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right hand, and hold the shaker in this hand as well. Hold your pad in your left hand. Approach a table that is waiting for your performance (make sure there is already a salt shaker on the table). Set down your pad and introduce yourself. Then ask, "Are you the table that was missing thesalt shaker?" Pretend to just now notice that they have one, and remark that it must have been the people at this table before them, and obviously one of the servers has already taken care of it. As you start to place the shaker on your pad to the far right center, let the coin drop onto the pad, and slide the shaker back over the coin as you talk (photo 21). This is a standard load (popularized by Al Goshman), and no one is looking for it, as the performance hasn't even started yet.

Look at Earl (you did get his name when you introduced yourself, didn't you?). Ask him to cup his hands together on the center of your pad. Tell everyone to concentrate intently on Earl's hands. Show both of your hands empty, before mysteriously waving them over Earl's twice, crossing and uncrossing your hands each time. As the hands begin to uncross the second time, tilt your head forward, allowing the coin to drop onto Earl's cupped hands (photo 22). Done with the proper timing, the coin will fall right between your hands just as they uncross. This production is flabbergasting, and very often screams will result.

Pick up the coin with your left hand and do a retention pass (see notes), apparently taking it with the right hand, but actually keeping it in left finger palm. The right hand closes in a fist. Hold up the left hand, forefinger extended, remaining fingers curled, hiding the coin as in photo 23. (This is known as the Ramsay Subtlety). The extended forefinger is level with and about two inches to the left of your left eye (photo 24).

Say, "The coin will disappear from your closed right fist on the count of three. Keep your eyes glued to my fist to make sure I don't do anything untoward."

Bring your left hand down, pointing at your right fist, as you count one. Bring the hand up near the eye and then down toward the fist again as you count two. Bring the left hand up to the eye again. Since you are about to count three, which is when the magic is supposed to happen, everyone's concentration will be on your right fist (at least, if you set this up properly). So quickly and with as little motion as possible, shove the coin in your left eye like a monocle (photo 25). Immediately bring the hand down and count three.

Slowly open the right fist to reveal the coin is gone and then turn the left hand palm up and open it to prove it does not hold the coin. Say, "The coin vanishes, quick as a wink! Actually I'd wink, but I seem to have something in my eye!" Everyone will look up to see the coin in your eye, and they will laugh and applaud. (This phase came from a Tommy Wonder routine in The Books of Wonder, Volume One.)

You will now vanish the coin with a method I learned from The Linking Ring. (Unfortunately, I have been unable to find that particular issue, so I don't know whom to credit.) Hold your hands at your sides and cock your head back and to the left, so your left eye is directly above your breast pocket (photo 26). Do this with a tongue-in-cheek, cocky air, and say, "Check this out!" Begin to turn to your right. Slowly turn your entire body 360 degrees, keeping your hands at your sides. When your back is to the table, relax your eye, allowing the coin to drop into your breast pocket (photo 27). This takes a bit of a knack, but you'll be able to do it after a little practice. When you face them again, the coin will have apparently vanished from your eye without a trace!

Comment, "Any magician worth his salt can bring the coin back!" Lift up the shaker to reveal the coin (photo 28). It is basic human nature to stop looking for something once it has been found (duh!), so most folks will relax immediately at this point and just assume it's the same coin. Because of the duplicate scratch you made and the same date, even the skeptics will believe it is the same coin. You should get yet another powerful response here.

This next phase is a minor variation on an effect that to magicians is a tired old trick, but to laymen it's a very strong piece of magic. Set the coin on the center of your pad and set the shaker on top of the coin. Remove the napkin and cover the shaker with it, forming the napkin around the shaker. Ask Earl to put his cupped hands under the table, directly beneath the shaker. State that you will cause the coin to penetrate through the table and into his hands. Press firmly down on the shaker withyour right hand. Ask Earl if the coin has landed in his hands yet. When he replies to the negative, act a little confused. Lift the napkin-covered shaker with your right hand.

As your left hand comes forward to pick up the coin, your coat will open slightly (photo 29). Simultaneously move the right hand back out of the way, stopping dead at the edge of your coat, and allowing inertia to propel the shaker out of the napkin and into your topit (photo 30). (Of course, all your focus should be on the coin in the left hand.) The napkin has become a shell, basically retaining ilk*

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