Martin Gardner Boiling Point

In the same letter where he mentioned the Van Cleve trick, Miller Cravens brought up the subject of a trick Martin Gardner once put into print. The effect is that you fill an ordinary glass with water and cover it with a handkerchief. On command the water begins to boil. The audience sees the water boil. There is no gimmick.

This reminded me of an addition I made to the effect. Some years back, when Bob Shvegzda asked for a contribution to his Magic Club News, this

short-cuts, but they require handling. The more handling, the less the chance that readers will even attempt the move. The double-lift from the center of the deck (see Jack Avis original in the Pentagram) is a useful move, and the UCLA handling one of the easiest. I hope readers will be encouraged to give the move a try.

(CURIOSITIES: Cont'd) was the item I sent him.

As in the original, you fill a glass with cold water, cover it with a hank and invert the glass. On command the water boils. The added angle was that when you uncovered the glass, the water was no longer cold. It had heated up considerably. As before (and the ke^ to work of this kind) there is no gimmick.

I'd like to make it clear that the hot-water bit is the ONLY thing I've added to the original routine. What follows is essentially the Martin Gardner description from the March, 1959 HMM.Introducing the trick, Martin wrote "Many years ago a gpysy fortune teller performed this trick for my wife as a proof of her supposedly supernatural powers. I do not think it is well known, yet when properly presented it is a capital impromptu trick.

"Fill the glass to the brim with water. Cover it with a handkerchief that has previously been dipped in water. Push down the center of the cloth to make a kind of well, then invert the glass on your right palm.

"The left hand now seizes the glass as shown, the fingers & thumb pressing the hank firmly against the outside of the glass. Air pressure will cause the center of the cloth to balloon upward inside the glass. 'When I touch my finger to the bottom of the glass,' the gypsy said, 'the water will begin to boil.' Sure enough it did- or

"What happened was this. She pressed down on the glass with her finger. This caused the hank to creep up the outside of the glass, which in turn caused the center of the cloth to move downward on the inside. The vacuum which formed inside the glass as a result of this action drew air thru the fibers of the cloth. The air bubbled up thru the water to create a perfect illusion of boiling. Only a slight pressure with the finger is necessary to start the bubbles and the movement of the cloth is so slow as to be imperceptible. "

To cause cold water to become hot the secret is this. Before performing the trick go into the kitchen and allow the hot water to run for a minute, then shut it off. When ready to perform the trick shortly thereafter, go into the kitchen in the company of spectators, turn on the cold water and fill the glass. Remark that you will fill the glass with cold water in order to perform a simple experiment.

Of course the water is not cold, it's hot. This is because you previously turned on the hot water tap. Now perform the routine exactly as Martin Gardner describes it. At the finish the water will be hot.

in a forward stepped condition so that the secretly jogged card lines up with the bottom packet. This is shown in Fig. 3. (The condition of the deck at this point is what Ken Beale has named the Interlock position).

7. Take the RH away so that the audience can plainly see the face cards of the stepped packets. This is important because the card they are going to select is different from these two cards and this distracts attention away from any idea of a force.

8. The RH now flips the stepped packets over side-for-side as a unit into the LH so they are face-down. The RH then taps the top card of the out-jogged packet as you say, "You stopped here."

9. The RH grips the backjogged packet from above and merely pushes

it forward so it is square with the balance of the deck. As shown in Fig. 4, a double card automatically slides out of the center of the deck.

10. The RH grips the double at the outer left corner, Fig. 5, and pivots it out of the deck, Fig. 6. Let the spectator see the face of this card.

11. Drop the double face-down onto the top of the deck. Deal off the top card. Then turn up your prediction. It is wrong. Snap your fingers over the tabled face-down card. Turn it over and now it matches the prediction.

Self-Defense Note

Some people can learn a card move (or any move) from printed instructions. Some have trouble and some can never learn a move until they see it done.In an effort to reach the widest possible audience, I try to describe only the easiest handling in print. That is the case here.

But it should be pointed out that there are more sophisticated ways to handle moves like this. For example, I do not use the setting-up procedure of Step 3. At the beginning of the trick, when I look thru the deck for the mate of the top card of the pack, I down-jog the card 3rd from the top with the left little finger while the deck is in a spread condition. (Cont'd on pg. 1212)

Karl Fulves

The title is an acronym and stands for Utility Center Lift Action. In the common tongue this means a double-lift from the center of the deck. You never touch the double card as it slides out from the center, yet it is always a double card and the alignment is always perfect. There are no moves (not even a double lift!) but there is handling. Once you get the handling down, the move will work perfectly. What follows is a very simple application to a prediction trick.

Effect: Magician takes any deck, runs thru it, removes a prediction card and places it face-down on the table. The spectator then chooses a card. His card does not match the prediction,but the magician snaps his fingers and the chosen card then changes so there is a perfect match.

Method: Because of the way the handling is structured, you get not only the double-lift but, at no added expense, a built-in card force as well.

1. When you take the shuffled deck go thru the cards with the faces toward you and note the top card of the deck. Say it's the 5D. Find the mate of this card- the 5H- and place it face-down on the table.

2. Square up the deck, turn it face-down and place it in LH dealing position. Get a left little finger break under the top two cards of the deck.

3. The RH removes the bottom card and inserts it into the center of the deck from the near short end. The RH then removes the new bottom card and inserts it into the break as if to bury it also. This is done as an idle gesture. You are merely burying a couple of cards before beginning the routine. The card you insert into the break goes in to a point where it is backjogged about 1/2", Fig. 1. The RH moves to a position over the deck and squares the deck (apparently) but leaves the downjogged card in place.

4. The above is a simplified setting up procedure. You want the card 3rd from the top backjogged about a half-inch, tfhen you reach this point, keeping in mind that the card 3rd from the top is secretly backjogged, turn the deck over side-for-side so it is face-up in the LH.

5. Immediately grasp the deck at the sides from above with the RH and begin a Hindu shuffle, Fig. 2. Strip off small packets until the spectator calls stop. (Cont'd on pg. 1213)

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