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You remove the four Kings and the four Queens along with the two Jokers. You deliberately match each King with a Queen of opposite suit and color. You lay these 'unhappy' couples in a row on the table. The two Jokers represent the lawyers, one for the men and one for the ladies. The lawyers now go about their business and magically cause each odd couple to change into a perfect match.

The inspiration for this routine was Roy Walton's "Marriage Brokers," which was a variation of Alex Elmsley's "Fool's Mate." I must thank my friend, Gene Maze, for suggesting a plausible reason for having two lawyers!

Your deck should contain two identical Jokers.

1. Spread through the deck and toss out the Kings and Queens plus the two Jokers. Place the rest of the deck aside as it is no longer required.

Leave the Jokers face up on the table and pick up the Kings and Queens. Hold these cards with their faces toward you. The cards must be arranged in a set order. Here is the way I set the cards without having to remember anything. First arrange the cards in matching pairs: King/Queen of Clubs, King/Queen of Hearts, King/Queen of Spades, and King/Queen of Diamonds.

The Diamond couple is the face pair. Transfer the Queen of Diamonds to the rear of the packet. Now push over the first two cards together (King of Diamond/Queen of Spades) and count them into the right hand (figure 1). Push off the next two together and count them onto the first pair. Push off a third pair and count these onto the others, then take the final pair on top of all. Finally, drop the complete packet face up on top of the two face-up Jokers. The order now is,

I2.C, reading from back to front: Joker-Joker-Queen of Spades-King of Diamonds-Queen of Hearts-King of Spades-Queen of Clubs-King of Hearts-Queen of Diamonds-King of Clubs (face card).

2. Pick up the packet and place it face up into left-hand dealing position. Spread the cards to show the audience the situation, saying, "Here we have four royal couples. As you can see, each King is paired with a Queen of a different suit and a different color. Not a happy sight. We also have two Jokers. These are, in fact, the two lawyers. One represents the men and the other represents the ladies."

Close the spread. Buckle the bottom card with the left fingers and pick up all the cards above the bottom card from above with the right hand (figure 2). Use the left edge of the packet to lever the single face-up Joker (the audience thinks this is two Jokers) face down (figure 3). As you do this, say, "We'll leave the lawyers out of this for the moment." Drop the packet on top of the face-down Joker.

3. Push over the two face cards together, saying, "A red and a black card." Flip these face down onto the packet, then thumb them off and place them onto the table to left of center. Do not alter the order of the two cards. These cards will be couple number one. As before, push over the next two cards, saying, "A red and a black card." Again flip these two cards face down onto the face-up packet, then thumb them off and place them onto the table to the right of the first pair to form a row. These cards will be couple number two.

Deal with the next pair in exactly the same way, placing them onto the table to the right of the last pair. These will be couple number three.

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You handle the final pair differently. Push over the face card only to display the final couple, saying, "And the last pair is also a red and a black." Square the upper card, then buckle the bottom card with your left fingers (figure 4). Flip over the upper three cards, then deal the top two cards onto the table at the far right of the tabled row, reversing their order as you deal. These will be couple number four.

Position Check: There are four pairs of face-down cards on the table (figure 5). Couple number one consists of the Queen of Diamonds on top of the King of Clubs. Couple number two

consists of the Queen of Clubs on top of the King of Hearts. Couple number three consists of the Queen of Hearts on top of the King of Spades. Couple number four consists of a Queen of Spades on top of a Joker. In your hand you have two cards, the King of Diamonds on top of a Joker.

4. Show that you have two Jokers by doing a Flushstration Count. Your right hand picks up the two cards from above in a Biddle Grip (figure 6). Turn the hand to show the Joker at the face (figure 7), then revert the hand to its previous palm-down position. Immediately peel off the top card into your left hand using your left thumb (figure 8). Now turn the right hand palm up again to show the face of apparently the second Joker. Return the right hand to a palm-down position and place this card below the card in the left hand.

5. With your right hand pick up couple number one. Show the faces to the audience to remind them that they are a red and black card, then apparently place them below the two cards in your left hand. In reality, your left fingers Buckle the bottom card, and the right hand inserts the couple between the two cards (figure 9). As you are doing this, say, "The first unhappy couple enters the lawyers' offices in the basement." Snap your fingers, saying, "Then they take the elevator to the top." As you say this, buckle the bottom card with your left fingers and flip over the upper three. Immediately push over the top card to display the odd King and Queen. Pause for effect at this point, then say, "They have had discussions with their lawyers, so they will now have to wait for a decision." Flip the three cards face down by reversing the previous actions, then thumb off the top two cards and place them back at position one on the table. The audience is unaware that you have secretly married the first couple, the King and Queen of Diamonds.

6. Pick up couple number two and repeat Step 5 exactly as outlined.

7. Pick up couple number three and repeat Step 5 once again.

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