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Downs New Click Pass

Downs New Click PassAs the trick about to be described relies almost entirely on the above-named new and original "pass," the author has thought it only fair to give it the above title. Once acquired it becomes a most useful and one of the most puzzling and deceptive sleights extant.
The mode of performing it is as follows:-Ten coins are borrowed and placed unmistakably in the left hand. All are satisfied that the coins are really in the left hand, they being heard to fall therein. The right hand now picks up an ordinary empty glass tumbler and the hands are held wide apart. The coins are commanded to pass one at a time from the closed left hand into the glass held in the right, which they proceed to do, the beautiful part of the experiment being that each coin is distinctly seen and heard to fall into the tumbler. After about, say, eight coins have passed, the performer pretends to hear someone say that there are no coins in the left hand. He immediately opens the, left hand and shows the two remaining coins. The hand is closed, and the two that are left pass singly into the glass held in the right, in the same manner as their predecessors.

To produce the above illusion it is necessary to study carefully the accompanying photos, which explain fully the "click" pass referred to. The coins are first placed in the right hand, as in Fig. 23, and the hand is then quickly turned over, the coins being apparently transferred to the left hand, but in reality the third and fourth fingers of the right hand arrest their fall, see Fig. 24 (thereby creating a sound or "click" as if the coins had fallen into left hand), and forthwith palm them in the right hand. If the foregoing be tried once or twice it will be seen what a perfect illusion it produces. Now with the right hand (containing the palmed coins) pick up the tumbler as in Fig. 25. By slightly relaxing the muscles of the palm of the right hand, the coins are released one at a time and fall into the glass (see Fig. 26). A considerable amount of practice and delicacy of manipulation is essential to ensure the coins dropping singly. The additional effect of being able to show two coins in the left hand, after eight have passed into the tumbler, is brought about by finger-palming in the left hand two dummy coins pivoted together, which admits of their being spread apart to look like two coins. These are shown, and in the act of again closing the left hand, they are reverse-palmed, the fact of their being riveted together enabling this to be accomplished with ease.
The author can confidently recommend the above trick as being one of the best with which he is acquainted, and if enough attention be paid to all the details, the performer can easily deceive expert Conjurers who are unacquainted with the modus operandi.