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although Erdnase himself does not mention that his sleight be used in that way, and that of Jerry Andrus, who also has a special technique for twisting out a block of Aces to the top of the deck, there seems to be no other) and second, whatever methods are around in his day he found apparently not very practical or deceptive. The ones in this chapter are both practical and deceptive and the underlying techniques, for each, original with me.

Most approaches to the Multiple Shift are what I call the "Direct Approach". In other words, the insertion of the Aces is always pointed up, as it is usually a part of the intended effect; however, the "Indirect Approach" can be used very effectively. This consists in apparently inserting the four Aces, which may have just been used in an effect, without pointing up the fact, just as if you were merely replacing them into the deck and getting them out of the way.

The All Around Square Up done at such a time is ideal as the handling of the deck will convey the impression that you put the Aces out of the way and are now on the verge of doing something else. At such times you do not look at the deck. Your conversation should be the chief attraction and not your handling of the cards. Having brought the Aces to top or bottom you still should not be in any hurry to move into the next effect. After a slight lapse of time you casually start what appears, on the surface, as an entirely different effect, yet later on the Aces will figure prominently in the effect, or perhaps two or three effects later.

In some of the Multiple Shifts, especially those using the Double Undercut or Single Side Cuts, you must be careful that the Strip Out Action is not seen at the front end of the deck. For this reason tipping the deck forward, so the back of the deck is seen, during the actual Undercut will give cover; however, other procedures can be used such as turning slightly left or holding the deck faces towards the audience, especially if the control of the Aces is to be to the top, or being sure the right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers stretch across the front end of the deck during the actual Strip Out Cut.

Most forms of the Multiple Shift, described here in this Chapter, can be delayed. Any of the types in which a top block is used to cover the jogged Aces can be held in the usual Mechanics Grip thus delaying the actual Strip-Out. The left forefinger, across the front end of the deck, extends towards the upper right corner and conceals the slight jog of Aces at this end. The side-jogs, especially of the angled type, will be concealed by the left fingers curling around pack while the major portion of the jogs are towards the back and will not be seen. A proper tilt, to the hand holding the deck, also aids in concealing any jogs. After a sufficient wait, to give the impression of no control over the cards, the particular Multiple Shift of your choice is made.

Added Notes -

The Glimpse - This consists of in-jogging a card or cards so that the protrusion is for about three quarters of an inch. Now by seeming to square the sides of the deck you can easily read the indexes of any of the injogged cards. The position of the deck and hands is similar to Figure 127 except the cards would not be injogged as far but only enough to get the indexes in view. If you have a good memory you can remember the cards, assuming they are selections, then push the cards flush. The deck can be handed out for shuffling and as you know the names of all selections it should be no problem to relocate each selection in turn for its subsequent disclosure.

For easy remembering just remember the values of the four cards and make only a mental picture of the suits. You will be surprised how easily the suit of the card is recalled as soon as the value is remembered. It is also possible to crimp the four jogged cards so that later you can locate them a lot faster. To crimp, after first memorizing as suggested, merely push the injogged cards with the right thumb until only about a quarter inch is left projecting. Now with ball of the right thumb press down sharply on the inner left corner of the four injogged cards thus down-crimping all four cards just before pushing them flush and handing the deck out for shuffling. On getting the deck back all you do is locate the cards in the order memorized, the crimp making this a lot easier.

Mario's Turnaround Glimpse

The action here is similar to that of the All Around Square Up except it is used to glimpse the bottom card. The deck is held at the fingertips of both hands in the familiar Square Up position with the left forefinger curled under the deck and the right forefinger curled on top. The right hand starts to turn the deck clockwise and at the same time the left hand, releasing its hold on the sides of the deck but keeping its left forefinger pressed in against the bottom card, turns counter clockwise in order to regrasp the sides of the deck as the right hand completes its turn.

When the left hand has grasped the sides of the deck, the right hand now releases the pack and turns counter clockwise, using the right forefinger against deck as a pivot point, to regrasp the deck by the ends again. Thus the deck is back in the Square Up position after the Turnaround. During the turning of the deck, however, it will be noted that the bottom card will come momentarily in performers line of vision just long enough for him to flimpse the card and remember same. rom the spectators view it seems impossible that you could have accomplished anything but the mere turning of the deck. A glimpse is psychologically ruled out as the spectator himself sees only the backs of the cards.

