First Cover Up

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1. Assuming you have a break with the left fourth finger below the the selected card, proceed by placing the right hand over the deck in a manner similar to Figure 2 except all four right fingers are at the front end of the deck.

2. Next, the left fourth finger angles the selected card as shown in Figure 3 except that this angle should be greater. In other words, the left fourth finger enters further into the break so that later by pushing upwards and to the right the selected card will be angled out for a greater distance.

3. During the time the selected card is angled the deck is also side-squared as in Figure 3. The whole procedure up to this point has been just like the Technical Side Steal.

4. With the deck still being side-squared by the left hand, the left thumb moves to the inner left corner of the deck and pushes this corner of the top card forward. This causes the card to angle on top of the deck in a manner similar to that of the selected card.

The lower left corner of the card should also touch the right thumbtip while the upper right corner of top card will be pressing against right fourth fingertip. In fact the top card and center card are in almost perfect alignment as shown in Figure 90 which is a view of the packs' condition with the right hand removed.

Figure 90

The right hand should maintain a high arch during the above mechanics. The lower angled card is only about a sixty fourth of an inch in advance of the top card on the right side.

5. The left hand now pinches the deck, at the thumb crotch, near the lower left corner which leaves the right hand free to move the top and center cards off the deck. These cards are held by pressure of right fourth finger at upper right corners and right thumb at lower left corners.

Figure 91 shows the action from the bottom where you will note how the top card, in perspective, appears slightly to the right of the center card in order to clarify the situation; however, in reality the center card will be further to the right and concealing the top card when viewed from the bottom. From the top, of course, the top card will conceal the left side of the lower, center card.

Figure 91

6. As the top card is supposedly moved off you say, "Remember the top card is not your card," after which the right hand replaces both cards, as one, on top of the deck.

Immediately curl the right forefinger on top of the deck as the right hand takes the deck by the ends from above, then turns the right hand palm upwards to bring the face of the deck into view as you conclude, "And the bottom card is not your card." The chosen card is now second from the top from which point it is, of course, under the performer's control.

Our original application for the above move was for the Buckley effect called The Extraordinary Queens except we turned the Queens face up which automatically loaded the selected card face down between the face up Queens. Those who have Buckley's Card Control can find the remaining details on Pages 86 and 87 of the book.

Another Handling

This handling is more conducive to the Simon technique of doing the Cover-Up. We explain what the basic handling is but refer the student to Effective Card Magic for details.

With the break held in the center on the selected card, the left thumb actu-


ally pushes off the top card which is taken from above by the right hand.

2. The right hand shows the face of the card as you say, "The top card is not your card." Right hand now turns palm down and comes over deck so that the card in the right hand rests momentarily against deck, and it is at this time the left fingers push the selected card under the one in the right hand. Immediately the right hand moves away from deck while the left thumb shoves over the next top card of the deck.

3. Using the left side of the card held in the right hand, the top card of the deck is levered face up on top of the deck as you say, "And, of course, this card is not yours either." The top card is now levered over face down and at the same time the card(s) from the right hand are left on top of the deck.

4. The whole idea is that you have merely shown the top two cards of the pack. For example, in the Buckley effect you would say, "I have here the Queen of Spades and also the Queen of Clubs," doing the actions outlined to bring the selection between the two Queens.

Clip Steal Cover Up

This type of Cover Up using the Clip Steal is an entirely different concept from those previously explained and has a greater flexibility in its application to effects more so than as a means of controlling a card. First, we will describe the mechanics, then show its application to various effects.

1. Follow all the steps from 1 to 5 of the Clip Steal until you get the selected card clipped between the right fourth and third fingers at the base as shown in Figure 35 repeated below.

2. with the card securely gripped as in Figure 35, the right forefinger is curled


on top of the deck, if you haven't already had it curled from the start, then the deck is placed on the table.

3. As the deck is placed on the table the right hand remains alongside until the right fingers manage to get hold of the top card of the deck.

4. Once the right fingers have hold of the top card, the right hand moves away from the deck to the right. This results in the clipped card also moving out of the center of the deck as in Figure 92 which is a back end view.

Figure 92

5. The right hand then moves upwards with the two cards being in the position shown in Figure 93, a left side view.

6. The two cards are now brought together in perfect alignment by the left hand forefinger moving under the dangling clipped card and moving it upwards to meet the card held in right hand as in Figure 94.

Figure 94

7. The action in Figure 94 is continued until the two cards meet, just as the left second, third, and fourth fingers pull in on the right side of the clipped card in order to align it with the top card. The right fingers over the front end of the cards hide any movement of two cards lining up while from the top nothing can be seen.

8. Once the cards are lined up the two hands go into a Square Up Position as they apparently handle a single card.

9. The above Steps are the basic ingredients of the Clip Steal Cover Up and now we shall show its use in several effects.

Between The Aces

Effect: A selected card appears face up between four Aces that have been previously clipped with a paper clip.

We believe it was Annemann who first described an effect in the Jinx wherein a selected card appeared between four Aces while Paul Curry probably was the first to describe an effect in which a selected card appeared between two previously clipped cards, in his booklet Something Borrowed Something New. Since then there have been other methods by other card men. Our procedure differs from all these existing methods as well as those mentioned.

1. Remove the four Aces from the pack and handing them to a spectator tell him to arrange the four Aces in any order that he will easily remember, from top to bottom, but not to show you the order in which they lie.

2. Tell him to turn the four Aces face down. Hand him a paper clip telling him to clip the four cards at the side in order to insure the Aces staying in their order.

