Hes My Partner

5th Effect: The Cardician's designated

Partner gets four Aces in a poker game. his after the deck has been thoroughly shuffled and cut by a member of the audience.

1. Secretly locate and palm off the Aces into the right hand. If you can lap the needed cards do so. At any rate the deck is handed out for shuffling and cutting during which the Aces are secretly obtained and held in readiness to be added to the top of the deck as it is picked or scooped up. If you know the Spider Return use that.

2. The four Aces are now on top of the deck. Take off the top card, an ace, to deal it face down to your left as you say, "He's my partner.'

3. During Step 2 the right arm will be in front of the deck. This cover plus the patter line, "He's my Partner" will give you ample time to get into position for a 4th Deal in order to control the unit of 3 Aces.

4. Deal out five hands of cards dealing 4ths until you get back to your partner. Here deal a 3rd, to give him a second Ace and at the same time keeping other 2 Aces under control.

5. This time around deal 3rds but a

2nd to your partner. Continue dealing 2nds, to keep the last Ace, until you get to your partner and then deal the top card. From here deal out fairly to complete five hands of five cards each. Show your partner has four Aces to climax the deal.

Remember during the deal that the left hand remains stationary, on the table in front of the performer, while only the right hand moves to take the cards and deal them out. Watch your angles for the left hand to get the best results.

On the subject of "Holding Out" many [unskilled amateurs can do this and never get called even though their skill is not of a high order. On the other hand, many experts have been caught holding out. Why is this? It's simply the fault of the approach and some bad advice from the magic books. How many times have you been told to have a card selected, replaced, then you palm it out as you hand deck out to be shuffled. Right here is where you are asking for trouble. Many times a "stinker" will check the deck to see if his card is there. Some may even slyly reach foryour hand - result, you get caught. Remember anytime you have a card selected, or even if you show 4 Aces and place them into the deck which is then handed out to be shuffled, that card or those Aces had better be there, because the apparent fairness gives them time to think and become suspicious as to whether that card or those Aces are in the deck. What follows may be a casual look through the i deck, furtive glances at your hands or even an out-right "What you got in your mitt?"

On the other hand, if you have secretly palmed out, say the four Aces, to hold them out, then you are pretty safe as there is no reason for them to suspect anything at all. You haven't pointed up anything like a selection or four Aces -

they are merely shuffling the deck at your request and that's all.

You can sit there all evening with the held out cards until you are ready to cap the pack. With this approach to "Holding Out" even an amateur can do very well and not get caught.


6th Effect: There are those in magic who can never keep any sleight as a secret weapon but use the sleight itself as a show piece. This then, is for them.

1. Remove the four Aces and toss them to your audience. Have them select either the red or black ones.

2. Place the two selected Aces, let us say black, on top. Now, ask for a small number. Deal 3rds to this number, then slowly show the two chosen Aces still on top. Repeat if you have to.

3. Now ask for a red Ace to be added to the other two. Again ask for a small number as you go into dealing 4ths. On the number, stop, then show the three Aces still on top.

4. When they venture a guess that you dealt from the bottom you very proudly say, "Nope, 3rds and 4ths, my friends." This won't help your magic any but it will sure boost your ego.

Invisible Aces

7th Effect: Spectator places 4 Aces into different parts of the deck. The Cardician now pretends to invisibly remove the Aces and place them in his pocket. On running through the deck the Aces are not there. They are taken out of the performer's pocket.

The above effect can be done either standing up at a table or seated but it is best done standing.

into separate places of the deck. It is then squared and handed back to you.

2. The insertion of the Aces is made face up; therefore, this gives you a chance to see which Ace was placed nearest the top of the deck.

3. On getting the deck, hold it face up between both hands. Cards lie in the left hand as for dealing while the right hand is above the deck gently holding it by the ends.

4. The left thumb riffles down the upper left corner of the deck as you say, "Remember, the Aces are somewhere in different parts of the deck."

5. Step 4 has enabled you to glimpse the last Ace, nearest the top, so you can stop the thumb riffle there and keep open a break. Now release the Ace so it joins the upper section but still hold the break by pressing the left thumb in against the upper reft corner of the deck.

6. With the right hand grasp all the cards above the break, then rock the deck forward. At the same time release the break held by the left thumb while gaining a new one at the lower right corner with the left 4th finger. Thus you have transferred your break from the upper left corner to the lower right corner.

7. Now say, "I'm going to remove the Aces one at a time invisibly, like this, and place them into my pocket." As you say these lines you actually Side Steal the Ace at the break into the right hand and thus deliberately place it in your pocket.

8. The right hand comes out empty, palm towards the audience, one finger raised as you say, "That's one ace." Here you go through the same motions but you do nothing. Merely cup your hand, run it over ends of deck as if removing something, show the palm of this hand as you say, "That's the second ace." Repeat these actions twice more each time placing the invisible Ace into your pocket.

9. At this stage one Ace is already in the pocket and three are in the pack, Say, "It's possible, I may have taken a wrong card that last time. Ill run through the deck and if anyone sees an Ace dealt, stop me."

10. Here you hold the deck facing you and deal off, in a sail, the cards face up to the table. Continue in this manner but as you come to each Ace you hold it back with the 2nd and 3rd deals. The 3rd deal will eventually get you to the 3rd Ace and here you stop with all three Aces are gathered at the face of the deck.

11. Here merely push over the 3 Aces just far enough so that in squaring, the left 4th finger can get a break beneath them in readiness for a palm off.

12. The palm off of the Aces can be either a Drop Cover Palm or the Wrist Turn Palm. See Chapter Two; Action Palms.

13. The stall required for a logical palm off is as follows: Immediately the Aces are palmed, the right hand runs over the ends of the cards in the same manner as when doing the invisible removal. Your patter covers this as you say, "When I was doing this to invisibly remove the Aces and placed them into my pocket I wasn't kidding. As you see there aren't any Aces in the deck because they are in my pocket."

14. During the above patter line you have palmed off the Aces, stuck your right hand into the pocket, left them there as the left hand spreads out the remainder of the cards to show no Aces. When the line "because they are in my pocket" is reached the right hand comes out with the four Aces.


These are only a few of the effects possible with the Unit Control, besides its advantages in you-know-what, for you to use as you're so inclined.

Note: You can use marked Aces in the above effect and do it with the deck face down. In the absence of marked cards you can set the Aces at determined positions. When you reach these key positions you will know that you have to add a card to the deal thus increasing from 2nds to 3rds and to 4ths if such is required. See Mario's Strike Unit Control which can be used in the majority of the effects described here.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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