Basic Magic School
Lesson #5 Money Magic
Everyone likes tricks done with money, especially when their own coins or bills are being used as they are aware that all of the props are unprepared. Some of the following tricks are impromptu, and others take some planning and/or preparation, and they all need practice to be the best you can do; some can be done wherever you are with your audience, and some of the others are best at a party where you can put all of your audience in front of you while you work behind a table. In any case, read them all and learn some more of the basic secrets of conjuring. . .
THREE BASIC SLEIGHTS
The following three sleights you’ll not only find useful in a number of coin tricks, but they also form the basis for sleights that you’ll learn later on as those sleights will use these as a starting point.
THE CLASSIC PALM
This simple sleight is, nevertheless, a difficult one to make look natural. It is, however, worth all the effort that you put into it as it is a very basic move, not only in coin magic but for use with other objects as well. A good magician is able to successfully classic palm any object that’s smaller than his hand.
Take a half-dollar or an old English penny (one that was in use before 1971) and hold it between the tips of the middle two fingers and thumb of your right hand. Hold your hand so your fingers are pointing upward. Now turn your hand over and at the same time press the coin into the palm of your hand. By slightly contracting the base of your thumb (that is, by moving it slightly toward the base of your little finger) you should be able to hold the coin by its edges.
The first difficulty, and it won’t take long to overcome, is that of finding the exact spot where it’s easiest to hold the coin. But, once you find that spot, your muscles will remember and you should be able to put a coin in that same spot every time you palm it.
The second difficulty, and it will take longer to learn, is how to relax the fingers of your hand so it looks natural. Since your palm is slightly curved, the worse thing you can do is try to stick your fingers straight out. For one thing, they won’t go straight without dropping the coin out of your palm, and they will also look very awkward. The second thing NOT to do, is to stick out your little finger.
Just let your fingers relax into a natural curve. Many times it helps to put the tip of your middle finger lightly against the tip of your thumb, especially if you’re pointing to some object with that hand.
Keep practicing and every time you palm a half-dollar, look at your hand and try to figure out how you can make it look more natural. Keep experimenting and you’ll eventually get it perfect.
A SIMPLE VANISH
Have the coin, preferably a half-dollar, laying in the palm of your right hand. Bring the tips of the your left fingers under your right hand so your two hands are at right angles to each other. Turn your right hand toward the left, like you’re going to dump the coin into your left palm, but as you do so, contract your right palm to hold the coin in a Classic Palm. As your right hand moves toward you, close your left fingers, but not tightly, keep a hollow space in your left hand. Also, keep your left thumb alongside your first finger so no one can see into your left fingers.
Turn your left hand over, tap the back of the hand with your right first finger, and then turn it rightside up and open it to show the coin is gone. This part of the sleight is very important. You should never open your hand too soon after you apparently put the coin into it. This rule applies to all times when you vanish something in your hand. Always tap the hand that apparently holds the object, or snap the fingers of your other hand, or do something that apparently makes the magic happen to make it vanish.
THE NATURAL VANISH
Most magicians who do coin magic consider this the best vanish of all, primarily because it duplicates the natural moves that you use when you normally put a coin into your other hand. The timing is most important in all parts of this vanish, and you must practice it in front of a mirror to make sure that your audience only sees what it is supposed to see.
Hold a coin between the tips of your first two fingers and thumb of your right hand, holding your hand so the coin is uppermost. Your left hand is open, palm upwards, and you move your right hand toward it. At the same time, you turn your right hand over so the coin will touch the bases of your middle two fingers on the left hand. As soon as the edge of the coin touches your left hand you start closing your left fingers, keeping them together so they make a screen.
As soon as your left fingers hide the coin from the front (this is why you have to practice in front of a mirror), your right thumbtip slides the coin across the tips of your right fingers until it’s even with your ring finger. Very slightly bend your ring finger, just enough to hold the coin, and move your right hand away from your left. The tips of your left fingers will slide down the backs of your right fingers and close into a loose fist (remember to keep some space inside your left fingers).
