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Figure 4. With the second coin safely concealed in Edge Grip the hands can be separated, leaving the visible coin at the right fingertips while displaying the hands as otherwise empty.

The action is kept going as you suggest that it would be a much better trick if you could break the coin in two and then restore each half into a whole coin, doubling your money. While explaining this, drop the visible coin into the left hand, keeping the Edge-Gripped coin in position. Then perform Roth's Shuttle Pass from Edge Grip (Coinmagic, p. 14). Briefly, what happens is that the left hand turns palm-downward, Finger Palming its coin as the right hand turns palm upward beneath the turning left hand. As this is done the right thumb releases its pressure on the Edge-Gripped coin and lets it fall forward, flat onto the right first and second fingers...and the left hand moves away.

Pick up the exposed coin from the right fingers and grip it by its edge between the left and right fingertips. This is the starting position for the breaking sequence (Figure 1 again).

Repeat the illusion of breaking the coin in two, but rather than placing the coins onto one another at the finish, simply allow them to slide down the fingers of each hand as the hands are closed into loose fists. Make kneading motions with the fingers and reveal that the halves have become whole coins.

Ben always gives both coins to the spectator to keep. This is logical — you made them from his one coin. And it exercises a nice psychological ploy, suggesting that you can afford to do this because the money was doubled by magic; something you can do anytime you wish. (This shrewd ploy has become known as the Michael Webber More-Money-Than-Brains Gambit.)

It is the impromptu and offhand nature of this effect that makes it so strong. Simply borrowing a coin, breaking it into two coins and giving them both back to the spectator is a thing that leaves a strong impression. That and the combination of sound with sight creates a nice illusion that will be remembered and related to others. Where else can you buy so much publicity for 50 cents or less?

Figure 4. With the second coin safely concealed in Edge Grip the hands can be separated, leaving the visible coin at the right fingertips while displaying the hands as otherwise empty.