The Karate Coin

David Roth

David has used this effect in his lecture for many years, and several new methods will be taught here as well as a portion of his original handling. It's based on The Finger Gimlet, an item which appeared in the lean Hugard booklet on coin magic. You need a half dollar with a hole drilled through the center just large enough for the tip of your right first finger to fit through. It must be a tight fit - the spectators never see the hole, only your finger's apparent penetration through the coin.

Stab No. I

This is how David stabbed the coin in his lecture. To prepare, classic palm the Karate Coin in your right hand. To perform, have a regular coin examined and then take it with your left hand. Maneuver the coin into finger palm on your palm-up hand, ready for the Shuttle Pass. Move your hands together, your left hand turning palm down and your right hand turning palm up in the rocking Shuttle Pass action. Here, however, before you can move your right hand out from beneath your left hand to display the coin your right thumb must move onto it and cover the hole (fig. 76).

Now move your right hand to the right curling your third and pinky fingers so that the coin is held solely by your thumb, first, and second fingers (fig. 77). Turn your left hand palm up, keeping your fingers slightly curled to hide the regular half dollar in finger palm. Your right hand places its coin between your left thumb, first, and second fingers in Spellbound position (fig. 78). Note that your right first and second fingers cover the hole.

With a sharp motion jab your right first fingertip through the hole (fig. 79). Really push it in so that the flesh expands over the immediate area around the hole so no opening can be seen. Move your right hand away and extend the stabbed coin upward for display.

Restoration No. I

A new visible restoration. After you've displayed the Karate Coin on your finger your left thumb and first finger pull it toward your fingertip a tiny bit, so it's loose, and tilt it, so the hole doesn't show (fig. 80).

Hold your left hand palm toward you and, with your left thum b, push the finger palmed coin to behind your first and second fingertips (fig. 81). Move your extended right first finger inside your left fingers, your left thumb moving out of the way and the back of your right first finger pressing the regular coin in place (fig. 82). Move your left thumb onto the inner edge of the Karate Coin, its outer edge pressing against the second joint in your left fingers (fig. 83).

Slowly pull your first finger out of the Karate Coin, your left thumb snapping it flat into finger palm (fig. 84). Push the coin downward to lower finger palm, your slightly curled third and pinky fingers holding it in place (fig. 85).

Begin sliding your right first finger out from behind your left fingers, its back continuing to press the real coin against your left first and second fingers. As soon as it's able, while your first fingernail still holds the coin in place, your left thumb moves onto the left edge of the regular coin (fig. 86). Two things happen at the same time. Your left thumb levers the coin to Spellbound position and Your right hand turns palm down (fig. 87). The coin should now be visible to the audience. Sharply lift your first finger to reveal the whole coin (fig. 88).

1 know that seems like a lot of little steps, but it's very deceptive if you combine them smoothly.

Stab No. 2

Roth and Latta

Both this handling and the restoration which follow have not been released before. Start with the Karate Coin in righthand thumb palm. The regular coin can be examined. You should be standing with your left side to the audience, your right hand hanging naturally at your side. Take the regular coin with your left hand and display it on your palm for a moment (fig. 89).

At the same time you must insert your right first finger into the Karate Coin, and there are two ways to do it. You can simply curl your first finger and try to work it into the coin while it's in thumb palm, or you can allow the coin to drop from thumb palm to fingertip rest and then, while holding it between thumb and second finger, stick your finger through (fig. 90). Either way, keep your fingers loosely curled once the coin is in position.

Toss the coin that's left in your left hand straight up in the air. As you throw it raise your right arm (fig. 91). Wait for the coin to reach its peak and then begin to fall. Shoot your right hand forward as the coin falls, opening your fingers (fig. 92). Catch the falling coin with your second, third, and pinky fingers and close them into a fist leaving your first finger extended with the Karate Coin on it (fig. 93). Display the coin on your finger. It appears as if your finger visibly penetrates the coin in midair!

Restoration No. 2

Hold your right hand so your first finger is pointing straight up (fig. 94). Curl your first finger and take the Karate Coin into thumb palm (fig. 95). Snap your first finger straight again as if it popped out of the coin.

Move your palm-up left hand beneath your right hand, which turns palm down, fingers straightening and dropping the regular coin onto your left hand (fig. 96).

In Addition: I've kept all the moves separated for a reason - you can mix and match either restoration with either stab. The best combination, I think, is Stab No. 2 and Restoration No. 1 - you simply have to transfer the real coin from your right hand to your left after the stab. It's easy, just bring them together for a moment (your left hand beneath your right) and let the coin slide from hand to hand.

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