Count Cop and Transfer

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

Get Instant Access

This is a good example of the use of the Count Cop without going to the pocket with the card, instead adding it to another packet. At first this may sound bold since the palmed card projects from out of the hand. If, however, these directions are followed carefully, the practitioner will soon realize the practicality of the combination. To describe it, we will use a transposition effect.

1. A card is selected and controlled to the top of the deck.

2. Two packets of ten cards each are counted off and placed side by side on the table. The packet on the left has the selected card at the bottom.

3. Pick up the packet on the left. Turn it face up. Make sure the person who made the selection can see that his card is at the face of this packet. Do not draw attention to this fact but simply allow the selection to be noticed.

4. State that "I will count the cards face up this time in order for you to note that the cards are all different."

5. Count the cards as for the Count Cop, placing the first card, the selection, into the palm position shown in Figure 9. The other cards are counted onto it.

Remember the cards are face up in the hands at this time. The right hand

COUNT COP AND TRANSFER

should be held close to the tabled packet on the right during the count.

6. Continue the count till you reach the last card. This last card is snapped and should end up being held between the left thumb on the face and left forefinger on the back. The card is held at center of its left long side.

7. This final card is slid onto those in right hand while the right fingers buckle the bottom card. (See Figure 10 of this chapter.)

8. The left hand, without changing its thumb position on the top card, takes the whole packet from the right hand, leaving behind the buckled card, and lays the packet on the table, face down, to the left.

9. As the left hand removes the packet, the right hand, with its palmed card, turns over at the wrist as in Figure 12, and goes immediately towards the packet on the right where it adds the card to the top. The action shown in Figure 12 is exposed. Actually the motion of the right hand towards the packet on the right is made rather quickly, but smoothly and without hesitation. The palmed card joins the other cards before any eyes have a chance to even see the projecting comer from the right palm.

Figure 12

10. The packet on the right is immediately scooped up as soon as the right hand reaches it. The action should look as if you merely went to pick up the packet in order to count it.

11. This eleven card packet is turned face up and counted as ten. The last two cards are held as one and placed, as a double, on the face of the packet. This packet is then placed face down to the right.

12. Look at the spectator and ask, "Incidentally, did you see your card among the ones IVe shown you?" He will acquiesce to which you ask "Among which set of ten was it?' He will, if things have been carried off well, point to the packet on the left.

State that you will cause his card to vanish from the one packet and appear in the other. Make some appropriate magical gesture, count the nine cards face down and say, "Your card is gone."

14. Pick up the packet on the right. Count the ten cards, one at a time, face down onto the table. There will be eleven. Use the eleventh card as a scoop to pick up this packet again and hold it face down in the left hand. The eleventh card remains on the bottom, leaving the selection on top. Ask the spectator to name his card. The top card of the packet is turned over to disclose the selection. Apparently the card has travelled from packet to packet.

By using the Cop Count for several cards this effect can be accomplished using three selected cards. The procedure is, of course, the same as for the single transposition.

Was this article helpful?

0 0

Post a comment