To Perform

Come forward with plate of coins in left hand and two coins concealed underneath.

"To begin with, I want to borrow a boy -- a boy that would be interested in money. Ah, there is a boy who looks like a good financier. I know that you will be glad to help me to mystify this audience financially. (Get boy to start forward.) By the way, we must also have a hat. Will some gentleman please give my friend his hat for a little while? There is one. Just bring it along with you."

To make it easier to get the boy to come up, you should come closer to audience. Pick out a boy and beckon to him and help to get him to the platform. As he comes forward, take his arm and lead him up to the center of the stage. Have boy stand at your left.

"Before we start with financial affairs, it might be well for us to get acquainted and exchange references. What is your name?"

Boy tells his name. We shall assume that it is John.

"John. That's a good name. My great-great grandfather's name was John. They named Johnny-Cake after him. Well, I'm glad to meet you. I have a lot of confidence in you and I suppose you have a lot of confidence in me. Of course, the audience has confidence in us for we wouldn't fool them for the world, would we, John? You see you can trust John implicitly."

To gentleman who loaned his hat:

"You do not mind if John uses your hat for a bank?" (To John) "See whether there is anything in the bank. Examine the hat carefully."

Boy examines the hat and finds it empty.

"What's the matter? Is the bank empty? Sort of short of funds, eh? John, if you will hold the hat over here for a moment I shall put some money in the bank, and we'll start a banking proposition."

Boy brings hat close to you. Turn plate so that coins fall into hat. Hold plate tilted a little above the hat so that audience can easily see the coins falling into the hat.

"Those were thirty-dollar gold pieces that I put into the hat -- thirty-dollar gold pieces made of platinum. FIFTEEN of them. Hold the hat tight, John, so that the fifteen coins will be safe."

Look at audience, then look at John, then back to audience again, and then at John again.

"John, I hesitate to say it, but there are a few people in the audience -- I shall not mention any names, of course -- who have a sneaking suspicion about the number of coins which I put into the hat. Just think of that! I put fifteen thirty-dollar gold pieces made of platinum in the hat, and they doubt my word. Of course, John knows that there are FIFTEEN coins in the hat, don't you, John? (Whisper to John to say, "No".) No? I doubt very much whether you are acquainted with thirty-dollar gold pieces made of platinum. To convince everyone that a magician tells the truth, I shall ask John to count the coins onto the plate one at a time. Count them out loud."

One by one, John counts coins out onto plate. If he does not speak distinctly, count with him so that audience can have no doubt as to the number of coins.

"FIFTEEN — no more, no less. All right, we'll place them back in the bank."

Pour coins back into hat again. Be sure to hold plate so that audience can see coins dropping into hat. As coins slide down, release the two concealed in your fingers and let them slide down with the rest into the hat. To do this bring edge of plate near top of hat. Figure 3.

There are now SEVENTEEN coins in the hat instead of fifteen. Audience, of course, thinks there are fifteen.

Place plate on table.

"John, take TWO coins out of the hat and give them to me."

Take the two coins which John gives you and show them to audience to convince them that there are two coins.

Whisper to John to turn hat around in a circle.

"What's this? Passing the hat around? You must be a deacon. Hold the hat up high -- as high as you can reach comfortably."

When the hat is held high, John is prevented from looking inside and counting the coins.

Show the two coins you have, one in each hand, flat sides of coins to audience.

To John: "Two from FIFTEEN is thirteen, isn't it? You aren't superstitious about holding THIRTEEN coins, are you?" (To audience) "John says that thirteen are better than ten. He has an eye for business."

Place both coins in left hand. Reach into pocket and bring out the prepared handkerchief. Place it over your left arm, then take coins with right hand. Place handkerchief over left hand with the ends falling down. Have faked end near you and away from audience.

Show both coins slightly apart and place them in center of handkerchief in left hand. Grasp coins through the handkerchief with tips of fingers and thumb of left hand. Figure 4.

Now as you bring right hand up towards coins, catch the faked corner of handkerchief between third and fourth fingers. Grasp coins between first and second finger tips of right hand. Figure 5.

