The moves in this interlude for the "close-
up" man are child's play once that you get the idea or knack. Everytime, it seems, that I take out a dime and penny, no matter what the trick may be, there is somebody in the audience who is certain that I'm using the fake dime and penny, letting on to everybody about it in no uncertain terms. The trick has been capably exposed but in this case, not only the ones not in the know but the wise boys also get a beautiful fooling. And there are very few among us who hasn't a dime and penny set that we have discarded only because it has become too well kncr.vn in our- circle. The presentation has been arranged rather psychologically in order to lead astray and "bait" those who are, they assume, "in the know."
"This is a story about Wilbur, a little boy who once lived in our neighborhood. Kaving for one day been good, his father drew some change from his pocket and offered it to Wilbur as a reward. It happened to be a dime and a penny and the father said he could have either coin he wished. After a bit of deliberation, Wilbur took the penny. 'Are you sure, Wilbur, that is the one you want?' Wilbur was very sure. His father laughed, 'All right, but you can't change back now for it's too late.'
And so it began that everybody in the neighborhood started offering Wilbur a dime and a penny. He always took the penny in spite of suggestions and admonishions from the adults. Everyone considered Wilbur a bit 'wacky' for keeping to this action.
Finally his father had come to hear of his son's 'strictly dumb' outlook and took Wilbur to task. 'Do you think I'm crazy, Pop? If I took the dime they'd soon stop offering me the coins. As it is they think I'm dumb, keep on laughing when I take the pennies, and now I've got more money than they have!'
And oh, how true that is, friends. For if those 'smart' people had just looked at their change they would have seen that it was they who had the penny and Wilbur was the one with the dime."
Blow the dust off your old Dime and Penny effect, get a real dime and penny, and borrow a 'Wilbur' from the audience. ('Wilbur' generally is some white haired gentleman with a steady hand and a sense of humor.) The fake dime is. on the left palm and lapping over it is the real penny. The right hand palms the shell penny, hollow side down, near the tips and between the 1st and 2nd fingers. The real dime is palmed (or clipped) between the 2nd and 3rd fingers at the crotch.
All set? Suiting the patter pick up the penny off left hand with the 1st and 2nd fingers and thumb putting it in the gentleman's hand as you tell him to hold it tightly as Wilbur did. You repeat this action twice, letting it "soak in" that the penny is real and ordinary. In taking it back the second time the 1st and 2nd fingers move back and drop the penny into the palm of the right hand. The thumb comes up
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