Four and Four Transposition

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1. Start with four Aces on top of the deck. Below them four spot cards, two black and two red, with an 8 of Hearts as the lowest of the four. Below this, have the 7 of Hearts as the ninth card from the top.

2. Thumb off the four Aces and show them in a fan in the right hand. Drop them face down on the table.

3. Show the next four cards, the spot cards, in a fan but in returning them get a break under them with left 4th finger. Patter about using four Aces and four spot cards.

4. Pick up the Aces and show them once more in a fan. Square them against deck getting set for the Angle Palm Switch.

5. Seem to drop the Aces to the left but execute the Switch as you say, "Four Aces. Keep your eye on them."

6. The Aces are now on top of the deck. Thumb off the top four cards, then squaring them steal an extra card, the 7H. Show the face of the packet as you say, "And the four spot cards over here", and drop them to right of the 1st packet.

7. Place the deck off to one side as you say, "Have you been keeping your eye on the Aces?" Pick up the supposed Aces on the left, make some magical pass, then fan out the cards to show them as the spot cards. Toss these face up to the table.

8. With the top card of the packet on the right scoop up the others thus transferring an Ace to the bottom to cover the 7H card.

9. Fan out the cards keeping the last two squared to show you have four Aces. The transposition has been completed.

Additional Rear Palm Switches

These are based on the Rear Palm commonly known as the Gamblers Cop. Do not confuse the Rear Palm with the Rear Flat Palm or the Rear Angle Palm. Several methods will be given using the Rear Palm.

First Method

This type of handling is useful at times as the Switch is made easier by turning the cards face up or face down previous to putting them on the table.

1. The four cards are Rear Palmed in the left hand. The cards are face up and in the familiar Cop position.

2. The right hand picks up the four cards to be switched. These cards are also face up.

3. The right hand places the cards into the left hand on top of the palmed cards but in a forward, jogged position as shown in Figure 102, the performers view.

Figure 102

4. The right hand can now make some gesture such as moving the deck, etc..

5. The right hand comes over and turns the cards face down in the following manner; The right fingers go under the front end of the packets while the right thumb goes on top at the front end. The right hand now turns both packets as one, inwards towards the body. The right fingers will conceal the jogged portion as in Figure 103 during the turning action.

6. The cards are now replaced into left hand face down.

Figure 103

7. Due to the jogged condition of the packets the rear packet will automatically go into the Rear Palm position while the other will remain forward. This is similar to Figure 102 except now the cards are face down.

8. Immediately after the turnover the right hand takes the forward packet from above by the ends. In doing this the right thumb will push against the injogged packet, pressing it further into the palm. The right hand then drops its packet face down onto the table while the left hand retires to the side.

9. The Rear Palmed cards can later be added to the deck.

10. Obviously the above Switch can be made with the cards either face up or face down.

Second Method

1. The cards are palmed in the right hand at the start.

2. The cards to be switched are taken and held in the left hand.

3. The right hand comes over to square the cards, adds the palmed cards but holds a left 4th finger break between the two packets.

4. The cards are next squared along the sides by the left hand with the result that the bottom four cards are left in a Rear Palm position while the top four cards are moved forward.

5. The forward packet is taken by the right hand and placed face down to one side.

6. Above action is similar to Mario's Square Up Drop Palm.

Top Palm Switch

This Switch is unusual in that the cards start out being palmed in the left hand and after the switch the cards are palmed in the right hand. Also this switch is covered by the action of turning over the cards.

1. The cards are palmed in the left hand in either full or Rear Palm.

2. Cards to be switched are picked up by the right hand and placed into the left on top of the cards there; however, left 4th finger holds a break between packets.

3. The right hand can move away under some pretext if desired.

4. Right here the action is most important. The right hand comes over the packet and palms the top four cards and at the same time, the fingers and thumb meet at the front end of the packet remaining in the left hand. Here the right hand turns this packet face up and the left fingers spread the cards out in a fan as in Figure 104, the spectator's view.

5. The left hand now grasps the fanned cards while the right hand releases its hold on the upper end of cards and changes position. The cards are retaken, in the right hand, by the same end

Figure 104

but this time as in Figure 105 with the right thumb on the face of the cards.

6. The right hand now tosses the cards face up onto the table in their fanned condition.

Figure 105

7. The above change can also be made while apparently turning face up cards face down. In this case start with the cards face up in left hand then proceed as per the original description.

The Throw Switch

This Switch can be very practical under certain conditions. The exchange is made with one hand and the title becomes evident on trying it out.

1. Begin with cards palmed in the right hand.

2. The cards to be exchanged can be picked up by the left hand then taken by the right which places them on the table, or the right hand can pick them up and place them into the left. During these actions the change is executed.

3. Let us assume the right hand has picked up the packet from the table. The four right fingers are at the front end of the packet while the right thumb is at the inner left corner. Four cards are still palmed in the right hand and the situation is as in Figure 106.

Figure 106

4. The right hand moves to deposit the cards into the left hand. It is during this time that the right thumb moves its cards inwards as in Figure 107 so that the visible cards are now more or less out of sight.

Figure 207

5. The right hand continues towards the left hand and seems to place the cards into the left hand but actually the palmed cards are released as shown in Figure 108.

6. Once the right hand has released the palmed cards it continues on towards the left arm in order to seemingly pull up its sleeve. Actually the purpose is to push the other packet into the palm because at this point the packet will still be held by the tip of the right thumb; therefore, the action of pulling up the sleeve is necessary. Any other action which pushes the cards into the palm proper, will, of course, do as well.

7. While the action has been described of tossing cards into the hand they can also be tossed onto the table.

One Hand Switch

A switch designed for several cards. Actually two hands are used to set-up for the switch; however, the change itself is made with only one hand.

There are two methods of handling but basically the mechanics for each are identical. The first follows a description of the actual mechanics involved in getting set.

1. Four cards are Rear Palmed in the left hand.

2. Four selected cards are taken by the right hand.

3. Both hands are brought together and the two packets lined up as one, but with the fourth little finger between them.

4. The two packets are transposed by a deliberate cut so that the upper packet consists of the original Rear Palmed cards. The left fourth finger still holds a break between the packets.

5. At this point the two packets are held in the left hand in dealing position, similar to the Mechanics Grip, with the left forefinger curled over the top end. The appearance is that the left hand is holding a packet of cards.


6. The left hand now moves towards the table to drop the packet face up onto same; however, right here the crucial moves are made.

7. As the left hand moves forward the left forefinger pushes down on the cards so that they go down further into the palm as in Figure 109. The left fourth finger is still between the packets.

Figure 109

Figure 109

8. Continue pushing the packets further into the palm and at the same time turn the left hand palm down. As the left hand starts to turn palm down the left thumb also pushes inward on the upper left corner of the packets. This will cause the packets to go into a sort of Clip Rear Palm as in Figure 110 with the left fourth finger still between the packets. Figure 110 is the view as it would be seen from the bottom; however, here the action is shown with the left hand palm up.


9. As the cards reach the position shown in Figure 110, the cards above the little finger are released to fall face


up onto the table. Actually the whole action is made as the left hand is turning palm down to deposit its packet. The cards are released at the time the left thumb and 4th finger press the upper corners of the under packet. This enables all four fingers to extend and release the packet while the other cards are held back in a Rear Flat Palm.

10. With the packet upon the table there are two alternatives from here.

First, the left hand retires to the side while the right hand comes up to spread the cards from right to left.

Second, the left hand retains its position and with the extended left forefinger spread the face up packet from right to left as in Figure 111.

Figure 111

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