The plot of this effect is the familiar one in which three silver coins disappear one at a time to join another covered with a playing card. In this method the performer admits that he uses more than four coins and reveals that he is using an extra one — but it is seen to be a copper one. There is a final 'kicker' when the four silver coins suddenly change into copper ones which have holes in the centre.
You will require four U.S. half dollars or other silver coins about that size, a matching coin which is copper on one side and four copper coins with holes bored through their centres. You will need two playing cards and a mat on which to perform.
Also required is the ability to 'classic' palm four coins in the right hand retaining them in that position throughout the routine, and on occasion to perform the same sleight with one coin in the left hand. You will also need to use the move described by Derek Dingle in 'Dingle's Deceptions' in which a card is turned over without exposing a coin hidden behind it.
Before commencing the performance get the four copper coins classic palmed in the right hand and a silve one likewise in the left hand.
Begin by arranging the other coins on your mat in square formatior thus:
The fake coin is, of course, silver side up.
The two playing cards are then placed face up between the coins at C and D.
The right hand picks up the card on the left and puts it in the left hand which turns it face down and places it over the coin at A with the palmed coin beneath it making two coins under the card at A.
The coin at C is now picked up with the right hand allowing both sides to be seen as it is taken with the left hand which holds it edgewise between the thumb and finger tips. The right hand appears to take it but the French drop is performed leaving it in the left hand. The right hand supposedly containing the coin makes a sprinkling motion over the card at A, and then picks up the card revealing two coins. The card is now placed into the left hand over the coin left there and performing the Dingle move turn the card face down and placing it with the coin concealed beneath over the two coins at A, making three coins at that position.
The right hand picks up the coin at D and drops it onto the fingers of the open left hand which close over it. The right thumb now raises the nearest long side of the card to the right and the left hand apparently puts its coin beneath it. Actually it is retained in the left hand. It is important that when the finger and thumb emerge from under the card they must be in such a position to convey that the coin has been left beneath.
The left fingertips press the coin into the classic palm as it moves to raise the card at A. When the card is removed the audience expect to see the coin just vanished to have arrived there making three in all, but they see only two. There were of course three coins under the card but one was lifted up with and hidden beneath it. This is a simple move and is achieved by pressing the tip of the index finger on the back of the card immediately over a coin at the edge nearest you as the tip of the thumb bends under both the card and coin lifting them together (Fig.l). The card is then replaced with coin beneath over the two coins.
The performer at this point is in an extremely strong position, being two moves ahead. An extra coin under the card and one palmed in the left hand.
A magical gesture is now made over the card which is then raised in the fairest possible manner to reveal the arrival of the third coin. The card is then dropped face up onto the mat. The card covering ? the coin at D is raised, showing 'nothing there', and it also is dropped face up onto the table.
The right hand picks up the card on the left and places it in the left hand which adds its palmed coin beneath, and using the Dingle move turns the card face down, and with the coin hidden beneath places it over the three coins at A, making four at that position. The other card is then placed over the coin at B, the silver/copper one.
Using both hands the two cards are raised simultaneously, the left taking one of the coins with its card using the move described earlier. The audience seeing three coins at A and one at B are satisfied that nothing has happened as yet. Replace the cards and make the usual gesture. Raise the cards together as before, but this time no coin is seen at B all coins now being at A completing the effect.
An additional subtlety is employed when raising the card and coin at B. As the thumb tip goes under the card and coin the tip of the second finger goes to the opposite edge of the card and pulls upwards bending the card lengthwise as it leaves the surface of the mat (Fig.2). The card is only held in this position momentarily before the second finger releases its hold letting it snap flat. Do not make a production out of this move which is not made with the intention of proving that the coin is no longer there but rather as a casual action which prevents any such suspicions arising.
It is now necessary for the coin to be held against the face of the card with the tips of the fingers instead of with the thumb, in other words, to reverse the relative positions of the thumb and fingers after the snapping action.
To achieve this bring the second finger from the back of the card to the face and on the coin which is being held in place with the thumb. Both card and coin are now held between the index and second fingers enabling the thumb to move to the back of the card. The index finger is now moved to the face of the card and onto the coin completing the operation, which takes only a second or so, tends together with the snapping action to dispel any notion the audience may have that the hand contains anything other than the card, which is then used to tip the card in left hand face up. This face up card is then put beneath the card in the right hand, and with a sliding movement pushes it between the face down card and the coin.
As the cards become square with each other the left fingers take the coin keeping it pressed against the bottom card. The right hand turns the top card face up and squares the two cards the left fingers turn the coin over bringing the copper side uppermost. The two cards with the coin concealed beneath are placed on the mat to the performer's right.
The right hand now picks up the four silver coins and appears to throw them into the left . hand but actually thumbs palms them. It is the classic palmed copper coins that leave the right hand and which the left fingers close over.
You now say to the spectators "Maybe you think that I am using more than four coins?" The two cards are turned face down revealing the fake coin copper side uppermost as you continue, "yes, I also use a copper coin."
The right hand picks up the coin and puts it into the pocket at the same time disposing of the silver coins.
The left now opens allowing the copper coins to fall onto the table as you remark, "I always find this trick works better with copper coins — especially if they have a hole through the centre."
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