3. Having placed the clip on the Aces, take the packet from the spectator and drop it face down on top of the deck with the paper clip coming on the left side.

4. Pick up the pack, keeping the clip on the left side of the deck, holding it face down in the left hand for the Spectator Peek.

5. Have the spectator peek at a card. Hold a break on it with the left fourth finger.

6. Right hand comes over the pack and you do the moves required for the Clip Steal as in Figure 35.

7. With the cards clipped as in Figure 35 the right hand places the deck onto the table. The right hand takes off the top four clipped cards while at the same time stealing the selected card as in Figure 92 except in this case the paper clip is on the left side. This actually makes the pickup very easy as the clip separates the four cards from the rest of the deck.

8. The right hand then moves upwards with the four clipped Aces the situation being similar to Figure 93.

9. The selected card is now brought up flush with clipped Ace packet exactly as shown in Figure 94 with two single cards.

10. Once the selected card is lined up with the clipped Ace packet, the right hand keeps holding onto the packet while the left is free to pull off the paper clip and toss it down onto the table.

11. Your excuse for removing the paper clip is as follows: You say, "I'm going to test how good your memory is." By this time the paper clip has been removed. Continue, "If I transfer one Ace from top to bottom, can you remember the order of the Aces now?" To illustrate your left thumb peels off the top card into the left hand, then places this card to the bottom.

12. After the transfer of the card to the bottom, the packet is placed into left hand dealing position as for the Mechanic's Grip.

13. As the spectator calls the first Ace, you turn it face up flush onto the packet. Have the spectator hold out his hand, palm up, then deal this Ace face up into his hand.

14. Continue in a like manner with the second Ace dealing it onto the first face up Ace in spectator's hand.

15. On the third Ace, after it has been turned over face up and flush onto packet, you perform a Single Buckle to take two cards, back to back, as one and deal these as a single face up Ace onto the others.

16. Snap the last Ace face up and place it onto the others. Remove the cards from spectator's hand, turn them face down, place the paper clip back on left side of cards, return packet face down onto spectator's hand, then request him to place his other hand over the packet thus sandwiching it between the palms.

17. If the spectator remembered the order of the Aces, congratulate him and if he hasn't the next line will fit in logically.

18. Pick up the deck and say, "Well, let's see if you still remember your card. Will you please name it?"

19. After the spectator has named his card you thumb thru the cards and remove any card from the center and toss it face down onto the table,

20. Square-up the deck and toss it face down onto the tabled card, then pick up the deck from above by the ends, with the right hand. Holding the deck face down with the right hand rub the bottom or face of the deck against the spectator's upper hand as you say,

"Watch the_", naming card he selected. Slowly turn the deck face up as you say, "Your card is gone." Place the deck onto the table.

21. Have the spectator separate his hands. Tell him to turn the packet face up and to remove the paper clip. After he has done this, have him spread the four Aces to reveal a face down card in their center. Have him name his selection, then reach over with the right hand, remove the face down card and turn it face up to reveal his selection.

22. Be sure you let several spectators note the selected card as it is actually possible for the one person to forget his card due to the fact that he is concentrating on remembering the order of the Aces,

Dribble Stop Effect

Effect: Performer lets the cards dribble off his right fingers onto the table. At any time during the dribble "Stop" is called. The bottom card of those remaining in the left hand is the selected one.

The handling is such as to convince the onlooker that no control of any kind is possible.

Have a card selected or peeked at and bring it to the bottom of the pack preferably by one of the Side Steals To The Bottom.

2. With the card on the bottom your left fingers push it into the Clip Steal Position as in Figure 35 except here the bottom card would be clipped.

3. Holding the deck in the right hand, place the deck on the table, keeping your right hand close to the deck and maintaining the Clip on the selection.

4. With the side of the right hand kept close to the table, lift the deck off the table high enough so that right fingers can release the bottom cards so they dribble onto the table as in Figure 95. This shows the dribbled cards on the table, some still in the right hand and the selected card in Clip Position.

cards in this manner I want you to calf 'Stop' at any time." The initial dribble has now been completed and the left fingers shove the cards towards the right hand which can again grasp the cards and repeat the dribble until the spectator calls a halt.

8. When the spectator calls "Stop" you will be holding a small packet in a manner similar to Figure 95 except, due to the first dribble, this packet will not be a squared one; however, the situation will be the same.

9. The right hand moves to the right so as to clear the clipped card from under the dribbled cards then raises off table, Again the situation is similar to that of Figure 93 except the top single card shown is in this case a packet of cards.

10. Finish by bringing the left hand underneath and squaring the clipped card with upper packet in an identical manner to Figure 94.

Figure 95

5. Let the cards dribble off the right fingers completely as in Figure 96 where you will note the selected card remains clipped in the right hand.

6. Left hand now pushes or shoves the cards towards the right hand again so that the right hand can again re-grasp the cards for a repeat of the dribbling process.

7. During the actions shown in Figure 95 and 96 you patter, "As I release the

Figure 96

Have the selection named, then turn the packet over to reveal the card at its face.

The above Clip Cover method can be used to cut to four Aces by having them on the bottom to start. However, instead of dribbling the cards, the right hand makes a definite cut, then moves away with the packet plus the clipped card. Line up the Ace, and turn the packet face up to show an Ace which is dealt off onto the table. The cut off packet is returned and while squaring up the deck the next Ace is placed into position and the cutting repeated until all four Aces have been cut to. Also a variation can enter by cutting off small packets until you have four packets on table, the bottom of each being an Ace.

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