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I've been reading up and studying the Paul Harris effect - 'Free Flight', although I haven't performed it yet. I wanted to know from other individuals that perform this what their opinions are. Obviously, if you are using the effect, you must like it. My main concern is the climax where the spectator 'covers' the coins with his/her hand. How many times has the spectactor prematurely lifted their hand? Does anyone have any tips regarding preventing this from happening? Your input is appreciated.. Thanks...

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I enjoyed this effect until someone prematurely lifted their hand, I now use Dave Williamson's Sympathetic Coins Routine from the Magic Farm DVD;
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I know Bob Kohler and Seth Kramer perform this routine, maybe they can offer some insight. Kohler performed it on his International Magic Lecture video.

I forget, on Harris' version does he put the card on top of the spectator's hand? That is how Kohler did it in the explanation of the routine. He said he was going to make the last coin go under the card on top of her hand. When he says this, there is no reason to lift the hand, because they are not expecting it to really travel under their hand (even though that is where it will wind up).

If you are uncomfortable with the under the hand ending, just dispense with it and just make the last coin go under the card like the other three coins.
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Paul Harris' Free Flight is very good. Personally I don't use it. I use instead Michael Rubinstein's Shuttle Flight (Knockout Coin Magic DVD). It is so visual and easy to perform. I highly recommend looking at it.

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The final coin under the spectator's hand is the main strength of "Free Flight" and you ignore it at your peril. I used to perform several assemblies, four card, two card, forward, backward, they were all effective, but the one shocker that beat them all was the coin appearing under the spectator's hand. Duh.

Seriously, omit it, and you've got just another assembly. Include it, and you're creating memories.

Obviously, it will take some thought to learn how to control your audience. that's okay, things as good as this take time. It's worth it. Here are the basics:

1. Learn how to pick the right person in the first place.
2. Be as casual as possible. At the moment of the load, you should already be directing the audience's attention to whatever the next step is.
3. Keep talking through the load. Pauses are death.
4. The audience can smell fear.

Dan, the original Harris patterline actually had you placing the card on top of your hand, the one that supposedly held the coin. This helped bring the spectators' focus to the proper place (away from the hand on the table) and sort of explained why the spectator's hand was needed in the first place. (i.e. to cover the coins, since you took the card away) This is an example of #2 above.

The vanish then looked like this: You snapped your fingers, then opened the fingers of the hand that supposedly held the coin. This caused the card to drop onto your open palm. The vanish was then fully displayed when your first and second fingers lifted the card off your palm with a flourish.

In later years, Paul changed the timing of the moves, and simplified the handling. He might have placed the card on the spectator's hand, but that whole premise seems a little too linear for him.
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