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Steve Beam

This is perhaps an easier version of what you learned. While the effect is identical, the handling is completely different. You will again start with the ambitious card second from the top of the pack.

Double lift to show the ambitious card on top. Flip it (them) face down squarely on top of the pack. Use your left thuirfo to push the top two cards over to the left. As soon as your right hand takes possession of the top face down card, the left thumb drags the new top card back onto the deck, retaining a quarter inch little finger break between the card and the deck.

You are now going to execute the first part of the standard Tilt mwe. Angle the deck down toward the floor so that the spectators are v iewing the back of the top card squarely from above. Insert the right hand's card from the rear of the break. The card is placed (or slid) squarely on top of the deck proper. Push the card in for about half its length. This should accompany the

same patter as in the previous sleight. That is, "I will place the card about 32 cards down from the top of the deck".

■Jow start shaking the deck fairly rapidly (as opposod to the slow shaking in the previous version). As you shake, the left fingers and the base of the left thumb slowly relax their grip on the card which is suspended above the pack. This card is allowed to slowly

descend to the deck. This is what gives the illusion of the injogged card rising up through the pack. The left little finger holds the injogged card still to keep in from falling completely into the break. The little finger is responsible for keeping the injogged card injogged.

As in the previous version, stop several times at various points during the ascension to update the spectators on the distance of the card from the top of the pack. This is paramount to the illusion.

When the card above the break comes to rest flush on top of the pack, the pack is square except for the injogged card. I pause for an update here, claiming the ambitious card is now three (not two I) cards from the top of the pack. Now loosen your grip on the entire pack and start shaking the pack again. The continued shaking will allow the injogged card to fall squarely in under the top card of the deck.

This last part is the reason you are shaking the cards fairly rapidly at the beginning. You need this movement to make the injogged card square with the rest of the pack at the end. A little experimentation will show you how much speed is required. You don't want to be wildly flailing your arms in all directions. The movement should be short and graceful.

To conclude, you can now extend the pack to one of the spectators to allow^ him to turn over the top card of the deck or you can execute a one hand turnover.

Regurgitations. One of the reasons these two versions of the ambitious card are so effective is that the audience believes that the face down card is the ambitious card for a long period of time. After all, why would the magician miscall the face down card since the value doesn't matter while it is rising up visibly. The visible ascension is the trick, and they don't care which card you do it with. It is ofcw ious that you can do it with any card. Substituting an indifferent card for the ambitious card, via the double lift or any other sleight, would not appear to have any value. Therefore, it tends to catch even magicians off guard. And, this is what allows the clean turn over of the card at the end.

One final thought. Several magicians have suggested starting with the ambitious card on top of the deck and finishing with a double lift instead of the other way around. I think the prev ious paragraph negates the value of this procedure as well as the fact that you are showing the ambitious card directly under the top card at one point. To immediately follow this with a double lift to show (apparently) the same card on top, appears to be a dangerous procedure. It also keeps you from finishing clean. The same thoughts apply to using a triple lift to set up for a double lift at the conclusion.

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