This is Daniel's nowhere-to-run-nowhere-to hide daylight version of Twilight, using a mechanically enhanced coin. It seduces curious wanderers into a strangely familiar transparent dimension that reflects the timeless space of infinite astonishment.
What follows is direct from Daniel's marketed manuscript:
PR.OPb - One pocket size mirror - or a similarly-sized reflective object, (Daniel sometimes uses a chrome business card holder -available at luggage shops), three half-dollars, and one expanded half-dollar shell.
6ELT-UP - Place a shell-covered half into a left-hand pocket. Place the other two halves along with the mirror into a right-hand pocket (You may prefer to dispense with the pockets and work directly out of a close-up case).
6TE.P ¿?NlE- - Reach into your pockets with both hands (or into your close-up case) and bring out the shell-covered half (shell side up) with your left hand while the right hand secretly classic-palms the other two halves as it brings out the mirror (FIG. 1).
.bTEP TW/tf - Place the shell-covered coin onto the table and transfer the mirror to your left hand so that the mirror is held by its long side (FIG. 2).
This unorthodox grip makes the handling easier along with making the routine angle-proof. Take care to show that your left hand, except for the unprepared mirror, is completely empty. "No coin concealed between my fingers or behind the mirror." If you are a great concealer of palmed coins, you can wiggle your right fingers to convince your audience that both hands are empty (FIG. 3). If you aren't a great concealer of palmed coins, then simply rest your right hand on the table in a relaxed position and keep the audience's attention focused on your left hand. If the two right-hand palmed coins still make you nervous then check out the no-palm handling. (See notes.)
6TLP TLlR-ELEL - Your left hand openly places the upright mirror in front of the shell-covered half so that the half is concealed from the audience's view (FIG. 4). Secretly grasp the shell by its sides between your left third finger and thumb (FIG. 5).
Lift the shell off of the half undercover of sliding the mirror toward yourself - exposing half of the tabled coin and its mirrored reflection (FIG. 6).
6TE.P fO\M. - Continue to slide the mirror toward yourself so that the entire coin is exposed (FIG. 7). The exposed coin creates a reflection of itself in the mirror. Place your right forefinger on the shell (behind the mirror) and your right second finger on the exposed coin (FIG. 8). Transform the reflected image into reality by sliding the coin and the shell away from the mirror (FIGS. 9, 10).
5TELP FIVE. - Openly place the shell onto the tabled half so that the shell overlaps (FIG. 11). Place the mirror flat (reflecting surface down) on top of the overlapped coins. While sliding the mirror forward, secretly nest the shell with the half using your left thumb. In a continuing action, give the mirror a spin (FIG. 12). When the mirror stops spinning, slowly tilt it up with your right fingers to reveal that one of the coins has returned to the mirror (FIG. 13).
5TE.P 5IX - Pretend to pluck the reflected image off the mirror and show it as a real coin as follows: Tilt the mirror back toward yourself (FIG. 14) - just far enough so that the reflection "disappears" while your left fingertips touch the mirror's surface, as though grabbing the reflection (FIG. 15). Under cover of this action, your left finger quickly lifts the shell off of the coin to place it on the table in front of the mirror (FIG. 16).
iTLP - Slowly straighten the mir ror to catch the reflection of the two tabled coins - creating the illusion of four coins. As the mirror is straightened allow one of the palmed coins to secretly drop onto the table behind the mirror. Slide the mirror back a little bit so that you can secretly drop the remaining palmed coin behind the first coin - behind the mirror (FIG. 17).
the mirror) so that the overlapped condition is preserved. Slowly squeeze the two coins together between your right thumb (FIG. 21) (behind the mirror) and forefinger- apparently squeezing the exposed coin and its mirrored reflection into a single coin (FIG. 22). As the shell and the coin are actually squeezed together, slowly slide the mirror forward until it covers half of the visible coin (FIG. 23). Lift up the mirror to reveal that you're back where you started - with the original single coin.
If you still want to produce the four halves at the end and want an alternative to the "Classic-Palm Drop" you can do the original Twilight finale. At the start of the routine finger-palm the two extra coins. When you're ready for the big finish hold the upright mirror in position with your left fingers while your right fingers pretend to scrape the two reflected images off of the mirror (FIG. 24). As your right fingers cover the mirror's surface, lift the mirror up off the table while your right hand slides off the mirror's right side (FIG. 25) where it then drops the two "scraped off" coins onto the table to finish.
5TE-P EJ^J-lT - Place your left fingers onto all four coins (FIG. 18) and slide the four coins to the left, bringing the two coins from behind the mirror into view (FIG. 19).
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For a no-palm Super Twilight, perform the entire sequence with just one coin and the shell. After you've plucked the reflection off the mirror, finish the routine by squeezing the two coins back to their original one-coin condition to complete the routine as follows: Slightly overlap the shell on the coin (FIG. 20). Position the mirror between the two coins (shell behind
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