Place the pad to one side. The bottom edge, with the exposed opening of the secret compartment, should be towards you. Position the five halves date side down in a row in front of the spectator. State that you are going to make a prediction. Pick up the pad with your left hand pressing your thumb against the top page of the pad and your fingers underneath preventing the half-dollar in the compartment from prematurely falling out. Write the date you previously memorized on the top sheet of the pad. Do not let anyone see what you've written. With your right hand, tear off the top sheet and crumple it into a small ball. Hold the pad parallel with the floor and position the ball of paper at the end of the pad near the secret opening. See illustration (B). Tell the spectator that you are committed. Ask him to touch any one of the five half-dollars on the table. Pick up the coin he has designated and place it on top of the pad near the left thumb. See illustration (C). Move the cup under the left hand and as you tilt the pad downward to let the coin and the crumpled ball of paper drop into same...pin the coin to the pad with the left thumb (See illustration C).
The illusion will be perfect. The "force" coin inside the pad will drop out into the cup, followed by the ball of paper. The coin being the heavier of the two, will drop in first. The ball of paper (your prediction) will land on top. The two items dropping into the cup simultaneously eliminates any thought of a switch in the spectator's mind.
As soon as the coin and ball of paper are in the cup... move it towards the spectator as the left hand places the pad (and coin) in your inside jacket pocket. Now, have the spectator turn over the remaining four coins on the table and read aloud the year on each. Ask the spectator to remove and read your prediction. When he checks the date on his freely selected half-dollar...it matches your prediction.
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