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A. At Figure 113 of Another Rear Palm Switch it is possible to merely line up the palmed card and the card above it instead of making the Switch in question.

To line up the two cards the left forefinger moves in towards the palm, this action would be similar to Figure 109, until the two cards are in line. This lining up of the two cards takes place at the same time that the right hand comes over to take the cards, as one, by the inner right corner. The left hand drops down to the side as the right moves up to display the face of an apparently single card which was originally placed into the left hand.

B. In the 1st method of Pseudo Card Cheat's Switches you may find the exchange easier if the palmed card is brought beneath the tabled card. In this way when the hands are tilted, as in Figure 92, it is only necessary to merely peel off the face card of the two. This is an easier action than the exchange required when the palmed card is still against the palm.

C. This is a rather trite effect using the Face Up Switch; however, the series of actions are such as to make the end result quite startling.

Assume that you have a card secretly reversed second from the face of the deck. Run this card under the spread as per Figure 116. As the cards are being spread face up ask the spectator to touch any card.

When he touches the card, the left fingers hold onto the touched card. The cards in the right hand are then used to flip over the touched card, face down onto the left hand portion. Immediately the left fingers move the face down card to below the cards in the right hand just as if to transfer the card into the right hand. The Switch is made as the right hand moves out with the originally reversed card as in Figure 117.

The right hand tosses its card face down onto the table, then both hands square the deck and turn it face down. The result is the touched card face up in the deck. All that remains is to pick up the tabled face down card, insert if face down into the face down deck, ruffle the front end of the deck, spread the deck to show the touched card has turned over as if by magic.

As I have said the effect is not much but the series of actions in this case can be used effectively in some other effects of a more substantial nature. As an example, the Spread Switch can be done twice in a row to accomplish a transposition and a reversal.

Suppose you start with the usual secretly reversed card at 2nd from the face of the deck. Work this card to beneath the spread as you ask someone to touch a card. Assume this card is the 5H. It is levered over, face down, then the Switch is made with an X card going to the table but the 5H remains under the cards in the right hand.

Now the 5H is worked under the spread as you ask another spectator to touch a card. Suppose this is the 7S. It is levered over face down and the Switch is made thus the 5H is placed to the table on the left. The 7S remains reversed in center of the deck.

The audience assumes the 5H is on the right, the 7S on the left when actually an X card is on the right, 5H on the left and 7S face up in a face down deck. To conclude picK up the supposed 5H, really an X card, and insert it into the deck. Ruffle the front end of the deck, then show the 5H now on the table. Spread deck to reveal the 7S face up.

This transposition effect is best if you decide on two definite cards to use. I suggest secretly reversing the 3C as the 2ndcard from face of deck. Now adjust matters in the deck so that the AC will be the first card you come to and the AD as the second card you will use. Of course, after the above Double Switch you can flash the 3C as the AC just before inserting it face down into the deck. From here the effect is terminated as in the first case.

While I have termed the above a Double Switch obviously it can be repeated as often as you may wish depending on the effect, as for example a Triple Transposition, because after each Switch the next card is in position for a repeat of the sleight.

A Card Switch In Reverse is possible as follows: The position of both hands is as in Figure 79 with these exceptions; the right hand does not have a card palmed and the left thumb is keeping a break, at the inner left corner, on the bottom card of the deck. A tabled card is in front of the performer. The right hand comes over the tabled card as in Figure 80. The right hand picks up the tabled card to look at it and at the same time the left hand moves in with the deck. The situation is similar to Figure 82. Still looking at the card, held in the right hand, the left thumb and fingers release the bottom card and the deck is moved back. Figure 81 shows the condition at this stage.

The right hand now turns palm down directly onto the new card thus both cards are covered and the picture is again as in Figure 80. The right hand holds onto its card and then moves away to expose the new tabled card which is taken to be the one just looked at. The situation is now exactly as shown in Figure 79 with a card palmed in the right hand. After awhile the palmed card is unloaded. This Switch is interesting in that you need not start with a card palmed. It can also be done with a packet of cards.

An excellent technique is when the position of Figure 80 is reached, with two cards under the hand, the right hand moves the under card forward, then as the right hand moves back, with its palmed card, it is immediately unloaded onto the top of the deck. The left hand tilts the deck on its side thus the right hand replacement is easy as both hands, grasping each end of deck, tap the side of deck against the table.

The back of the deck will be towards the spectator and the four fingers of each hand will practically conceal the top of the deck thus making the replacement difficult to spot.

While the Spread Switch has been described with a face up deck it can also be made with the deck face down.

My notes contain many more effects using both the Spread Switch and the Switcheroo but these will have to wait for another Chapter. Meantime, the best Switches to you—

yours, Edward Mario

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