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TRICKS WITH COINS
TRICK FOR PALM PRACTICE
HOW TO "PASS" A COIN INVISIBLY
HOW TO CHANGE A COIN
THE USE OF THE WAND IN PALMING
TO PASS A MARKED COIN THROUGH A TABLE
METHOD FOR CONCEALING MANY COINS
THE AERIAL VISIT AND JOURNEY
TO "PASS" SEVERAL COINS
HINTS ON PRACTICE
TO PASS PENNIES INTO A BOTTLE
TO CAUSE EXPOSED COINS TO CHANGE PLACES
TO "SLEEVE" COINS
THE INVISIBLE FLIGHT: THE GLASS; THE BOXES and OTHER APPARATUS USED IN THE TRICK
THE BANKER; HOW TO COLLECT MONEY; THE MONEY TUBE; THE MULTIPLYING TRAY
"HOLD THEM TIGHT!"
THE MONEY CHANGER; HINTS UPON MANNER
THE CRYSTAL PLATEAU
THE MONEY-PRODUCING CANDLE
COIN AND WORSTED BALL TRICK
A TRICK FOR PALM PRACTICE
THE uses of the palm will make themselves manifest in every trick in which money is used as a medium, but the beginner can astonish his friends, and, at the same time, make himself perfect, by any of the following minor tricks:
(a) Throw the coin backwards and forwards, from hand to hand, three or four times, in a careless manner, always taking care that the left hand is shut well over each time the coin is contained in it; and then make a feint of throwing, but, in reality, palm the coin after the method that best suits its size. The hand (in most cases it would be the left, as the majority of conjurers palm with the right; with left-handed people it would be, of course, reversed) which is supposed to receive the coin must be closed smartly, so as to make a noise similar to that caused by a coin thrown into the palm. This is effected by the ends of the two middle fingers striking the fleshy part of the thumb (Fig. 7). If this is properly executed, the illusion is perfect, and all eyes will be directed to the left hand, when the coin can be quietly placed in a side or tail pocket, to which receptacle it may afterwards be made to pass from the left hand, where it is supposed to be, in a magical manner.
I would recommend the beginner to practice this movement sedulously in private, as it teaches quick and neat palming, and will prove a most useful auxiliary to many important tricks. By "passing" a coin from place to place in a magical manner" is implied the act of pretending to do so; it being an accepted axiom amongst conjurers never to "pass" anything invisibly to any given spot until the article is already safely located there. This practice will, of course, commend itself to all as avoiding untoward mistakes.
To pass a coin from the hand, wave the wand over it, and say whatever you think will go down best with the particular audience you have before you. A sharp rap on the knuckles will complete the operation, but always take care to show the hand empty, otherwise the trick is spoilt. If the wand is not handy, pretend to rub the coin away between the fingers, or affect to give it to one of the audience. (See Figs. 8 and 9 for an effective method.)