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This is a utility Switch that I devised to enable one to switch either one card or several. It is easy of execution, requires only a slight amount of practice and has endless possibilities some of which will be pointed out.

For the present I will describe the mechanics of the Switch itself; however, first, let me point out that although the moves can be made with the pack face down there is less suspicion if the pack is face up during the Switch while the tabled card or cards are face down. After the student has familiarized himself with the sleight he will readily appreciate this fact. The description for Switcheroo now follows:

First let me state it is best if the cards involved in the switch are slightly crimped lengthwise so later they can be easily handled when picking them up by the ends.

Assume that you wish to Switch a face down card, that is on the right side of the table, for one which is still in the pack. Begin by secretly reversing the top card of the deck as follows. The

Eack should be held face up in the left and with the right hand above.

The left fingers push out the bottom card for half its width. The bottom card rests on the fingertips of the left hand. By closing the left fingers the bottom card will be reversed face up under the deck. This is a pretty standard procedure and was first described in Victor Farelli's book Lend Me Your Pack.

2. The left 4th finger pulls down the lower, inner right corner of the reversed card. At the same time the right hand removes the pack, from the left hand, by taking it from above by the ends. The right thumb comes at the lower right corner but its tip maintains a break, between the reversed card and the rest of the face up cards, at about the center of the back end. The right 1st and 2nd fingers take the deck at the upper right corner while the right 3rd and 4th fingers are merely alongside but do not touch any part of the deck. The right 2nd finger is on the corner of the deck but the 1st finger is more at the center of the front end.

3. With the pack held in the right hand, as described in Step 2, advance towards the face down tabled card as shown in Figure 118. Note that the deck is not directly in line with the tabled card but more towards the left of the card.

4. The right hand, with the deck still in the described position, comes down to pick up the tabled card. The right 1st finger and right thumb only hold onto the deck while the right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers extend to pick up the tabled card to imderthe deck.

Figure 118

5. The tabled card is picked up by placing the tip of the right thumb on the lower left corner and the tip of the right 2nd finger on the upper left corner. The right 3rd and 4th fingers also aiding in holding the tabled card, as well as concealing the whole front end of the card. The grip and position of the cards at this stage is shown in Figure 119 which shows a bottom view of the condition.

6. The right hand moves towards the left of the table to apparently deposit the card just picked up. Actually the originally reversed card, on which the right thumb has held a break during all this, is released by simply easing up the pressure of the right 1st finger and thumb as the toss to the left is made. Anyone who has a Three Card Monte toss will find no difficulty executing this manuever; however, bear in mind that the move is a slow, easy one and not fast or jerky. During this toss the right thumb and 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers hold onto the card picked off the table. The right fingers will, of course, mask the card held back as seen in Figure 120 where the actual Switch is taking place.

After the actual switch has been made there are several alternatives for the card that was held back.

A The two hands come together, the left fingers, from below, pull on the card to bring it back under the face up deck. It thus takes the position of the originally reversed card.

With the card extending to the right as it does it will be found a simple matter to immediately spread the deck face up. Because of the jogged condition of the reversed card it will be hidden by the spread.

We prefer this method to any of the others for all practical purposes. It consists of merely bringing the two hands together and having the left fingers extend straight outwards below the deck. In this position the pack will more or less be resting on the extended left palm with the left fingertips on the face of the side-jogged card. The left thumb enters under the pack to tilt it on its side.

The right hand immediately undercuts the deck for an overhand shuffle as the left thumb pulls off the top half while the left fingers, where the side-jogged card was resting, close in to hold the card, upright, against the portion of cards pulled off by left thumb.

Upon completion of the shuffle the tabled card will be on the bottom of the pack. This whole action of righting the reversed side-jogged card should appear as if you merely shuffled the pack as an afterthought.

Note - Farrelli's book, Lend Me Your Pack, had a suggestion of reversing a card in a shuffle but gave no details. The above is what I assume would be the procedure.

can be done with a number of cards. As a matter of fact it is even easier with more cards. Because of the added weight the release, made by simply easing up the pressure of the right first fingertip and tip of the right thumb, is a lot easier.

A packet of cards has less tendency to buckle up against the bottom cards; therefore, it will be less apt to hang up the crucial switch. This is the one detail that must be guarded against, in the single card switch. Do not press too hard on the ends of the picked up card as it will buckle up against the card to be exchanged.

Before proceeding with some actual effects in which the above sleight is used, we will introduce an idea using a paper clip in connection with the Switcheroo. Several years ago we introduced, via a booklet called Mario in

Spades, an effect titled "Clipped". In it a paper clip was used to mark a card, namely the Ace of Spades, later the paper clip was secretly transferred to another card.

The use of a paper clip, in the "Clipped" effect, came to me as a result of watching Russell Barnhardt, of Chicago, vainly trying to accomplish the same purpose through the use of a rubber band encircled around the cards. At this time another idea, along the paper clip line, is introduced. It is the secret use of a duplicate paper clip to enhance both the effect as well as the Switch plus the fact that the deck can be held face down during the Switch. A brief example of its uses now follows:

What is about to be described should not necessarily be taken as an effect in itself but rather something that shows the possibilities of application. If one wishes to look on this as an effect it would seem that four selected cards, which have been marked with a clip. These change into four Aces while the four selected cards appear in the performer's pocket.

1. Secretly clip the four Aces. The paper clip is placed at the center, on the right side, of the packet of Aces.

2. Place the Aces at the bottom of the pack with the paper clip towards the right. All the cards are face down and held in the left hand, as for dealing, with left fingers curled around side of deck to conceal the paper clip.

3. A second paper clip is on the table or brought forth from the pocket at a later time as required.

4. Four spectators are requested to remove cards and note them. The four cards are gathered by the performer and the paper clip is put on these in the identical position as is the clip on the Aces. The packet is placed to the right of the performer.


5. The cardician now obtains a four card break, with the right thumb, on the bottom Aces. The paper clip makes this part sure and easy of accomplishment.

6. Holding the deck, from above by the ends with the right hand, in readiness for the Switch, the performer's left hand reaches out and grasps his helper by the right arm. Having his left hand thus occupied gives him an excuse to pick up the tabled packet in the manner prescribed for the Switch.

7. The performer's right hand picks up the tabled cards and makes the Switch tossing the cards towards the left, as he says, "Will you please hold onto these four cards."

8. Addressing his audience the cardi-cian states that he will cause the four selected cards to arrive in his pocket.

9. Bottom palm the four selected cards in the left hand. Reach into the left side coat pocket, push off the paper clip, have the first selection named, remove the proper card and display it to the assemblage.

10. Repeat this procedure with the remaining three cards. Later have the assistant remove the clip from the cards he holds. He shows he holds four aces.Climax!

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