Four coins are taken in the left hand, and four in the right. The right hand is placed under the table, and the coins in the left hand pass through the table and join those in the right hand.
Lay the coins on the table in two vertical rows of four each. Pick up the first coin in the left-hand row, holding it between the right thumb and fingertips. Hold the left hand palm up, the fingers flat and fingertips almost touching the edge of the table. Throw the coin into the left hand, the hands swinging towards each other during the action. Count "One". The coin rests at the base of the left fingers as in the finger-palm position. Throw the second coin and third coin similarly, counting "Two" and "Three". Pick up the fourth one and hold it with the greater portion of the coin resting on the right fingers. As you start the same swinging motion as before, with the right thumb draw the coin back into finger-palm position. Apparently toss the coin into the left hand, but actually retain it in the right and throw the three coins in the left hand back into the right catching them in the finger-palm position. Count "Four".
With the right hand, which has the four coins finger-palmed, casually reach for the first of the four coins in the right hand row. Pick it between the thumb and the first and second fingertips, counting, "One". Turn the hand with the palm up to display the coin, the four palmed coins being concealed by the curved fingers. Place the first coin on the second, pick up the two and place them on top of the third; then pick up the three and place them on top of the last coin. Count "Two", "Three", and "Four" as you assemble the coins. Tilt the group of four coins on its side and hold it between the thumb and the first and second fingers. Draw the coins up into the hand, on top of the finger-palmed group of four, and hold the eight coins as one stack. Clench the right hand and turn it with fingers up. You may, if you wish, open it briefly again to allow the audience to get a quick flash of the coins.
Place the right hand underneath the table, and the left fist on top of the table, over the right hand. With the right thumb lift up three or four coins and allow them to fall back on the remaining coins with a click representing the auaible passage of one coin through the table top. Move the hands to another position, and apparently pass another coin through the table. Do this twice more, then open the left hand and show it empty. Bring the right hand from under the table and slowly open it. Cascade the eight coins onto the table.
This sleight can be utilized for the complete vanish of several coins as a dramatic conclusion to some other effect. Have a miniature wand or magic talisman of some kind in the right coat or trousers pocket. After, apparently toss all the coins, one at a time, into the left hand, place the right hand with its finger-palmed coins into the pocket and bring out the talisman, leaving the coins behind. Rub the left hand with the talisman, and show that the coins have disappeared.
We will soon be publishing an issue dedicated to the late Johnny Ramsay — probably in April. If any readers have relevant information, anecdotes, photographs or perhaps even a trick by him we would like to know about it. Please send any contributions to Fred Robinson (address on back page).
Those who have watched Bob Read perform his Cups and Balls routine will welcome the news that it has now been published. Based on the Vernon routine it uses one standard cup, a mug with a handle, and a paper cup. In addition to standard moves the tip of a wand vanishes, appears under a cup, is screwed back on the wand, appears at the other end and finally returns to its proper place. The final production is 'meat and 2 veg' during which a wrist watch disintegrates. There are many other 'bits of business', over 20 good patter lines and 83 photographs. As in 'Thanks to Pepys' the moves and patter are in line on opposing pages. It is entitled "The Penultimate Cups and Balls."
From Peter Kane comes a good tip for anyone performing a routine that requires two bank notes to have the same number and has difficulty in making the necessary erasures clearly.
Obtain two notes with exactly the same numbers except for the last digits. These should be 4 and 1.
To change the 4 into 1:
Cover the upright and the right hand side of the 4 with a piece of selotape (self adhesive transparent tape). Leave the left hand side of the number uncovered. Erase the uncovered portion with a razor blade. Remove the tape and repeat the operation with the right-hand side. Careful use of the tape will provide a perfect fake.
Fred Kaps Lecture
This lecture on Sunday 29th of January was probably the high-spot of the close-up magician's year: a wonderful and rewarding three hours.
Fred Kaps mystified, entertained and explained many of the items from his professional repertoire to a score or more lovers of close-up magic. The lecture was held at Vic Pinto's studio off Farringdon Road, London, and all who were present surely benefited.
He talked about misdirection and his ideas on presentation to lay audiences. Of the tricks performed the following were of special interest: a silver coin and a copper coin held at the fingertips of each hand transpose, change to two copper, then become two silver. Remarking that we may suspect that more than two coins were used, Fred agrees and two coins fall from each hand. Each of the four is Chinese, with a square hole in the middle and the original coins are no longer there! We offer no solution. A selected card vanishes from the pack and is discovered with two jokers that are on the other side of the table and were removed earlier on. Most of us can control a card and palm it, but what kind of magic is used to add it to the jokers unseen by a room-full of magicians intent on seeing how it was done? Such is the power of misdirection in the hands of a master.
We also saw Edward Victor's Eleven Card Trick performed with dollar bills, "Hornswoggled" (originally published in Hugard's Magic Monthly), two versions of a trick in which a signed card appears in a small box, and much more.
We ran out of superlatives for this occasion. Ken Brooke, who arranged the lecture, introduced Fred Kaps as the best all-round magician in the world and surely there are very few who would question this.
Fred Kaps has kindly allowed Pabular to print part of his lecture notes entitled "Professional Views on doing Professional Magic for Laymen" and to anyone who respects their craft this is valuable guidance. We are indebted to Jay Marshall for permission to publish this in the near future.
Vic Pinto, incidentally, has a trick that Pat Page regarded as being the high-spot of the Hastings IBM Convention (see Pabular No.2). It requires your presence and Vic's camera to produce and if you are interested he will be at the Blackpool Convention on Sunday 23rd February (as will Pabular).
A Final Thought:
Next time you feel like criticizing a magician imagine that you are going to perform next.
Wanted: The Ramsay Legend, Johnny Ramsay's routine with the Cups and Balls, Cylinder and Coins, Triple Restoration. State price and condition. Also required: any books or data relating to cheating at gambling, card sharping etc.
Fred Robinson, 1 Crescent Court, 24 Crescent Road, New Barnet, Herts.
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Magical apparatus made to order. Fred Snook, 47 Dartington House, Senior Street, London W2.
Thanks to Pepys, a fifteen minute act with props found in any home or pub. The tricks include the production of a full bottle of wine from a handkerchief. Complete with patter (over 100 one liners) 60 pages, 50 photos. Just a few left. Direct from Bob Read, 32 Regal Way, Kenton, Middx. £2.50 post free. (USA S8.00 inc. Airmail)
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