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Palming a Quarter

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 30-11-2006

Finger Palm Effect

A common sleight used
to show your palms empty.



The finger palm is a very
useful sleight used to hold out a coin. It can be used in countless applications, and is a simple
but very useful sleight to know.


This will guide you on how to get into the
finger palm, and a couple of useful tips:

Step 1. Hold the coin with your index finger and the base of your
thumb. Your thumb should cover 3/4 or more of the bottom of the coin. Your finger can be placed on
top as you wish.
The next bit should be done in one smooth motion. Lift up your finger
and outstretch your other fingers, at this moment in time the coin will be balancing on your
Step 3.

Now, lift up your thumb to the
bottom of your fingers, pushing the coin into the lower segment of your fingers. Which finger this
is done in is entirely up to you, but the middle fingers work best in terms of angles.

Step 4. Now simply lower your thumb and
obtain a slight curl on the fingers to make your hand look natural. Your hand should usually be palm


Points 2-4 should be done in one smooth



To make it look as natural as possible, finger
palm a coin all day for a few days, try and do your daily activities with a finger palmed coin, this
will help to make your hand seem natural and empty.


If you have thin fingers,
make sure you keep your fingers close together to avoid the coin being viewed, this is important,
even if it’s just a fraction of the coin that’s visible, one glint will ruin your trick.

curling your fingers you can actually show your palm to be empty, but be careful while doing this,
don’t just say ‘my hands are empty’ because then the spectators will ask you to spread your fingers
too. Just casually show your palm from time to time, remember, a lot of misdirection is

The best way to make your hand look natural is to do things with it.
Flip a coin with it and catch it with your other hand, pull up your sleeves, hold a ‘magic wand’,
all these things will give the impression your hand is empty.

Pictures and text courtesy: www.magichat.co.uk