Review by zozo for Glisk – (Gambler's Shiner) Bill Montana

5 out of 5

Beautifully made and I have used it quite a lot in the few days since I received it

I like this and having thought about it decided to change my handling. I managed to get hold of a few ordinary nickels, and while finger palming the Glisk displayed an ordinary coin. “We are all used to the fortune tellers and mediums and their claims of contact with the the spirits of the dead. Yes, I know it’s rubbish, or so I used to think until . . .
“After the audience had left a performance of mine in Nottingham, I noticed a wizened old woman hobbling toward me, and she pressed this coin, an American nickel into my hand. Wordlessly she tapped the head of the coin with two fingers, then raising her hand pressed the coin between my thumb and forefinger, the head facing toward me.. Removing a playing card from her pocket, its back facing me, and held it in front of her face. With her free hand she took my wrist and raised it so the coin was behind the card she held.
“She’s looking at a five pointed star printed on the card.” The voice that sounded in my head was American and sounded bored.
The woman smiled knowingly, I guess she saw the shock in my face. “He’s yours now,” she said.

With the Glisk finger-palmed and the normal nickel held between forefinger and thumb, becaise of the explanation, the act of placing the coin behind the drawing, or card they hold is natural. Raising the coin to my ear and pretending to listen to a description of the card/drawing, removes any suspicion of a shiner.

The revelation I usually reveal by drawing it.

Have fun with it – I am.

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