Color Eliminator Effect

1. There is a slight setup which is easily remembered and just as easy to get ready. You use the Nines and Tens of the four suits. Place these at the 11th to 18th positions in the deck. The order of the pairs from 18th card up to the llth, is 9-10 of Clubs, 9-10 of Hearts, 9-10 of Spades and 9-10 of Diamonds. As you can see the colors are alternated and you know the order of the suits.

2. Use a false shuffle to retain the setup or you can have these eight cards on top and run ten cards onto them using an injog on the eleventh card, then shuffling off. Get a break at the injog and shuffle off to the break. Your cards are now set as needed. If you like, you can set-up the whole thing to precede a Faro Shuffle. (See Backward Faro in Chapter 7;Faro Notes, for presetting of Faro Shuffles.)

3. Hold the pack as for the Fingertip Peek. Fingertip Riffle Peek to the 14th card. As spectator is noting the card, you have ample time to observe whether you have more or less than fourteen cards through use of the Pinch Check. You surely should be able to tell the difference between 12 cards and 14, or 14 and 16, or 18.

4. Now close the gap slowly in order to get the Color Tipoff from the backs of the cards. This color will practically tell you which pair of cards are the possible peeked ones. As an example, suppose you feel that you have fourteen cards but are pretty certain you do not have twelve. Also suppose you are using a Blue Backed Deck.

If there is no Red glow, then you know the card must be black. Now you feel you have 14 cards and you are correct because the next black pair is so far down in the pack you would be certain of having more than 14 cards. The noted suit, therefore, has to be Spades.

5. Again suppose you felt you had 14 cards but nowhere near twelve. But this time as you closed the gap you would see a red glow. Now remember you know you did not have twelve cards but did think you had 14. The closest possible red pair has to be the Heart Suit. If you hold a Pinch Check on the Heart Suit and then the Diamond Suit you will readily see why it is practically impossible to make a mistake on the suit of the card.

This same Pinch Check you can try on the Club and Spade Suit and again you can see readily the difference of 14 as compared to 17 or 18. The same reasoning holds true if you think you have twelve cards but as you close the gap you see no red glow; therefore, you had either 13 or 14 cards and so the black suit nearest to this position is the Spade. Your timing of the peek should never carry you into the top ten cards and in this way you have an eight card lee-way on the initial peek.

6. Once you know the Color of the card you also know the suit, plus that it is either a 9 or 10 of that suit. After the peek, hand the cards immediately to be shuffled as you tell everyone that you will not ask a single question in finding the card. On getting the pack, locate the pair of cards and place them both on top of the pack.

7. Now take off the top card only and hold it face down in the right hand as you again state that you will not ask a single question but will merely show that the card you hold in your hand is in fact the card chosen under what seems like impossible conditions. The card in your right hand is turned face up as you say, "This is your card."

8. If you are right the effect is over. If not, you can take my word for it that under these conditions you can do a Top Change even for magicians and they will miss it. Just do it nice and easy with no fast or fancy moves or gestures. In other words, just exchange the card in your hand for the one on top of the deck.

9. Yes, it can be done that slow. Why? Because you have set up even a magician to the role of a layman without his realizing it. He does not expect you to find the card under the outlined conditions; therefore, when you apparently miss, he is quick to Look Up and tell you so. That is all you need for the change which again I say must be done slowly with no gestures or quick movements.

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