves to the right sliding the coin beneath your thumbtip, completely covered by the two coins in front of it (fig. 761 is the audience view).

Once your right hand has moved back, lower your right fingertips onto the outer edges of the two visible coins and press downward, lifting your thumb (fig. 762). The coins will tilt backward slightly. Move your thumb beneath the tabled coin and lever all three coins upward against your fingers (fig. 763). All this, of course, is covered from the audience by the backs of your fingers. Close your right hand into a fist.

Hold both palm-down fists over the table and shake them. Turn them palm up. Open your right hand letting its three coins slide onto the table; open your left hand letting its coin slide onto the table.

Move your palm-down left hand over its coin and pretend to pick it up, actually leaving it on the table as your hand settles into a palm-down fist in front of it. I can't really explain how to do that so you'll have to experiment a bit. It's similar to the fake pick up you already did when there were three coins on the table and you picked up two.

Your right hand picks up its three coins in position at the fingertips for The Iron Curtain Move. Do the move, sliding the last coin to the right beneath your thumbtip.

Pause here; you should be in the position shown in figure 764. Your thumb should be pressing lightly against the back of the innermost coin. Lift your hand and straighten your fingers: your thumb pulls the coin that's against it upward (hidden behind your fingers) and the other two coins fall onto the one on the table (fig. 765). The substitution is invisible and it appears as if you've simply lifted your hand.

The stolen coin will be in fingertip rest when your fingers curl. Transfer it to classic palm as you reach forward to pick up the three coins on the table. Once you've picked them up turn both fists palm down. Shake them, turn them palm up. Open your right hand, then your left, to reveal the passage of the last coin.

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