At the appropriate time, open your left fingers to show the coin is gone.
Depending on the tempo of the trick you’re doing at the moment, you can open your left hand to show the coin is gone in different ways.
The most graceful is to open your left fingers with the exception of your thumb and middle finger. These two fingers you hold tip-to-tip for a second, and then open all the way. It takes a one-two count to look its best: open all the fingers except for the two that are touching, and then open those two all the way.
Another way is to apparently crumble the coin into nothing as you slowly open your fingers.
If you’re doing a trick where the coin is to penetrate the table, then you turn your hand over, open your fingers, and slap your palm onto the table top. Lift your hand to show that the coin is gone. Wait a second and then bring the coin out from under the table with your other hand.
RUBBING IT IN
Showing a dime or penny, you rub it on the table and it turns into two coins. One of them is put aside, the second coin is again rubbed on the table, and you also rub it into two coins.
Three duplicate coins, with same date if possible
Wax or a plastic adhesive
Two of the coins are hidden under the edge of the table.
Two of the coins are attached with wax or plastic adhesive to the bottom of the table top, about one inch inside the edge. The third one is in your pocket.
1. Take the coin out of your pocket, and put it on the table, about four inches from your edge of the table. It should placed so when the first knuckles of your fingertips cover the coin, the tip of your thumb can go under the edge of the table and rest on one of the secret coins.
2. Put your hand flat on the table over the coin, and start a slow circular, rubbing motion. Pick up speed, and then pull the coin off the table, at the same time your thumb pulls one of the secret coins away.
3. Close your hand around the two coins, shake them once or twice, and then slap your hand onto the table. Lift it to show two coins.
4. Push one of the coins closer to the center of the table.
5. Put your hand over the second coin, and repeat the rubbing motions, and stealing the second secret coin from under the table.
6. Slap the two coins onto the table, lift your hand to show them, and then leave them for someone to discover that they all have the same date.
BACK HOME AGAIN
Explaining that you carry your change in a box rather than a purse, you bring out a matchbox. Opening the drawer you dump out a number of miscellaneous coins, and then close the box. Picking up one of the coins, you make it vanish, and when you reopen the box, there is the missing coin.
A pocket matchbox
Ten or twelve coins, two of which have to match
Remove all the matches from the matchbox, and glue a penny or a dime on the inside bottom of the drawer. When the glue is dry, dump the other coins into the drawer, close it, and put it in your pocket until you’re ready to do the trick.
1. Take the matchbox out of your pocket, hold it between both hands, and take the drawer completely out of the cover. Turn the drawer toward you until it’s upside down and let the coins spill down onto the table. Tilt the cover and drawer toward you as you slide the drawer back inside the cover, and put the closed box slightly to your left.
2. “That represents almost my entire wealth in the world, but not quite. It’s enough, however, to let me use a dime (if that’s what you glued inside the drawer) to do a trick.”
3. Reach among the coins with your right fingers, touch the tips of your first two fingers to the tip of your thumb, and hold it up as though you’re holding a coin in them.
4. “Watch carefully,” you say, and you put the tips of your right fingers inside your left fist, just exactly the same way as though you really had a coin. Look at your closed left hand, wiggle the fingers a little bit, and then slowly open up your hand. The “coin” is now gone.
5. Reach over to the box, tap it once on the top, and then slide open the drawer to show, apparently, the same coin inside. Wait a moment, and then start dropping the other coins in on top of it, close the drawer, and put the box away.
Do NOT say the drawer is empty when you put it back into the cover after dumping the coins. If you act as though it is (after all, you are holding it upside down), then your audience will believe that it is. When you slide the drawer open later to show the glued coin, do NOT say that it’s the same coin; again, let them believe what they want to believe.
WHAT’S THE NUMBER?
