The Deep Back Clip Steal

David Roth

Though Deep Back Clip is not a new grip it's been kept underground, pretty much within the inner circle, for so long that it remains virtually unknown. It's a difficult super-clean technique that is useable only under specific performing circumstances. You must be standing, working for spectators who are also standing. If you learn this I think you'll find that you can use it more often than you'd suppose.

Deep Back Clip

A coin in this grip is concealed beneath your palm-up hand, held by its upper edge between your second and third fingers near the hand (fig. 67 is an underview). There are always coins in finger palm to cover the possibility of the concealed coin's edge peeking out from between the fingers (fig. 68). It's difficult to hold a coin or coins securely in this grip without a lot of practice. It is, however, worth the work.

The actual Deep Back Clip is not David's, but the following steal (which is based on an idea of Roger Klause's from his New Theory Coins Across in Kabbala Vol. 1 No. 4) is. Let's assume you're going to do a standard transposition where you have a coin in each hand and both jump to one hand.

Place a coin in each palm-up hand in finger palm and display them (fig. 69). Curl your fingers and turn your hands palm down. You want the coin that's in your right hand to stay in finger palm and curling your fingers before you turn your hand over insures that. Relax your left hand and allow its coin to drop to fingertip rest. Stretch your fingers as far as they'll go toward your wrist and press the coin upward. Slide Your fingers off the coin, letting it dan gle downward, your fingertips holding only the inner edge (fig. 70). You can now, if you like, push it even farther toward your wrist.

Turn your right hand palm up and open your fingers, revealing the coin still in finger palm, and say, "The coin in my left hand will jump from here to here." As you patter do the steal. Like this. As you say, ". . from here. . .," two things happen simultaneously. Your right hand swings to the left, moving over your left fist, and your left fist turns over (fig. 71). The coin hanging outside your left hand is covered by your right hand, and its upper edge is gripped in Deep Back Clip while your right hand is directly over it (fig. 72 is an exposed view).

As you complete the sentence and say, ".. to here," swing your right hand outward again (fig. 73). Close your right hand into a fist, at the same time turning it palm down. The Back Clipped coin will hang beneath it. Turn your left fist over.

You'll find that by curling your right fingers you can squeeze them beneath the coin in finger palm, transferring it momentarily to fingertip rest. Immediately push it up into classic palm. Your thumb reaches beneath your fingers to the Back Clipped coin (fig. 74). Pull it inside your fist (fig. 75). Once inside let it fall flatly onto your second and third fingertips in rest position. Then, allow the classic palmed coin to fall onto it with a clink and open both hands as you turn them palm up to reveal both coins in your right hand.

In Addition: The steal from your left fist has to be done quickly and smoothly - your right hand swings over it and almost immediately moves away again without pausing. It appears as if your hands never touch. Also, make sure that your left fist turns up at exactly the proper moment - too soon and you'll expose the coin that's hanging outside it.

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