Tricks with money possess the irresistible charm for capturing the onlookers' imagination. A fami-iar enough example is the "MISER'S DREAM" which never fails to enthral audiences everywhere despite its ancient heritage. The reason for this is perhaps, because the language of money is universal and easily understood.

However, since the advent of the "MISER'S DREAM" various means for the magical production of money have been evolved. Although the ultimate result in all cases seemed alike when appraised from a technical viewpoint, to the lay audience each altered mode of procedure represented another new trick.

This month it is my pleasure to present another of my coin routines which is particularly suitable for entertaining at intimate range. I know by long experience that what I am about to describe will be accepted by even the most discerning spectator as a novel offering although it has to do with the production of coins. This is simply because the course of action involved differs widely from those the audience is usually accustomed to seeing.

The routine about to be described goes something in this manner. We shall suppose you are a guest at some social function and called upon suddenly to entertain, of course, you pretend that you are not ready for the occasion but will endeavour to do your best and amuse them in a small way.

You call for the loan of a handkerchief and after displaying it on both sides to prove it void of trickery you simulate the action of 'milking a cow' and cause a coin to drop on the table. This action is repeated with a different borrowed handkerchief each time.

The procedure is varied with successive production. as will be detailed presently. Finally when a fresh handkerchief is handed to the performer he merely shakes it slightly and this time a shower of coins fall together on the lap of some unsuspecting lady—preferably, the hostess.

Now, on the surface, this routine may seem like any other 'coin producing' effect but there is much more to it than that when we begin to probe a little deeper. The audience, as a rule, do NOT judge a trick by its effect alone. That, of course, is the common way we magicians examine a trick. The spectator's preference is invariably influenced by the manner of producing a particular result on which largely depends his assessment.

Altogether, I employ FOUR different methods for producing the coin from a borrowed handkerchief during the presentation of this extempore demonstration. They are interspersed in the course of the working for the sake of variety in order to break the drab monotony of repetition. I shall describe them separately and leave it to the individual performer to compound them into a routine according to his personal taste. The accompanying photographs will, I am sure, help to further clarify my explanations.

FIRST METHOD :—Seven or more coins, say pennies, are in the right hand finger palm position to start with. When the first handkerchief is offered you exhibit it by gripping the two top adjacent corners. Fig. 1 is view the spectators confront at the start. You now cross your arms to bring rear part of the handkerchief to the front. However, during this action of turning the handkerchief around, transfer the index finger of the right hand from its original position alongside the second in the front, to the back of the handkerchief. Fig. 2 shows how the arms are crossed to bring the other side of the handkerchief to the front. Note the index finger is now at the front which in fact is really the original back of handkerchief.

From the position seen in Fig. 2. the handkerchief is again returned to the position in Fig. 1. During the reversal action—NOT BEFORE—the right thumb slides out the topmost coin of the stack and by the time the handkerchief again assumes its former state, the coin will have already occupied the position shown in Fig. 3. The transfer of the single coin from the finger-palmed stack to the back of the handkerchief is thus accomplished in-detectably under the natural guise of showing the handkerchief on both sides. Simultaneously with this action, the first finger of the right hand is once again returned to the front.

After the coin is pushed behind the handkerchief, the ieft fingers let go of its corner and the handkerchief is left hanging from the right. The handkerchief is then shaken a couple of times after which the left fingers close around it for the start of the 'milking' action. However, before the left hand begins to move down, the coin which until now was held in position under the right thumb is permitted to drop. As the hand sUdes down the coin naturally follows and sinks down by its own weight. By pulling upwards on its corner with the right fingers a sort of channel is forced within the handkerchief and the coin travels in it. Fig. 4 depic.'s the starting point of the 'milking 'action and just when the coin is about to be released.

