Sol Stone

This is the better method of the two because the palm of your hand (apparently empty) is toward the audience throughout the changes - it's also very difficult. Before you get involved with the triple change, which really just involves classic palming a third coin during the rest of the sequence and producing it at the end, I'll teach it as a copper to silver and back again change.

To prepare Downs palm a copper coin in your right hand and hold a silver coin between your right thumb, first, and second fingertips (fig. 380). Your hand is held palm toward audience at all times. Twirl the silver coin around a few times, your thumb moving beneath it and flipping it over to display both sides. End by leaving the coin in starting position.

Phase One

This change, like the preceding one, must be done in a one-two-three up and down wave of your hand (or, if your hand is directly in front of you, fingers pointing toward the audience, a right, left, right swing). On "One" (the first swing to the right) your second finger moves onto the coin's inner side. Your thumb moves away and your second finger straightens, flipping the coin's edge toward you (fig. 381). After the coin has turned your thumb should rest on the edge facing you (as in the illustration).

On "Two" (the swing to the left) your first and second fingers curl inward. Your thumb holds the silver coin in place so that it moves behind your curling fingers (fig. 382). Your fingers curl until you can clip the copper coin between your first and second fingers (fig. 383). Your thumb continues moving the silver coin farther behind your fingers as long as they curl - it goes into regular back clip.

On "Three" (the last swing to the right) your fingers straighten carrying the copper coin into view (fig. 384). The silver coin is concealed behind your fingers between the first and second joints. Your thumb immediately moves beneath the copper coin and flips it flatly against your first and second fingers (fig. 385).

That's the first change, which also puts you in position for the repeat sequence which comes next. You'll eventually get a feel for the back clipping of the silver coin. You'll be able to feel its edge between your first and second fingers and you'll know when you've pushed it back far enough so that it won't show between your fingers on the front side.

Phase Two

This move has been previously described in Tarbell No. 7 in a different context. The second change also takes place during the same right-left-right hand swing. On "One" your third finger reaches up behind your hand, onto the upper side of the back clipped silver (fig. 386). Without pausing your third finger pulls the coin downward flipping it around and clipping it between your second and third fingertips (fig. 387). Continue to curl your fingers inward (fig. 388).

On "Two" your thumb and first finger move the copper's lower portion behind your second finger (fig. 389). Now begin to straighten your fingers, your second finger pushing the copper coin sideways, clipped between first and second fingertips (fig. 390). Note that your thumb remains on the edge of the copper throughout. Curl your fingers inward your thumb pushing the copper to back clip (fig. 391). As your thumb finishes pushing the copper it'll be in perfect position to move onto the edge of the silver (fig. 392 is an exposed view).

How Back Finger Clip Coin

On "Three" straighten your fingers, your thumb holding the silver coin in place (fig. 393). Your thumb completes the action by flipping the silver upward flatly against your first and second fingers - starting position.

You probably don't believe that this can be done invisibly, but it can. When you can do it fairly rapidly with a smooth right-lef t - right wave of your hand the finger actions become invisible. Don't forget that on "One" you go right, "Two" you go left, and "Three" you go right again.

Repeat the change again, back clipping the silver and leaving the copper visible.

Phase Three

This will leave you back in starting position with the copper in Downs palm and the silver coin visible. Begin the second change (Phase Two) as already described, your third finger pulling the silver coin down to between second and third fingertips and clipping the copper between first and second fingertips (refer back to fig. 390). Now, instead of pushing the copper into back clip your fingers simply curl inward moving the copper into Downs palm (fig. 394). That's the position you should be in at the end of the second movement (to the left). On "Three" your fingers straighten. The copper coin is left in Downs palm and your thumb holds the silver coin in place (fig. 395). Your thumb pushes the silver up and you immediately start twirling it between your first and second fingertips.

Sol has two handlings to do this as a triple change. One uses three regular coins - we'll get to that in a moment. It's obvious that by making one of the coins (the one that starts in Downs palm) a copper/silver coin, and holding a brass coin in view to start, the following will happen. On the first change (Phase One) the brass coin goes into back clip and the copper/silver coin will be brought into view (let's assume it's silver side toward audience - which means that it was copper side up in Downs palm). Do Phase Two bringing the brass coin back into view and back clipping the copper/silver coin. Do Phase Two again back clipping the brass coin and bringing the copper/silver coin into view copper side toward audience (this happens automatically). Now, finish by doing Phase Three Downs palming the gaffed coin and twirling the brass coin between your fingers.

Relatively speaking, that's simple enough. To do it with three regular coins is, let's say, more interesting. You start with a brass coin classic palmed in your right hand, the copper coin Downs palmed in the same hand, and the silver coin held at your right fingertips in position as described. Do Phases One and Two as taught (Phase Two is done twice), ending with the copper coin visible at your fingertips and the silver coin back clipped. As you move your hand in the same up-downup movement your third finger moves in front of the copper coin's lower portion (fig. 396). Let go with your thumb and straighten your third finger, flipping the copper sideways. Your thumb moves onto the copper's edge as you curl your fingers, pushing it to back clip between your second and third fingers (fig. 397). Once your fingers are completely curled relax your palm and let the brass coin fall onto your fingertips. Your hand should be open by the end of the third movement (the last upward swing) displaying the brass coin on your fingertips (fig.


Sol cleans up by coming over with his left hand. His left fingers clip the back clipped coins (fig. 399). His left fingers turn the brass coin over and leave it on his right fingers, then he lowers his left hand and curls it.

The angles are a bit different when you do this triple change because of the brass coin concealed in classic palm. It's really concealed by your right thumb base, which folds over in front of it naturally.

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