preparation to speak of, and can be performed anywhere regardless of conditions. The only properties required are a fairly large handkerchief, four coins, I use half dollars, and an extra large coin of which there are several different kinds now available. Personally I use a Chinese one given to me by Charlie Miller which is twice the size of an American silver dollar.
To prepare put two half dollars into the left side coat pocket, and the other two halves, the large coin and the handkerchief into the right hand coat pocket.
Remarking that you will require a handkerchief for this trick both hands go into the pockets in search of it. The right hand comes out with the handkerchief plus the two half dollars finger palmed and the left also comes out with the two halves similarly palmed. You are now set to produce the four coins from the handkerchief using a well known method. Here is a brief description for the benefit of the uninitiated.
The right hand drapes the handkerchief over the left hand covering it. The left thumb tip pushes one of the finger palmed coins to the tips of the fingers. The right thumb and fingers grasp the coin through the handerchief and takes both clear away from the left hand which is held in a position so that its remaining finger palmed coin is not seen.
The right hand is now holding the coin through the approximate centre of the handkerchief.
To produce the coin the right hand turns over and handkerchief falls over the hand covering it completely and exposing the coin which is taken with the left hand and placed onto the hand of a spectator. The second coin is produced in like manner but in reverse. This time the right thumb pushes up the coin to the finger tips and the left hand removes the handkerchief with coin beneath it and turns over causing the appearance of the coin, which is taken by the right hand and placed with the other coin onto the spectators hand. The third and fourth coins are produced repeating the process and putting them onto the spectator's hand.
In the second phase of the routine the four coins are caused to penetrate the handkerchief. Firstly all together and then one at a time.
Two spectators are asked to assist by holding the handkerchief by the corners forming a makeshift table on which the four coins Eire dropped. Having duly amazed the audience by the production of the four coins you pull back your sleeves and by your manner convey the idea that they are about to see an even greater miracle.
Pick up the four coins and hold them evenly stacked by the edges between the right thumb and fingers in the French drop position. The left hand apparently takes the coins but by using the aforementioned sleight they are retained in the right hand which allows them to fall onto its fingers with a clinking sound. The move should be made so that the spectators misconstrue the sound as coming from the coins taken in the left hand. The right hand containing the coins goes beneath the handkerchief and the closed left hand above. Both hands shake together, and if the left is held in loose fist the spectators will accept that the noise comes from that point, when it is, of course, made by the coins in the right hand. The left hand now flattens out and turns over showing it to be empty as the right emerges from beneath with the four coins on its open palm having apparently penetrated the handkerchief. Pour the coins onto the handkerchief and enquire if they would like to see that again, a remark which gets a little laugh. Say, "Perhaps that was a little too fast for you — I will try and do it one at a time." As you make this remark pick up the coins one at a time with the right fingers and place them onto the palm up left hand as follows. The first one goes on the third and fourth fingers and the remaining three overlapping towards the palm. As the last one is placed onto the hand the first one is stolen by the right third and fourth fingers in the back pinch position which enables the right hand to go under the handkerchief palm upwards and obviously empty. (As far as I am aware the above move first appeared in the original Stars of Magic series described by Ross Bertram. Latterly it is more widely known as the 'Goshman pinch'). This move does require some cover and this is provided both with the closed left fist as it goes over to the centre of the handkerchief and by moving the body forward. Together, these two actions obviate any chance of the back pinched coin being seen. With the closed left hand holding three coins above the handkerchief (the audience believe four) and the right below with one coin in the back pinch position, pause a moment, and then turn the left hand over and open it show the three coins. The right hand which has worked the coin from the back pinch position into the hand proper now comes from under the handkerchief with the missing coin on its open palm. The three coins in the left hand are now poured onto the handkerchief and the one in the right tossed onto the handkerchief a little distance away and to the right of the three. It is quite possible to keep it separate from the others if the handkerchief is held fairly taut.