You have someone remove a dollar bill from their pocket, roll it up into a ball, and then put it on the table and cover it with a handkerchief. Touching the covered bill with the end of a pencil, you then write down a series of numbers. After you uncover the bill and someone unrolls it, the serial number of the bill matches the numbers you’ve written on the pad.
A dollar bill
A small pad of paper
You switch bills on your audience, but in a very clever manner.
Take one of your own bills that has been slightly used, and memorize the serial number. This is more easily done if you consider it as four pairs of numbers. In other words, for example, think of: 24, 37, 01, 57. If you want, you can also remember the one or two letters at the ends of the number, but they really aren’t necessary.
Roll the bill into a ball, and put it into a pocket.
The best time to do the trick is when you’re seated at a table.
1. A minute or two before you start the trick, get your bill from your pocket and drop it into your lap.
2. Have someone take a bill from their pocket, and wad it up into a ball.
3. Take a cloth napkin or handkerchief and cover the wadded bill so that it is in the center and the cloth is spread out around the bill.
4. Bring out the small pad and a pencil. Using your right hand (your left, if you’re left handed), touch one end of the pencil to the cloth right over the covered bill. Think for a moment, and then write the first three digits of your memorized serial number.
5. Touch the bill a couple of more times, again writing one or two more digits of the serial number each time.
6. As you’re touching the bill for the last time, get the bill in your lap into the fingers of your other hand.
7. Write down the last few digits of the number, and drop the pencil on the table. At the same time, reach for the cloth with your left hand, keeping the second bill hidden in your fingers.
8. Your left thumb and first finger pick up the cloth and the bill underneath, and start lifting them straight up. Just before the edges of the cloth leave the table start moving your hand slightly forward and drop the concealed bill onto the table.
9. Lift the cloth completely away to show the bill that’s on the table, push the pad toward someone, and lay the cloth in front of you so you can drop the original bill into your lap.
10. Have someone unroll the bill and compare it with your written number.
Practice lifting the handkerchief while you move it toward your audience. The bill you drop will tend to bounce when it hits the table and you want it to move toward your audience, just as it would if it were really under the moving handkerchief.
ALL THE WAY DOWN
An empty water glass is shown, put in the center of a small plate, and they are put on the table. A coin is borrowed, put into the center of a handkerchief, and someone holds it over the glass. On your command, the coin is dropped and heard to fall to the bottom of the glass. When you lift the cloth, however, the coin is gone. Lifting the glass and the plate you show the coin is now on the table, having magically penetrated both dishes.
An empty glass
A small plate or saucer
Two matching coins
A length of white thread
A small piece of tape or some glue
Some wax or plastic adhesive
You need two extra coins to match the coin you’ll borrow for the trick.
Let’s say you’re going to use quarters. Glue or tape one of them to the end of a piece of white thread. Place the coin in the center of the handkerchief you’re going to use, and stretch out the thread toward one side of the handkerchief. Cut the thread just short of where it crosses the edge of the cloth, and then sew that end of the thread to the center of the handkerchief. Fold up the handkerchief so the threaded coin is in the center.
The second coin is hidden under the plate, and this can be done in two ways. If you’re going to do the trick in your own home, you can use a small piece of wax or plastic adhesive to stick it to the bottom of the the plate you’re going to use. Later, just before you do the trick loosen the coin from the plate so it’s free and on the table. If you do the trick in someone else’s house or in a restaurant, carry the coin with you and slide it under your plate long before you do the trick.
1. Show the glass and put it on the plate that has the coin under it.
2. Open up your handkerchief, and at the same time ask someone to loan you a quarter. This gives you enough time to make sure that you’re holding the threaded coin through the center of the cloth.
3. Take the borrowed coin, put it under the handkerchief, and switch it for the threaded coin. Have someone take the threaded coin through the cloth as your other hand moves to the edge of the table and drops the borrowed coin into your lap.
