## From Out Of Nowhere

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

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Figure 112

fingers and onto the nail of the left forefinger.

The card ends up in the position shown in Figure 113 which will be almost similar to Figure 110 but not quite.

17. With a little pulling-in action, towards the left with the left thumb and forefinger, the card from the position shown in Figure 113 can be swung to an angled position more like that in Figure 110.

As the card is not held in position for any great length of time, being taken by the right hand, the slight discrepan-cyisalmostunnoticeable.

Now for our favorite effect using the above One Hand Second Deal. Lets call

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1. Have a card selected and control it to second from the top.

2. Hold the deck in the left hand as for this second deal. With the aid of the right hand flip the top card face up and ask if it is the selection. Turn the card face down.

3. Take the deck with the right hand from above by the ends, display the bottom card and ask if that is the selection. Replace the deck face down into the left hand.

4. Flip the top card face up and then face down as you say, "If the top card isn't your card -." Now turn the left hand back up to expose only the index of the bottom card as shown in Figure 114 as your patter continues, "And the bottom card isn't your card."

5. With cards in position of Figure 114, the left thumb secretly counts two cards in readiness for the One Hand Deal as your talk ends with, "Then what is your card?"

6. As soon as the card is named the left hand turns palm up, doing the D'Amico One Hand Second Deal at the same time. The result will be the sudden appearance of the card which seems to have come From Out of Nowhere.

Figure 114

A D'Amico Variation

This is variation of the One

Hand Second which also appeared in the Buckley book without due credit.

The action is identical in every respect as far as getting the left thumb under the two cards is concerned; however, at this stage the left hand turns backs up and the left thumb pushes the card face up out onto the table as shown in Figure 115.

The left thumb presses down on the face of the card, to keep it against the table, while the left fingers move the deck away from the card as in Figure 116.

Figure 116

Do not make the mistake of pivoting the card out of the deck. It must appear as if you merely laid it down.

The above also makes an excellent change off the face of the deck. The first method of D'Amico's One Hand Second Deal can be used to change a red back card to say, blue.

Briefly the idea is a blue card second from the top of a red deck. Do the D'Amico's One Hand Second Deal and it will appear as if the top red card is now facing the spectators. Actually this now has a blue back.

I have used this, at one time, as a phase in a Chamelion Aces routine and as such it is very effective either with aces face up or face down, (See Notes on Chamelion Aces)

### Stanley James Stud Second

Among the various demonstrators of magic across the counter in Chicago, one of the best is a young fellow by name of Stanley James. His skill and tempo, with the magical standards, fascinate even magicians. The following Stud Second is given here with his permission.

1. Hold the deck in the left hand in Mechanics Grip Position with the left thumb at position A and the left forefinger at position 1.

2. With the left thumb arc the top card over, then bring the right hand over the deck so that the right thumb goes under the top card at the lower right corner.

The right 2nd and 3rd finger-tips contact the upper right corner of the deck, The right forefinger is curled and its tip is touching the back of the left thumb. Figure 117 shows the position of the right hand.

Note that the lower right corner of the

Note that the lower right corner of the

3. While the right hand is in the position of Figure 117 the right thumb actually lifts up on the corner of the second card as seen in Figure 118 which is an exposed view. At the same time the right second and third lingers, at the upper right corner of the deck, can also feel this second card being pushed forward just enough to enable these fingers to feel the edge of one card.

Figure 118

4. Once you feel that this second card is securely gripped between the right thumb and right 2nd and 3rd fingers you can start to move the card out from under the top card. This movement can be either straight off to the right, back towards the operator or slightly forward as shown in Figure 119 where the top card has already been pulled back flush with the deck.

5. As soon as you feel that the 2nd card is sufficiently clear of the top card the right fingers snap it face up so it ends up being held between the right thumb on the face and the right fingers on the back. Actually, the snapping of the 2nd card face up is started while it is still partly under the top card as shown in Figure 120.

6. This second deal not only creates a good illusion, but also will be found easy to do.

Figure 120

Some may find it to their advantage to have the left forefinger alongside of the deck with the other fingers instead of curled around the upper end of the deck. Either way this Stud Second is worth spending some time with.

Variations of D'Amico's Deal

These are my variations on the D'Amico One hand Second Deal. You 11 find here an easy way of surely dealing the top card as well as a One Hand Bottom and Center Deals.

### The Top Card Deal

1. Hold the deck in Mechanic's Grip Position with the left forefinger curled around the upper end. The left thumb is extended, across the top of the deck, towards the left 2nd and 3rd fingertips.

2. Press down with the left thumb on the top card. Bending the left thumb inwards thus causing the top card to move to the left, over the side of the deck. The left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers press down on top of the deck to keep this top card on the left side as shown in Figure 121.

3. Left fingers keep the top card in place while the left thumb moves under the left side of the top card. Pressing upwards with the thumb and downwards with the left forefinger, the top card is caused to pivot to the left as shown in Figure 122.

Figure 121
Figure 122

4. Continuing the action, the top card will flip face up to end being held by the left thumb on the face and left forefinger on the back. The grip is at the lower end near center as seen in Figure