The Turnaround is excellent to use immediately after the replacement of a palmed card or cards. It is especially effective after a Side Steal replacement of the card to the top of deck. The Turnaround and replacement are almost simultaneous.

Mario's Side Squaring Glimpse

This consists in doing the Side Square Up as in Figure 120 while having a card palmed in the right hand. You will find it an easy matter to glimpse the palmed card during this action and no one will suspect the glimpse because of the Side Squaring action. Again this is effective immediately after a Side Steal.

Mario's Acrobatic Aces

Effect: In this routine the four Aces travel repeatedly to the top, with no shuffling, then to the bottom and finally they are produced from the pocket. The effect is practical and can be done close-up behind a bar or on a platform. Also it is a routine that employs several of the Immovable Shifts, therefore; by adding this to your repertoire it will keep you in "trim" on the Shifts being utilized.

1. Turn deck face up to remove four Aces meantime pointing out there aren't any others in the pack. In resquaring the deck get a break on the four last cards and injog them. Thus when the deck is turned face down the top four cards are injogged.


2. Show the Aces, one at a time, placing them flush onto the deck. Apparently square up, but do the Immovable Shift to the top, as per Figures 105 to 113, thus getting the injogged four cards onto the Aces.

3. Patter here is, "You have perhaps seen me do the trick where I put four Aces into the middle of the deck, square up the cards, and the Aces come to the top?" Here you have fanned off the top four X cards, straddled them as per Figure 117, inserted them as a block into deck, squared the sides of the deck, to conform to later moves, thumbed over top four Aces and are displaying them fanned in the right hand.

4. Here close the fan, against the top of the deck, inserting the block of Aces into the center again. Perform the Immovable Shift to the top. Thumb over the top four cards, Aces, to display them, in a fan in the right hand. Patter for these actions is, "Are you sure you haven't seen me do the trick where I place four Aces into the center of the deck and they come to the top?"

5. Once again square the Aces against the deck and place them into the center but only about ten cards from the top of the deck. At the same time angle the block of Aces and get a break above them. Retain this break by pressing the tip of the left 4th finger against the side of the deck near its inner right corner. Left thumb deals over the top four X cards and the right hand shows the faces of these, in a fan, to spectator. The line of talk, to cover the above is as follows: "Well anyway I place the Aces into center of the deck and they come to the top. Marvelous isn't it?"

6. Take the fan of four X cards and in squaring them up against the deck steal those cards above the left 4th finger break as well. These cards are of course straddled, thus concealing their thickness, as per Figure 117 and inserted as apparently only four X cards into the center of the deck. This of course brings the Aces to the top. The top four cards are taken off and displayed to show the Aces.

The glib lines, especially if the spectator starts to tell you that the four X cards are not the Aces, are as follows, "No - you don't understand, I place the Aces in the center and they come to the top - see".

7. The four Aces are once more squared against the top of the deck, taken from above, with the right hand, in the straddle position shown in Figure 117, to be inserted into the deck as a unit. The deck is apparently squared but you do the Immovable Shift this time to the bottom. The line of chatter is, "Well then have you seen the one where I place the Aces in the center but they don't go to the top (point to top of deck) instead they go to the bottom".

8. Thumb off the four Aces off the face of the deck and hold them face down in the right hand. Turn the deck in the left hand so it is face down again.

9. This time insert the Aces into separate parts of the deck. Do the Shuffle and Palm Multiple Shift, to control the Aces and also palm them off into the right hand. With the Aces palmed in the right hand ruffle the front end of the deck with the right fingers. Move the left hand, with the deck, to the left and flip the deck face up. Right hand reproduces all four Aces from either your right coat or trouser pocket or from under the left side of your coat in a face up fan.

The concluding patter lines are, "Actually the idea is to place the Aces into different parts of the deck - push them in - then shuffle them. Now the Aces do not appear on top or on the

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