Method and performance: Bring out the mirror and set it to your right on the pad (of course, with the coin on the bottom!). Next, place the box to the left of the mirror. Open the box, concealing the finger palmed coins via Ramsay Subtlety. Dump the coin out of the box and close the box. Meanwhile, let your left hand drops into your lap. Take the other box at the left fingertips and hold it just below the edge of the table (photo 38). You will switch the boxes with a reverse Imp Pass.
The right hand, holding its box at the fingertips, moves in a "U," moving back toward your body, arcing to the left and then moving forward to the upper left of the pad. As the hand clears the table and approaches the left hand, it dips down just enough that the box is barely out of sight (photo 39).
The right fingers open to take the box from the left hand at the fingertips, automatically dropping the other box into the lap (photo 40) — as Slydini always said, don't think about dropping and taking, just think about taking! It is this loaded box which is placed to the outer left corner of the pad at the completion of the "U". Done in one smooth motion, it seems that the nothing fishy has happened, and apparently the box never went out of sight.
Move the coin on the table to the center of the pad, making sure it is heads up. Pick up the pouched mirror and set the open edge of the pouch on the table, just behind the coin. Squeeze the mirror out of the pouch, allowing the hidden coin behind it to slide out, heads up on the table (photo 41). Place the pouch aside.
Hold the mirror by the upper right corner between the right thumb, in back, and forefinger in front. The mirror should be upright, with the bottom edge contacting the table. Refer to photo 42. Point out that the reflection of the coin in the mirror creates the illusion of two coins.
You will now do a slightly modified version of Paul Harris' "Twilight," a terrific coin effect that creates the illusion of reflection becoming reality.
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Extend your left forefinger and thumb, curling the other fingers into a fist. Slide the left hand along the table until your thumb and forefinger straddle the mirror, each resting on a coin (photo 43).
Slowly slide the hand to the left, dragging the coins along, past the side of the mirror so that the hidden coin comes into view behind the other coin, creating the illusion it was just pulled from the reflec-
Toss both coins onto the table, allowing the spectators to pick them up if they wish. Meanwhile, set the mirror directly onto the finger palmed coins in the right hand.
My good friend Ray Miller of Boise showed the following variation of the "Twilight" sequence to me.
Take back the coins and place them in a staggered stack at the center of the pad. Pick up the mirror with your left hand, clipping the two hidden coins behind it with your left thumb. Move them to just behind the tabled coins. Keep the mirror's bottom edge on the table as you tilt it back toward yourself until the edge of the bottom coin contacts the pad. Square the visible coins with your right hand as your left gently releases its two coins onto the table (photo 45). By squaring the visible coins, you provide audio cover for any noise the hidden coins might make as they are tabled. Tilt the mirror back to an upright position.
As before, extend your left thumb and forefinger and slide the left hand to the mirror, the thumb coming to rest on the top hidden coin, the finger on the top visible coin. As you move the hand to the left, roll the edges of the coins against the mirror, again providing sound cover for any noise they might make as they slide off the other two coins (photo 46). As soon as the coins clear the mirror, grip the left upper corner with the left hand, so that your right hand can roll out the remaining two coins to the right in the same manner. Toss the mirror to the upper right of the pad and casually show both hands empty. This completes the "Twilight" phase of the routine.
With your right hand, place the coins one at a time in the left, positioning the last one so that it can be heel clipped (page 8) as the left hand is closed (photo 47).
Bring the left fist back past the table edge, over your lap, but about four inches higher than the table. Refer to photo 48. With your right hand, pick up the mirror and move it to the upper left of the surface.
As the right arm passes in front of the left hand (photo 49), allow the heel clipped coin to drop into the lap (Gary Ouellet's "Crossover Lap"). Bring your left fist directly over the mirror. Show your right hand empty and move it under the table, picking up the lapped coin en route. Drop your left hand onto the mirror and open it out flat, covering the coins. Click the coin in the right hand against the underside of the table. Roll your left hand over, revealing only three coins, as your right hand comes up and sets its coin off to the right.
Put the three coins on the mirror into your left hand, again heel clipping one as you make a fist. Repeat the Crossover Lap with the heel clipped coin while the right hand reaches for the mirror to move it to the right center of the pad. The right hand picks up the tabled coin and goes under the table, stealing the lapped coin at the fingertips on the way (photo 50). Bring your left hand down on the mirror and open it flat. Drop the coin at the right fingertips into the hand so it hits the other coin.
This time, as the left hand rolls over to reveal two coins, keep the right hand out of sight, and secretly place one of its coins on your right thigh. Pick up the two coins on the table with the left hand, heel clipping one. As the left fist begins to move to the left, the right hand comes up and tosses its single coin onto the table. Simultaneously let the coin drop from left heel clip (photo 51). Try to actually hit the falling left coin with the one you toss from your right hand. This is the Reverse Han Ping Chien (again by Gary Ouellet), and when properly executed, it is absolutely deceptive. Since both coins end up forward of the left hand, even magicians who know of the HPC move will rule it out.
