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This effect was designed to be performed while standing behind a iabk. If it is to be performed seated, different moves and switches can easily be Uevt/ioD-^i. The real strength of the routine is in the fact that it is performed standing, eliminating lapping or ditching moves.

EFFECT: A coin is removed from a small purse and vanishes from the magician's hands. It appears under a selected card from a shuffled deck; this is repeated. At this point both the coin and the selected card are removed from the deck. The cqjnis returned to the purse, and the card is placed into the deck. After the proper magical gestures, they switch places. The coin is found to appear back in the middle of the deck, and the card is found folded up in the coin purse.

COMMENTS: David has combined a series of unique moves into one of the best card/coin routines I've seen. Ifs a commercial, baffling routine, and the methods employed make the magic clear-cut. Also, the handling is custom-made for a stand-up, table-to-table performer.

You will need two matching half-dollars, a coin purse, and a duplicate of the card you intend to use. To set up, fold the duplicate card into one-sixth its size and place itinto the coin purse. You will notice that the card folded in this way resembles a "V." The bottom of the "V" enters the purse first, with the open part facing out. Place one of the halves into the folded card in the purse. This will allow the coin to freely drop from the opened purse if it were turned upside down. Place the purse into the front left pants pocket, and the other coin into the front right pants pocket. Either begin with the duplicate of the folded card on the bottom of the deck, or work it to that position during the preceding effect.

PROCEDURES: Shuffle the deck, keeping the force card on the bottom. Set the deck onto the table face down, and reach in the pants pockets with both hands as if searching for something. Classic palm the half dollar in the right hand, and bring the coin purse out with the left hand. Place the purse on the table to the left. Pick the deck up with the right hand from above. With the right index finger, kick the top half of the deck into the left-hand dealing position. The right hand places the rest of the cards onto the cards in the left hand. Maintain a little finger break between the packets (below the force card) as the cards are squared. With the right hand still gripping the deck from above, open the left fingers so they stretch out under the palmed coin. Allow the coin to fall onto the left fingers, and bend them in so the coin will be flat against the right edge of the deck.

At this point you will perform a standard riffle force. With the left thumb, riffle the cards from the top down and ask the spectator to say "stop", then cut the cards at the break. The right hand lifts the upper half to allow the spectator to memorize the "free" selection. As this is done, the left fingers curl inward, pivoting the coin onto the cards remaining in that hand. Bending the left wrist slightly will insure that the coin stays hidden.

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After the spectator has noted his selection, return the right-hand cards onto the cards in the hand. This places the coin under the selection. Place the deck face down on the table. Pick up the coin purse and open it. Keep the purse tilted towards you as you dump the coin into your hand. The card remains concealed in the purse as you close it and return it to the table. Apparently vanish the coin; actually leave it fingerpalmed in the left hand. The French Drop works well here.

Using the right hand, pick up the top half of the deck, showing that the coin has arrived. The right hand now turns palm-up, displaying the selected card. With the leftthumb, puli selected card face up into the left hand, concealing the coin.

The right hand, still holding its cards, picks up the coin from the tabled deck and places it to one side. As the cards are replaced face down onto the rest of the deck, the left hand executes a Ross Bertram move. This move will turn the card face down with one hand, while keeping the finger-palmed coin hidden.

Maneuver the lower corner of the face-up card into the fold of skin at the base of the little finger. The thumb reaches across the card and holds onto the right side. The left forefinger curls onto the face of the card. In one motion, the forefinger pushes down and the thumb pulls up. This will snap the card face down and the coin will stay hidden underneath. This is a smooth, natural move which is easy to learn. The lefthand now bends in slightly, and the right fingers take the card and coin together. The right thumb is underneath, with the second finger on top. Riffle halfway up the tabled deck with the left thumb, and insert the card/coin into the deck.

Once again vanish the coin on the table, this time retaining it in the right hand in classic palm position. The lefthand grasps the top half of the deck by its longer sides; fingers on one side, thumb on the other. Lift the cards to show the coin has once more traveled to the deck. Then turn the left hand palm-up, displaying the selection again.

The left hand now holds it cards in glide position. Performing the glide, the right hand apparently takes the selected card and places it face down onto the table. The right hand then places the exposed coin onto the center of the tabled odd card. As this is done, the palmed coin is dropped into the curled right fingers, where it is added to the face of the left hand cards as they are taken face down by the right hand and placed upon the tabled half. Pick up the face-down odd card (apparently the selection) with the coin on its back with the left hand, and place it in the right fingertips.

The following step is very interesting. [[■ one movement you will not only vanish the coin (after apparently putting it into the left hand) but you will also change the card into one other than the selection. The false transfer belongs to Tenkai.

Hold the card with the coin on it with the thumb on one side and the middle finger on the opposite side; the index finger is curled underneath.

Tilt the card back so that the coin will slide down and contact the protruding thumb. Turn the hand palm-down, and at the same instant push up with the index finger from below. The left side of the card will snap off of the middle finger and turn face up.

The selected card is shown to have changed.

The left hand pretends to catch the coin, which is actually clipped under the card by the right thumb underneath and the first finger from above. Move the second finger onto the coin to take the place of the thumb. This is a very fair way to display a card while concealing the coin. Wave the card over the closed left hand, then open it to show that the coin has also vanished.

Once again, pick up the top half of the deck with the left hand and n it up to show that the coin and the card have returned to the deck. Let the cards fall into dealing position in the left hand. After pushing the selected card to the right with the thumb, the right hand slides the face-up odd card under the selection squarely onto the pack in the left hand. The right hand takes the exposed coin, while the left hand places its cards face down onto the tabled deck. Be careful not to drop the hidden coin.

Pick up the coin purse and open it towards yourself. Place the coin, not into the'' V as before, but behind it. Be careful not to expose the card to the spectator.

Have the spectator cover the deck with his hand. Wave the purse over his hand while making the proper magical gestures. Place the purse onto the table, and cut the deck to the coin to show that once again it has traveled. Turn the pack over, and act disappointed when the card is not above it.

Pick the purse up and it towards the spectator. The card only will be visible, and by squeezing the bottom of the purse the card will be pushed up to be easily removed from the purse. Be sure to tilt the purse towards yourself as you remove the card so the duplicate coin will not be seen.

The spectator unfolds the card to confirm that the card he selected has actually changed places with the coin just placed into the purse!

When beginners ask me for advice, depending on the nature of their request, I give them two pieces of advice. If they are asking,about magic as a career, I pointout that what they are ultimately talking about is Show Business. That means you must concentrate as much on the Business as you do on the Show. If they ask about magic as an Art, I recommend a complete study of the classics. I feel this was a tremendous help in building my own foundation, because once you understand why these work, you can employ those principles in countless other ways.

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