Have a table in front of you on which to lay coins as occasion requires. Have the four coins in your right hand. Over one of the coins have the shell.
"This experiment is done with four coins. I think it was originally founded cm that famous axiom, 'You have the money, but can you keep it?' Anyway, keep your eyes on the four coins."
Count coins one at a time into the left hand. Hold them spread out over fingers with thumb on top. Have coin with shell on top with front of shell exposed. Show coins to spectators. Figure 68.
Take coins in right hand again and then lay three of them on left hand, one at a time, in position shown in Figure 69. Retain coin with shell in right hand with shell uppermost.
Let coin rest on second and third fingers of right hand. Grip edge of shell between thumb and first finger. Raise thumb and forefinger, thus lifting the shell free from the coin. Figure 70.
Place shell with other coins on left hand and retain fourth coin by Palming it in right hand. Audience believes that you placed four coins on left hand. Figure 71.
Close both hands, and in doing so, allow shell to slip over top coin in left hand. Hold hands about two feet apart. Figure 72.
"It is difficult for money to stay in one place. First, I have it, then you have it, and then someone else gets it. For instance, I have four coins in my left hand."
Open left hand to show only THREE coins. The placing of the shell over one coin eliminates a coin.
"That is, I did have four coins until the money began to circulate, and now I have only three."
With the left hand count the coins onto the table, one at a time, in a row. Put the coin with shell down first as Number One. Figure 73.
"And it seems, the other has circulated over to my right hand."
Pick up the three coins which you placed on table with your left hand, this time taking them up with right hand. Place them one at a time on left palm again. When you pick up coin with shell, however, place in right hand again as described above (Figure 70). Then place shell in left hand as a coin and retain the coin Finger Palmed in right hand.
"I place the three coins back in my left hand, and pick up the other again in my right hand."
Pick up coin on table with right hand. Be careful to keep Palmed coin concealed while you take coin from table. Now close both hands again as before. The shell slips down over uppermost coin again, leaving two coins in left hand.
"Note carefully, and perhaps you will see the next one pass over—that is, you will see if you have psychic eyes."
Open left hand and show two coins.
Count coins onto table again, placing coin with shell down first as Number One. Open right hand.
"And over here—two coins."
Pick up with right hand the two coins placed down by left. Place one coin in left hand. Then Palm out coin from shell as before, retaining it in right hand, and place shell in left hand as second coin.
Pick up the other two coins with left hand.
Close hands and let shell cover remaining coin in left hand
"Now we have a fifty-fifty game—two in my left hand and two in my right. That is, that is what we had before another one slipped away."
Open left hand and show single coin. Open right hand and show three coins. Count them out onto the table.
Cover coin in left hand with right hand and lift off shell, carrying it away in right hand. Audience does not suspect anything for they saw one coin in left hand and still see one. Now hold up coin and look at both sides.
"For this last one I take extra precautions."
Reach into right coat pocket. Leave shell there and bring out right hand as though holding a pinch of salt in fingers.
Pretend to sprinkle salt on coin. Now apparently secure coin in left hand by closing hand. In reality, Thumb Palm the coin in right hand and close empty left hand.
"And keep him by his lonesome over here."
Motion to left hand. Allow Thumb Palmed coin to slip to Finger Palm position. Then pick up the three coins from table with right hand and close your hand over them.
"I guess the salt wasn't strong enough."
"This one, too, has left, and we find it over here with the others." Count coins out onto table with right hand. "One - two - three - four."
NOTE: Coins may now be handled and shown freely as the shell has been disposed of.
The shell coin offers many interesting variations in Coin Magic. It may be introduced into Coin Sleights with excellent results.
Here are two good effects, using the shell:
Take two coins, one covered with the shell. Show coins freely and show hands empty. To all appearances place both coins in left hand, but in reality place one coin and the shell, retaining the other coin Finger Palmed in right hand (as you did in the preceding effect). Figure 74.
Call attention again to the TWO coins in left hand. Turn back of hand to audience and slip shell over coin in left hand. Now expose palm of hand and show ONE coin. Figure 75.
Now reach down behind your knee and produce coin from right hand, or from left elbow. The effect is that the coin vanished from left hand and appeared again at another place.
Another effect is this one, in which you show a coin and the shell as TWO coins. Place them in left hand as in Figure 74. Show them freely, then cover coins with right fingers, pretending to carry one away. In this move slip shell over coin as in Figure 75. Then vanish imaginary coin from right hand, and show hand empty.
Now pick up coin with shell in right hand and vanish by Thumb Palming method. Drop coin into upper coat pocket.
If you wish to produce the coins again, do not drop coin with shell into pocket. Keep in right hand and produce it from behind knee as one coin. Place it in left hand, retaining shell in right hand, and produce shell from left elbow as second coin. Place shell also in left hand as coin.
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