Scott Weiser

All of Scott's plots are interesting, and his methods are also ingenious applications to accomplish them. You'll be amazed at how cleverly he utilizes Edge Grip in this effect. You must be seated at a table opposite the audience (though it's possible to do this while standing, and I'll mention one obvious method later). You need two identical Chinese coins with holes in their centers, and a regular padlock and key. The metal hook of the lock must be able to fit fairly comfortably through the center of either coin (so, you may have to use a smaller lock). It's easy to get into position.

Drop the lock (which is closed), its key, and one of the Chinese coins onto the table. The other coin rests on your right thigh. Pick up the lock and display it - ignore the coin on the table for the moment. Give the lock and its key to a spectator and ask him to open it. As he's doing that your right hand drops into your lap and grasps the duplicate coin in Curl Palm (see Roth's section on Edge Grip technique if you don't remember this). Immediately raise your right hand back to the table, where it rests in a relaxed fist.

Extend your left hand to the spectator to take the lock, asking him to keep the key. When you take the lock grasp it between your left thumb, first, and second fingers as in figure 699. Twist the upper portion of the lock, the hook, around so that the prong that normally would go into the base extends downward to the right (fig. 700).

Retract your left hand, at the same time raising your right hand slightly, transferring the coin from Curl Palm to Edge Grip (fig. 701). All your're apparently about to do is place the lock into your right hand and close it. Your left hand guides the prong of the lock downward through the center of the coin (fig. 702).

Without pausing your fingers turn the base of the lock around so it's in closing position (fig. 703). Continuing, your left first and second fingers move beneath the lock's base while your left thumb moves on top of the hook (fig. 704). Press your thumb and fingers together, closing the lock.

Touch your right thumb and second fingertips together. They should be just inside the hook (that is, between the prongs that extend downward into the base of the lock) (fig. 705). You'll find that you can securely grip the lock by wedging your thumb and second fingertip up against the prong in front of them. Lift your right hand to Edge Grip Display, showing the lock (fig. 706 is the audience view).

The loading, closing, etc., takes only a few seconds in performance. All the movements are natural enough so the audience can be staring directly at your hands and not see anything.

Your left hand draws attention to the coin that's on the table. You can have it examined if you like. Pick it up and maneuver it onto the center of your palm-up hand. Your hand is at the table edge in position for Slydini's Revolve Vanish (fig. 707). Your hand turns palm down, fingers curling at the same time (fig. 708). The coin drops into your lap a second before your curling fingers cover your palm. Your hand immediately moves forward over the table (fig. 709). (Obviously that's a brief description. For the real work you'll have to read The Best of Slydini and More. You should, however, be able to learn at least the physical action from the above description.)

Move your right hand fairly close to your left hand and, in the same motion, toss the lock into it (fig. 710). Your left fingers open and close very quickly, catching it. The spectators should not be able to see the coin on the lock if your hands are close enough before the throw. Snap your right fingers and then open your left hand, dropping the lock on the table - the coin, of course, is locked on it. Show your hands empty and ask the spectator to open the lock and remove the coin.

In Addition: The concept, and the idea of loading the coin on the lock while it's in edge grip, are what's important here - the end of the routine can be handled many different ways. You don't, for instance, have to use the Revolve Vanish. Any onehand vanish that laps the coin will do. Also, once you've gotten rid of the loose coin, you can simply show that it's vanished from your left hand and then open your right hand to show its appearance on the lock, i.e., your hands remain apart the entire time.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, you can do this while standing using sleeving techniques. You would start with the extra coin up your right sleeve. As the spectator opens the lock you retrieve the coin into Curl Palm. Load it onto the lock as described and display it. Take the visible coin with your left hand and, using Dr. Roberts' technique (which is described in Bobo), sleeve it as you close your hand into a fist. Throw the lock into your left hand and finish as described.

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