Move the mirror to below the left fist. Show the right hand empty and then pick up the two coins from the table and go underneath, again stealing the coin from the thigh at the fingertips on the way. Drop the left hand onto the mirror, opening it flat, as the right lets the stolen coin fall onto the other two. Show one coin on the mirror and bring up the right hand, letting its three coins spill onto the pad, as shown in photo 52.
Bring the mirror back to the rear center of the pad. Pick up the three coins with your left hand and move them under the table, moving
one to the fingertips. Pick up the coin on the mirror at the right fingertips and do the "Hirata Master Move," explained on page 9. (In this case, you don't bend the left arm back to catch the coin. Instead, keep the left hand well under the table and let the falling coin drop into your lap.) The moment your hand hits the mirror, let the coin at the left fingertips drop onto the two coins on the left palm. Move the right hand away from the mirror, displaying it openly. As the left hand comes up to the table, smoothly pick up the lapped coin, and dump all four coins onto the pad (photo 53). There will be a very strong reaction and the audience will relax, thinking the trick is over. We will use this lull to destroy them! Lean back and let your right hand drop to your lap and steal the clip from under your leg, holding it in a high finger palm (photo 54). Bring the hand back onto the table and pick up two coins at the fingertips of each hand, with the rear coin of each pair staggered downward., as in photo 55.
Place the coins in the right hand in front of those in the left, and hold all four in a staggered stack, with the front-most coin at the top (photo 56). Feed the coins into the clip under cover of squaring them and display the coins (but not the clip!) as explained in "U.N. Coins Through Table."
Close the left hand into a fist around the clipped coins and do the Crossover Lap as the right hand slides the loaded box of coins to the center of the pad. Hold the left fist about six inches above the box. Pick up the mirror with the right hand and hold it between the box and the left fist. Make a crumbling motion with the left hand and open it to reveal the coins have vanished (photo 57)! Set the mirror aside and open the box, dump out the four coins, and enjoy the incredible reaction of the audience!
I have heard many magicians say that they never lap because they never perform seated or, at least, they never have "formal" sit-down close up shows. They say there is no market for it. I am convinced that this is absolutely wrong. The reason they don't have these kinds of shows is because they blindly believe the people who preach that they are passé, and so they don't pursue formal close up shows. I do 50-100 of these shows each year. Virtually every time I do a show for a small group (5-15) of adults (anniversaries, birthdays, etc), I do a close up show where we're all seated around the dining room table. As others have said, just because you can't always use techniques such as lapping, doesn't mean you should never use them.
One final thing that may dispel any doubts as to how well this routine plays. My friend Darrin Cook was performing at his restaurant gig recently and one of the patrons asked him if he did the trick where the coins go through the table. Darrin asked the guy his reason for the question. The man went on to describe, in virtually exact detail, the routine you've just read, which I had performed for his small office's Christmas party seven years earlier!
1. Set pouched mirror on table to right with coin hidden underneath. Place box to left of mirror. Hiding finger palmed coins in Ramsay Subtlety, open box with right hand and dump out coin.
2. Left hand drops to lap, gets loaded dup box, holds it at edge of table. Perform reverse Imp Pass, switching empty box for loaded one. Set at upper left corner of pad.
3. Move coin, heads up, to center of pad. Move pouched mirror to behind coin, squeezing mirror out and letting hidden coin secretly fall behind it. Place pouch aside.
4. Do Twilight production of hidden coin and then set mirror on right hand directly over palmed coins. Give tabled coins to be examined if desired. Set them in staggered stack at center.
5. Left hand takes mirror and hidden coins and sets mirror behind tabled coins. Let hidden coins drop on pad as right hand squares visible coins.
6. Do Twilight rollout production of top coins with left hand and then repeat with remaining coins, using the right hand. Toss mirror to upper right of pad and show hands empty.
7. Right hand places coins one at a time in left, which heel clips one as it closes. Do Crossover lap as right hand moves mirror to upper left of pad. Right hand goes under table, taking lapped coin en route. Left drops flat on mirror, rolls over to expose three coins. Right hand comes up with one coin and drops it to right.
8. Repeat step 7 with three coins, right hand taking one under and picking up lapped coin. But as left reveals two coins, right stays out of sight, placing one of its coins on thigh. Left picks up two coins, heel clipping one. Do Han Ping Chien as right appears to throw two onto table.
9. Move mirror to center. Right picks up 2 coins, goes under table, taking coin from thigh on way. Left drops on mirror, shows one coin. Right comes up and dumps three coins.
10. Move mirror near table edge. Left takes three under, right picks up remaining one, does Hirata master move. Left comes up with four.
11. Steal clip, load coins, Crossover Lap as right gets box. Vanish through mirror. Dump four coins out of box to end.
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