Incredible Coins Across

EFFECT: You show three coins. A spectator cups both hands in front of his body. One at a time the coins vanish from your hands, only to magically reappear in the hands of the spectator! The third and final coin appears by literally falling from the air - from nowhere - to drop right into the surprised spectator's hands! This happens while your hands are in clear and innocent view.

COMMENTS: For several years I only performed this one-on-one for the person who cupped their hands, thinking the impact of the appearance in the spectator's hands was so personal, the effectwouldn't work for a group of people. However, I've found it can literally be done surrounded to great effect. I can't overemphasize the impact this routine has. I have startled the top minds in magic with this one. Don't let the simple handling or method fool you into thinking this is not worth your effort.

In fact, this is the first effect I ever showed David when we met in the early eighties.

Now, canyou imagine anyone who sees more magic than David? Now imagine my surprise when, almost nine years later, he dropped into a conversation his vivid memory of the final coin appearing inside his hand the night we met! The moment the coin appears in their hands is a definite "Gotcha!" It hits them on a gut level. Their experience is a rare one, as it is very difficult to surprise someone with something they have been led to anticipate.

PROCEDURES: You can use silver dollars, half dollars, or even quarters to perform this. While the spectators are only aware of three coins, you actually use four. However, you will not need to get involved with any complicated holding-out sequences, because the extra coin is out of play for the entire time, until its unexpected revelation at the last instant.

The kicker ending makes use of a very old method of vanishing and producing a coin. In this case, when you are an extra coin ahead, you are literally and extra coin a-head. This is because the fourth coin is secretly placed on top of your head. Strange, but true!

As you hand out the three coins you willbe using with your left hand, your right hand places the fourth coin on top of your head. There isn't much else to say about this, except don't rush it or feel too guilty about it. It takes only a little practice to find the perfect spot to rest the coin on your head.

Spend enough time learning the best location and stance, so you will be able to perform the rest of the routine with comfort. It was some time before I could do this routine without looking as if 1 had a pole up my back. But once you are ready to go, place the coins into your right hand, with the bottom coin in a right classic palm position.

Start by saving., "I'd like you to hold your hands cupped together like this, because / am going to do something incredible. I'M need only three coins, and you'll need only to your hands cupped and your thumbs up. Perfect, Now, all J have to do is pull on your thumb... and the coins vanish one at a time, going from my hands into your

Cup your hands in i;\.vni of you, holding the three coins in your right hand. The bottom coin is in classic-palm position. Have the spectator cup their hand together in a similar manner (FIG. 1).

Turn your right hand palm down, apparently dumping the coins into your left hand. Actually, retain the lower coin in classic palm as the left hand closes over only two coins and moves to the left. The rationalization for dumping the coins into your left hand is so your right hand can help adjust the spectator's hands into the proper position (FIG. 2).

Use your right hand to grasp the spectator's right thumb. This serves several purposes. Not only does it help cover any technical flaws in your classic palm, but it also creates a motivation for the magic to take place, while placing the classic-palmed coin directly over their cupped hands. But whaf s really beautiful, is that when the second coin travels across, its purpose is just transparent enough to create the perfect "red herring" cover for the appearance of the final coin.

FIG. 3 shows the right hand pulling on their thumb, ready to release the coin from classic palm. The left hand, although not pictured in the illustration, has moved to the far left. You need to control their line of interest, so that later they will only consider looking in one of two places for the final coin, both of which are so far away from the actual direction the coin will arrive in, that if s downright funny! At this point, they follow your left-hand movement over to the left, without having reason to suspect the intentions of your right hand. Pull on their thumb, releasing the palmed coin into their cupped hands.

Do not, however, turn your right hand palm up at this point in order to show it empty. Just move it away to clear the view to their cupped hands. Your left hand, still held at your far left, opens to show only two coinsinside. Say, "There/Tint'sthefirstcoinacross,leavingtwobehind."

The continuous action shown in FIG. 4 depicts the left hand moving closer to the spectator's cupped hands, as the right hand picks up the first coin and displays it on the palm. In FIG. 4,you are positioning yourself for a Han Ping Chien move, directly into the cupped hands of the spectator. That is why the left hand has moved closer to their cupped hands, in order to facilitate the secret dropping of one of the coins from the left hand; one of the two left-hand coins rests at the base of the hand, near the little finger.

Continue, "Now that this coin has traveled, do youknowivlmt isgoingto happen to these two ?VU keep them way over here, butall 1 have to do is pull on yourthumb, and they travel across,one at a time. "Asyousay, "Nowihat this coin hastravelled...", close your left fingers, as you indicate the coin on your right palm (FIG. 5). The right-hand coin is still in a classic palm; the coin at the base of your left hand is ready to fall into the spectator's cupped hands.

FIG. 6 shows the right hand apparently dumping the coin from its palm into their cupped hands, as you say,

"Do you know what is going to happen to these two coins ? "However, your right hand retains its coin, as your left hand

moves away with one coin, while secretly releasing one coin. FIG. /shows the right hand moving to pull on the spectator's right thumbtip, releasing the classic-palmed coin as it does.

Rhythm is vital here. A few tries will convince you of the deceptive-ness of the move into their hands and, if for some reason they suspect the move, you will soon be covering your tracks. If you are still uncomfortable with the idea, just leave the first coin in the spectator's hands, and then perform a click pass, holding back one of the two remaining coins. Personally, I believe it is better not to bring the hands together during this routine, but it is important for you to perform as you are most comfortable.

Now comes the payoff! As I mentioned earlier, at about this time they will piece together the fact that pulling on their thumb sure puts your right hand in a convenient spot. After all, twice something has fallen into their hands, and twice your right hand has been right there. Even if they don't know about classic palming, you have to give them some credit for intelligence. About this time, they are justifiably suspicious of your right hand. Now, in quite a satisfying fashion, we will use their own suspicions against them in order to create a blockbuster climax.

Show that only one coin remains in your left hand; then take this coin into your right hand to gesture with it (FIG. 8). Perform a simple coin pass as you seem to place the coin back into your left hand, actually retaining it in your right. If you have a method of getting rid of the coin completely, such as with the Topit or by using sleeving techniques, great, but it must be surefire! It is better to leave the coin concealed in your right hand than to blow it by having to bend down and pick up the coin. Needless to say, this blows your big ending! I have embarrassed myself a couple of times learning this lesson.

The spectator(s) are now watching your right hand like a hawk, so very clearly (without saying anything), take the right hand out of the action

zone by lowering it naturally to your side (FIG. 9). They are conditioned to watch your hands very closely, thus taking your right hand out of the action zone confuses them a bit. They most often look at your left hand, which is held even further out to the left. Open your left hand, indicating the vanish, then pause for an instant. Now tilt your head slightly forward, allowing the coin on your head to fall on top of the two coins in the spectator's hands (FIG. 10). WOW! What a startling revelation this is! They have no idea where the coin could have come from, and the usual response is utter shock.

Act as though nothing unusual has taken place, other than what you have done twice before, and end with a very warm feeling deep inside.

Michael Arntnar

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