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Dubbelkross and Simulkross

by Ken de Courcy
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Dubbelkross and Simulkross by Ken de Courcy

A gradual transposition of three silver coins and three golden coins with an unexpected climax. Two routines.

Many methods have been devised for the classical effect wherein three coins pass invisibly through space to join three more. "Dubbelkross" and "Simulkross" are two further variations on the same theme; but, not only are the methods altered, the effects are, too. In fact, "Dubbelkross" represents the first attempt (as far as I know) at giving this transposition a definite climax. "Simulkross" does not pretend to give a startling climax, but is interesting because coins pass simultaneously from each side. Neither routine requires a prodigious amount of skill; merely practice.

With only a few unprepared coins, two contrasting color silks and the clear instructions with 29 drawings by Ken De Courcy you can perform a first class routine.

DUBBELKROSS: Six coins are lying on the table, along with two handkerchiefs. The three coins on the left-hand side are silver, and the three on the right are gold. The handkerchiefs are of different colors. The performer wraps the three silver coins in the left-hand handkerchief, and the three gold coins in the right-hand handkerchief. When the left-hand handkerchief is unwrapped only two silver coins are seen. The right-hand handkerchief is opened to show three gold and one silver coin. The four coins are re-wrapped. Another coin is transferred invisibly, leaving but one silver coin on the left side, and three gold, and two silver, on the right.

The last silver coin is wrapped in the left-hand handkerchief, and the five coins replaced in the other handkerchief. The silver coin vanishes, and the empty handkerchief is replaced on the table as a spectator unwraps the right-hand handkerchief. In it, he finds only three silver coins. He is then invited to look in the left-hand handkerchief, the one recently shown empty. In it, he discovers the three gold coins. Not only have the silver coins traveled, one at a time, from the left handkerchief to the right, but the gold coins have transferred, all together, from the right to the left!

SIMULKROSS: Three gold coins are on the left-side of the table, and three silver lie on the right. Two different colored handkerchiefs lie behind the coins, one on each side. The three gold coins are wrapped in the left-hand handkerchief and placed down. The silver coins are then wrapped in the right-hand handkerchief, and that is returned to the right side of the table. When the left-hand silk is shaken out it contains two gold coins, and one silver. These are re-wrapped. The opening of the right-hand silk reveals two silver coins, and one gold. In short, a coin has crossed from each side simultaneously. The moves are repeated until all the silver coins appear in the left-hand handkerchief, and all the gold in the right.

1st edition 1980, 1st digital edition 2019, 10 pages.
word count: 3191 which is equivalent to 12 standard pages of text


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