Deja Vu

The ocrformcr shows f.ve cards, four Jokers and a red Ace. One card is discarded from the packet, the red Ace hut it always returns. This is repeated until only one card remains ... not the red Ace a black Ace. the Ace of Spades. The discarded cards are turned over and revealed to be the Ten.

Jack. Queen and King of Spades, a Royal Flush.

From your pack remove the Joker. Ace of Hearts and the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of Spades. Arrange the seven cards in the following order from face to back: Joker, Ace of Hearts, Ace, King. Queen! Jack and Ten of Spades. When working, the pack should be face-down on the table, set slightly to your right with its outer end pointing at a 45° degree angle to your left.

1: Pick up the arranged packet and hold it face-down from above in the right-hand Biddle Grip. You now perform a sort of Hindu Shuffle, otherwise known as the Hamman Flushtration Count, as follows. Turn the right hand palm up to show a Joker on the face of the packet (illustration 1) then turn the hand palm down again. With the left thumbv pull off the top face-down card of the packet into the palm-up left hand (illustration 2). Repeat this two more times, each time showing a Joker at the face of the packet and then peeling a card off into the left hand where it is held in the dealing position. Performed at an even pace the spectators will not realize that you are showing the same Joker each time.

2: Turn the hand over for a fourth time to show the Joker again. Turn the hand down and this time remove the face card of the packet, the Joker, drawing it off with the left fingertips (illustration 3). Retain a left little finger break between this card and the three already in the left hand.

3: Finally, show the three remaining cards as one. a red Ace. and drop them on top of the left-hand cards. You have apparently shown four Jokers and a red Ace.

4: Deal off the top card of the left-hand packet onto the table, calling it the red Ace and saying. 'That leaves four Jokers.' As you say this, count the remaining cards as four (there are really six) by-

pushing off the three cards above the break as one into the right hand. Then take the remaining three on top of it, one at a time, reversing their order.

* _.younow show that thc Acc returned to the cards in the hand by repeating the moves in step 1. I hat ,s you execute the Flushtration Count, counting two single cards from the top of the packet, one from the face, holding a break, then placing three as one on top of all the left-hand cards. This displays three Jokers and the red Ace.

with lhreePJokedrs0nt0 ^ ^ " Wkh the Previously tabled card, saying that should leave

L turned once l^T™^ COUnti« the Packet « ^rec cards and showing that the Ace

Td h°ld a brcak this Note that each time you execute Flushtration Count it d.mnmhes by one eard. Deal the top card onto the tabled packet and then count the remaining cards as two, buckling the bottom card and taking three as one into the right hand. Place the single left-hand card on top.

8: Show that the Ace has returned once more. This time you need only flash the face card of the packet, peel the top card of the packet into the left hand and then drop the remaining three as one on top. Obtain a left little finger break above the Ace, i.e. below the top two cards. A Pinky Count or Buckle technique can be used to do this.

9: Take the packet in the right-hand Biddle Grip, the right thumb maintaining the break. Peel the top card into the left hand and, as the card is taken to the left, move the right hand over the tabled pack. Slap the left-hand card onto the previously tabled cards and use the opportunity to secretly release the cards below the right thumb break onto the top of the pack.

10: Drop the right-hand card onto the palm-up left hand and ask the spectator to guess which card it is. Naturally he will think that the red Ace has returned. Turn the card over to reveal it is the Ace of Spades. Ask the spectator to turn over the four tabled cards to reveal the remainder of the Royal Flush.

FLUSHTRATION COUNT FROM THE TOP (2) AND FROM THE BOTTOM (3)

FLUSHTRATION COUNT FROM THE TOP (2) AND FROM THE BOTTOM (3)

Signus XII

Before the trick begins the performer takes one card and places it between a spectator s palms. S s a prediction which will be revealed later. Two other cards arc selected and returned to the pack With the aid of the two Jokers one of the cards is found. The second select,on is more difficult because it has been signed by the spectator. The spectator now places the prediction card which he has been holding throughout' between the magical Jokers. After a moment he turns the card over and is surprised to find that it has been transformed into the signed selection.

