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It was as far back as 976 that I first saw Alex Elmsley perform his Dazzle, at the British Ring IBM

convention. I couldn't believe my eyes. After the convention I worked out my own version Later discovered the working of Mr Elmsley's original routine and was pleased to find that it differed from my own. I sent my version to Mr Elmsley who replied favourably and gave me permission to market it if I wished.

I soon discovered that the effect was not commercially viable to produce, due to the number of fake cards involved. I have been performing Bedazzled for almost nine years now for magicians and laymen, with the same favourable reactions from both. I hope that you will take the time'to make up the cards, I'm sure you'll like it.

The Cards

I use cards of Waddington's manufacture with the following back designs:- Red. Blue. Embassy. Castella and Blank. For the benefit of those outside the UK. let me explain that the Embassy and Castella backs are from packs of cards promoting tobacco products. You probably have similar cards in your own country. The point is that these backs provide alternatives to the usual Red and Blue designs. I make all the fakes myself, as there are no Blank-faced or backed Embassy or Castella cards available. When you understand the routine you'll be able to substitute any card design of your choice.

Two packets of cards are used in the effect and I'll refer to these as packets A and B. Here is the set-up of each packet.

Packet A - four cards, from top to bottom: Embassy/Blank, Castella/Blank, Blue/Blank. Blank


Packet B - five cards, from top to bottom: Red/Blank, Red/Blue. Castella/Blue, Embassy/Castella,


!*oth packets are placed in your wallet.


1- Remove packets A and B from your wallet and then put the wallet away. Hand packet A to a spectator retaining B for yourself.

* Let the spectator have a look a. his four rather odd cards. Explain -tat you ^ve four cards ^ although like his cards they have nothing on .he faces they are a, leas, all ad. As y .

>Nothini, on the faces \ the right hand removes the top-card1 and casually shows the Blank face then * b'ick on top You now Elmsley Count to show that they are at least all red.' After the count remove the top card, casually flash the Blank face and then toss the card aside on the table.

3i Explain to the spectator that the cards he is holding actually have a strange magical property. As vou sav this obtain a break under the top card of your packet. As a demonstration ask the spectator io hand you the Embassy card. Take this card and flip it face-up on top ot your packet, saying. Of course, the magic doesn 't come from this side because it 's totally blank.' Flip over both cards above the break as one. continuing. This side contains the magic. Watch.' Elmsley Count to reveal that all four cards have changed to Embassy backs. Remove the top card and drop it onto the first tabled card. Do not flash the face of the card this time or again.

4: Obtain a break under the new top card as you ask the spectator for the Castella card. Take this card as before, face-up, then flip the double face-down. Elmsley Count to reveal that all four cards are now Castella backed. Once more discard the top card onto the table with the other two.

5: Before continuing you have to give the cards a quick count as follows: the right hand grips the cards from above, fingers at the front, thumb at the rear as if for a Biddle Count. The right hand does not lift the cards but leaves them in the left-hand dealing position. Without pausing, the left fingers buckle the bottom card as the left thumb pulls off the upper card. You will find that it is almost automatic for the top and bottom cards to be taken squared as one. Immediately continue to count two by switching the right-hand cards for those in the left hand using the Hamman Count Switch. Finally, drop the two cards from the right hand on top of the two in the left but retain a left little finger break between them.

6: Ask the spectator to hand you the Blue-backed card and take it face-up as before. This time you flip over three cards as one but retain a left little finger break below them. Explain that if you tap the packet the bottom card turns Blue. Reach into the break and apparently remove the bottom card, really removing the card above the break (third card from the top). Place this card back, genuinely, on the bonom of the packet. Elmsley Count to show all four cards are now Blue. Place the top card of the packet onto the table.

: Ask for the final card, getting a break under the top card of the packet. Take the double Blank on top and then flip over two cards as one, saying. This card hasn't been printed vet. M is unfortunate because this means that the magic has come to an end.' Turn the packet over or use eft inn"?01 t ThC FiSl Fl0Ur,sh 10 turn il over and take the packet in the left hand, at the The ^ ElmSlCy C0Unt The ri§ht hand takes the top card and deals it onto the table.

and deals i JT1 ^V* ^ the °ther side of P*<*et. The hand takes the new top card and deals it onto the table on top of the first.

of the* three ^ * ** 0riginal Position and left thumb pushes off the upper two cat*

doub e and drons it 1 ^ $tage lW° °f a standard Elmslev Count. The right hand takes the top of a 1 ihtL have bet 1 ^ ^ ^ Ca* » -PPed. shown both sides and dropped on thai the routine has finish d^ * * COmpletel-v blank ™d the spectator should be in no doubt

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