The left hand now picks up the three coins singly and puts them onto the outstretched right hand the first going into the purse palm position, (Fig 1), and the others on top of it. The right hand now turns over, appears to drop all three coins into the left hand, which immediately closes. Actually only two coins leave the hand, the purse palmed one being retained. The right hand, palm downwards moves over the remaining coin on the handkerchief and draws it towards the edge and as it reaches that position the right thumb goes beneath and picks it up. The right hand goes tinder the handkerchief palm down, and as soon as it is out of sight back pinches the coin just removed from the handkerchief. Look at the audience and ask, "How many coins in the right hand?" and without waiting for a reply, immediately bring the hand back into view showing one coin on its open palm, the one previously purse palmed. The right hand moves back beneath the handkerchief and works the back pinched coin to the finger tips, where it is held so that when released it will fall with a 'clink' onto the other coin.
You are now ready to make the second penetration. Holding the left hand in a loose fist shake it causing the coins to jingle, and bring it onto the handkerchief and open it out flat. Simultaneously, the coin at the right fingertips is released and falls onto the other coin making the familiar clinking sound. Remove the left hand showing two coins on the centre of the handkerchief, and bring out the right hand from beneath showing two coins on its open palm, which are then dropped onto the hand kerchief.
Both hands each pick up two coins in readiness for the third penetration.
The hands hold the coins in a loose fist. You now create suspicion that you have transferred a coin from one hand to the other by bringing the hands into contact causing the coins to clink. Look at the audience and say, "I know, you think I have stolen one of the coins already." Open the left hand to show you still have two coins in it. In the meantime you have prepared for the Tenkai penny pinch move by getting one of the coins in the right hand into the back clip position between the third and little fingers. The Tenkai move is described in detail inBobo's 'Coin Magic'. Briefly, the object of the sleight is to secretly pass one of the coins from the left hand into the right, as you fairly show each hand to contain two coins.
The position is now that you have one coin in the closed left hand and two on the open right hand with another back clipped between the third and fourth fingers.
The right hand palm uppermost moves under the handkerchief and the back pinched coin brought to the tips of fingers as before. The loosely closed left hand is held above the handkerchief and shakes. Simultaneously secretly shake the right one creating the illusion that there are still two coins in the left hand. Again flatten the left hand on the handkerchief and let the coin at the right fingertips fall onto the other two coins. Remove the left hand showing only one coin on the handkerchief. Pick the coin up with the left hand getting it into position at the heel of the palm in readiness for the Han
Peng Chien move. The right hand comes from under the handkerchief chsnlaying the three coins one of which is in the classic palm position. These three coins are now apparently dropped onto the handkerchief, but the one on the classic palm position is retained and it is the one in the left hand which is released and let fall to join the other two. The regular Han Peng Chien move but done on the handkerchief.
The right hand with palmed coin picks up the three from the handkerchief and goes under, and the closed empty left hand above its knuckles touching the fabric. The right hand feeds one of its coins into the left fist where it is literally held between the tips of the fingers and the heel of the palm through the handkerchief.
Do not push the coin too far into the left fist as it will cause the handkerchief to wrinkle.
Say, "How many coins here" as you bring out the right hand from under the handkerchief showing the three coins on its open palm. Close the hand showing it from all sides. Open the hand again making it obvious that it contains only three coins. Right hand goes beneath the handkerchief with the three coins visible on its palm, and the left releases the coin it is holding through the handkerchief letting it fall onto those in the right hand making the familiar clinking sound. Show the left hand empty and bring out the right from under the handkerchief with the four coins on its-open palm. Toss them onto the handker-
The left hand picks up the four coins and moves under the handkerchief. The right hand also goes under and brings out one of the coins, displays it, and appears to place it in the right side coat pocket, but actually palms it and goes under the handkerchief and brings out another coin, actually the same one, which is also placed in the pocket and palmed out again. Repeat until three coins have been put into the coat pocket. You now say "How many coins does that leave in the left hand?" at the same time palming the large coin. They of course say 'one'. Bring out the left hand showing it contains three. You now say "I'll do that again for you." Left hand again goes under followed by the right with the large coin palmed and leaving it in the left hand comes from under with one of the half dollars which is shown and placed cleanly into the pocket. Repeat with the other two half dollars and ask "How many now in the left hand?" Whatever the answer grasp the large coin from above with the right hand through the handkerchief and request that the corners of the handkerchief be released. Turn over the right hand revealing the large coin which makes a fitting climax to the routine.
