One Coin Routine

Slydini's "One Coin Routine" possesses all the characteristics of a modern miracle. With fluid motions, he swiftly vanishes a coin and, winged-like, it reappears in the most unexpected places. In his hands, the coin seems to be a thing alive; it is actually seen all the time during the movements of his hands; it vanishes and reappears in different odd places, making one wonder "How did it get there?"

Slydini does not perform the routine in divided units. He presents it in a single, continuous, flowing phrase from beginning to end. When presented in this manner, it is graceful and fascinating. Even though Slydini performs it without music, one almost senses an underlying musical accompaniment. The ethereal-like capriciousness of the coin is tauntingly humorous.

Slydini's "One Coin Routine" contradicts the fact that repetition is monotonous. Regardless of how many times you witness its performance, it is always entertaining. In fact, the more it is performed, the more it is appreciated. In the performing arts, this might well be considered its greatest attribute.

The "One Coin Routine" is an outstanding solo effect. It may also be included in any type of coin routine. When Slydini presents it as a second climax to his multiple coin routine it is virtually a larger, rousing climax.

Those who have seen Slydini perform this routine will attest to the fact, that in all conjuring history with one coin, his is the greatest.

Slydini would like the readers of this book, his many students (past and present), and friends to know that the reason he did not reveal his exact method for performing his "One Coin Routine" before now was because it included his "Imp-Pass."

In effect, a single coin goes through a series of impossible

gyrations, it vanishes and reappears in the most unlikely places. As the effect progresses, the comedy builds to an explosive climax, to the delight of the spectators.

To begin, take a coin (50c or $1) and toss it into your left palm (Foto 1). Execute the Revolve-Vanish (see page 31). On a continuing motion, bring left hand forward, over center of table and slap hand on table smartly (Foto 2). Gradually turn palm up to show coin has vanished. Straighten up and slap your palms together (Foto 3). In perfect coordination, drop left hand into lap as your right hand pretends to pick a coin from the air (Foto 4). As you lean to the right, pick up lapped coin with left hand and exclaim "Here it is. . ." Immediately, right hand crosses to left elbow and left hand to right elbow (Foto 5). Coin at left fingertips, look to the left and down; surprised, say ". . . Oh, no, it's here!" Raise right hand so it is seen empty. Immediately look to the right and show coin at fingertips of left hand (Foto 6). As you move body and hands to center, bend left fingers inwardly allowing coin to flip over into center of palm. Display it there momentarily. "Take" the coin from left with right hand thus: Keeping left hand open and motionless, start to pick up coin at outer edge with fingertips of right hand. Right thumb rests on coin to keep it from falling as your open left hand starts to turn (Foto 7). Tilt your still open left hand until its palm —and the coin— are no longer visible. In exact coordination close left hand loosely around coin and rest it at edge of table. At the same time, bring

up right hand, fingertips together as if holding the coin (Foto 8). Looking at spectator —not at your fingertips— say "Look!" and instantly make the next move. You can now repeat the same moves (Fotos 5 through 8) two or three times.

Finally, flip the coin over from left fingertips to left center palm and wind up as in foto 1.

Perform Revolve-Vanish (page 31). Your left hand —apparently holding the coin— goes in a continuous motion forward and about a foot above center of table; lean over and peek into underside of hand (Foto 9). Open your hand, shake-your head, spread your arms with hands palm up (Foto 10). The coin has vanished!

Now, slap your hands together (coin is in your lap) and once more do the moves described for fotos 4 through 6. Perform the Revolve-Vanish and, again, bring your fist forward and slap center of table as in foto 2, slap your hands together (Foto 3) and show them empty in readiness for performing the Imp-Pass (pages 25-28).

Bring up the coin and produce it from behind your left lapel as you are leaning toward left. Say: "Here it is . . ." and display the coin (Foto 11). Keeping left arm and hand outstretched, move your right hand in an arc towards center of table (Foto 12). As your right hand —holding coin— passes edge of table, release the coin so it falls into your lap. When your hand (seemingly holding coin) reaches center of table, say ". . . and now it's here!" Pretend to put the coin there (Foto 12), then raise your hand to show coin has vanished.

