On the bottom edge of envelope, out a slit about an inch and three-quarters long. Do this carefully right on the fold so that it will not be noticed. A safety razor blade is excellent for cutting the envelope. Figure 32.
Have half dollar held by wire clip under vest or lower edge of coat, or you may have it in pocket which you can reach conveniently. If you desire, you may have coin Finger Palmed and come forward to start experiment with it already in position.
Borrow a handkerchief and place it over left arm. Borrow half dollar and ask owner to mark it for identification. Take coin in right hand, being careful to conceal other coin Finger Palmed. Finger Clip coin and, pretending to transfer it to left hand, Front Thumb Palm it and drop your own coin into left hand. This is the same move as you learned in your last lesson under the effect, THE COIN IN THE MAGICAL ENVELOPES.
Now allow the borrowed coin which is Thumb Palmed to slip down into Finger Palm position.
Go back to stage. Take handkerchief by corner nearest you, placing hand under it with coin and thumb on top toward audience. Hold your own coin up in left hand. Figure 33.
Draw handkerchief away from left arm. As you do so, raise index finger of right hand up and over to front of handkerchief near thumb so that it is near edge of coin and handkerchief is held between first and second fingers. Figure 34.
When handkerchief falls from left arm, it is held gripped in right hand. Borrowed coin is held between thumb and fingers and is covered on both sides by handkerchief. Figure 35.
Place half dollar which you have in left hand on table or some other place in full view. If you have an assistant, you may give it to him to hold.
With coin held in fold of handkerchief in right hand, pick up opposite corner of handkerchief in left hand and hold as shown in Figure 36.
Now with a movement cause the corners C of the handkerchief to flip up over middle and fall down in front. Figure 37.
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This makes a tube in middle of handkerchief. Bring two ends fairly close together. Release coin and allow it to slide down tube to center of handkerchief. Figure 38.
Tie a knot in handkerchief and give it to spectator to hold by one of the corners. If coin is visible in knot, pull down cloth over it a little to conceal. Figure 39.
Pick up half dollar and the slit envelope from table.
"The gentleman has marked his half dollar. He can recognise it easily, I am sure. Would you mind, sir, if I sent it away in an envelope?"
Show envelope empty and drop half dollar into it so that audience can see it go in. Coin comes to bottom
of envelope. Hold it there with thumb and fingers of left hand. Figure 40.
Seal flap of envelope. Now turn it on end and let coin slide down to slit corner. Hold coin there with right hand. Figure 41.
Turn envelope straight again and let coin SLIP OUT THROUGH SLIT IN ENVELOPE INTO RIGHT HAND and Finger Palm it. Figure 42.
Take envelope in left hand. Drop coin into upper left coat pocket or right trouser's pocket, as you have been taught to do, without letting audience see. You may have a pencil in one of your coat pockets and drop coin into pocket while reaching for pencil.
"I will just mark the envelope with my secret initials."
"In reality, I should not have done that. I forgot that the gentleman marked his coin. Strange as it may seem, two magic marks on the same package oftentimes dissolve that which is within."
Shake envelope and listen.
"It seems rather quiet within. Sir, your coin has kissed us goodbye."
Tear up envelope into small pieces and drop on table.
NOTE: A ruse to use is to paste a piece of opaque paper, cut round the size of a half dollar, in the bottom of the envelope. After you have taken coin out, hold envelope up in front of a burning candle or match and show shadow of coin within (really the opaque paper). Set fire to envelope and let it burn, finally dropping the remains onto a plate. You have apparently burned the coin.
Another clever fake is to paint a disk the size of a half dollar with Chinese White water colors, such as are used by show card writers and artists, on the inside of a white envelope. Inside of envelope may be shown with nothing in it, but when envelope is held to light, the disk shows opaque and appears to be the coin. Paint disk so that it looks like coin is lying at bottom of envelope. With a manila envelope, use a paint to match made by mixing white, red, yellow, and a touch of black.
You may also work it this way. Hold envelope to light with coin in it before you slide coin out into your right hand. Have coin in middle of envelope at bottom when you do this. Take envelope away from light and let coin slide into hand. Hold envelope in left hand and let it burn, in the meantime disposing of coin in right hand.
"But something tells me that it has not gone far."
To gentleman holding the knotted handkerchief.
"Would you mind untying the handkerchief to see whether the gentleman's coin has in some mysterious way hidden itself inside the knot?"
Spectator unties the knot and finds the borrowed coin.
"Will you please give it to the gentleman who loaned it to me and let him identify it as his coin? Remember, I do not touch the half dollar myself. Is that your coin, Sir? Which goes to show that as you give so shalt thou receive."
Return borrowed handkerchief or use it for another experiment.
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