Stonehendge



Description Three coins are balanced on the back of the fingers in an arrangement resembling stonehendge.
Start Hold three coins in an Curl Grip with the hand palm down. The bottom coin is Coin 1, the middle coin is Coin 2, the top coin is Coin 3.
Directions
  1. With the thumb push Coin 1 up onto the top of the second phalanx of the index finger.
  2. Coin Walk this coin to a position between the middle and ring fingers and hold it vertically there with as much of the coin extending above the fingers as possible.
  3. Repeat the process with Coin 2 until it is held in a similiar manner to Coin 1 between the index and middle fingers.
  4. Push Coin 3 over the tips of the index and middle fingers.
  5. Finally push Coin 3 along the edges of Coin 1 and Coin 2 until it balances on top of those two coins.
  6. Remove the thumb to display the balance.
Comments The trick isnt very hard (actually Step 5 and 6 can be tricky) but make sure you get the moves up to the balance smooth and fast.

Step 5 is the only hard part. The coin will tend to slip of the others unless its placed in the right position. Its easy to push it too far up the coin so when its released it slides of the back.

When learning you can keep a fair amount of the vertical coins held between the fingers. This makes a more stable base and makes the final moves easier. Once you get comfortable with the moves you can leave the vertical coins held by as small an amount as possible to make the result look more effective.
Variations
An easier method for creating this balance is as follows.
  1. Start with the stack of three coins and perform a Middle Ring Roll Down Split.
  2. Perform steps 1 and 2 of the Roll Down to Downs Star.
  3. With the thumb push the first two coins up along the gaps between the fingers until they are in the positions show in the above image.
  4. Now slide the final coin from between the pinkie and ring fingers, along the second knuckles, up along the edges of the coins to the final balance position.

Palm Up Variation

You can also do the balance on the fingers with the palm up. Start with a stack of three coins held flatwise between the thumb and index finger. Coin 1 is held against the thumb, Coin 2 is in the middle of the stack and Coin 3 is held against the index finger.
  1. Perform a Spin Walk type move to move Coin 1 and Coin 2 to a position between the index and middle fingers.
  2. Perform a Spin Walk type move to move Coin 2 to a position between the middle and ring fingers. At this point Coin 2 is held flatwise between the thumb and index finger, Coin 1 is held flatwise between the index and middle fingers and Coin 3 is held flatwise between the middle and ring fingers.
  3. Slide Coin 3 along the index finger and up onto the top edges of the other two coins to complete the balance.
In Step 2 make sure as much of Coins 1 and 2 extend out onto the palm side of the hand.