Pon England's original penetration used a coin and a card. This time it's personal, because you use a spectator's hand instead of a card. A dirt-simple method that's no big deal, but it creates a flawless moment that you can do at the drop of a dime.

E-fpELCT - You drop a borrowed dime through a spectator's personally significant hand. And then again.

C^NTRJVE. - Borrow a dime that sort of matches one you're secretly hiding in your left hand.

■5TE.P ¿?NE_ - Have someone hold out both hands palm up so one's a few inches beneath the other. Place the borrowed dime on the open hand that's on top. (The hidden coin in your left hand should be resting near your fingertips as in FIG. 1.)

.5TE-P - Your left fingers grasp the side of the spectator's "dime" that your thumb is on top and your fingers are underneath. Her other hand is just below. Secretly press the hidden dime up against the back of her hand. (Be sure you don't flash the dime while getting to this position. And don't worry, she won't feel the dime.) Pick up the visible dime with your right hand in position for the pinch vanish (FIG. 2).

6TE-P TLIR-E-E. - Pause a second so everyone sees the dime held between your right thumb and forefinger and then do the "pinch vanish"...pinching the dime so it flips down flat between your right thumb and index finger (FIG. 3). Instantly release the dime from under her hand so it drops onto her other hand... timed so it appears that the coin dropped right through her hand.

5TE.P fOVSi. - Pick up the dime with your left hand, keeping the right-hand dime hidden. Ask her to put her other hand on top. As she does, pretend to pick the coin up from your left hand with your right hand. Actually you bring the right-hand dime into view as the left conceals its coin. This is done under the strong misdirection of her switching hands for the repeat.

6TELP p\/EL - Drop the dime from the right hand onto her palm, and grip it with the left hand. (Yes, you've secretly pressed the coin up against the back of her hand again.) Repeat the pick up, pinch vanish and drop - just like before.

6TE-P 6IX - Secretly load the concealed dime into a gum machine and buy yourself something nice, or just pocket it at your leisure.

- If you don't feel like pressing the concealed dime directly against her hand, you can keep the dime balanced on your fingertips, out of sight, just beneath her hand.

• For the big ten-cent finale check out "Tic-Tac Dime" and Light & Heavy Dime (see Index).

I once contemplated buying every little "Ma and Pa" corner grocery in the entire world. I could then amuse my friends by explaining how I had cornered the corner market market.

It also occurred to me that I'd have almost as much fun by purchasing all the ink manufacturers in the world, enabling me to start a corporation called "Ink Inc."

I could then bankrupt both enterprises by merging them into a single venture known as the "Misery Loves Co."

Unfortunately, none of these novel ideas could be presented impromptu with a borrowed deck of cards - which is why the following routine was created.

ELITE-CT- A spectator marks her initials on the back of a "Teflon coated" card. The performer then openly slides the mark off of the card's non-stick surface, tosses it into the air, then skillfully catches the mark on the back of another card! The misplaced initials are then visibly transferred back onto the original selection, which is returned to the spectator for examination.


6TE.P ONE. - Direct a spectator to draw a small design (or sign her initials) on the center of a selected card's back. While the spectator is occupied, palm the top card of the deck into your right palm. Have the spectator place her marked card face down on top of the facedown deck which is held in your left hand.

±>TLP TW/<? - Pretend to slide the ink mark off the card toward yourself with your right fingers, as the palmed card is secretly added to the top of the deck (FIGS. 1, 2, 3).

The illusion of removing the mark is perfect.

5TE-P TJjR-E-L - The ink mark is now "held" at the tips of your right fingers. Toss the "mark" into the air, follow its flight with your eyes, then catch "it" in the deck by executing a one-hand-ed Charlier cut (FIG. 4).

As the returning mark is caught, complete the cut, trapping it in the center of the deck (FIG. 5).

Your audience should not be aware that a complete cut was performed - only that the center of the deck was opened and then closed. Check out "Arrow-Split-Arrow" (see Index) for a complete description of this cut.

6TE-P F^UR - Spread the face-down deck between your hands until the marked card is located. Obtain a left little finger break below the top two cards of the left-hand packet. Square the upper half of the spread that is above the marked card and table it face down to your right. The marked card remains on top of the left-hand packet. Square this packet and retain the break.

ÔTE-P FIVE - Double lift the top two cards of the left-hand packet (easy because of the break) and display the face of the indifferent card, revealing the mark to have flown from the selected card to the back of another card.

Turn the double face down, in-jogged on top of the deck (FIG. 6). Grasp the face-down double at its lower right corner between your right fingertips, removing the double from the deck (FIG. 7).

6TELP 6IX - You will now visibly slide the mark back onto the selected card as follows: Your right hand remains dead-still as your left fingers do all the work. Position the top of the left-hand packet directly below the marked double, left thumb on top of the mark (FIG. 8).

Turn your left hand palm down as your left thumb attempts to slide the mark onto the top card of the packet. Your left thumb snaps the right-hand card as it comes off the card's upper left corner (FIGS. 9, 10).

Turn your left hand palm up and repeat the sliding attempt a second time - producing a second snap as your left thumb slides off the upper left corner of the marked card.

Your third attempt to slide off the mark will follow the same actions as the first two, with the major difference being the top marked card is slid square onto the deck (FIG. 11).

This sequence is performed in three quick strokes. The first time nothing happens, the second time nothing happens, but on the third attempt your left thumb succeeds in sliding the mark off the right-hand card and onto the left-hand packet.

6TE-P - Display the face of the card in your right hand to be the same indifferent card that the audience had seen to be marked just a moment ago. Drop this card face down onto the tabled packet. Deal off the marked card from the left-hand packet and let your audience discover that the mark is now permanently affixed to the original selection. Assemble the deck by dropping your left-hand packet onto the tabled packet, completing the routine.

• Check out "Membrane" (see Index) for a final slide onto your cardcase.

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