Card Cleavage is one rapidly becoming my favorite trick for teaching other magicians. In addition to the effect, its strongest point is that it is easy to do an can be learned in just a few minutes. The only sleight it requires is a single double lift (which appears to be a contradiction.) And, since the lift is performed at the beginning of the routine, you can use a get ready if you desire.

The effect is that a four is split into two deuces. These two deuces are then split into four aces. It is hard to believe that the performing time is about twenty seconds. At the conclusion, you are ready to perform any of your two hundred four ace tricks. And, if you wish, you can instantly reassemble the aces into the original four.

The Work. The setup from the face of the deck is as follows: deuce, four aces, 45 cards in random order, four, and a deuce. Hold the deck face down in the left hand in dealing position and obtain a left little finger break under the top two cards (if necessary).

Double lift showing the four. "This four wasn't always a four. In fact, at the factory, it started out as two deuces." Flip the card(s) face down on top of the pack. Take the deck in the right hand with the thumb on the top and the fingers underneath as shown in the illustration.

Extend the deck toward one of the spectators and ask her to blow on the deck. As soon as she does, the right hand moves suddenly about three inches to the right and then immediately back to where it started. If you do this correctly, the top and bottom cards will remain in the right hand while the rest of the deck will shoot into the palm up left hand which is waiting there to catch the pack.

Note that this is not a flourishy motion. The less motion there is, the better. Your right hand is left holding two face down cards. "You see, that's all it takes to split the four into two... deuces." As you say this, your left thumb is snapping the left edges of the cards in the right hand to highlight the fact that you are now holding two cards. Pause for a second, then turn them face up in the right hand.

Be sure that the cards are spread as soon as they are face up. You are not only showing the fact that you now hold two cards, but you are also showing that the four is nowhere to be seen.

Accompany this display with the following patter. "Of course, the deuces were not always deuces. At the factory, deuces are assembled by conbining two aces."

The right hand holds two spread deuces with the thumb on top and the first two fingers underneath. This allows the left thumb to snap the left edges of the cards again while the left little finger obtains a left little finger break about ten cards up from the bottom of the deck.

I use a pull down move, opening a gap large enough to get the finger in but not large enough to flash. Both the deck and the face up deuces prcw ide all the cover needed for this move.

When ready to continue, the left hand takes the face up deuces for just a second so the right hand can adjust to a new position. As soon as the left hand has possession, the right hand turns palm down and takes the deuces with the thumb underneath (on the back) and the fingers on the top (face).

The right hand now pivots clockwise at the wrist so that the cards are now face down. Stick them into the break at the rear of the deck. You are pretending to place them on the bottom and the depth perception is important. Make sure that they are the proper distance from the top card of the deck. This is accomplished by pulling the break open even more with the left little finger.

"If the cards are placed somewhere warm ---- like the bottom of the deck ---

and they are rubbed a little bit, you can see that they split into the four aces." This is said as the deuces are pushed flush into the pack. As soon as this is accomplished, the right hand takes the deck from above with the thumb at the rear and the fingers on the far short end. The forefinger is curled on top.

The face of the deck is then rubbed on the left sleeve or table top for effect. When finished, the right hand turns clockwise at the wrist bringing the deck face up. The pack is placed

face up into the left hand in dealing position. The left thumb immediately spreads the top four cards showing the four aces. It also casually spreads the next few cards to show that the deuces are nowhere in sight.

Regurgitations. This is the perfect lead-in to Twisting The Aces or any other ace trick. And, for those of you who would like a miraculous splitting effect from the four to the deuces, consult "Snapper" in this issue.

For a different patter theme, you might try explaining that cards are asexual. That is, they reproduce at will ___ and by themselves. Offer to demonstrate with the top card of the pack which happens to be a four. It splits into two deuces. These two deuces then split into the four aces.

To finish, side steal the bottom card of the pack in the right hand, as your left hand holds the deck with the aces face up on top. The right hand comes over to apparently remove the aces. Actually, it deposits its face down card on top, and feigns removing the aces. The deck is tabled and the two hands are brought together as if they still contained the aces. The hands are wrenched for a moment, until the cards finally disintegrate.

This is accoirpanied with a sarcastic (and sophomoric) line of patter. "As you can see, being a playing card is not all lights and glamour. As a matter of fact, some don't like it so much that they don't even stick around until the finish." At this, the cards disappear.

If you would prefer to reassemble the aces into the four at the conclusion of the above routine, all that is necessary is to execute any color change which transfers the bottom card of the face up deck (the four) to the face of the deck. The standard side steal color change works nicely here and was suggested by Gary Hipp. At the completion of the change, the left hand should turn clockwise at the wrist until it is palm down and the deck is held in position for the glide. At this point, the right fingers remove the four from the face of the deck, and turn it face up onto the top of the pack. This gets the heat off the face of the pack as the closing remarks are made.

"Three more issues to get out Christmas..."

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