False Count With Coins

COMMENTS: Here is a very deceptive utility false count with coins. It is extremely versatile and holds the distinction of fooling the ear as well as the eye. It allows you to either get one coin ahead, or you can show you have more coins than you really do. You will find many applications for it.

PROCEDURES: Let's suppose you have four coins, but you want the audience to believe you have five coins. Start with four coins in your right hand. Your body is turned slightly to the left

Hold your left hand palm-up, keeping it in a flat position. Your right hand is also palm-up, in dose proximity to your left hand. Your right thumb holds the coins in an overlapping row (FTG. 1).

Turn your right hand palm-down, hold back th^'ofthe coins, and allow one of the coins to iAl onto your left fingertips (FIG. 2).

Turn your right hand palm-up again (FIG. 3), then turn palm-down again, tossing another coin onto your left hand, this one going onto your leftpalm (FIG. 4).

Toss a third coin, this one joining the coin on your left palm. Now, pretend to toss the fourth coin, but hold it back with your right thumb, and simultaneously flick the left fingers. This causes the coin on the fingertips to flip back onto the coins in the left palm (FIG. 5). The look and sound of the coin landing exactly simulates that of a coin tossed from the right hand. Time it so the tossing action of the right-hand coincides with the coin landing on the other two coins. Finally, toss the last coin fairly onto the others in your left hand. This procedure shows four coins as five.

Another way to use this count is to get one coin ahead, like for a coins-across routine. Lefs suppose you have four coins in your right hand. Toss the first coin onto your left fingertips. Toss a second coin onto your left palm. Toss the third coin onto your left palm. Now, pretend to toss the fourth coin, holding it back with your right thumb, and tossing the coin from the left fingertips onto the two coins on your left palm in the manner already described.

By stopping at this point and closing both hands, the spectators will believe that you hold four coins in your left hand. Actually, you have only three coins in your left hand and one coin in your right hand; in perfect position to begin a coins-across routine.

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