4. Count to three and have the coin dropped into the glass.
5. Grasp the center of the handkerchief and pull it straight up so the coin comes out of the glass without hitting the sides. Point out that the coin has vanished as you crumple the handkerchief in front of you.
6. Have the person who loaned the quarter lift the plate to find “their” coin, and you put the handkerchief away in your pocket.
WHICH IS WHICH?
You shake up three different coins in your hands, drop them onto the table, and cover each one with the drawer of a matchbox. After you’ve turned your back to the table, someone lifts one of the drawers, removes the coin, and replaces the drawer on the table. When you turn back around you can tell them which coin was removed.
Three pocket matchboxes
Three different coins
A #2 soft lead pencil
A piece of soft chalk
You’re going to mark the table with your thumbnail, but what you mark it with will depend on the type of table covering.
If it’s going to be a plastic or paper spread, you’ll just use your nail. But if you’ll be working on a white cloth, then you need to rub the edge of your nail with the lead of a soft pencil. If you’re working on a dark cloth, then use a piece of chalk to mark the edge of your thumbnail.
1. Take the three coins to be used, either yours or someone else’s, shake them up, and drop them onto the table. Line them up on the table in a row, remembering the order that they are in from left to right.
2. Take the drawers out of three matchboxes, empty them, and put the covers and matches to one side.
3. Pick up one drawer, turn it upside down, and place it over the coin on the left. At the same time, rub the edge of your thumbnail against the table, move the drawer slightly toward you so it’s against the mark, and take your hand away.
4. Make the same moves for the second and third coins.
5. Turn your back and instruct anyone to pick up a drawer, put the coin in their pocket, and put the drawer back on the table.
6. When you turn back around, look at the table at the back edge of each drawer and you can tell that one of the drawers has been moved. The coin that was under that drawer is the coin now in the pocket of the person who helped you.
You ask to borrow a half-dollar, promising not to make it disappear.
“You will definitely get your fifty cents back,” you tell them.
Dropping the coin into your left hand, you tap the back of your hand, and then open it over the table. A number of coins fall out, and when counted they total the fifty cents you borrowed.
A quarter, two dimes, and a nickel
Just beforehand you’ve gathered together enough coins to equal fifty cents (the easiest is to use one quarter, two dimes, and a nickel). Stack the coins so they’re graduated in size with the largest on the bottom, and put the stack at a right angle in the crook of your right little finger.
1. Ask to borrow a half-dollar, and take it with the thumb and first two fingers of your right hand. Keep the other fingers slightly curled to hide your coins.
2. As your right hand approaches your open left hand, start to slowly curl the fingers of your left hand.
3. Touch the base of your middle left two fingers with the edge of your right little finger. Release the stack of coins, touch the half-dollar to the base of your first left finger, and start to move your right hand back to your right.
4. As your left fingers close over the stack of coins, you slide the half-dollar back into the crotch of your right thumb and hold it there with the pressure of your thumb.
5. Extend your right first finger and curl the rest of them to hide the half-dollar, and touch the tip of your first finger against the closed fingers of your left hand.
6. Turn your left hand over, open your fingers, and slam your hand down onto the table. As you slowly lift your hand to show the pile of coins, your right hand can drop the half-dollar into your lap or put it in your right pocket.
When you’re switching the coins as they go into your left hand, the edge of your right little finger has to be against the base of your left fingers so the stack of coins doesn’t fall and make noise. In actuality, the coins are resting on your left hand and you lift your right hand away from them.
You shake out your handkerchief and show both sides so everyone knows that it is empty. Holding it by the center, you shake the cloth and a coin drops into your other hand.
Have a coin Classic Palmed in whichever hand is going to remove your handkerchief from your pocket.
1. Remove the handkerchief with the hand that has the coin, hold it by one corner, and shake it out a couple of times.
2. Pull the handkerchief through your other hand to show that there isn’t anything inside, and then take an adjacent corner of the hank with the empty hand.