With left hand throw handkerchief over coins and your right hand and pretend to pick up coins in left hand through the handkerchief. In reality you grasp the coins in the faked corner and FINGER PALM the free coins in the right hand. Draw right hand downward and away as left hand lifts handkerchief up.

"I shall wrap the two coins in this handkerchief and ask you. John, to hold them securely. Hold the hat in your right hand and the handkerchief and coins in your left."

Give handkerchief to John so that he grasps the coins. He feels them and believes he is holding the two coins you just put under it. The ends of the handkerchief hang down.

Be careful of your ANGLE OF VISIBILITY with the coins Finger Palmed in your right hand. Neither John nor the audience must see them.

"You feel the two coins all right through the silk of the handkerchief, do you? Good! Hold them tight. Imagine you are Scotch. The money which I took from the bank reminds me of homing pigeons -- take them away but they fly back again. John, what would you say if the two coins you are holding should fly out of your hand into the hat? Say, 'Go.'"

As John says, "Go", take hold of a corner of handkerchief with left hand. Whisk it from his hands suddenly, and to all appearances the coins have mysteriously vanished.

"I guess they went."

Take handkerchief in right hand, and as you pick up plate from table with left hand, place handkerchief in right pocket. Now transfer plate to right hand, thumb on top and fingers concealing two coins under it.

You now have the same arrangement that you had in your left hand when you began this experiment.

"Count the coins! in the hat, John, to see whether the two coins flew back to the bank again. If so, there should be FIFTEEN again, instead of THIRTEEN. Count them one at a time out loud".

John counts coins onto plate.

"Fifteen. They did come back. By the way, John, would you like to have me teach you this trick so that you can do it? You would. Then you shall have a lesson. The most important part is to be able to get as many as FIFTEEN coins together all at once. Place them on a plate, or platter, if you like. Get someone's hat and pour them into it, all FIFTEEN. Sometimes the audience doubts you, that is why I had you count them one at a time out loud."

As you say, "Pour them into it", pour the coins back into the hat as you did before and let the two coins in your right hand slide into the hat with the others.

"Usually someone holds the hat but as no one is handy, we'll just set it down over here on the table. But before we do that, take out TWO coins."

John takes out two coins.

"Place the hat on the table."

Boy places hat on table.

"And give me the two coins."

Take coins in left hand and as you do so, pick ball of wax from lowest vest button with tips of first finger and thumb of right hand. Bring coins over to right hand and press the wax on center of coin towards you. Press it out flat with right thumb to spread it on coin. You can do this easily without being detected.

"Of course, that leaves THIRTEEN in the hat. Now watch what I do with the coins."

Have waxed side of coin toward you. Have second coin in front of first, toward audience, but keep them a little apart. Hold coins in left hand.

Show both coins plainly so that all can see the two of them. Move waxed coin away a few inches with right hand and replace again on other side of second coin so that wax is between the two.

"Are you watching both coins, John?"

Turn left hand to audience as in Figure 6A. Screen coins with right hand, apparently taking coin from behind, but in reality push two coins together and press tightly with fingers and thumb of left hand. Figure 6B.

Remove right hand fingers as though taking the coin. Open them slowly and show that coin has vanished. sy re^inp fxon" OMf

"There is one gone."

Throw double coin over to right hand and then back to left. The coins will hold together as one, and no one will notice the extra thickness. When holding coin up to audience, flat side should be exposed.

Hold double coin in Finger Tip Clip position (Lesson 21, Figure 16). Pretend to throw it into left hand, which closes as though holding coin. During throwing motion, Front Thumb Palm double coin in right hand. Point index finger toward closed left hand and make motion toward it. While doing this, raise hand to upper left coat pocket and let coin drop into it. (See Lesson 21.) Open left hand and show that coin has vanished. Now show both hands, fingers spread wide apart.

"And the second one has likewise melted away. But, as you know, John, they really flew back into the hat -- that is, if you have done the trick properly. Pick up the hat and count the coins one at a time again onto the plate."

Boy picks up hat and you pick up plate. He counts the coins aloud.

"FIFTEEN. There, John, you have performed the trick well, and if anyone wants to hire you to bring their money back again, I'll give you a good recommendation."

Dismiss boy and return hat, or you may retain him or the hat for another experiment.

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