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The fact that you are holding the different sized cards on the face and back creates some friction whin the right hand releases the cards. The best advice I can give here is to start the drop from a height of about six or eight inches. Drop the right fingers out from underneath the cards as quickly as possible. In this way, the cards do not slide off the fingertips. They are lifted off by air current and will tend to stay square. If you have the small card positioned in the middle of the larger, you should have no problem with the cards spreading.

As soon as the two cards are dropped on the mat, execute a face up table spread from right to left starting about one inch to the left of the tabled double.

Start fingering the spread as if you are looking for their card in the middle of the pack. "Your card must have been a smaller card. I don°t see your card," As this is said, turn both hands palm up (Stephen Minch and I will turn ours face up) with the right hand directly over the tabled double.

Next is Tom°s handling of the Future Spread. That is, turn both hands palm down. You are going to scoop up the spread with your right hand. However, as you do, you are going to steal the top card of the double and slide it under the spread as you scoop the cards up.

The palm down right hand starts its move to the left about and inch to the right of the tabled double. As it passes the double en route to the spread, the right first finger hits the left side of the ten of clubs. It does not pause here. Instead, it drags the face card of the double to the left and pushes the left edge underneath the right edge of the spread. (The miniature card will not move due to the friction created by the pad.)

The right hand continues its swing to the left, scooping the spread toward the left hand which lias come to rest palm up, immediately to the left of the spread. As the right hand moves, the right forefinger has lifted off the face of the ten., allowing the right second. third, and fourth fingers to push the ten under the spread out of s ight,

As soon as the two hands meet, the deck is flipped face down into the left hand. You are now completely away from the miniature card on the table,

"Perhaps your card was half that size...", you say as you point to the newly changed card on the table.

Regurgitations. This routine takes about one minute from start to finish. The change from the large card to thrf small card is nothing short oE astounding. The most difficult part oE the routine is being sure the small card doesn°t peek out from underneath the larger card either while placing the card(s) on the table or after they have already arrived there. Be careful not to bump the card(s) as you begin your table spread as this is another opportunity for a premature discovery.

Stranger Exchanger

Tom Gagnon

This is Tom°s handling and use of Marlo°s Miracle Spread. Tom uses two different colored decks to accomplish a strong effect. You will need a red deck, a blue deck, and a close up mat.

Start with a red backed card on the bottom of a blue back deck. The blue card which matches the stranger is on top of the blue deck. For the sake of explanation, we will assume the mates to be the four of hearts. Both decks are in their cases, Remove the decks and give the red deck to the spectator. Have him shuffle the red while you shuffle the blue, You will false shuffle retaining the top and bottom cards. Keep in mind as you shuffle that this is not a color-changing deck trick.

At the conclusion of the shuffle, you are going to finish with a cut. Take the deck in left hand in dealing position. The right hand takes the top half of the deck from above and carries it to the right. As it does, the left thumb, which is resting on top of the deck, drags the top card (mate) to the top of the lower half. The right hand°s half is now replaced on the lower half, retaining a left lit(>le finger break between the two. This slip cut should appear that you simply cut the deck at the conclusion of the shuffle,

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riffle down through your pack and cut it at the break. Thumb the top card of the lower half (the mate) on to the table toward the spectator. He will do the same, tossing a random card toward you.

Each of you now places the card selected by the other uito your respective packs. As soon as you square your pack, take it in the right hand from above. The left fingers push the bottom card of the deck to the right, sidejogging it for about three fourths of an inch.

Immediately spread the deck on the close up mat from left to right. Take his pack from him and do a regular table spread. Pause now to recap what has happened or to throw in any patter left over from some of your other tricks. You might want to take a few moments to read from their choice of Orben books. This pause is important in that it provides a reason for the insertion of the cards and the. subsequent spreads. You obviously want the cards separate while you patter and the opposing spreads are good places to put them.

As you talk, casually adjust both spreads, Your apparent reason is to make both odd backed cards more visible. Actually, you are opening your spread making sure that there is at least half an inch showing of the card above the odd backed card.

You ace now ready for the switch. The left hand lifts up on the left end of your spread enough so that the left fingers can get underneath the left most card of the deck (the card above the stranger card). The pads of the left fingers rest on this card while the Eingertips are on the stranger card which remains flat on the table.

The left hand now moves directly to the right, closing the spread as it does. The stranger card rides along on the mat under the spread, being pushed by the left fingertips. When the left hand arrives at the middle of the spread, the left thumb comes to rest on the top of the card above the odd backed card.

Immediately, the left hand takes all of these cards .illicitly to the left and does a clockwise wrist turn as it squares all of these cards o;i the table. The blue .stranger card remains on the table in the same location the card they inserted originally held. The switch is instant and perfect.

It is important that yoa e>ce.:ui;e all of the last paragraph in a smooth, flowing action. Learn it as one move, not two or three separate actions. It takes less than a second to execute from start to finish.

The cards now held in the left hand are placed face upon the table. You apparently execute the same move with the other spread to help you remove the card you selected. Actually, this is a feint and you simply remove half of the spread. Turn both odd backed cards over for the climax.

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