Tom Gagnon

Tom tells me that laymen flip over this, and I can understand why. It's an instant visible change beneath a glass that's as clean as you could want. You need a copper/silver coin, a close-up mat, and a shot glass whose inside is large enough to allow a coin to flip over inside it.

Place the coin onto the mat silver side up. Show your hands empty and place the glass mouth down over the coin (fig. 333). Your right hand lifts the glass and your left hand points to the coin. This time, when your right hand lowers the glass over the coin, leave a tiny bit of the coin's inner edge protruding from beneath the glass (fig. 334). Press downward on the inner end of the glass. This will, with some practice, cause the coin to snap upward and turn over while inside the glass (fig. 335). If the coin won't turn over the first few times you try it, try drawing the glass slightly toward you while it's pressing downward on the inner edge of the coin - then, when the coin snaps out from beneath the edge of the glass it should flip over. As you can see in the illustration the coin flips over toward the audience.

You can also perform the change on the palm of a spectator's hand! Tom also uses it for the following effect. Use a double-headed half dollar, and glue a miniature card to one side. Place the coin on a spectator's palm (unprepared side up). Cover it with the glass. Now, force the duplicate of the miniature card on the spectator (he selects it with his other hand, etc.). After he's looked at it, and replaced it, etc., do the Tiddlywinks Change and the miniature of the spectator's selection magically appears on the coin trapped beneath the glass.

Geoffrey Latta has developed two routines, Glassed-In Attraction and Impossible Under Glass CS Switch, which use Tom's move and are in his section of the book.

Mark showed this to me at least four years ago. It uses any copper/silver coin and is an instant change. Take a copper/silver coin and set it on edge on a table, held between your left thumb and right first finger in about-to-spin-it position (fig. 336). The copper side is toward the audience - it should be the only side they've seen up to this point.

Quickly separate your hands spinning the coin as rapidly as possible (fig. 337). As the coin spins only the darker, copper, side will be visible - the silver side cannot be seen! Smack your palm-down right hand over the coin, flattening it onto the table. Slowly lift your hand. Either the coin will now be silver side up revealing a color change, or copper side up. If it's the latter simply pick up the coin, spin it, and smack it down again. This time it should be silver. If not, do it again. It only takes a few seconds each time. If it still hasn't fallen silver side up by the third try you're cursed: pack your bags and head for the hills before the ceiling falls in.

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