## Walt Lees

In Vol.3 No.3, November (1976) was a truly great piece of magic, by a great magician. I refer to Larry Jennings' routine of passing four coins through a handkerchief. I played around with this for some months, and during that time, evolved a different finish. Perhaps this may appeal to some, as it can be used in conjunction with other tricks or as a quickie in its own right.

Required is a large coin or medallion. Mine is a large brass Chinese coin. The size of the coin is important as it must not be too large. The ideal width, is fractionally less than the distance across the base of the fingers of the left hand (see Fig.l).

It is not necessary to be able to grip or in any way hold or retain the coin in this position. Just make sure that if the coin is lying on the table, the left fingers can hide it, without obstructing the palm of that hand.

Have this coin in the left coat pocket. Perform standing, with a spectator on each side, holding the handkerchief horizontally by the four corners. This is, of course, the position for the Jennings routine. Perform the routine, or for that matter any other routine using four coins.

When you reach the point at which the four coins have been caused to pass through the handkerchief, pause for a moment and then offer to repeat the trick, using only two coins. •As you say this, the right hand picks up two coins and places them into the left, which in turn drops them into the left coat pocket. Do not look at your hands as you do this. Just do it quickly and naturally. You have not in fact done anything at all. You are merely getting the audience accustomed to seeing you pass the coins from one hand to the other, prior to placing them in the pocket.

While the left hand is dropping the coins into the pocket, the right hand is picking up the other two coins and displaying them in the palm as in Fig. 2.

Note the position of the coins as it must be exactly right. The front edge of coin 'A' lies in the crease at the base of the first three fingers. Coin 'B' is underneath 'A' and projecting at the rear.

It is very simple to work the coins into this position, in the process of picking them up and turning over the hand to display them. With the coins in this position, it is possible to perform a wonderfully deceptive "clink pass". I first saw this demonstrated by Mike O'Brien. The method is as follows.

The right hand turns and apparently drops both coins into the left, where they apparently land with a very loud clink. In practise it will be found that coin 'A' will land on the right fingertips. Coin 'B' will land on top of it and then slide off into the left hand, creating exactly the right sound. It is important that you do not look at the hands as you make this move.

As soon as the coin is in the left hand, close the fingers around it, and move the hand forward a few inches, bringing it over the centre of the handkerchief. It is not necessary at this point to palm or in any way alter the position of the coin in the right hand. Just keep the hand, back outwards, with the coin resting out of sight on the fingertips. Without unseemly haste allow the right hand to drop down below the level of the handkerchief and move under it to the centre, immediately below the left hand.

Place the left hand, back upwards, on the handkerchief. Open out the fingers so that the hand is flat. Pause, then left up the hand, showing only one coin. Now bring out the right hand from below the handkerchief displaying the other.

Offer to repeat the trick using only one coin. Apparently place the right hand's coin into the left. Use any fake transfer that looks reasonably natural. The left hand then goes to the coat pocket, apparently to deposit the coin there.

When the left hand enters the pocket, it cops the large coin and returns. There is no point in trying to palm the large coin as the hand is moving. Just keep the hand natural and relaxed, with the fingers lightly curled.

Place the left hand flat on the handkerchief, over the visible coin. Take care that the two coins do not talk as you do this. The position will be that the large coin is as far forward as possible, the small coin is directly under the left palm, but back clear of the large one.

The right hand, which still has a coin concealed, goes beneath the handkerchief. As soon as it is out of sight, reach up with the right middle finger and press upwards against the underside of the small coin below the left palm. This will have the effect of pushing the coin into the classic palm position in the left hand. Try not to visibly contract the hand as the coin is palmed.

As soon as the left hand has the coin palmed, the right hand emerges displaying its coin at the fingertips. The left hand is not raised yet, but remains on the handkerchief as though hiding the other coin. Drop the right hand's coin at the side of the left hand then with the right hand lightly grip the rear edge of the handkerchief.

Hold that position for a moment as you look at the audience and say "I suppose you think I have a coin under my hand." Without waiting for a reply say "Well, I do." At the same time raise your left hand slightly and draw it back sufficiently to reveal the large coin. Under cover of the surprise, the left hand continues to move backwards over the rear edge of the handkerchief and releases its palmed coin, which falls onto the fingers of the right hand.

The left hand then travels back and picks up the giant coin and the visible one and displays them on the outstretched palm. The hand is seen to be otherwise empty.

Toss both coins into the right hand and drop them in the right coat pocket.

Toss both coins into the right hand and drop them in the right coat pocket.