3. Shake the cloth a couple of times, and then start to cross your arms to show the other side of the cloth. As your empty hand moves underneath the hand with the coin, you drop it into the empty hand. Both hands keep moving until the hank is stretched out to show the other side.
4. Reverse your arms to bring the handkerchief back to its original position, drop the corner from the hand that has the coin, and drape the hank over that hand, turning the hand palm upwards.
5. The outside hand picks up the center of the hank and the coin, and lifts them until the cloth clears the empty hand. Holding both hands perfectly still, you suddenly drop the coin out of the handkerchief so it drops into the center of the empty hand.
You pick up a cloth napkin, show both sides, drape it over your empty hand, and you close the hand that’s under the cloth. Someone takes the outside corner, you pick up the opposite corner, and the two of you pull. Slowly your closed hand opens and a half-dollar appears.
Have a half-dollar Classic Palmed in your right hand.
1. Pick up a cloth napkin by one corner in your right hand. Take the corner to the left of that in your left hand. Shake out the cloth, and then show both sides of the napkin by crossing your arms.
2. Drape the center of the napkin over your flat left hand that is turned palm upwards, and adjust the napkin so one corner is hanging off the tips of your left fingers and the opposite corner is on your arm near your elbow.
3. Move your right hand down your arm toward the tips of your left fingers and, as you pass the palm of your left hand, drop the coin into your closing left hand. Keep going and give the hanging corner of the napkin to someone to hold.
4. Your hand comes back up to pick up the corner near your elbow, and the two of you pull away from each other.
5. As the napkin becomes tight slowly open your left hand and let the coin come into view.
You borrow a dollar bill, show it front and back, roll it into a cylinder, and then drop a half-dollar out of it.
A dollar bill
Hold a half-dollar near the tips of your two righthand middle fingers, and by slightly curling those two fingers you can hold it in place without using your thumb.
1. Take the borrowed dollar and hold it by one end so it’s clipped between the tip of your thumb and the center of the hidden coin. Hold your hand so the bill dangles from your fingertips.
2. Now twist your hand at the wrist so you’ve turned the bill and are now showing the other side. Twist your hand back to again show the first side.
3. Move your first finger from the back of the bill to the front, press it over the hidden coin, and remove your thumb.
4. Your left fingers take the bottom end of the bill, pull it up toward the back of your right hand, and slip it between the tip of your right thumb and the other end of the bill. Use the fingertips of both hands to pull the bill into a cylinder (with the coin on the inside), and then flatten the cylinder between your right fingers and thumb. Remove your left hand.
5. Snap your left fingers, and let the coin slide out of the flattened cylinder onto your opened left hand.
6. Open up the dollar bill, return it to the lender, and put the half-dollar in your pocket.
CARDS AND CASH
You pick up two playing cards from the table, and show them front and back. Putting the two cards together, you place them on the table. Removing a half-dollar from your pocket, you vanish it, and it appears between the two playing cards.
Two playing cards
Classic Palm a half-dollar in your right hand. There should be a deck of cards on the table, or you can have two cards in your breast pocket. A second half-dollar is in your pocket.
1. Take a card in your left hand, at the same time letting the coin drop to the fingertips of your right hand, and then slide one end of the faceup card between the coin and the tip of your right thumb. Pick up the second card in the left hand so it matches the position of the card in your right hand.
2. As you lift your hands so the cards are pointing toward the ceiling and with the faces toward you, let the coin slide a little ways toward your palm, still holding it with the tip of your thumb, and show the backs of the cards to your audience. Push the cards up a little with your thumbs so your audience can see almost the entire back of each card.
3. As you lower the cards again, slide the coin back behind the right card so that when you show the faces of the cards the coin is hidden.
4. Bring the right card to your left and slide it at a right angle to the left card so the left card goes between the coin and the tip of your middle finger. Your left middle finger now holds the coin against the two cards as you pull your right hand away.
