Featuring moves and ideas from Bob Hummer, Roger Klause and Michael Rubinstein, this is a routine that definitely qualifies as "off the beaten path." As a bonus, you can do it in short sleeves; no topiting, vesting or sleeving is required.
Effect: You remove a penny and a quarter from your pocket. Both coins are very fairly and openly placed in your left hand, which then closes into a fist around the coins and turns palm down. You shake your left fist so the audience can hear the coins jingle. You lightly pat the back of the fist with your right fingers and then both hands freeze. Moving your right hand away, it is seen that the coins now rest on the back of the left fist. You then extend your left fingers to show there are no other coins — the penny and the quarter have penetrated up through the left hand!
Next, you offer to show a much more difficult version of the old stunt where one would place coins on his elbow and, in a sweeping motion, catch them on the way down. Instead of doing the catch vertically, you explain that you will attempt to do it horizontally. This requires much more speed, as the coins are falling in a plane perpendicular to the arm's movement, rather than parallel with it.
You stack the coins on the elbow, but just before you make your attempt, they start to fall off your arm. You stack them again and suddenly sweep your arm out sideways. The audience hears the coins jingle as you catch them. But when you shake your fist, there is no longer a jingle. Puzzled, you open your hand to find it holds only the quarter. You look around on the floor for the penny, but it is nowhere to be found. Finally, you turn the quarter over, revealing that your grip was too strong when you caught the coins—the penny is now permanently embedded into the quarter! Your hands are otherwise empty.
Requirements and preparation: To do this routine, you will need to purchase an effect called "Fusion" from Dr. Michael Rubinstein. This is a quarter that has been gaffed by having the head side hollowed out just enough that a penny could be attached inside, flush with the remaining surface of the quarter (photo 211).
You also need a matching quarter and penny. Place all three coins in your right pants pocket. You must also have a shirt (or coat) with a breast pocket on the left side.
Method and performance: Reach into your pocket and classic palm the gaffed coin with the penny side against the palm. Then take the other two coins at the fingertips and bring your hand out of the pocket. Extend your palm up left hand and place the two coins on it, keeping the gaffed coin hidden via Malini Subtlety. Photo 212 shows this clearly.
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To cause the coins to apparently penetrate through the left hand, you will execute Bob Hummer's Upsadaisy! (from Bruce Elliott's Professional Magic Made Easy), as follows. Close the left hand into a loose fist and turn it palm down, shaking it to make the two coins "jingle" against each other. Continue jingling the coins, secretly working them both down to fingertip rest position (photo 213) as the right fingertips begin lightly tapping the back of the left fist.
As soon as the coins are at the left fingertips, move both hands suddenly and sharply upward, the right hand just above the left fist (photo 214).
The coins will fly up and out of the left hand, and the right hand, acting as a "backstop," pins them against the back of the left fist (photo 215).
Don't make a conscious effort to catch the coins—rather, the instant you feel the coins touch the right fingers, move the right hand down, pinning the coins onto the left hand. Freeze for a moment before slowly drawing the right hand to the right to reveal the coins and then extend the left fingers. Pick up the coins at the right fingertips and turn the left hand palm up to expose that there are no extra coins in it.
As all attention is on the left hand, allow the gaffed coin to drop into right finger palm where it will be hidden by Ramsay Subtlety.
Take the two coins at the right fingertips employing the Ramsay Subtlety to casually "show" the right hand is otherwise empty. By performing a slightly modified vanish of Roger Klause's, you will now switch the two coins for the gaffed coin, while simultaneously ditching the regular coins.
Comment about the old elbow coin catching stunt, acting it out as you talk by bending the left elbow up toward your head and pretending to place the coins near the elbow (photo 216).
Openly move the coins away and sweep the left arm downward (photo 217), pretending to "catch" the "coins."
Explain that this stunt is possible because the arm moves along the same plane as the coins, but at a faster rate of speed. Remark that you will demonstrate a much more difficult version of this stunt— attempting to catch the coins horizontally rather than vertically.
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Further explain that, because your arm will be moving along a plane perpendicular to the descent of the coins, much greater speed is required to be successful. However, since you ARE a magician, and the hand IS quicker than the eye (!), say that you are confident you WILL succeed.
Place the coins at the left fingers in a position not unlike the beginning of a French drop, except that you hold the coins between the left thumb and middle finger rather than at the forefinger, and the left palm is facing you with the thumb crotch uppermost (photo 218). After you release the coins with the right hand, move it in and to your left, such that your right forearm is across your chest and the right hand is directly above your left breast pocket (photo 219). Move your left hand to your right elbow and set the coins there (photo 220). As the left hand starts to move away, tip your right arm slightly, so that the coins begin to slide off it. Quickly catch them with the left hand.
Take the coins at the right fingertips again and once more place them in the modified French drop position explained above. This time as the hands separate, actually keep the coins in the right hand, hidden behind the fingertips, as you pretend to take them with your left hand over to your right elbow. Focus all your attention on your left hand, as if you really are placing the coins on the right elbow and steadying them there (photo 221).
The coins in the right hand should be just above your breast pocket (photo 222). Pause briefly before releasing the coins and suddenly and sharply swinging your right hand to your right (the left drops out of the way), clenching it in a fist. Time this so that the fist closes when the coins land and jingle in the pocket, and you will have created the perfect illusion of catching the coins in the right hand. This is the Klause Vanish.
Smile and say, "I got them!" Shake your right hand a bit and act puzzled that there is no sound. Open the right hand, letting the gaffed coin drop onto the palm as you do, and all that will be seen is what appears to be a normal quarter. Look around on the floor as if searching for the penny and then allow a look of sudden realization to cross your face.
"I think I squeezed too hard when I caught the coins!" Tilt your hand down a bit letting the coin slide onto your fingers, which then flip it over onto your palm exposing the embedded penny. "Well, how about that? Two coins.. .joined at the flip!" Let your audience look at the coin as you freely show both hands are completely empty.
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