Again show your hands are clean and, again, perform the Imp-Pass. Repeat production from left lapel. This

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This pass and drop must be perfectly timed and coordinated. You must practice until your left hand arrives naturally and smoothly at your lap at the precise instant prior to the coin being released by your right fingers on passing in a continuous, even, motion from your left lapel to table center.

This time, produce coin from right lapel. Follow up with same flourish from right lapel to center of table as described for fotos 11 and 12 and repeat Imp-Pass and production from left lapel.

Leaning towards right, then back, toss the coin smartly from your right fingers into your flat left palm (Foto

14). Between tosses, rest your right hand lightly at edge of table (Foto

15) displaying the coin on left palm. Each time your left palm receives the coin, close and open its fingers quickly. This is the feint which you may repeat two or three times.

Now, for the "real thing": Take the coin at the edge with the balls of the thumb, middle and ring fingers (Fotos 16 and 16A) as if to continue tossing. As your right hand swings back, release the coin at the point where your moving hand passes the table edge (Foto 17) in its swing back. Foto 18 is the end of the swing and is an exposed view showing coin no longer in your hand. Naturally, in performing, your hand should be turned towards you—not audience.

Practice this "swing" which begins with foto 16 until there is absolutely no hesitation between your pick-up of the coin and the raising of your right hand as if to toss the coin. Notice that position of hands and body as well as facial expression and direction of gaze are all practically identical in fotos 14 and 18.

You now synchronize both hands, bring them together and face center as you "put" the coin from right into left hand (Foto 19) and make a fist. Turn your closed left hand over and rub its back lightly (Foto 20) or make any other slight gesture you may prefer, then open the hand to show coin has vanished.

Show your hands are clean and perform the Imp-Pass. Produce the coin from anywhere you please.

Toss the coin from right into left hand, held directly before you and one coin routine * 42

over table (Foto 21) and say you'll pass it through your hand.

Pretend to take the coin from your left palm (same moves described for foto 7) with your right fingers, turn the left hand over, fingers loosely curled; with right fingers bunched as if holding coin, tap back of left fist. Open fist (Foto 22) and coin drops "through"!

Close your left hand into a fist as if to repeat (Foto 23). Your right hand drops, fingers outstretched, over coin as if to pick it up. In the motion, sweep the coin off edge of table into your lap and bunch right fingers as if holding coin. Tap back of left fist with bunched right fingers. Open left hand. Coin has vanished!

This ends the routine. If you have borrowed the coin, do the Imp-Pass and return it. If the coin is yours, produce it or not as you prefer.

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one coin routine

Slydini "Touches"

Refer to Foto 8: In feigning to take coin from left hand, keep right fingers bunched together and, as you "show" the coin keep your hand fairly close to you. Practice this hold in front of a mirror with the coin actually in your hand. When properly done, the coin is not visible. The misdirection consists of directing your eyes at the spectator at the exact moment when you raise your right hand (supposedly) holding the coin and say "Look!" Naturally, spectator will look at you. By the time his eyes revert to your right hand, that hand is no longer there but he will swear he saw the coin held by your right fingers.

Refer to Foto 11: When you are about to release the coin in going from your lapel to center of table, keep your hand up but pass close to edge of table. Don't hesitate. As your hand gets to edge of table just release the coin and continue to center. Consult foto 17: If you use the middle, ring and little fingertips as guides (thumb and forefinger holding coin) to brush table top, there can be no flash as the coin drops. Keep your fingers together until hand stops.

Refer to Fotos 14, 15, 16, 16A: In tossing the coin from right hand to left palm, the right hand makes a wide sweep and the left is held clear of table. After each toss, be sure to rest right hand at edge of table. When you are ready for the monkey business, bring left hand close to table.

Patter: Use only short phrases, such as "look," "watch," "here it is," "oh no, it's here," "and ... if ... it's .. . not... here ... it's . .. there ..." between moves. This is very important. If you say more, you lose the rhythm and will be forced to hold up the action for the words; instead of a routine you will have a series of vanishes.

When you perform the routine using just some such short phrases as those given, the entire effect flows like a digital ballet which will delight the eyes and entertain the mind. One move merges into the next with your patter serving as counterpoint.



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