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In this effect one of the two black tens first loses its spots and then changes to a chosen picture card.
It is based on 'Nick's Push Thru', Ken Krensel's'Incredible Card Tunnel' and a similar Garcia effect, but it is sufficiently different both in method and effect to stand on its own.
First remove the ten of clubs and the ten of spades from the pack and at the same time secretly cut the ace of hearts to the top of the pack.
Display the two tens explaining that they will serve as photographic paper. Place them face down onto the table switching one of them for the ace of hearts which is on top of the pack using your favourite method. (A method for switching cards suitable for this effect can be found in this issue entitled 'Double Lift Drop Switch').
Turn the pack face up and fan or spread the cards taking care not to expose the 'switched ten spot and have a spectator indicate any court card they see. Close up the spread taking a little finger break below the chosen card.
As you turn the pack face down execute the invisible turnover pass bringing the chosen card, say queen of spades, to the top of the pack and get a little finger break beneath it.
Pick up the ace of hearts without showing its face as spectators believe it to be a black ten, and pretend to rub the spots off it. Place it face down on top of the black ten and explain that it
is blank and also that it cannot be shown as it is now light sensitive. This remark will be greeted with an expression of disbelief so you say, "Maybe I can let you have a quick peek." Display them momentarily as in (Fig.l) keeping the index of the ace of hearts covered with the fingers, but exposing as much of the blank area as possible.
Turn both cards face down and drop them on top of the pack to square them, adding the Queen of Spades as you do so. Right hand removes the three cards, and the left puts the rest of the pack face down onto the table. The top card of the packet, the ace of hearts, is now placed on the bottom of the packet. Do likewise with the new top card.
Openly slide back the queen of spades and secretly do the same with the black ten. This leaves the ace of hearts outjogged. Care must be taken at this point not to expose that you have an extra card. Left hand now picks up the pack from the table and holds it in the dealing position and creates a break in the right side into which the packet is inserted (Fig2).
The packet is now turned clockwise leaving the ace of hearts within the pack. The outjog makes this possible (Fig.3). Align the packet at right angles to the pack and flush at the right end (Fig.4). Slide the bottom card, the black ten, to the left (Fig.5). Push them through carefully and a plunger action will occur, pushing out the ace of hearts. All look fair (Fig.6). Turn the pack face up and pull the group out as far as possible without exposing the index of the ace of hearts (Fig.7).
The audience are now invited to watch what happens when you push the blank through the photo machine. Push the group through the pack and when they appear the other side the blank card has changed to their chosen queen of spades. Carefully remove it and the black ten singly to avoid the plunger effect. The effect is over and you are clean.
When you require something to bring a little comic relief to your coin routine or something to use when asked to do a trick and the situation calls for something short and snappy, the following will fill the bill.
You will need a rubber spider, or failing that a beetle or small snake which can be purchased from your local toy shop. Assuming you have the spider, put it in your outside coat pocket on the right side.
Borrow a coin and hold it in the left hand in the French drop position i.e. by the edge between the thumb and finger tips. Apparently take it with the right hand, but actually letting it fall onto the curved fingers of the left hand. The empty right hand seemingly puts the coin into the pocket. The left hand reproduces the coin from wherever pleases you, at the same time the right hand comes out of the pocket with the rubber spider concealed, and immediately takes the coin from the left hand.
The coin is then thrown onto the open left hand and again picked up with the right fingers and in appearing to repeat the previous action , perform the throw switch, retaining the coin in the right fingers and releasing the spider. The sleight does not have to be technically perfect as the whole attention of the spectators will be on the spider as it lands on your hand, particularly if you shout out and bounce it up and down.
An alternative presentation would be to get a spectator to assist you by holding out their hand palm upwards. Do the French drop and steal the spider as before and reproduce the coin from under the spectator's hand. Tell the spectator you are now going to test their reaction by throwing the coin onto his outstretched palm and he must as soon as he feels the coin on his hand bring his other hand down on it trapping it between his palms. Needless to say you do the throw change and it is the spider he succeeds in catching. The effectiveness of this latter method is considerably increased if your helper is a lady as her reaction is certain to be more startling than that of a mere male.
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