Tom Gagnon


To the onlookers, the above actions appear as if you have merely scooped and dumped the quarter into your left hand. By brushing the card's face across your left fingertips as depicted in Figure 5, the card effectively screens your empty left palm from the audience's view.

Now, using an unbroken rhythm, close your left hand into a fist, as if receiving the quarter, and swing the card and coin inward as shown in Figure 6, a performer's view. Continue without pause to swing your right hand inward as though preparing to toss the card face-up onto the table.

As the hand withdraws, the arm should pivot at the elbow. See Figure 7, side view, which shows the proper angle the card should assume as the hand swings inward.

In the midst of swinging the card and coin inward, bend your third finger toward the base of your palm while straightening your fourth finger. Refer to Figure 8 (performer's view) and Figure 9 (an audience's perspective). This finger action creates a space between your third and fourth fingers.

As your hand continues to swing inward and the arm pivots at the elbow, shift the coin between your third and fourth fingers with your thumb by moving it to the right. See Figure 10, the performer's view. (Note: the thumb continues to shift the coin to the right, and to-

ward the opening between the third and fourth fingers until the right edge of the coin contacts the tip of the little finger. This leaves a small portion of the coin's right edge protruding slightly over the right end of the card. Refer once again to Figure 10.)

As the quarter becomes positioned as shown in Figure 10, promptly close your third and fourth fingers around the protruding edge of the coin, clipping the coin in a somewhat incomplete Goshman Pinch. Refer to Figure 11, the performer's view, which depicts this same action, but with the thumb removed for clarity.

With the hand now reaching the end of its inward arc (Figure 12, the spectators' view), reverse the direction of travel, and commence to swing the hand outward. As the hand swings outward, shift your thumb to the upper corner of the card (Figure 13, the performer's view), and grip the card between your thumb and the first and second fingers.

Now, as the hand continues to swing outward, in preparation to toss the card, rotate the hand slightly at the wrist in a clockwise direction as indicated in Figure 14, the spectators' view. In syncronization with this action, promptly straighten the thumb and the first and second fingers, simultaneously bending your third and fourth fingers (with the clipped coin) inward toward the base of your hand. Refer to Figure 15, an exposed view. Note how this action of the fingers causes the card to extend away from the clipped coin, creating a space along the card's right end.

See also Figure 16, which shows an exposed underside view, and note how the coin ends gripped in the standard Goshman Pinch position.

All right — using an uninterrupted motion, swing your right hand outward, all the while moving your third and fourth fingers (together with the clipped coin) under and around the card's right end. Refer to Figures 17 and 18, both performer's views.

Now, in one continuous motion, revolve the card to a face-up position and end with the face of the card tilted down toward the audience (Figure 19, the spectators' view, and Figure 20, an exposed underside view). See how the fingers and the clipped coin end up beneath the card.

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