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The Elusive Pass

The performer takes, we will say, six coins between the foremost sections of the middle and third fingers of the right hand, spreading out at the same time the other fingers, presenting to the public the back of his hand. The left hand now approaches the right as if to `take away the coins (see Fig. 19), and, in fact, really takes them away the first time. Then, apparently overhearing a remark to the effect that they are not in the left hand, he opens it and shows the coins. Same are again taken between the tips of the second and third fingers of the right hand, and the left hand makes the motion of taking the coins, while, under cover of the fingers of the left hand, the two fingers of the right hand containing the coins are bent round the thumb of the left hand, and the coins left palmed in the right hand, the two fingers immediately returning to their original position, the left hand moving away as if it contained them (see Fig. 20). The above movements are made very clear in the accompanying photographs, though they may appear almost impossible of , execution. In the first place, the different movements should be made very slowly with, say, 2 coins; but the reader will understand that in the actual execution of this feat before an audience everything is done so quickly that it is quite impossible for a spectator to tell whether the coins are really taken in the left hand or not.
Anyone who may have witnessed the author's performances will, he is sure, bear witness to this fact.
Now, upon the left hand being opened and shown empty, the right hand can also be shown empty by means of the following