Chapter 9  Classic Matrix
This is the present version of Matrix. It is my hope that, during discussions of Matrix,
the name Classic Matrix is associated with this version. Before leaping into a detail
discussion of Classic Matrix, I would like to cover some of the features of this version
that make it outstanding.
The first feature is that the audience does not regard the set-up or the initial transfer of
the first coin as part of the presentation. When the coins are placed onto the table and
the coins are covered, the performer is chatting with the audience about magic in
general or something about that which they are about to see. This attitude is supported
by the fact that the main part of the deck is held by the left hand while the cards are
being placed on the table and the right hand alone is placing the cards over the coins.
That is, the props have just been picked up and are simply being placed onto the table.
During this phase four cards are pushed into the right hand and placed on the coins. In
many other methods of Matrix the cards are held in an unusual position or two hands
are used to manipulate the cards. All of these alternate methods suggest to the
audience or alerts them to the idea that something could be going on. The goal in this
presentation is to suggest that nothing is going on when the coins are initially covered.