Mario and DAmico

The approach here is such that this has to be classified as a Change rather than a Switch. In effect, it is startling as the cardician merely seems to pass his hand over a tabled card and that card changes.

1. Hold the deck face down in the left hand as for dealing. The top card is shown and placed face down at about arms length from the performer.

2. Say, "I will pass my hand over the card, like this, and it will change." Here the right hand, which is resting on edge of the table, moves in a circular motion over the card as in Figure 74 which shows the direction of the circular motion but the hand has no card.

3. At this point, when the right hand moves across the tabled card, be sure to touch the card so it moves. It is readjusted, with right hand, which again passes over card and perhaps moves it again.

Figure 74

Figure 74

4. After the actions of Step 3, the performer asks the spectator to look at the tabled card, to see if it has changed. When he does this the performer has ample misdirection to palm off the top card of the deck into the right hand. The right hand rests its fingertips on the edge of the table. The right thumb swings down, then upward in order to get the card into Thumb Clip position. [efer again to Figure 74.

5. The spectator having looked at the card informs you it has not changed. The left hand puts the deck aside, then readjusts the tabled card as you say, "111 try it again."

6. Here the right hand travels in the same circular direction and the Thumb Clipped card is made to go under the tabled card. Without any hesitation the right thumb is extended, in order to release its clipped card quickly, as the length of the right 4th finger presses down on the right side of the top card, thus carrying the concealed top card under the hand and leaving the under card on the table. Figure 75 shows the action. Note the extended right thumb.

7. Without any hesitation, the right hand travels around and back to the edge of the table. At this point the right hand releases the card into the lap, easily done by merely bringing the fingertips close enough to the edge so the card falls automatically. Immediately the hand continues around again to go over the tabled card once more. This time the right hand is sort of lifted by letting the tips of thumb and 2nd finger touch the tabled surface. In this way the right hand is arched as it passes over the tabled card the second time.

Figure 75

8. There should be absolutely no hesitation as the change is made and as the card is unloaded into the lap. Most important is that this time the tabled card should not move. It is this lack of movement, to the tabled card, that makes the Circular Change so incredible in appearance and it seems as if you had no chance to touch it.

9. The Circular Change can be made into a Switch with the proper approach. For example, suppose you have someone think of any card and have him name it. Locate this card in either a Shuffle (See Riffle Shuffle Systems) or openly locate and cut it to the top. Spread the deck face down for the selection of a card which is not noted but merely pushed, still face down, into position for the Circular Change.

In scooping up the deck palm off the top card into the right hand and get it into Thumb Clip position. Now say, "The chances of you having actually selected the card you merely thought of are very remote; however, Iwill increase the chances of success with a Magic Pass over the card you selected." Here do the Circular Change.

Believe me if it is properly done it will all appear as actually having taken place under their very noses. Matter of fact, even after someone knows the Circular Change it will still amaze if it is properly executed. Remember, no hesitation during the circular action and unloading into the lap and no movement of the tabled card. The Circular Change can be done with the tabled card face up thus creating a visible and startling change.

Rub-A-DubChange (Mario)

The approach to this change gives you an excuse for plenty of time in which to get the cards set in the exact position needed for the exchange. It utilizes the basic mechanics of the Mario Push Switch but because of the approach, the change of the cards is more deliberate as it is done under the pretense of rubbing the tabled card. Used in an effect the procedure is as follows:

1. Two selected cards are controlled to the top. A Triple Turnover or Lift is executed to show an indifferent card. The top card placed on the table. The right hand is moved over and onto the card. Now rub the card as you say, "Rub-A-Dub-Dub, presto, chango."

2. Move the right hand away and have the spectator turn over the tabled card. Under this misdirection palm the top card of the deck into the right hand and get this card into Thumb Clip Position. Rest the right fingertips on the edge of the table. The left hand places the deck aside.

3. With the left hand turn the tabled card face down and position it for the exchange. Say, "Would you like to try it? All you have to do is rub the card like this." With this patter line, the right hand moves towards the tabled card. The palmed card goes under the tabled card and both are covered by the right hand just as for the Push Switch. The right hand goes through the rubbing action which gives you plenty of opportunity to get the cards in the correct position for the exchange.

4. Once you feel the situation is just right, the right hand moves away, with the top card, leaving the under card on the table. The right hand comes back to the edge of the table and rests its fingertips there.

5. While spectator is busy rubbing the new card you have plenty of time to pick up the deck with the left hand, and the right hand can add the plamed card to the top of the deck. Have the spectator turn over the card he rubbed. He will really be surprised at the change. In some instances he will rub it again expecting some kind of chemical reaction to cause the change.

6. Naturally the "Switch" approach can be used with the Rub-A-Dub Change just as explained for the Circular Change. It also can be done with the card face up. In this case the palmed card must be face towards the palm.

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