The Acentric Purse

David Roth

A seemingly impossible production of four coins from a purse frame (i.e., a purse without the bag). Your hands are shown empty throughout the routine using many of the Edge Grip techniques just taught, and the coins are produced a number of different ways, one of which is a new sleight called the Edge to Fingertip Drop Production. There are two handlings - choose the one you prefer.

Sequence No. I

Four half dollars are in right-hand Curl Palm, and the hand rests on the table in a relaxed fist. Your left hand is in the same position (though it holds no coins) and a purse frame lies on the table. Your left hand picks up the purse frame while your right hand moves upward. Place the frame into Edge Grip Display, its right end held between your right thumb and second finger (fig. 115). Turn both hands palm toward you and place the purse frame in your left hand in production position, i.e., wedged between your thumb base and first and second fingertips (fig. 116).

Edge to Fingertip Drop Production

While the coins are in Edge Grip your right thumb and second finger snap open the purse (fig. 117). Tilt your left palm upward a tiny bit and lower your right thumb, first, and second fingers into the purse (fig. 118). Your third finger moves outside the purse and hugs your left first finger to cover the space between the purse frame and your first finger (fig. 119) is the audience view).

Relax your right thumb and second finger and allow the bottom coin to drop off the Edge Gripped stack and fall into left-hand finger palm (fig. 120). Your left third finger immediately curls, turning the coin and delivering its upper edge to between your right thumb and second finger (fig, 121). Raise your right hand, apparently pulling the coin out of the purse (fig. 122). Raise your right hand to Edge Grip Display while you extend your left hand toward the audience, tilting it forward so they can see inside the purse (fig. 122a).

Tilt your left palm back toward you and simultaneously table the visible coin with your right hand. Repeat the Edge to Fingertip Drop Production to produce the second coin. After you've pulled it out of the purse your left hand tables the frame and picks up the first coin. Both hands hold their coins in Edge Grip Display. Your right hand tables its coin while your left hand maneuvers its coin into finger palm. Do the Shuttle Pass Drop, apparently taking the coin with your right hand and dropping it onto the table on the coin already there. Afterward there'll be a coin concealed in left-hand finger palm and another in righthand Edge Grip.

After your right hand does the Shuttle Pass Drop it moves back a bit and settles on the table in a fist, the Edge Gripped coin falling to fingertip rest. Move your right toward the purse frame and, on the way, classic palm the coin. Pick up the frame and place it in production position in your left hand, wedged between thumb base and fingertips. Your right thumb and first finger snap open the purse and very cleanly reach inside. Grasp the upper edge of the coin that's finger palmed and pull it out of the purse.

Extend your right hand and place the coin on the table with the two already there. As you retract your right hand extend your left hand to show the interior of the frame empty. Your right hand settles to the table in a relaxed fist and transfers the coin to fingertip rest. Retract your left hand, tilting it palm toward you. Raise your right hand and insert your thumb and fingers into the purse (fig. 123). Your thumb pushes the hidden coin to your fingertips while your other fingers curl out of the way (fig. 124). That takes a second, and your right hand immediately moves upward pulling the coin out of the purse. Place it on the table with the others.

Sequence No. 2

This starts exactly the same way as the first sequence, with a production of a coin from the purse using Edge to Fingertip Drop Production. After your right hand has pulled the coin from the purse your left hand tables the purse and presses it closed. Your left hand turns palm up and your right hand drops the coin onto it in finger palm. Do the Shuttle Pass Drop, apparently taking the coin with your right hand and dropping it on the table. Afterward both hands settle to relaxed fists. One coin is finger palmed in your left

hand, two Curl Palmed in your right, and one on the table.

Your right thumb and first finger lift the purse frame and place it into production position in your left hand. Snap open the purse, reach inside with your thumb and first finger, and take out the finger palmed coin. Place it on the table. Your left hand tables the purse frame and your right hand transfers its coins to Edge Grip. Each hand lifts one of the visible coins and holds it in Edge Grip Display as you patter. Drop both back on the table afterward.

Your right hand picks up the frame and places it in production position in your left hand. Produce the third coin using Edge to Fingertip Drop Production. After you've pulled it out your left hand tables the purse, closing it. Drop the justproduced coin onto your palm-up left hand in finger palm and do a Shuttle Pass from Edge Grip, apparently taking the coin with your right hand, tapping the purse frame with it as you patter ("Three coins from a bagless purse ), and dropping it onto the table beside the two already there.

Your right hand lifts the purse frame and places it into production position in your left hand. Snap it open and do the Johnny Paul subtlety (described later in Scott Weiser's routine, Framed) to apparently show your hands empty. Then, insert your right thumb and first finger into the purse and cleanly produce the last coin.

In Addition: If you wanted to routine this with, say, Wild Coin No. 2, you could magically produce a bag on the purse Using some sort of switch, and then go into that routine.

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