Coin Walk - Walk Down


Description This trick involves making a coin walk across the back of the hand, starting on the index finger and finishing on the pinkie finger.
Start The hand position for most Coin Walk tricks is with the palm down, fingers curled into a loose fist with the first phalanx of the fingers parallel to the ground. Only the first phalanx of the fingers are used.

Start with a coin held between the tip of the thumb and side of the first phalanx of the index finger. Heads facing the thumb.

  1. With the thumb, push the coin slightly until it is balancing on the top of the index finger.
  2. Use the inside of the middle finger to grab the edge of the coin and pull down on it so that the coin rolls over to the top of the middle finger. Tails is now up.
  3. Use the inside of the ring finger to grab the edge of the coin and pull down on it so that the coin rolls over to the top of the ring finger. Heads is now up.
  4. Now raise the pinkie finger and grab the top face of the coin and pull it down so that it is held flatwise between the first phalanx of the ring and pinkie fingers. Unlike the previous two moves the majority of the coin should now be below the hand rather than above the hand.
  5. Move the thumb under the hand and place it against the far side of the coin. Pull it towards you and release the grip with the fingers until the coin is held between the thumb and the underside of the hand.
  6. Slide the coin across the underside of the hand and push it back to the starting position.
Comments At first moving the coin from one finger to the next will be fairly clumsy and slow. You will find that you are using a fair amount of effort to pull down with one finger and push up with the other finger to get the coin to flip over. As you gain more experience with the trick you will find that you can make use of the coins momentum and gravity to make the moves much faster, smoother and mroe effortless. You tilt the hand down so a small movement with the two fingers will cause the coin to fall with the assistance of gravity over onto the next finger. The coins momentum will then carry it over to the next finger and so on. At this point the fingers arent pushing or pulling the coin from one to the next, they are simply guiding the coins motion so that it doesnt get out of control. This isnt a simple skill to pick up though. While it may only take you a few days practice to get the basic moves working, it can take hundreds of hours of practice to make the trick look as smooth and effortless as in the videos shown here.

When you are doing Steps 2 and 3 make sure you only grab a tiny part of the coin with the middle and ring fingers. If you grab too much of the coin then it tends to not roll completely over onto that finger, or it falls down through te gap beteen the fingers. On the other hand for Step 4 you need to grab as much of the coin as possible with the pinkie finger so that you can pull the coin down below the hand.

Make sure the fingers are kept curled during the first 4 steps. One common mistake is to keep the fingers straight which gives less control when moving the coin from one finger to the next.

Another one of the problems when first learning this trick is that the coin tends to slip off the knuckles. This may be due to an incorrect hand position or just inexperience. You can reduce this problem by wetting the back of the fingers. This will cause the coin to stick to the fingers more than normal and prevent it slipping off.

When moving the coin underneath the hand there are two options:
  1. Slide: Slide the coin against the underside of the fingers as described above.
  2. Thumb Balance: Balance the coin on the thumb and carry it across.
The Slide method is the easiest and should be learnt first.

Once you get better you should start practicing the Thumb Balance method. It is harder but has several advantages. It is a lot faster and can make the entire trick look a lot better and smoother. Also if you use the first method you have to straighten the fingers during the sliding motion which tends to make it look a little worse. Finally if you are going to worm on walking multiple coins then the Thumb Balance method is essential as you will be moving one coin under the hand while walking another on top of the fingers so you cant really use the Slide method as it will interfere with the fingers.

Like other tricks of this nature the pinkie finger will cause problems when first learning. You can skip that part at first by just peforming Steps 1-3, grabbing the coin with the other hand and repeating. This allows you to learn the basic walking technique and avoiding the more difficult pinkie finger and thumb transfer parts. You can then move onto the full version once you are comfortable with the first three steps.
This video shows the Walk Down done on both hands at once.