Weiser and Kaufman

Here's what the audience sees. You display a half dollar on both sides, then literally break it in half. One piece is placed into the spectator's hand. You display the other piece on your palm-up left hand (which is seen to be otherwise empty). Your left hand closes and opens and the piece changes to copper. When the spectator opens his hand it's seen that his piece has also changed to copper. You take the piece from him and fit it together with your, then restore the two copper pieces into a whole coin which can be examined.

If it sounds good, and you're going to do it, you'll have to have the following coins cut: half a silver coin, half a copper coin, and half a copper/silver coin (fig. 766). All the pieces must fit together and match, i.e., so that each, when fitted with either of the other two, looks like a whole and proper coin. A jeweler will be able to cut the coins for you.

You also need a tube of "Krazy" type instant bonding glue and a regular copper coin. Using the glue (and being extremely careful, too) attach the copper/silver half coin to the silver half coin with one drop. Afterward one side of the coin will look perfectly normal and the crack will be invisible. The other side will be half copper and half silver.

You must be seated at a table opposite the audience. Classic palm the regular copper coin in your right hand, and then palm the half copper piece crossways beneath it (fig. 767). The glued coin rests on your partially palm-up right fingertips (fig. 768).

To perform bring the apparently whole silver coin out, held as just described. Your right thumb pushes it to the left into your waiting left fingers (fig. 769). Your left hand turns over to display the coin's other side, covering the portion that's copper (fig. 770). Don't pause, your left hand turns palm up again rather quickly. Grasp half of the coin in each hand between thumb and fingers and break it (fig. 771). There should be a nice crack when the glue comes apart. The pieces are positioned so that your right hand holds the real silver piece, while your left hand holds the copper/silver piece.

Drop the real silver piece on the table and reposition the copper/silver piece in finger palm on your palmup left hand (fig. 772). Display that piece and patter for a moment while your right hand settles to the table in a relaxed fist and allows the copper piece to drop to fingertip rest (the whole copper remains classic palmed). Ask the spectator to extend one of his hands, palm up, over the table. Immediately raise your right hand, partially straightening your fingers and holding the piece in place inside them with your thumb (fig. 773). Lower your fingers over the silver piece that's on the table - the back of your thumb resting on it (fig. 774). Slide your hand toward you, dragging the piece off the table so it falls into your lap (fig. 775).

Without pausing raise your right hand and move it over the spectator's, pressing the copper piece onto his fingers (fig. 776). Note that your thumb moves beneath his fingers. Gently close his fingers over the copper piece (without letting him see it) and turn his fist over.

Draw attention back to the silver piece that's on your left hand. Close your fingers, say your magic word, and open them. The piece will automatically turn over because of the placement, and it'll change to copper (fig. 777). Ask the spectator to open his hand, revealing that his piece has also changed to copper. Take the piece from him with your right hand and fit it into the piece lying on your left palm. Pick both up and hold them in Spellbound position in your left hand (fig. 778). The crack should run vertically, allowing you to hold both pieces without any trouble.

Allow the whole copper that's classic palmed in your right hand to drop to fingertip rest. Move your right hand in front of the coin at your left fingertips, your thumb moving behind the pieces and your fingers hanging loosely beneath your left fingers (fig. 779). Your right thumb takes the pieces into thumb palm and immediately moves back to the right, your right fingers pressing the copper coin against your left fingers so it doesn't fall (fig. 780). The whole copper is really dragged around your left first finger and up into Spellbound position (fig. 781).

Move your right hand away revealing the restored coin, which you toss onto the table toward the spectators. Your right hand goes into your right jacket pocket for another prop, or a silver coin, or whatever, and leaves the pieces behind.

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