Briefly the effect is; that after a card has been selected, then lost in the pack, another card is taken face up in the hand. This face up card is then thrown, towards the side of the pack, with enough force to drive it into the side of the pack. The original selected card is then discovered next to the face up one. The performer has apparantly used great skill yet the modus operandi is quite simple.
Begin by having a card selected. The returned card is then controlled to the bottom. The right hand holds the pack several inches above the table as the fingers loosen their hold on the cards so that they fall, starting with bottom of the pack, in small packets, but in one heap onto the table.
The result is that the pack is now on the table in a heap, which is not perfectly squared. This is important for the easy success of the following. The top card is now taken and turned face up. Hold the card, in the right hand, with thumb and second finger at lower right corner. With a slight wrist motion toss the card sharply against the side of the pack where it will force itself into it as in Figure 1.
This face up card is now pushed further into the pack with the right
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thumb; however, as you do this you will find that the cards above the face up card will move with it. The deck is then turned clockwise so that its right side faces the performer. The condition is now that the upper half is jogged above the lower half as in Figure 2.
At this time you take the pack from above, at the sides, with the right hand. The left hand grasps the face up card, and bottom half of the deck, with the left thumb on the face of the card while the left fingers go under the bottom packet, where they touch the bottom selected card. This position is shown from the performer's view in Figure 3a.
With the left fingers, push the selected card so that it is forced beneath the right hand portion, the fingers of which curl around it as in Figure 3b. In this figure the action of sliding the Ace over is exposed from beneath, and shown from the spectator's view.
Pull the two halves apart as you make the remark, "I will have to square up the pack a little." As you say this, you knock the upper portion in the right hand against the face up cards of the lower portion as in Figure 4.
This causes the selected card to also be pushed flush with the other cards in the right hand. Place the upper half back onto the lower portion and square the pack. All that remains is to spread the pack face down from right to left so the face up card will show. Ask for the name of the selected board. Take out the card to the left of the face up card and show that you have apparently thrown the face up card next to spectator's.
Note: Later that same year Carmen D'Amico made the toss of the face up card as the left hand was dribbling the cards. Mario's method used a crimp at the right corner so that the face up card actually is tossed next to the selected card.
The following methods of The Magic Throw I developed to give the impression of pure estimation but were dependent on mechanical subterfuges. Call it -
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