allowing it to be held between this finger and the thumb. At the same time the left hand picks up the half dollar at the extreme left of the row and without letting go of it move it from side to side in the box explaining that it just fits inside the box. The noise made by this operation conceals any made when loading the coin into lid which is accomplished by simply sliding the lid over the finger-palmed coin. Again two things take place almost simultaneously. The left hand returns its coin to its place on the table as the right turns bringing the lid into view with the thumb on top and the second and third fingers beneath holding the concealed coin in place. The left hand having placed the half dollar back onto the table picks up the box and the lid is put on loading the coin at the same time.
You now explain that you will show them something interesting with the half dollars and the box. As you put the box on the table with the right hand pick up the half dollar on the left of the row with the left hand holding it in the French drop position and apparently taking it in right 'sprinkle' it over the box finally showing the hand to be empty. Remove the lid with the right fingers and put it into the left sliding it over the coin which was retained there when doing the French drop. Show the half dollar in the box by picking it up with the right fingers and allowing spectators to see inside. Replace the lid loading the coin into the box as before. Do not worry about the coin making a noise as it falls into the box as the onlookers will assume that it is the sound of the lid being replaced. If you have any fears on this account it is quite easy to synchronise the dropping of the coin with the lid sliding on the box.
Put the box on the table and repeat the previous moves with second half dollar.
With the box on the table pick up the last half dollar, which is fake silver-copper coin with the left hand again holding it in the French drop position. This time the right hand really takes the coin and in the squeezing sprinkling action get it into the classic palm position. This time you cannot show the right hand empty but the audience having seen it empty after the two previous squeezing movements will not be suspicious provided your actions appear the same as before.
Hie right hand with coin palmed picks up the box with the fingers and puts it on the obviously empty left palm. That the left is seen to be empty will be a throw-off for magicians and others who suspected an extra coin was concealed in that hand.
Remove the lid with the right fingers and place it on the table mouth uppermost. If you so wish the three coins may be tipped out of the box onto the table and then returned to the box instead of just showing them in the box. Either way, you put the box onto the table and load the fake coin into the lid in exactly the same way as the first half dollar was loaded. This time you demonstrate that the penny also fits the box as the fake coin is loaded into the lid. When the lid is put on the box the fake coin will be copper side on top ready to be accepted as the penny which you are now about to cause to disappear.
Pick up the penny with the left hand and transfer it to the right, because this time you are going to cause it to vanish from the LEFT hand instead of the right. Any good method may be used but the 'retention of vision* is to be preferred because this time you say, "This coin will disappear very slowly" thus giving a little variety to the action.
After the vanish the coin is left classic palmed in the right hand. Let the left hand be seen empty as it removes the lid to show the arrival of the copper coin.
We have now reached the point in the routine where the penny magically penetrates the three half dollars, the bottom of the box and the right hand. It uses the old turnover move in which the lid is apparently put on the top of the box in the normal way, but in reality is put on the base. For those not conversant with the move here is a brief description.
The right hand replaces the lid on the box and picks it up, the right thumb and second finger holding the lid and the third and fourth ingers underneath supporting the box. You now put the box on the fingers of the left hand which is palm up, but just before it reaches the fingers of the left hand, the third and fourth fingers of the right hand are moved away and the left hand pushed forwards causing the box to turn over when the lid is pushed onto the base. The spectators are unaware that the box has left the lid, the action being shielded from their view with the back of the right hand. Suitable patter also helps to divert their attention. Correctly performed it should appear that you have merely picked up the box from the table and put it onto the left fingers.
The box together with the coins is placed on the back of the right hand which still has the penny classic palmed. Tap the lid of the box at the same time release the palmed coin letting it fall to the table. The left hand now takes the box from the back of the right hand, holds it on the fingers in the same position it occupied before putting it on the back of the right hand.
The right hand now picks up the penny and whilst displaying it the left hand puts the box onto the table secretly stealing the three half dollars and the fake coin as it does so. Here's how. With the left thumb lift up the box and bend the fingers inwards which will leave the coins in the finger palm position at the base of the fingers and the first finger and thumb holding the box which can be put on the table still retaining the coins finger palmed.
You now change the copper coin into the box. Hold the penny in the right hand as for the Spellbpund effect by the edges between tips of the fingers and thumb. Using an Ed. Mario move the left hand strokes the penny the thumb going behind and the fingers in front. As the left fingers cover the penny the right fingers release it letting it fall into the right finger palm, the left hand leaving its finger palmed coins in the position just vacated by the penny, but retains the fake coin finger palmed with the copper side in contact with the fingers.
The right hand turns palm downwards and puts the three half dollars on the table retaining the penny finger palmed. As this takes place the left hand is picking up the box and loading the fake coin into it. This should cause no problems the box being mouth down with the lid on the base.
You are now going to show that the copper coin has passed into the box which was previously occupied by the three half dollars. To accomplish this another turnover move is used, one which I do not think has been in print before.
With the box resting on the left fingers, the right finger tips slide the box forwards toward the left finger tips until the second finger tip enters the mouth of the box keeping the fake coin from falling out. Care must be taken that the penny in right finger palm is not seen. The right hand now takes the box holding it with the thumb on the lid and the second finger in the mouth and in contact with the fake coin inside, and back of the hand towards the audience. The box is now brought to within an inch and a half of the top of the table and the second finger moves away as the hand makes a slight forward and backward tossing movement causing the box to land onto the table mouth upwards with the coin still inside. There is a certain knack which is soon acquired after a few trials.
After the box has fallen onto the table let the copper coin be seen inside and apparently tip it into the right hand. The box turning over. on the fingers with the right hand held just below creates the illusion that the coin they saw in the box is the one (actually the real penny) they see in the right hand as it moves away from beneath the left hand.
To conclude drop the penny on the table as the left thumb lifts the box up, and leaving the fake coin finger palmed put the box onto the table.
We finish as we started with three half dollars, an old English penny and the Okito Box.
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