Moving gem is a re-make of the classic Crosstown trick: a rod with four gems, one red and three white, is shown. The red gem is at end of row of four, on both sides...it moves one step at a time up the row, apparently changing places with each of the white gems in turn. The story is about trying to get across town, and hitting all the red lights. But you just move the red light to the next intersection!
The original Crosstown used green and red gems, which ties better to the Crosstown patter line, but simply focusing on the RED light and moving it seems to work despite the other lights simply being white in this version.
Of note is that you get (apparently) four different changes out of a single paddle which has no moving parts. So it is all accomplished by the clever design of the paddle and a few simple (easy) sleight of hand paddle moves. The paddle cannot be examined at the end, so put it into your pocket and move onto another effect.
The original Crosstown paddle effect came out in the 1980's (or late 1970's) and has not been available for a couple of decades or more. But here is a nicely made recent version of the effect.
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