Sol Stone

This is Sol's version, inspired by both Harvey Rosenthal and Sawa, of the now classic coin routine where the performer visibly breaks a silver dollar into two halves, and then four quarters. Sol's version is a standup, no sleeving, no lapping, completely in-the-hands miracle.

When you start all the extra coins are concealed in your right hand. Four quarters are Downs palmed in your right thumb crotch (fig. 419). Two half dollars are clipped between your second and third fingers, your third finger curling around their edges to hold them in place (fig. 420). Finally, grasp the silver dollar between your thumb and fingers (fig. 421). You must hold the back of your right hand toward the audience at all times.

To perform, show your left hand empty. Turn it palm toward you and grasp the left side of the silver dollar between thumb, on back, and fingers, on face (fig. 422). Your left hand turns the coin over and places it back between your right fingers. Lower both hands and place the dollar into Spellbound position at your left fingertips (fig, 423).

The First Break

Tap the face of the dollar with your right first finger and then move your right hand in front of the coin. Your left thumb immediately relaxes so the dollar falls backward into left-hand finger palm (fig. 424). Without pausing your thumb and fingers grasp the two halves, thumb above and fingers below: they're practically delivered into your waiting left fingers (fig. 425).

As soon as your left fingers have the coins your right hand starts moving back to the right. At the same time your left hand turns so that your hands are fingertip to fingertip (fig. 426). The halves are still concealed from the audience. Your left thumb pulls the innermost half dollar a little to the left allowing your thumb and fingers to grasp the right edge of the outermost half (fig. 427).

To effect the break bend your hands inward at the wrists, your right thumbtip allowing the right edge of the inner half to snap off it. The left edge of the outermost coin will drag across the face of the innermost coin making a scraping noise (fig. 428). Separate your hands to display both coins. If you're careful you can turn your palms outward toward the audience - the dollar hidden in finger palm and the quarters in Downs palm (fig. 429).

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The Second Break

Place one half dollar behind the other and place both of them in left-hand Spellbound position. Straighten your right fingers as you move your right hand in front of the halves. Your right hand continues moving to the left until you can curl your fingers slightly and take the halves into right-hand finger palm

(fig. 430). Without pausing continue moving your right hand to the left until your left thumb and fingers can grasp the stack of quarters (fig. 431). Immediately reverse your right hand's direction, moving it back to the right, your left fingers holding the quarters. At the same time your left thumb slightly spreads the quarters (fig. 432).

As your right thumb and fingers pass the quarters they grasp two of them and pull them to the right with a sudden jerk (fig. 433). That leaves two quarters visible in each hand. Drop them to the table, letting them settle with some noise. You're left with some coins finger palmed in either hand, and they can be disposed of as you stick your hands in your pockets.

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