Karl Fulves

snugly over the width of one card. You may have to try several rubber-bands until you find the right one. Apparently you are going to snap the rubber-band around the deck. As the RH places the band over the deck, the left 4th finger widens the break. The RH then slides the rubber-band over just the top half of the deck, Fig. 1. An exposed view is shown in Fig. 2.

Note that from the front it will appear that you are merely snapping the band over the entire deck. As yet the audience does not know the direction of the effect, so they have nothing to suspect at this point.

3. The left 4th finger still holds its break. The RH grasps the upper half of the deck from above. The right thumb releases the bottom or face card of its half. This is the chosen card.

2. Use a rubber band that fits



Remark that by a process of elimination you are going to narrow in on the chosen card. Say, "We can eliminate the top half."

This next must be done in a quick smooth action. The RH slides the balance of the top half above the chosen card forward slightly, leaving the chosen card behind. The right thumb and 1st finger grasp the upper half, Fig.3, and slide it forward and clear of the balance of the deck.

4. The LH retains the rubber-band in place. The RH slaps its half faceup on the bottom half, Fig. 4. Allow the audience to see that the rubber-band has jumped to a position around the bottom half of the deck.

fingers cover the sides of the deck and thus conceal the true situation at this point.

6. Now the audience will be watching closely, but in terms of method the trick is done. The RH grasps the top card of the LH packet from above and pulls or "rips" the card sharply up and away from the deck, Fig. 6. The effect is that the rubber-band has jumped off the bottom half of the deck and now encircles a single card.

5. Table the top half of the deck and then allow the audience to see that the rubber-band has jumped to the bottom half. This is indicated in Fig. 5. The heel of the left thumb and the left

All that remains is to turn this card face-up and show it is the chosen card. A startling effect achieved without sleights or gimmicks. You can now follow with the Schmidt/Fulves "Impromptu Haunted Deck," back on pg. 704, or The Magic Book, pg. 74, where a version called "Flash Aces" is described.

1111 close with a simple unsolved problem involving a rubber-band. I'd like to place a packet of cards into a card box and later remove the packet. But when the packet is removed, there is a rubber-band encircling the packet. Thus the problem is one of secretly loading a rubber-band around a packet of cards. Of course there are methods, but I'm looking for a simple (preferably no-gaff) method.

(NIGHT RISER: Cont'd from pg. 1224) ferent card, a subtle throwoff that adds to the surprise appearance of the red Aces later on.

7. The RH slaps its packet down on top of the card at the left, the alleged AC.

8. The RH now grasps the balance of the deck from above and turns palm-up to show an indifferent card at the face of this packet. The RH turns palm-down and drops its packet on top of the supposed AS on the right.

9. Ask the spectator to name the position of the AS. He'll say it's on the bottom of the packet at the right.

10. Turn up the top card of the packet on the left to reveal the AS. Leave the AS face-up on top of its packet.

11. Turn up the top card of the other packet to show the AC. Leave the AC face-up on top of its packet.

12. Pick up one packet in each hand. Thumb off the top cards so they form a vertical row,

13. Say, "I know where those Aces came from." Pause for dramatic effect, then add, "But I don't know where these Aces came from."

14. The thumbs lever the packets over into a face-up condition in the hands. This reveals the two red Aces. Thumb them off on either side of the black Aces to form an attractive layout ,

Notes By Karl Fulves

Unless a trick is absolutely self-working, there will always be readers who will say they don't understand the handling. There will be even more readers who will write in to say they have a better method, of course there is only rarely such a thing as a "better" method. The best method is the one that suits your way of working. Here are a few variations that may be of interest.

(A) The above trick differs from the original in that not only do the Aces rise to the top, they also change places. If you find this confusing it is easy to change things. In Step 7 drop the RH packet on top of the tabled card at the right. In Step 8 the other packet is dropped on top of the tabled card to the left. Now you will have an effect where the black Aces rise to the top of their respective packets.

(B) Most magicians can't do one triple lift, let alone two. The following handling is not self-working but it does allow for a reasonably easy solution to the problem.

At the start of the routine get a left little finger break under the top four cards of the deck. The RH then approaches the deck, the right middle finger contacts the break, and you allow one card to fall back onto the left 4th finger. The RH then lifts off three-as-one and you proceed thru Step 2 as written.

You still maintain the left little finger break so now, with no hesitation, you can perform the second triple lift at Step 3. The rest is as written.

(C) Not a variation but an extension of the routine.^Following Step 14 you can perform a sandwich trick with the red Aces and another with the black Aces. I do Reinhard Muller's 3-Card Catch with the red Aces, and an upcoming trick called "Cricket" with the black Aces. Both are visual sandwich tricks, and follow nicely after the Schwarzman routine.

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Howard Schwarzman


To an effect of Simon's called "Double Rise" (see Effective Card Magic, pg. 139) Howard Schwarzman has added a kicker that lends considerable strength and all but makes it impossible for anyone to backtrack to the method. Mr. Schwarzman has also provided details on the handling, details which make an already strong trick a knockout.

EFFECT: The AC is shown and placed on the table, face-down, to the left. The AS is then shown and placed face-down on the table to the right.

Half the deck is placed on top of each Ace. The spectator is asked to point to the AS. He points to the packet on the right. The magician shakes his head and turns up the top card of the packet on the left. It is the AS.

Similarly, the top card of the other packet is turned up to show the AC. The two black Aces are then dealt off face-up onto the table.

Picking up a packet in each hand, the magician remarks, "I know where the black Aces came from, but I don't know where these came from." Turning up each half of the deck, he reveals a red Ace at the face of each.

Method: Oddly enough, the basic handling is the same as the original, ie, two triple lifts and a slip cut, so you get the kicker with no additional moves. But there are important details in the Schwarzman routine that you should learn.

There is a set-up on top of the deck consisting of the two red Aces followed by the two black Aces. For this discussion assume the AC is 3rd from the top and the AS 4th from the top of the deck.

1. If you think it necessary,you can give the deck a false shuffle and false cut, retaining top stock. Then place the deck face-down in LH dealing position.

2. Triple lift and turnover, to show the AC. Turn the triple card face-down onto the deck and deal the top card onto the table, face-down, to the left. Call tKls the AC.

3. Triple lift and turnover to show the AS, Turn the triple card face-down on top of the deck. Deal the top card onto the table, facedown, to the right, calling it the AS

4. The RH moves to a position o-ver the deck. The right thumb riffles up to about the midpoint of the deck.

5. The RH now takes the top half of the deck and brings it to the right. But in the process the left thumb retains the top card (the AC in our example) in place. This is a standard in-the-hands slip cut known as the Downs Pass or the Frank Lane false cut.

6. The RH flashes the face card of its packet. This is done by turning the RH palm-up, showing the card and then turning the RH palm-down a-gain. The spectator sees an indif-

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