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In , i.;:;ect, card, continues to rise to the top of the deck after repeatedly being placed in the middle. In an effort to see the card rise, the magician once again places the card in the middle of the pack. Only this time, he leaves the card protruding for about half its length. While the pack is slowly shaken, the card is seen to rise up to the top ---

visibly melting through the cards abwe it,

The Work. After doing your favorite Ambitious Card rncwes to establish the fact that the card does rise to the top, state that you will try to make it visible so that everyone can see the card rise. The ambitious card should be second from the top. You can arrive here in several ways. The easiest would be to use the Tilt (depth illusion) to apparently place the card in the center while actually placing it second from the top.

The deck is held in the left hand in dealing position. Double lift to show the ambitious card apparently on top of the pack. Flip it (them) face down on top of the pack, injogged for about an eighth of an inch. As soon as the card is face down, the right hand cones over from above. The right thumb pushes in and up on the two cards, creating a break between the cards and the deck. Facilitating this was the reason you injogged the cards in the first place.

Do not pause here. Immediately lift up the top two cards as if they were the top half of the deck. Move them forward so that they are protruding wer the rest of the deck about one inch. As you do this, both hands should smoothly angle the back of the cards toward the faces of the spectators. You are about to execute what is basically the bluff pass and you don't want the sides or front of the pack visible.

With your left thumb on top of the right hand's cards, the right hand moves to the right. The left thumb drags the top card of the pair onto the top of the rest of the pack, outjogged for an inch. Continuing to keep the cards angled downward, the right hand places its card (apparently half the deck) on top of the rest of the deck. Howe/er, the left fingers and the base of the left thumb keep the card from falling flush with the top of the pack. Instead, the card cones a quarter of an inch (to five sixteenths of an inch) directly wer the pack.

This distance is important for the sake of the illusion of depth. The outjogged card is now apparently halfway down in the middle of the pack. If the top card is too far above the pack, the card will apparently be at the bottom of the pack. It may even appear to be beneath the deck. If, on the other hand, the break is too small, the visual rise will not be very astounding. (Who cares if a card rises from third from the top to the top visibly?)

Comment that you have buried the card "about 32 cards down from the top of the deck." You are now set for the rise. It is actually viewed by the audience as an upward penetration through the cards above it. Note that you are not holding a little finger break. The top card is on a plane one fourth of an inch directly above the rest of the deck.

The deck is held in the left hand as shown in the illustration. Your left forefinger is under the protruding card next to the pack. The audience thinks that this protruding card is the ambitious card. Actually, the top card of the deck is the ambitious card. To affect the rise, start slowly shaking the deck gently from side to side. This is not a wide, frantic motion. Instead, you are moving the deck side to side in distances not to exceed an inch or so.

As this motion occurs, slowly push up on the protruding card with the left forefinger. This is a very slow push so that the card appears to melt upward through the deck. As the forefinger pushes upward, the left fingers and base of the left thumb slowly release their grip on the top card.

This combination of actions causes the two cards to come closer together. It is important that they come together o/enly. That is, the distance between the two cards should be the same at all four corners of the cards. Also, the fact that one card is rising and the other falling illustrates the importance of executing both actions slowly. You don't want the protruding card to appear to immediately jump to a position second from the top.

At one time, I was just letting the top card slowly sink down to the deck. However, the illusion is more deceptive if they actually see the outjogged card rise upward.

An important performance point is that you should stop the shaking periodically (every few seconds) to update the spectator on the card's position. I stop the pack, gauge where the card appears to be in relation to the top of the pack. Then I state that, "the card is now 27th from the top of the pack". I usually stop for an update about five or six times, when the card is apparently at positions 27, 22, 18, 13, 8, and 3. Note that you can regulate the speed of the ascension and the number of updates. If the card appears to go from 27 to 18 because I slipped, I leave out the update at 22. Then, I slow the ascension and add another update.

As soon as the two cards come together, you can totally relax your grip with the left fingers and base of the left thumb allowing the deck to come to rest in the left hand in dealing position with one card protruding from the deck second from the top.

Continue the slow shaking motion as your left forefinger reaches to the outside edge of the protruding card. This card is slowly pushed flush with the rest of the deck. Continue shaking for a couple more seconds. Finish by asking a spectator to turn over the top card of the deck. It, of course, is the antoitious card.

Regurg itations. I have always presented The Ambitious Card routine as if it were a breather for me. The idea is that I don't have to do anything, the card rises all by itself. It just happens to occur in my hands. Supposedly the same thing would happen in their hands if they were to hold the deck. The airbitious card is elevated (pardon the pun) to a costar in the act.

This particular handling seems to cement that premise. The card is put in the middle of the deck. Then, while the deck is gently shaken, the card visibly rises --- apparently, all by itself.

The fact with one suspicion involved.

Try combination that it is performed totally hand that this of tends to quash sleight of hand a few times, the double lift, bluff pass, and the visible rise &/en fool your senses.

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