Stimulate interest by asking a few provocative questions like, "How do you treat atomic warts?" "What do molecules drink?" Before you get any smart answers say that you will demonstrate the answer to the second problem. Ask for the loan of four coins of the same denomination as the coin under the table edge, and collect them in the glass. Explain to any interested onlookers that molecules drink whisky (or whatever you are drinking at the time). Dip your finger in the drink and draw a circle on the table top. Tell the spectators that all the molecules within the circle of whisky are rushing towards the liquid and to prove this you will show that this area is now softer than the rest of the table. At this stage you have the glass containing the four coins in the left hand.

The first penetration:-

Pour the coins from the glass into the right hand, the coins travel across the fingers of the left hand and the last coin is retained in the left finger palm position. Close the right fingers over the three coins, raise the right fist and say "Four coins watch." The left hand, with the coin positioned on the third and fourth fingers, moves the glass under the table and the glass is allowed to pivot to the position shown in Fig 2a. The finger palmed coin is directly over the centre of the glass. Lower the right fist to the table and feel for the 'soft spot', bang coins onto table opening fingers as you do so. Pause for just a fraction of a second and then release coin from left fingers — it's heard to fall. Spread the three coins on the table and withdraw glass from under table. Jingle the coin in glass and then pour it into right hand and display.

The second penetration:-

Drop the coin into the glass. Pick up the three coins from table in right hand, getting one into the thumb palm position as hand is closed. Left hand holding glass as shown in Fig 3 moves under the table and picks up the coin held on the adhesive between the first finger and thumb as shown. It is important that you do not look for the coin — concentrate your attention on the right fist as it once again feels for the soft spot. The left hand has now reached a position below the table directly beneath the soft spot. Slap right hand onto table retaining one coin in thumb palm — release coin from left thumb and Tirst finger. Remove right hand to show the two coins on the table, taking care not to expose the thumb palmed coin, withdraw glass from under the table and jingle the two coins. Pour the coins from the glass, across the left fingers, retain one in the finger palm as the other joins the coin already in the right hand Fig 4.

The third penetration: -

This next sequence enables you to 'openly' show that only four coins are used. The position at this stage is that two coins are on the table, two coins are in right hand and one Kcoin is finger palmed in left hand which also holds the glass. Don't drop the coins from the right hand into the glass, instead close hand into a fist. Move the left hand under the table and by turning the hand push the finger palmed coin onto the adhesive Fig 5. Right fist is feeling for the soft spot.'Suddenly' remember that there should be two coins in the glass — bring left hand from under the table and without over-doing it show that it contains only the glass. Drop the two coins from the right hand singly into the glass, then pick up the two coins from the table positioning one in the thumb palm as fingers are closed. The left hand goes under table stealing coin from adhesive as it goes. Slap right hand onto table taking care that the single coin doesn't clink against thumb palmed coin. Release coin from left hand into glass. Lift right hand to expose just one coin on the table as left hand appears from under table with three coins in the

The fourth penetration:-

There are two methods of achieving the last penetration which will leave you 'clean'. I'll give an outline of both, you can probably devise other ways of reaching this objective.

1. Tip the three coins from the glass into the right hand to join the one there and retain one coin in left finger palm. Display the coins and then drop them singly into the glass. Pick up the single coin in right hand as left hand takes glass under table — on the way the coin in finger palm is deposited on the adhesive. This is more easily done by changing the grip on the glass as in Fig 6, the glass is held by first finger inside and second finger outside — this enables third and fourth fingers to push coin onto the blob.

Say, "No. Let's try it the other way round

Let's see if this coin will pass up through the soft spot." Bring the glass from under the table and place it on the soft spot and move the right hand with coin under the table. Bang the coin on the underside of the table, look puzzled — bang it again — withdraw the right hand, look at the coin and mutter something about it being a 'one-way' coin. Pretend to try again but when the right hand is under the table raise the left foot and lower the right hand to allow you to drop the coin into the left shoe (or trouser cuff). This is done smoothly and quickly, once the coin has been deposited bang the right fingertips on the underside of the table. Look disappointed as you say, "Ah well! Back to the drawing board", and take the glass in the left hand and place under table, stealing coin from the Blu-tack as it goes. At the same time the right hand comes above the table as if holding coin, keep back of the hand towards spectators, and apparently places coin on soft spot. Coin in left hand is placed against underside of table (quietly) as in Fig 7. Lower arched right hand and simultaneously allow coin to slip off left thumb. Coin is heard to hit table (apparently the 'coin' in the right hand), pause for a second then allow coin to drop into glass. Slowly remove right hand from table and rotate it to palm up position as left hand brings glass into view. Jingle coins in glass then tip triumphantly onto table.

Remove blob of Blu-tack as soon as conveniently possible.

2. This method is possibly simpler and more effective, try them both and use whatever suits you best. Tip the three coins from the glass into right hand, retaining one coin in finger palm as the other two join the coin already in right hand. Display and then drop the three coins singly into the glass. Move the glass onto soft spot as right hand picks up single coin. Using same patter theme as in 1 above, move right hand under table but deposit coin on adhesive as it goes. Apparently bang coin on underside of table, actually right finger tips, after failing to get coin to pass up through table place under table, coin still in left finger palm. Right hand is moved to surface of table as if holding coin and immediately slaps fingers down, left hand drops coin from finger palm into glass. Turn right hand palm up as glass is brought from under table to display coins. Pour onto table — climax. Remove coin and adhesive at opportune moment.

Side view


Perform the effect at a fairly quick pace, but pause sufficiently for spectators to notice that at various points in the routine 'only' four coins are used.

Have found that the routine can be performed equally as well with half-inch dice and a dice cup. Fits nicely into a dice routine

"It's about that Bob Read trick I read in Pabular No. 4 Doc"

"It's about that Bob Read trick I read in Pabular No. 4 Doc"


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