You openly separate the deck into red cards and black cards, then give each half to a spectator for shuffling. One of the red cards is noted by spectator A and one of the black cards is noted by spectator B. Both cards are inserted into the opposite halves. A snap of the fingers and both halves are spread face up revealing that there is now one face-down card in each. A second snap of the fingers and then you turn over both reversed cards. Not only are they the two selections, but they have both mysteriously flown back into their correct color group.

1. Openly divide the deck into reds and blacks, however, secretly leave one black at the rear of the reds and one red at the rear of the blacks. Both halves are placed face up on the table.

2. Pick up the red half and fan it to show all red cards. The last card, a black card, remains hidden at the rear of the fan. Close up the fan and hand the packet face down to spectator A for shuffling. Pick up the black half and make a fan to show all blacks. Again, the rear red card remains hidden when you make the fan. Close up the fan and give this half face down to spectator B for shuffling. Both halves are then placed face down on the table. Pick up the red half and hold the cards with the faces toward yourself, saying, "Each color is dominated by a single card. Here's the all powerful red card." As you are speaking, spread through the packet and cut the odd-colored card to second from the face. Lower your hand to show the red card now at the face. Whatever this red card is, pretend that this card, and no other, is the dominant card.

black red card card face-up «- red card on bottom

Ask spectator A to remember the card as you prepare for a Double Lift. Flip the top two cards face down as one. With the right fingers and thumb, pick off the top card only, while at the same time the left hand makes a gentle wrist turn (figure 1). There is no need to make a sharp and suspicious wrist action here, as such a movement will only draw unwanted attention. A slow and casual turning action is all that's required. The angle of concealment is less than you might imagine. Place the right-hand card face down onto the table and then place the packet face down in front of the card.

face-up «- black card on bottom

3. Pick up the black half and repeat the previous Step 2 with spectator B.

Position Check: There are two face-down piles on the table, each with a face-down card in front of it. The spectators believe that the face-down cards are the ones they are remembering and that each card is the same color as the packet it sits in front of. The fact is, the noted cards are face up on the bottom of the piles and each face-down card is from the opposite color group (figure 2).

4. Say, "I will now show you just how powerful these two card are. I'll exchange them and cut them into the middle of the opposite colors." Match your words by picking up the two cards, one in each hand, and then crossing your hands (figure 3). Now drop the cards on top of the opposite piles. Finally, give each packet a complete cut.

(all red cards)

■mb one reversed card in each

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