5. Your right hand takes the inner end of the upper card and slides it away from the left card, leaving the coin hidden under the left card. Turn the right card over to show its back, and then slide it faceup at a right angle under the left card. It slides right in between the coin and the tip of your left middle finger.
6. Your left hand puts the two crossed cards on the table.
7. Remove the second half-dollar from your pocket, show it, and use one of the vanishes at the beginning of the chapter to make it disappear.
8. Immediately tap the center of the top card, flick it away with your fingers, and there is the coin between the two cards.
9. Pick up the loose card and put it in your pocket along with the hidden half-dollar, and then put the other card away. Finally you can put the coin away.
A dime is put on the table and covered with a playing card. A second card is put crosswise of the first card, and then a penny put on top. The upper card and penny are moved away, and when someone turns over the second card the dime has vanished.
Two playing cards
A spool of 1½-pound monofilament
Tape or glue
The two coins are fastened to each end of a length of very fine monofilament.
Unroll a length of the monofilament, and tape the end of the line to one side of a penny. Cut another small piece of tape, straighten out the line, and put the dime so there is exactly 2¼” between the edges of the two coins. Tape the line to the dime, and cut off the excess line.
Put the connected coins between two playing cards, and put the package inside a small envelope.
1. Remove the playing cards from the envelope, and toss the two coins out from between the cards so they land on the table with the tape/glue side down. Put the two cards down between you and the coins, then put a finger on each coin and spread them to the left and right out to the length of the line.
2. Put one card over the dime, and place it so it parallels the line between the two coins.
3. Drop the other card on top, but crosswise to the bottom one, and hold the two cards down with a finger. Use the first finger that is on the opposite side of the penny.
4. Pick up the penny and put it on top of the upper card, making sure that the line is fairly tight, and lifting your finger so the coin can go underneath.
5. Lift your finger and take the upper card by the ends. Move it straight to one side without lifting it from the table. It has to move in the direction of where the penny came from; if the penny was to the right before you put it on the cards, then the top card must be moved to the right. Move the card and the penny about four inches before you stop and let them rest on the table.
6. Lift the second card. The dime is gone.
7. Drop the card onto the penny and card. With your left hand sweep the two cards and the penny into your right hand, drop them back into the envelope, and put them away.
This trick looks just like “Strung Out”, except that the dime vanishes completely, leaving the two cards and penny on the table to be examined.
Two playing cards
A spool of 1½-pound monofilament
Tape or glue
Again, the trick is accomplished by the use of a length of monofilament, but with a different hookup.
Cut a length of the monofilament about 18″ long, and tape one end to one side of the dime. The other end is fastened to a shirt button or your belt buckle.
Put the dime and penny between two playing cards, and put them all into a small envelope which goes into your shirt pocket.
1. While sitting at a table, remove the envelope from your pocket, and dump the cards and coins onto the table.
2. Put the dime right in front of you and about eight inches from the edge of the table. You might have to lean forward a little to let the line reach that far. The penny goes about four inches to the right of the dime.
3. Put one card over the dime so the long edges of the card are parallel to the edge of the table. Put the other card on top of it, but crosswise to it.
4. Put the penny on top of the two cards and hold it in place with the first finger of your right hand. Put your left hand on the edge of the table so the line runs under your thumb.
5. When you pick up the upper card and penny with your right hand, move them toward you at the same time you push down with your left thumb on the line. The dime should move across the table under the cover of the card and penny. When your left thumb has gone as far as it can, ask someone to lift the second card. Put the card and penny on the table.
6. As soon as your audience realizes that the dime is gone, your right hand sweeps the penny, its card, and the dime toward the edge of the table, letting the dime fall into your lap. At the same time your right thumb clamps the card and penny together, and you drop them onto the table on top of the other card.
You show a dollar bill, tear it in half, tear it in half again, and then tear those pieces again. All the pieces are folded together, tapped on the table, and when they’re unfolded the bill is restored.
Two dollar bills that match in condition
You actually use a bill and a half in order to do this trick.
