In the June issue 01 Pauular, Pat Page relates Dai Vernon's quest for a perfect method of doing the effect "in which a coin is pushed into the back of the performer's fist, and when the hand is opened the coin rests on the palm". Vernon's stated desire was for a method involving one coin only. The following method was stimulated by that article. As it happens, two coins are used, and one of them is gimmicked. However, the gaffed coin allows you to present an unusually visual version of the effect.
You will need two matching coins. One may be borrowed; th^other is a folding coin. The folding coin will facilitate the illusion at one point in the routine that the coin is visibly penetrating the flesh. The basic concept was shown to Dorion Sagan by Harry Anderson. The handling and application are Sagan's.
At the start of the routine, the folding coin is finger-palmed in the left hand. The cuts in the folding coin must run in the same direction as the fingers (refer to figure one). The left hand, with the palmed coin, rests at your side as you receive the spectator's (matching) coin in your right hand. Hold that coin in your right fingertips, and apparently transfer it to the left hand. In fact, by way of a Retention Pass, the borrowed coin is pulled back behind the right fingers as the left hand's coin is brought into view. Done in a natural and casual manner, it will appear as if you have simply placed the coin from the right hand into the left. This action, independently developed, is part of a backwards version of a true utility move designated by David Roth as a Shuttle-Pass. In addition to switching the coin, it serves to tell the spectators that both hands are otherwise empty.
The normal coin is now finger-palmed by the right hand. With the right thumb and fore-At the same time, the right thumb pushes the finger-palmed normal coin into the right fingertips as the right hand comes away from the left. The appearance is that the coin has simply been taken from the left hand by the right fingers.
Bring the visible coin over the back of the left hand, and apparently press it into the back of that hand. Actually, the right fingers are allowed to slide down the coin, so that it is hidden once again behind the right fingers. At that same moment, release the palmed folding coin, allowing it to drop onto the table. The coin has instantly penetrated the back of the left hand.
The coin on the table is the folding coin. The normal coin is in your right hand. Use any standard coin switch to exchange the tabled coin for the normal one, and give the fair coin back to the spectator. The spectator's immediate impulse to examine the returned coin gives you ample opportunity to get rid of the gaff. _ finger, pick up the folding coin from the left hand. The coin is gripped at point "X" in figure one. Place the coin vertically against your open left palm, so that the edge of the coin lines up with a major crease in the palm.
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