Sol Stone Magician

Sol has two methods for this routine - this one uses a gimmicked coin, but the one that follows does not. This is also the simpler of the two. To prepare, a copper/silver coin is Downs palmed in your right hand crotch and your right thumb, first, and second fingers hold a brass or Chinese coin (fig. 371). You can flash

the empty right palm to the audience by bending your hand backward at your wrist, being careful, of course, not to flash the Downs palmed coin. Afterward turn your right palm toward you and tilt your fingers upward (fig. 372). The audience sees the backs of your fingers throughout the routine.

Two things will be happening at the same time during the routine. Your fingers will move the coins and your hand waves slightly up and down to cover the action. Everything must be exactly coordinated or the larger action of your moving hand won't be sufficient to cover the smaller action of your moving fingers. Let me give you an idea of the hand motion. You'll count, "One, Two, Three," as you do the change. On "One" you'll raise your hand, on "Two" you'll lower it, and on "Three" you'll raise it again.

On "One" (the first upward swing) your third finger moves onto the brass coin beside your second finger. At the same time your second finger moves behind the coin beside your thumb (fig. 373). Your thumb and first finger release the coin as you slightly straighten your second finger flipping the coin's edge toward you, the coin clipped between your second and third fingertips (fig. 374). Note that your first finger has also moved beside your second finger. Curl all your fingers inward. The Downs palmed coin goes between your first and second fingertips while, at the same time, your second and third fingers move the brass coin into lower Downs palm (fig. 375).

On "Two" (the downward swing) your thumb moves over the brass coin completing the Downs grip, and your fingers straighten with the clipped copper/silver coin (fig. 376).

On "Three" (the second upward swing) your thumb simply moves beneath the copper/silver coin and flips it face toward audience (fig. 377). Either side can face them.

That's the first change and with a bit of practice you'll be able to do it like Sol - instantly. The second change is much simpler; your thumb turns the copper/silver coin around so that its other side faces the audience. There's a little technique to it, and it's done with the same one-two-three up and down hand swing. On "One" your first finger moves to the coin's inner side (fig. 378). Your thumb moves away allowing the coin to turn sideways, clipped between your first and second fingertips (fig. 379), On "Two" your thumb moves beneath the coin and flips its unseen side toward the audience, pressing the coin against your first finger. Your second finger, which will have been on the inner side of the coin after your thumb turns it, moves to the outer side next to your first finger (starting position).

The change back to brass is the exact reverse of the first change. In other words, on "One" the copper/ silver coin is clipped sideways between your first and second fingertips. Curl your fingers inward, your first and second fingers depositing the copper/silver coin in Downs palm while your second and third fingertips clip the brass coin. Your thumb moves over the copper/silver coin completing the grip. On "Two" your fingers straighten, carrying the brass coin outward and leaving the copper/silver coin behind. On "Three" your thumb flips the brass coin back to starting position face toward audience. Turn it around a few times to display both sides and then hand it out for examination.

0 0

Post a comment