Quick Centavos

This routine is another step in the search for the perfect coins across routine. This time we introduce a gimmicked coin. The idea is to use the best of the foregoing methods and use a gimmick for a solid finish. Here we use a regular shell, not an expanded one. A regular shell has an advantage over the expanded shells. They tend to like normal coins. Most expanded shells I've had look a bit odd. I've had laymen call me on them! They say, "what's wrong with that coin, it looks fat!" Magic dealers tell me that the expanded shells fool laymen. They tell me I am too picky. However, I can't get away with it. Maybe I should learn how to do magic better? Anyway, if you use a regular shell you can fool the laymen, and maybe even the magicians. I have with a regular shell.

With the regular shell I am using centavos since they will fit in the shell well.

1. Line up three centavos on the left and leave the shell half on the right, (Fig. 64).

2. Pick up the first centavo; display it in classic position, (Fig.65). Pause a bit and then place it on top of the left fist. Then allow it to sink low into the fist. Figure 66 shows the hand open demonstrating that the first coin slid all the way to the bottom of the left hand.

3. With the remaining two centavos execute the Pop-Up move, apparently placing those two coins also in the hand one at a time.

4. Pick up the shell half, (Fig 67). Close the right hand around it being careful to not allow the coins to clink together, (Fig. 68).

5. Intend a coin to transfer from the left hand to the right, and then the hands thumb their respective coins onto the table, again being careful not to allow the coins to touch. Show the hands palm up, (Fig. 69). The reason for not allowing the coins to touch each other in the right hand is so that no one will hear the unreal clank of the shell coin.

6. With the coins on the left, execute the Pop-Up coin move sequence; apparently placing the two coins into the left fist one at a time.

7. Now the thumb and first finger pick up the centavo on the right, (Fig.70). Then use the first and second fingers to pick up the silver (Fig. 71). In this way the first finger is sort of trapped between the centavo and half. Press the coins together, and pull the index finger out from between them. This causes the coins to snap together with a very normal sound, (Fig. 72). This will throw off those that know a bit about gaff coins.

8. Pull the two coins into the right hand, intend a coin to transfer, (Fig. 73).

9. Carefully thumb the three coins onto the table so as to avoid the telltale clank, (Fig. 74). The coins are lined up as they are placed on the table, the shell on the audience end of the row.

10. Pick up the last coin, displaying it, (Fig. 75). Execute the Schneider Classic Vanish to the left hand.

11. The right hand moves to the shell half picking it up by placing the thumb under the back edge of the coin, (Fig. 76). The coin is not raised from the table, but is slid backwards toward the performer directly over a centavo, (Fig. 77). Both of these coins are now raised by the right thumb, then slid back again to the next centavo, (Fig. 78). All three of these coins are now raised off the table by the right thumb, (Fig. 79).

12. The coins at the tips of the right fingers are turned over as the tips of the fingers move toward the palm of the hand. Figure 80, shows an exposed view of the coins at the fingertips.

13. Just before the coins at the fingertips touch the right hand palm, the right hand turns palm up. The fingers of the hand open, and the right hand tips forward so the coins will spread out, (Fig. 81). Since one centavo is in the shell only two centavos are seen giving the impression one is still in the left hand. Done carefully the coins should sound normal as only centavos are sliding against each other. Note that the shell and centavo are slid almost off of the other two coins.

14. Close the right hand around the coins. While closing the tips of the fingers of the right hand give an extra flip to the shell centavo set. The right thumb aids this action. This is a setup for the final placement of the coins onto the table. Once the hand is closed intend a coin to travel from left to right, (Fig. 82).

16. The four coins are placed onto the table one at a time. Figure 84 shows an exposed view of the coins being grasped by the edges by the insides of the first and little finger. Because the shell and centavo set was given an extra flip while the hand was being closed, the centavo is positioned to fall out of the shell when the hand is opened and held palm down. Do that next, (Fig. 85). Next thumb the remaining three coins out on the table, (Fig. 86). You can press the shell against the centavo above it and it will make a very solid coin noise as the silver is pushed onto the table. Then turn the right hand palm up, (Fig. 87).

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