i>TE-P J\JO - Perform an "invisible-coin-fly-ing-through-the-air" movement with your hands, then open your right hand to reveal the first coin Your palm-up right hand should be positioned directly over the spectator's hand (FIG 1)
The left fist has casually moved closer to the right hand in preparation for "Han Ping Chien." As the right hand starts to slap its coin onto the spectator's hand, the left fist allows its coin to fall. It is this coin that the right hand actually slaps onto the spectator's left palm. See (FIG. 2).
Your right-hand coin remains classic-palmed. From the spectator's position it is impossible to detect the deception by either sight or touch.
5TE.P TtlE-E-E. - As soon as the coin is slapped onto the spectator's hand, your right hand retrieves the coin and holds it on the curled fingers. Make your second magic pass as you secretly curl your left fingers under the coins, leaving the two coins trapped between the curled fingertips and the base of the thumb. See FIGS. 3, 4.
Following this, allow the right-hand palmed coin to clink onto the first coin. Turn your right hand palm up (over the spectator's hand) and jiggle the two coins into a position where they can both be palmed at the same time (FIG. 5).
With practice, the proper position can be arrived at without any extra movement. Execute the "Han Ping Chien" move for the second (and last) time by classic-palming the two right-hand coins as the right fingers slap the two coins released from the left fist onto the spectator's right palm.
6TE-P fOUiZ. - You now have zero coins in your closed left fist, two coins classic-palmed in your right hand (if it were easy, everyone would be doing it) and two coins on the spectator's palm. Retrieve the spectator's coins and allow them to rest on your curled right fingers. Cause the third coin to travel by allowing one of the two palmed coins to fall onto the first two. To get just one coin to fall, tilt your right fist sharply inward on its wrist (FIG. 6).
This seems to facilitate matters. If things just aren't going your way and both coins drop anyway, you can recover by simply pressing one of the coins back into classic-palm position with your right fingers. In either case, allow three of the coins to drop onto the spectator's palm.
5TE.P flN/E. - This last one's a freebie. Make a tossing motion with your left fingers (letting the hand be seen to be empty) and "catch" the coin with your right hand. Dump this last coin onto the spectator's palm, concluding your performance.
Credit to J.C. Wagner, Daniel Cros and Cholly Simonoff for their help on this improved handling.
f\t\\/6 FLA6LI - Larry Jennings has been performing a very effective "Han Ping Chien" in the spectator's hand for many years.
• Eric Mead has developed the all-time kill presentation for P.D.Q #2:
You persuade a lively spectator to give a play-by-play description while you SILENTLY do the effect. After the first coin goes, a good spectator-as-announcer will get ahead of the action and say things like, "Two coins are in each hand. Another coin will disappear from his left hand and reappear in his right hand." You then follow her "directions" and do the deed. When you team up with the right announcer this can be a performance highlight.
You can silently cue your announcer with gestures, like pointedly moving your hands apart and giving her a look that encourages her to respond. If you're lucky she may say something like, "Now he's moving his hands apart a great distance making it impossible for the next coin to jump across, but hell try to do it anyway." There's a "clink" and you've done it again. Sometimes you'll get actual cheers...and sometimes an astonished silence...and it's all just the tip of the iceberg of what can be evoked when you creatively focus the moment.
This is a flash coin-quickie that will add a touch of class to your favorite coins-across routine.
ELFFELCT - A coin visibly appears on the table beneath the tip of your right forefinger.
6TE-P ¿?NlEL - You're at that stage in your four-coins-across routine where three coins have already traveled from your left hand to your right hand. These three coins are on the table to your right. The fourth coin is apparently held in your closed left fingers - actually this fourth coin is classic-palmed in your right hand (FIG. 1).
Place your right palm flat onto the table below the three coins (FIG. 2).
The palmed coin is no longer palmed and simply rests on the table concealed beneath the right hand. Position each of the three coins under your right second, third and little fingertips as in FIG. 3.
6TE.P J\JO - When you lift your fingers to position the coins, be sure to keep your palm pressed flat against the table.
Hold the left-hand "coin" at your fingertips and pretend to push the coin into the bend of your right elbow.
As this action is made, slide your right hand back toward yourself (along with its three fingertip coins), leaving the concealed tabled coin stationary. Continue moving your right hand back until the concealed coin becomes visible under your right forefinger tip (FIG. 4).
The action of pressing the "coin" into your elbow covers the slight movement of your right hand. The effect appears to your audience as if the fourth coin went into your right elbow, down the arm, across the table - finally stopping under the tip of your right forefinger!
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«n rop-Shot" will be appreciated by aficiona-
U^ dos of self-working card magic because it contains the world's first moveless palm. "Drop-Shot" will be appreciated by the U.S. Playing Card Company because you have to buy a new card every time you do it.
E-FpELCT - A corner is torn from a selected card and kept as a receipt inside the close-up entertainer's pocket. The card is then buried in the deck which is placed face down over the mouth of an empty glass.
The performer states that by tapping the glass he will cause the selected card to penetrate the deck and appear inside the glass. The glass is tapped - but instead of the selected card appearing, the single torn corner has dropped into view. The missing selection is then produced from the performer's pocket. Of course, the corner matches.
5TE-P - Tear an index corner off a selected card. Place the card face up onto the tabled face-down deck. Pretend to place the torn comer into an outside jacket or pants pocket on the left with your left fingers. Secretly retain this corner in your curled left fingers.
5TE.P TWlO - Pick up the deck with your right fingers and place it onto the left fingers (in dealing position) directly over the finger-palmed corner. The torn section on the face-up card should be positioned at the deck's lower right. Double undercut the face-up selection to the bottom of the pack so that the concealed piece remains on the left fingers (FIG. 1).
5TE-P TJjR-LL - Grasp the deck with your right fingers, pressing the piece against the face card, and place the deck face down over the mouth of a clear, empty glass. The torn corner should be positioned between the face of the deck and the rim of the glass (FIG. 2).
6TE-P fOVSi. - Announce that you will cause the card to appear in the glass. Tap the right side of the deck with your right fingers, dislodging the torn corner, causing it to fall to the bottom of the glass. Comment to the effect that there seems to have been a change of plans. Pick the deck up from above by its ends and place it face down into the left hand in a deep dealing position. The torn surface should still be at the deck's lower right corner.
6TE-P fl\/EL - Pick up the glass with your right fingers and spill the index corner onto the table. Set the glass down and grasp the deck at its inner right corner between your right thumb on top and forefinger underneath. When the deck is lifted, the face-up selection will stay in your left hand despite all your protests that you can't do a bottom-palm (FIG. 3).
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