Originally posted by Thomas Wayne:
Everyone is entitled to a... revisionist history - here's mine...
I'm sure everyone has both a perspective on history and some ability to delete, distort and generalize from their perceptions to suit their interests.
Curtis Kam suggested the term VCA for the generic effect. This way, variations of Three Fly
and some open handed coins across routines have a subcategory of coins across
for further exploration.
As it happens, the first coin transit in my routine looks like what Chris published. Which is understandable as I showed him both the trick and its mechanics. The one handed vanish at the end of the trick also has its origins there. I use a sleight of my own development and not the Geoff Latta move, which IMHO is more appropriate to 'hanging a coin on a skyhook' which is how he showed it to me in '77.
History aside, and moving ahead into the present... the videos posted on the site show folks are working on the VCA in one form or another. So far, the Kurtz presentation from his 'Misty...' is the best I've heard about. I hold the opinion that presentation is fundamental and more important than specific sleights in a performance.
Going back to Six's question. The original trick, and the Kenner version as published do not use any gaffs. Chris wrote up his version of the trick (minus the mechanics for the last vanish) in his magazine Magic Man Examiner
and the book Totally Out Of Control
under the title Menage et Trois. I'm told there are several more non-gaffed routines available, including work by Daryl Martinez, Reed McClintock and R. Paul Wilson.