Standup Copper Silver Classic

David Roth

Say, "The easiest way to make these coins change places is to do it myself - like this." Openly switch the coins, sliding one beneath the other (fig. 167). Your left hand takes the copper coin and your right hand takes the silver. Continue, "But that wasn't real magic. I can do it without moving." Now, a couple of things happen at the same time. Both hands close into fists and turn palm down. Your left thumb drags the copper coin toward the palm so that it just rests on the finger base (fig. 168). That happens as it has already started turning over, your fingers curling into a fist immediately afterward. That automatically flips the copper/silver coin over so that the silver side will show when you open your fingers in a moment.

Your right hand does a Palm Change as it turns palm down, switching the silver coin for the copper. Open both hands, turning them partially palm up, the coins apparently having switched places; the silver coin rests on your left fingers and the copper on your right fingers.

Repeat the above sequence twice. In other words, both hands close into fists; your left hand secretly flips over the copper/silver coin and your right hand does the Palm Change. The second time You do the sequence the copper coin will jump back to your left hand and the silver to your right. The third time you do the sequence the copper will jump to your right and the silver to your left. You can repeat this ad nauseum, but David usually does it three times before going into the ending sequence which switches out the gimmicked coin.

Ending No. I

Let's assume you've just done the third transposition. The copper/silver coin rests on your left fingers silver side up, the silver coin is classic palmed in your right hand, and the copper coin rests on your right fingers.

Your thumbs slide the visible coins in each hand onto the first and second fingertips (fig. 169). Move your first fingertips to above each coin so that they're clipped between first and second fingertips (fig. 170). Move your thumbs beneath the coins and turn your hands palm down, keeping the faces of the coins toward the audience - they end grasped between thumb and first finger (fig. 171).

Raise your right hand, turning it palm up, and say, "Copper in this hand" (fig. 172). Simultaneously lower your right hand and raise your left hand (turning it palm up so the silver side of the gimmick remains toward the audience) and say, "Silver in my left hand." As you lower your right hand do the Palm Change as it closes into a fist, switching the copper for the silver. Relax your right fingers a bit so they hang down slightly with the silver coin resting inside them.

Open your left second, third, and pinky fingers and do a Hanging Coins type of "put" into your left hand. That is, your right hand turns partially palm up and moves to your left hand, your right fingers moving inside your left fingers with the silver coin (fig. 173). Leave the silver coin there, immediately closing your left second, third, and pinky fingers over it.

Your right hand takes the copper/silver coin from between your left thumb and first finger and your left hand turns palm down (your thumb and first finger closing into a complete fist). Lay the coin silver side up on the back of your left fist (fig. 174). Say, "The silver's on the back of my hand - that leaves the copper

inside." Your right thumb and first finger grasp the silver's edge and ]ever it upward to a vertical position, its bottom still resting on your fist (fig. 175).

Tap the coin lightly against your fist twice, and on the third tap straighten your right fingers in front of it. Of course when you do that the coin will fall forward, copper side up (fig. 176). Immediately spread your right fingers wide so that the spectators can see the copper coin through them (fig. 177 is the audience view). It should be an instant change, your fingers straightening and opening immediately afterward.

Lower your right hand, moving your right thumb onto the copper coin (fig. 178). Draw the copper off your fist and onto your right fingers (fig. 179). Raise your left hand slightly, turning it over and opening your fingers to reveal the silver coin inside. At the same time your right hand closes into a fist and does a Palm Change, switching the gi-mmicked coin for the regular copper, which your right hand drops onto your left palm beside the silver. Both coins can now be examined.

Ending No. 2 (Fred Kaps)

This is an alternate ending that David often uses for laymen. Again, let's start at the end of the third transposition. The copper/silver coin rests silver side up on your left fingers and the copper coin rests on your right fingers. The silver coin is classic palmed in your right hand.

Lay the copper coin partially over the silver coin and hold both between your right thumb and fingers (fig. 180). Ask the spectator to extend his right hand, palm up, in front of him. Place the two coins, still overlapping, onto the base of his fingers (fig. 181). Ask him to close his fingers and then turn his hand over.

Ask him to reach inside the thumb hole with his left fingers and pull out one coin halfway and leave it there. They will always pull out the coin closest to the hole, which is the copper/silver coin, and it'll always be copper side up (fig. 182). Reach over to his fist with your right hand and take the coin that's sticking out. Display it on your fingers and close your hand into a fist doing a Palm Change. Open your hand revealing a silver coin, and ask the spectator to open his, revealing a copper.

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