Schneider Classic Vanish

This vanish evolved in an attempt to solve some problems with the Schneider Vanish. Often in my coin work I must vanish a coin, then immediately pick up something with the hand that palmed the coin. The simple finger palm was sometimes a bit awkward. The Classic Palm however, allowed the hand to move freely, so I took a look at it. The vanish which resulted duplicates the real motion of a coin moved from one hand to another. Of course coin vanishes wherein the coin ends up in the Classic Palm have been around for a long time. The problem with them was that there was always an extra motion in moving the coin to that position. This violates the one-point-in-beat misdirection principal. Then in other vanishes utilizing the Classic Palm the motions were not real, hence violating good body language.

In this vanish, the coin is always displayed in the Classic Palm position on the open right hand. The right hand turns palm down apparently allowing the coin to fall to the fingertips. Actually, the coin remains in the Classic Palm. The intended coin at the fingertips is then dropped into the left hand from which it apparently disappears. There is never any finger motion revealing that the coin is moved, as it simply never moves!

Let's go over this in detail with pictures.

1. To start off we must get the coin into the right hand in Classic Palm position. I do that by picking up the coin from the table with my right hand. Just after the coin is raised from the surface, while my hand is palm down, the fingertips press the coin into Classic Palm. Be careful not to allow thumb to stick out away from the hand while moving the coin to palm position, but hold it along side the hand. Once the coin is in the Classic Palm, turn the hand palm up, relaxing your grip on it. Now all you need do to palm the coin is to close down on it as it is in perfect position, (Fig. 6).

2. Begin the vanishing action by rotating the hand palm down as if to drop the coin to the fingertips. As the right hand turns palm down, the fingers come up and press coin into a solid classic position, (Fig. 7). The finger motion seems to suggest the coin has moved to the fingertips. (One-point-in-beat-misdirection).

3. Then straighten the fingers of the right hand slightly as if the coin were at the fingertips. Note that all four fingers of the right do not curl around the intended coin, but only the two middle fingers hold it. The first and little fingers relax, being a small distance away from the intended coin, (Fig. 8).

4. Now the left hand turns palm up to receive the coin from the right, (Fig. 9).

5. The left hand closes as the right hand relaxes, (Fig. 10). Note that the fingers of the left hand close under the fingers of the right hand. The right hand just relaxes; it does not spread wide open. During this action use intention of reality to make a coin apparently fall through the air. Also when the left hand closes it must snap shut. I mean it must really snap shut fast. If that hand closes slowly there will be no illusion that a coin fell into it.

(Author note: 2004 update.) This manner of using the Classic Palm to do a vanish move is original with Al Schneider. This point of closing the hand under the hand dropping the coin, is a very critical point. It is more than critical. It is the essence of the move. Dr. Rubinstein in his DVD's and tapes presenting an encyclopedia of coin moves does not recognize this aspect of the move. He presents this vanish calling it the Schneider Vanish using the Classic Palm. In that tape, he drops the coin to the fingertips, as above, but puts the intended coin directly onto the palm of the receiving hand. The fingers of the receiving hand are then surrounding the fingers of the hand dropping the coin. This is a major, major error.

It violates all of the concepts I have struggled to develop during my entire life.

6. At this point the hands are temporarily not moving. Then, the right drops to the table while the left turns palm down. (Fig. 11).

Quite often during step 5 when the coin is supposed to be falling through the air there is open space between the hands. Most magicians say, "The spectator can see that nothing has fallen." If all actions are performed naturally and with correct intention the mind of the spectator fills in the missing coin. Indeed, the spectator actually "sees" a coin fall when in fact, there is none. To learn to do this vanish well you must practice two things. First, the classic palm, and second, the real actions you intend to imitate. These must be rehearsed over and over.

You must actually take the coin in the right hand, and then place it in the left. As you repeat the actions, notice how the left is relaxed the moment before it is to receive the coin. The left hand will snap shut when it receives the coin and the right fingers won't open wide when the coin is dropped. They'll separate just enough to allow the coin to fall. Note that when the coin actually falls, the hands are about one inch apart. Don't forget to memorize the speed of the hands when they are in motion, especially when the right hand drops after the apparent transfer.

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