The left hand moves down to about three-quarters of the handkerchief's length as shown in Fig. 5. At this stage the left fingers begin to squeeze a little and then relax pressure. The coin will now slide right down and out of the handkerchief. This is either allowed to drop on a table or on spectator's cupped hands. Having produced the first coin, you may either repeat the previous actions to produce another or return the handkerchief to the owner and proceed with a second borrowed one in like manner.

SECOND METHOD Proceed precisely as above up to position shown in Fig. 3. After the handkerchief is permitted to hang from the right fingers as in the preceeding method, the left thumb, first and second fingers get hold of the top and right edge of handkerchief as shown in Fig. 6 and then slide down to the two diagonal corners at the bottom. Note that the index finger is inserted between the two edges. After reaching the diagonal corners., the folded handkerchief is then turned to position shown in Fig. 7. It will be noted that the handkerchief is now formed into a triangular shape with the two diagonal corners together at the top. At this point the coin is still retained in position under the right thumb. The coin is released for the production and it begins to roll along on its edge across the handkerchief and out of the opposite end. In actual operation this really looks pretty as you will soon begin to find at your very first trial.

THIRD METHOD For this variation you continue as in the last until you come to position shown in Fig. 7. At this point you will be gripping the two diagonal corners together with the left fingers as shown in our illustration. Now let go of these corners and quickly grip the corner on the left side as illustrated in Fig. 8. This action will cause the top diagonal corners to fall, either forward or backward and cause a distinct TUBE running the entire distance of the handkerchief between the points in the right and the left hand. Of course, the fall of the two corners either to the front or the back can be easily controlled and in our illustration we deliberately permitted the fall to the rear to show the readers the formation of the tube in front. In actual operation before spectators, I advocate that the corners should be allowed to drop towards the FRONT because in this way the formation of the tube will be hidden at the back.

Now from this position the corner in the left hand is placed alongside the one in the right. Both are now held together as seen in Fig. 9. However, as soon as the two corners are placed side by side in the right, you allow the coin hidden behind to drop and it will run down the tube and come to rest at the centre of the handkerchief which is doubled up at the bottom. Allow either corner to drop and the coin will run the rest of the way and emerge from the bottom.

FOURTH METHOD :—This is another of my pet methods for producing a shower of coins. The action is worked in combination with a simple gimmick and this is now being revealed for the first time although it has already served me faithfully for many years. Althought I am going to explain its utility in connection with a single idea you will also be able to use it in many different ways, and in other directions. Its chief virtue lies in enabling one to handle a number of coins together in an easy manner and without the risk of 'talking'.

You will need a piece of acetate about 2\" long and wide. Stack a number of mixed silver and copper coins together and lay them on the centre of the gimmick. Slip a rubber band over one end, cross it in the centre and pass it over the opposite end. Our illustration in Fig. 10 will make this clear. Take a small piece of selotape and stick it over one strand of the elastic band at the back.

To start with, the loaded gimmick is, let us suppose, in your right trouser or coat pocket. In the course of the earlier productions you pick one of the coins and remark that is a special lucky one and you are going to retain it for yourself. The coin is placed in the pocket and that gives you an opportunity of getting hold of the gimmick. The gimmick is brought out in the usual thumb palm position as depicted in Fig. 11. The handkerchief is in the left hand.

The right now approaches the left and takes the handkerchief away and under cover of this action the gimmick and the coins are transferred to the latter hand. The handkerchief is now hanging by a corner from the right hand, and the palm of this hand is exposed to spectators' view.

The left thumb and first finger next pinch the centre of the handkerchief, taking it away from the right. Our last illustration is an exposed view for the reader's benefit showing how the gimmick with the stack of mixed coins is hidden behind the handkerchief. Now if the handkerchief is given a shake, the entire load of coins will be freed from the rubber band and come down together in a shower creating the optical delusion that the spondulicks were shaken out of the textures of the fabric.

If you perform the regular Miser's Dream, the gimmick which I have just described will be found to be an additional help in furthering your mysteries. There is no hard and fast rule as to how many coins you should use. It will depend on the size of the rubber band and the release is always so simple and sure.

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