Reverse Matrix

EFFECT: Four coins are placed at the corners of a close-up mat and are then covered with four cards. One at a time the coins vanish and reappear under the upper left card. Finally the last coin vanishes. However, after turning over the upper left card instead of finding all four coins, only one coin is seen. The remaining cards are turned over to reveal that all the coins have returned to their original positions!

COMMENTS: This routine was used in David Williamson's Gold Medal winning performance at the Pittsburgh IBM convention in July, 1981. As in all of Dave's material, he gets right to the heart of the effect with this handling. Paul Gertner caused quite a stir with his original reverse matrix and several variations have appeared. This is the best one I have seen. Not only is it direct, but the effect and the method go extremely well together. They compliment one another, rather than clutter the effect for the viewers. Best of all, only one extra coin is needed.

PROCEDURES: Begin by having a coin classic palmed in the right hand. The four coins are placed at the four corners of the mat, and the four cards are openly displayed. Take the four cards into the left hand as shown in FIG. 1. Notice that the cards are deep into the hand so that the left thumb and fingers are easily able to reach underneath the card to pick up a coin. The left hand goes over the upper right coin, and the right hand slides the top card off from the packet in order to cover that coin. The left hand moves to the lower right corner to repeat this action, but as the right hand slides the top card from the packet, the left thumb and middle finger pick up the coin at that position. Moving to the upper left position to cover that coin, the left hand deposits the coin it picked up as the card is peeled off to cover that coin. There are now two coins under the upper left card. The opening sequence is concluded as the last card is openly dropped on the lower left coin. This is one of the loading moves which has become standard with the matrix effect.

At this point you will need to learn the basic move used in this routine. Paul Gertner called it the "Scoop" in his original routine, so I will do the same. Drop the palmed coin to the fingertips of the

right hand. FIGS. 2,3, and 4 show how the thumb and index finger turn the card over onto the coin in the fingerpalm. This causes the coin under the card to come into view. The right thumb helps the card "scoop" up the visible coin in order to place it into the opposite hand. However, as FIGS. 5,6, and 7 show, the coin which was originally fingerpalmed is allowed to drop into the left hand, while the right thumb retains the coin which is at the face of the card. The left hand displays the coin as the right hand sets down the card/coin. This is a beautifully effective move because of the natural flow behind it. It is first performed in this routine with the coin in the lower left position.

Perform any coin pass which retains the coin in the right hand palm position, and reveal the disappearance of the first coin. The right hand picks up the card at the upper left position to reveal the

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