You have two spectators each select a card and you then cut both selections back into the deck. You now give the deck a Riffle Shuffle, vyhich you immediately regret, saying that the shuffle was a mistake and you are now in difficulty. You ask the first spectator to help you by telling you the suit of his card (e.g. Clubs). You spread through the deck and remove all the cards of that suit and place them into your pocket. Using your sensitive fingertips, you reach into your pocket, extract one card, then reassemble the deck. However, when you turn this card over, it is not a Club—it is the other spectator's card! To rectify the situation, you resort to extraordinary measures and magically extract all the ink from the deck. To prove this, you turn

DUFFte the deck face up and spread it revealing that every card is now completely blank except for one card in the middle. This is the first spectator's card. Everything is left for examination.

I based this routine on a trick marketed by REPRO Magic during the 1970s called "Paleface Cards," by Horace Bennett with further routining by Alan Alan. You cannot perform this routine surrounded by the audience, so if that is a problem, turn the page now.

You require one Blank-Faced Deck of cards, thirteen cards of one suit from a deck with matching backs and any other red contrasting card from the same deck. We will assume that this card is the Ace of Hearts.

Remove 13 cards from the Blank Deck and place them into your outer left jacket pocket. The packet should lie on its side with the backs facing outward.

Place the thirteen Club cards on top of the Blank Deck to replenish it. Place the Ace of Hearts on top of the Clubs and then place one of the blank cards on top of all.


1. You must keep the faces of the cards hidden from the audience at all times, unless otherwise stated. With that in mind, give the deck a Jog Shuffle retaining the top stock. Hold the deck face down in your left hand in dealing position. You will now force any Club on the first spectator, whom we will refer to as A. You will then force the Ace of Hearts on a second spectator, B. The force used is an old one but an effective one.

Ask spectator A to name any small number, adding, "Any hour of the day would be perfect." As you are speaking, obtain a little finger break below the top two cards.

Let us assume that he decides on the number seven. Push over the top two cards together with your left thumb and count them into your right hand as number one. This is easy due to the break. If you find this problematic, you can move the two cards over as you are speaking so that they are side-stepped for about one inch prior to counting (figure 1). It is then an easy matter to count this double into your right hand. Continue counting cards on top of the double and stop after you have counted to six. Push over the top card of the deck and give it to the spectator. Replace the right-hand cards and turn to spectator B, saying "I want you to have a card as well. We'll use the same number." This time, count off six cards fairly and give him the seventh. This will be the Ace of Hearts. Replace the right-hand cards on top of the pack and square the deck.

2. Have spectator A replace his card face down on top of the deck. Give the deck any False Cut or a short Overhand Jog Shuffle retaining the top stock. Have spectator B replace his card face down on top of the deck and then carry out another False Cut or Jog Shuffle. Now, cut off the top half of the deck and Riffle Shuffle it into the lower half.

3. Appear as if you are about to proceed with confidence and then suddenly look at the audience and say, sheepishly, "Damn! I should not have shuffled the cards. I thought I was doing another trick. This is a problem." Turn to spectator A, and continue, saying, "I'll tell you what, if you give me a clue, I'll try to continue. What was the suit of your card? Clubs? Okay, I'll remove all the Clubs from the deck." Hold the deck with the faces toward you and spread through the cards. Upjog all the Clubs except the last one (the selection). Instead of the last Club, you upjog the Ace of Hearts. These two cards will always come after the first twelve Clubs. Strip out the upjogged cards and place the rest of the deck face down on the table.

4. Hold the Club packet face up and spread the cards to give a brief display, keeping the Ace of Hearts hidden at the back. Close the spread and place the packet into your left jacket pocket on top of the blank packet with the backs facing outward. Stand this packet on its end so that both packets form an inverted "T" in your pocket (figure 2).

(inside pocket)

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