1- Spread through the pack and up-jog the two Jokers. Strip them out into the left hand and secretly add on one card from the rear of the pack using the Vernon Addition. Drop the pack face-up on top of the face-up cards in the left hand and then turn all face-down.

2: Remove the top two cards of the pack, calling them Jokers, and place them squared, face-up on the table. You can spread the two cards slightly but be careful not to reveal the face of the lower card. The other Joker is on top of the pack.

3: Have the pack shuffled by a spectator and then take it back, looking through it for what you say is a special prediction card. Remove the Joker and place it, face-down, on the spectator's palm-up left hand. Ask him to place his right hand palm-down on top of the card, sandwiching it between his hands. Be careful that you don't expose the face of the card as this takes place.

4: Spread the pack face-down between the hands and have two cards selected. We'll call them A and B. Close up the spread and in doing so execute a Half Pass at the approximate centre. This results in a face-to-face pack. Ask the spectator to sign the face of card A.

5: In squaring the pack the right thumb obtains a break at the centre of the pack where the face-to-face packets meet and transfers this to the left little finger. Now. with the right hand, take card A and insert it face-down into middle of the pack, making The insertion from the inner end and actually inserting the card into the break. Take a new break immediately above the face-down selection.

6: You now cut the pack at the break, cutting the bottom half to the top and secretly reversing it at the same time. Many have published this technique, including Hartman and Dingle, and variations abound so you should have no trouble finding something that suits your style of working. Taking the bo torn half m the left hand and flipping it clockwise between fingers and thumb as the cut is made

Th m0rC dat:0rate techniclues arc available. As the cut is completed, place the pack in the left hand, retaining a little finger break between the halves.

thaufgoes hlto ihe^T tT ^ middle of 1thc pack' aSain fr™ <he inner end and again ensuring he upner hai of L n a w ^ * T brCak above card B and then let one card, card A. drop from the upper half of the pack onto the lower. Take a new break above card A.

8be hlrnowPaCk faCC"UP CXeCUting an lnVisible Tu™ver Pa** at the break point. No breaks need

9: The position is that card A is at the rear of the face-up pack and is back-to-back with card B Spread the pack between the hands, without exposing the lower cards, showing the cards face-up and saying, 'Your cards are lost in here somewhere. I will use the Jokers to assist me in finding them.'

10: Pick up the two face-up Jokers and drop them face-down on the face-up pack which should be in the left-hand dealing position. Remove the top face-down card and apparently place it to the bottom of the pack. What really happens is that the card is inserted about six cards from the bottom. Don't make breaks for this, just do it.

11: Holding the pack squared in the dealing position, obtain a left little finger break above the lower two cards of the pack (the selections). Toss the pack from the left hand to the right executing a variation of Reinhard Miiller's Three Card Catch. What happens is that the left little finger retains the bottom two cards and the left thumb retains the upper two cards as the deck is tossed to the right (illustration 1). This leaves three cards in the left hand.

12: Spread the three-card sandwich to reveal card B face-up between what the spectators believe are the face-down Jokers. Reverse the order of the three cards and then place the face-up card on the table. Flash the face of the remaining two cards to reveal a Joker. Explain that card A (the signed selection) is more difficult but first you would like to draw attention to the prediction that you gave to a spectator before you started.

13: Ask the spectator to place the card he is holding, without looking at its face, face-down between the two Jokers. Square the packet and hold it in the left-hand dealing position.

14: The right hand takes the packet at the right long edge, thumb on top and fingers below as if for an Elmsley Count. Immediately, the left hand slides out the bottom card and revolves it face-up on top of the packet. This Joker should remain jogged to the left for about half an inch.

15: The left hand holds the packet as the right hand slides out the new bottom card and turns it faceup before replacing it under the packet, jogged to the right for about half an inch. This should all be done as you talk.

16: Place the reverse-spread packet onto the spectator's hand. After a suitable build-up ask the spectator to remove the prediction card sandwiched between the Jokers. It is the signed selection.

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