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Coin Vanishes and Passes

Coin Vanishes and PassesThe following methods, which are numbered, are for causing the disappearance of one coin only:

No. 1.
Encircle the thumb with a human hair loop that will reach to the centre of the back of the hand, and place a pellet of wax on the knot: Place the wax under the thumb nail. Borrow' a coin and press the wax against one side. Pre-' tend to rub it with the other hand, which drops it behind the right hand, and show empty hands.' Place the hands together and bring it back to the palm. Remove the wax which you conceal under the nail again. This feat can be executed by employing the reverse palm where the coin is palmed in the fork of the thumb, the coin being dropped behind the hand instead of being palmed. The coin can then be replaced in the palm by swinging it over the hand or, by using both hands. The loop can be discarded or kept on the hand.
By employing both sides of the wax two coins can be made to vanish one after the other or both at one time.

No. 2.
A spectator places a handkerchief on the table and a coin in the centre. The performer now folds the four corners over it and, on unfolding, the coin has vanished and the hands are shown empty.
This is an improvement on the old fashioned method, which the author will not underrate the intelligence of his reader by describing. A wax pellet is removed from a vest button and held between the tips of the two first fingers, and transferred to a corner of the handkerchief, which is then folded. On unfolding the handkerchief the coin comes naturally into the performer's hand. The handkerchief is nipped between the first and second fingers while the coin is taken between the thumb and the third finger
tips and, under cover of the handkerchief, it is spun up the sleeve.

No. 3.
A borrowed half-dollar vanishes from the hands, and yet both sides of the hands are shown absolutely empty. Face audience, extend right hand towards the left and pretend to pass the coin to the left, but really palm it in the right hand, which then
' moves backward across the bosom and shoots the coin into the vest, the hand hiding the movement.

No. 4.
In this method of causing the disappearance of a borrowed coin, a half-dollar is laid on the table in full view of everyone, yet at the word of command it instantly vanishes.
To bring about the above it is necessary to be provided with a small piece of tin painted black (as per Mg. 35) with a double edge. On one side of same place a dab of wax. Now palm the tin, and when taking the coin press the same on wax and place it on the table. The tin being Mach (the same color as table-cloth) it is not noticed. Attached to the tin is a piece of elastic running up the sleeve and, of course, at the right moment the performer releases the elastic, whereupon the coin is instantly drawn invisibly up the sleeve.

No. 5.
Pretend to pass a half-dollar into the left hand, which close, really palming it between first and second fingers of right hand, elevate left hand and bring the right to the elbow, push up the sleeve a little further, at the same time inserting the coin between it and the arm. Rub closed hand gently, open and show it is empty. Now push the sleeve again and replace the coin on the inside of the hand between the first and second fingers, and move the hand rapidly over the left, dropping it into that hand, which you close. Make several passes over the hand, which then open and show coin.

No. 6.
Receive a coin in the right hand, which close so that the coin lies on the bottom joints of the first two fingers, and gently press the base of the thumb against it, extend the arm to the right and insert the two last fingers of the left hand into pants pocket, and arrange the other fingers so as to form a "scoop," the thumb pressing against the side of the hand. Move the right arm around in three perpendicular circles, and during the second time let the coin fly edgewise from the right hand into the left, which allows it to drop into the pocket. The coin must pass rapidly from the right hand to the left, and always edgewise as it then exposes less surface to the action of the air, consequently its flight is more rapid. Turning the body in the direction of the arm will facilitate the move.

No. 7.
Balance a half-dollar on the middle finger of the left hand and apparently strike it with the right palm (which in reality palms it) into ',he left hand and at the same time closing it. This is most deceptive and quite easy of performance.

No. 8.
Performer, without the aid of any appliance, substitution, palm, pass, body, chair or table work, causes a borrowed coin to vanish from and return to the hands, the sleeves being rolled up the whole time. This is a new and unique method of vanishing a borrowed coin.
Slightly moisten the back of the left band, receive the borrowed coin in the right hand and press it on the back of the left with the finger, where it will adhere. Open the fingers so as to show nothing is concealed between them, then place the hands together and remove the coin to palm and rub the back of the left hand with, the finger tips to remove the slight indentation. Use a smooth coin for this feat, as all the sharp edges will be removed from it and thus avoid making a deep impression, which cannot be quickly removed.

No. 9.
Performer holds between his fingers a coin which instantly vanishes, both sides of the hands being shown empty. No pass, rubbers, wire, hair or appliances of any description are used.
Take the coin between the thumb and two middle fingers, and slap it on the left hand, which you close. Take up the coin and repeat. Now, as you pick it up again, throw it up the right sleeve and slap the left hand again, closing it. Show the right hand empty and push up the left sleeve. Apparently transfer the coin to the right hand and push up the right sleeve. Rub the hands together, whereupon the coin apparently vanishes.

No. 10.
The following is an extremely deceptive method of vanishing a borrowed coin:
Hold the coin in the hand ready for the reverse palm; when this is accomplished, as you shoot the arm upward, the coin travels along the back of the hand up, or rather "down," the sleeve and both sides of the hands can be shown empty.

No. 11.
A half-dollar is shown, also both sides of the hands, to prove that no other coin is used. A borrowed handkerchief is thrown over the coin and held by a spectator. The handkerchief is held over a tumbler containing water, into which the coin is dropped by the spectator. Upon removing the handkerchief the coin has mysteriously vanished.
The coin used in this experiment, dear reader, is a "counterfeit" one, in fact, a glass disc on one side of which is a tinfoil impression of a half-dollar. This is worked off the disc under cover of the handkerchief and palmed, the disc, of course, being absolutely invisible in the water.