Fold one of the two bills exactly in half, from left to right and with the green side to the inside of the fold. The second bill is torn in half just to the left of the center of the face of the bill, and with a jagged edge to the tear.
Run a line of rubber cement along the torn edge of the larger half (the righthand half) about 1/8″ wide, and along the front of the folded edge of the whole bill, also about 1/8″ wide. When the cement has dried, open up the folded bill and stick the torn half to it so the printing matches perfectly.
Put the gimmicked bill into your wallet, and make sure that you have a second dollar in there as well.
This trick must be done standing up, and with all of your audience in front of you. If you can, be next to a table.
1. Remove the gimmicked bill from your wallet, and turn it so the face of the bill faces your audience. Hold the bill by one end in each hand, and snap the bill a couple of times.
2. Fold the left half (the double part) back toward you and squeeze the fold with your right fingers.
3. Open up just the half-bill part, and switch your hands so you’re holding the bill on each side of the center.
4. Quickly pull the half-bill down and away from you, and it will look as though you’ve torn a whole bill in half. Let your right fingers hide most of the folded edge of the right part.
5. Put the lefthand, single piece in front of the right piece, and again fold all of the left end back toward you. Open up just the single piece, and tear that piece in half.
6. Put the single piece in front of the right pieces again, give the bill a quarter-turn to the left, fold the left end back and toward you, and again open up just the single piece. Tear it in half, and put the righthand pieces behind the lefthand one.
7. Hold the pieces in your right hand and, as you move your hand toward the table, your right thumb slides the folded bill out from under the loose pieces. Put the folded bill on the table and have someone put a finger on them “to hold the pieces in place.”
8. Get your wallet with your right hand, leaving the torn pieces in the pocket, and remove another dollar bill.
9. Tap your assistant’s finger with the bill, and have them lift their finger. The torn bill has been restored.
10. Put the two bills into your wallet, and put it away.
QUICK MONEY ROUTINE
A borrowed penny is shown, put into the left hand, and when the hand is opened the penny has changed to a half-dollar. Reaching into your pocket you find the penny and return it. The half-dollar is put on the back of the closed, empty left hand, and tapped once. When the left hand is opened, there is a second half-dollar.
The two halves are shown to be separate and that there are only the two of them. The right half is thrown into the air, where it vanishes, and it’s heard to hit the second half in the left hand. The left hand dumps both coins onto the table.
Both halves are in your right pocket.
1. Reach into your pocket, Classic Palm one of the half-dollars. After a half-minute or so, ask for the loan of a penny.
2. Take the penny in your right hand, and move it toward your open left hand that is palm upwards. As your left fingers start to close and hide the backs of your right fingers, your right thumb slides the penny back into your fingers and you drop the half-dollar from its palmed position into the closing left hand.
3. Tap your left fingers with the first finger of your right hand, wait a second, and then open your left hand to show a half-dollar in place of the penny.
4. Reach into your pocket, Classic Palm the second half-dollar, and bring the penny out at the tips of your fingers. Give the penny back to the lender.
5. Pick the half-dollar out of your left hand with your right fingers, show your left hand empty, close it into a fist, and put the visible half-dollar on the back of your fist. Remove your right hand so everyone can see the coin on the back of your fist, and then put the tip of your right middle finger on top of the half.
6. Both hands will now move at the same time: your left fist turns flatwise toward you as your right hand swings away from you. As your right hand passes over your left thumb, your left fist opens just enough so you can drop the palmed coin into your left hand. Continue moving your two hands until your closed left fingers are uppermost.
7. Open your left fingers to show a second half-dollar. Pull your right hand out from under the left to show a coin in each hand.
8. “Two coins,” you say. Hold the left in your fingertips and tap it against the coin in the right hand, making sure that the right coin is in the correct position for a Classic Palm. “One,…” you say.
