Second Clip Method

1. In this case the card to be secretly clipped can be either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th card from the top.

Figure 76
Figure 77

2. The left thumb shoves over the top card which is taken into the right hand. The second card is shoved over and taken under the first card and also kept slightly jogged to the left. This process is repeated with the third card being taken under the first two, and it too is kept jogged slightly to the left.

The result is three cards held in right hand as shown in Figure 78 which is a top view of the right hand. The action, of course, has been that of counting three cards into the right hand.

3. The fourth card, the apparent selection, is also taken under the cards in right hand; however, this card is pushed way under the spread of three cards and into the Clip position shown in Figure 77 except in this case the first three cards above hide this action so that the picture, as far as spectators are concerned, remains more or less as in Figure 78.

4. Having shoved the selection into the Clip, the right hand now makes a gesture under some pretext, such as asking if he still remembers his card. The count is resumed but this time all succeeding cards are taken one onto the other so that the clipped card remains at the bottom of the packet.

5. Using this Second Method of getting into the Clip also has the advantage of being used with a card that is face up.

6. Suffice it to say that the Clip can be used in the same effects as the Turnover Switch from Elias' At the Table except the Clip will make the subsequent release of the bottom card much easier than before. The switch is made simply by separating the right first and second fingers as the right hand either turns the supposed top card face up onto the deck or takes it off the deck, and onto the cards in the right hand, which then seems to deal this card face up to the table.

The action of taking it off the deck, with the right hand, then dealing it apparently face up to the table, is far superior to that of turning it face up onto the pack. Of course if a table is not handy, and you are working standing up, then the turnover of the card onto the deck is the only course.

The Clip Deal makes for an excellent Stop effect as well as a direct substitution of a known card for another. As an example, suppose you control a selec tion to the bottom of the deck. Then turn the deck face up. Everyone sees the selection on the face of deck but iou say, "I will run the cards face up. )o not say anything but merely think 'Stop' when you see your card. Here, of course, you have got the face card, the selection, into the Clip and are taking off more cards, onto it, from the face of the deck.

Suddenly you stop at one and say, "Yes, that s the card on which you thought 'Stop'. Here the right hand takes the face card off the deck into the right hand. Right hand turns to deal the supposed card face down to the table but actually an exchange is made via the Clip Release.

The Spectators disavows the card but you insist that was the card on which he thought 'Stop'. When he eventually turns the card over you again say, "That was the card at which you thought 'Stop' wasn't it?" He will have to admit you are correct.

By using the Second Method of getting ready for the Clip Deal you can work an exchange of a face up card in a face down deck.

Briefly, assume you have a card secretly reversed third from the top. Get this face up card into the Second Method position, as per Figure 78, without exposing its face. Now take the rest of the cards, one at a time, onto those in the right hand as you ask someone to call stop. When a halt is called the top card, of left hand packet, is turned face up with the aid of the cards held in the right hand.

The right hand now takes this face up card onto its packet. Immediately the right hand travels to the table, turning backs up, seemingly to deposit the card just taken but actually the Clipped card is released which, because it was previously reversed, lands face down onto the table. The right hand places its cards face up onto the face down cards in the left hand.

You can now run through the face up cards to show that he could have stopped at any card, actually to indirectly prove that the card stopped at is not among them so it must be the one face down on the table. After showing the face up cards casually transfer them to the bottom of the deck. Thus the actual stopped at card is now under control on top of the deck. (For another type of Switch see "Spread Switch" notes of August 10, 1956 and "Applications of Spread Switch" notes of July 3, 1957.)

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