9. Say, “…and two,” and put the left coin between your lips, remove your left hand, and make sure that everyone looks at the coin between your lips.
10. While they’re looking at the coin, your right hand turns over (retaining the coin in the Classic Palm) and apparently dumps its coin into the closing left hand. Repeat, “One,…” as you make the move.
11. Remove the coin from between your lips with the tips of your right fingers, and hold it crosswise between your fingers and the tip of your thumb. Your fingers are pointing toward the floor.
12. You left hand makes a tossing movement upwards at the same time that it opens, and you say, “…two!” Let the coin in the right hand fall onto the coin at your fingertips and everyone will hear the two coins clink together.
13. Turn your right hand over, open it up, and show the two coins.
14. Put them into your pocket and you’re done.
Again, it’s very important that you maintain a steady 1-2-3 tempo through the trick. Each time that your audience catches up with what you’re doing, you have just started to make your next move. Keep their eyes moving to keep up with your hands in a steady pace.
Houdini’s Magic School
No one has taught more people magic than Houdini’s Magic Shop. We have taught the young, the old and from all walks of life. Our retail-entertainment business of magic realized very early on that we had to be able to teach out customers the magic we sell or they would not walk out of our stores happy customers. We have literally taught over ONE MILLION people how to perform and execute magic tricks. We think we got it down. So let us teach you all that we know so you can go out in the works and perform a few magic tricks for your friends, family or business associates.
“All tricks should be presented in as direct and simple a manner as possible. The average person desires and enjoys being entertained by magic. Complicate the process and your tricks become problems. . .the entertainment gets lost.”
To get the most out of a trick, simplify the method as well as the effect; it should be as easy as possible for you to perform it, and it has to be easy for your audience to follow. The rule of thumb is that if you’ve come up with three methods for making a trick work (an electric motor, a clockwork mechanism, or a thread), you use the simplest, a thread. There won’t be any batteries to replace or go dead when you least expect them to, you don’t have to wind anything or take a chance on someone hearing the mechanics, and you can control both the speed and tension.
It doesn’t apply just to the mechanics of magic, either, as the principle is just as easily applied to manipulations. If you do a card trick that has three sleights or secret moves in it, try to figure out how to eliminate one of the moves. Then, if you still like the trick, see if you can eliminate one more move to make it even more perfect. Remember, the more sleights you have in a trick, the more times there are for someone in your audience to catch you. They may only catch you in one of the three sleights that you have to do, but they only need one in order to destroy the mystery of the effect. Keep your movements as natural as possible and your sleights to a minimum.
Now many beginners interpret this to mean that all of their magic should be done with mechanical means. Not at all, it’s almost just the opposite. Your two hands, when properly trained and in perfect synchronization with your mind, can duplicate any mechanical means of doing a magic trick. Señor Mardo said, repeatedly, that his hands could duplicate any trick deck on the market, and he was right. What you have to do is strive to reach that same level of skill and knowledge.
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Basic Magic Class Cirriculum
Houdini’s School of Magic Vol. 1 teaches the reader the basic secrets of performing magic tricks. Houdini’s School of Magic is designed to assist both the layperson and the novice magician to delight and amaze an audience. After reading this book, the beginner will be able to instantly perform card tricks, ESPMental magic effects, coin tricks, paper money tricks, math tricks and many more effects with ordinary household items. The effects taught in this textbook have been specially chosen based on quality and cleverness. The student will also learn how to prepare, present and practice, the basic rules of magic, timing and how to develop a personality. This first of a two volume set is an anthology of magic tricks from the oldest tricks through history to the illusions shown on television today. Read about magic during the Renaissance, the Golden Age of Magic and magic as presented to the American public via the Vaudeville Circuits. Learn about Harry Houdini’s life and his career; his achievements, his adventures, his sorrows, and his many challenges. Both volumes were edited by noted magician and author, Leo Behnke. with additional material provided by Geno Munari, professional magician and proprietor of the Houdini’s Magic Shops.
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