The Lost Card

1. Have a card selected and on its return control it to the top.

2. Tell the spectator you will attempt to cut to his card but first you will show that his card is not anywhere near the top or bottom.

3. Show the bottom card of the deck, then place the pack on the table.

4. Show the top card of the deck and replace it on top.

5. Once again state that you will cut right to their card. Here you cut the pack doing the Card Transfer as in Figure 55 and Figure 56.

6. At this point, the spectator is convinced you have just lost his card.

7. Ask for the name of the spectator's card. On getting the reply, turn over the top card of the deck as you conclude, "As I promised, I cut right to your card."

The same effect idea can be applied to the four Aces. In other words, the four Aces are placed on top of the deck then the pack cut to bury them in the center yet, a moment later, they are shown on top. In this case, the right hand carries away at least the top four Aces during the action and more, if necessary, to insure getting the four Aces transferred.

The Card Transfer can be applied in other ways such as in Ace Assemblies or any of the Card Transpositions such as a selected card from a packet of ten cards arriving in another packet of ten cards, or even several cards can be made to apparently leave one packet and arrive in the other. Also for a Cutting the Aces effect.

It can also be used to add an extra card or cards to a number of cards that have been fairly counted off the pack onto the table as follows.

Fairly count off a required number of cards, say five, onto the table.

2. The right hand takes the deck from above into the required position and places it to the right.

3. The right hand steals off the top card or cards as it moves directly from the pack to the counted cards.

4. Right hand then picks up the counted cards and places them into the left hand.If the above actions are properly performed, not only is there no hint of a card being stolen but also not a suspicion of anything having been added to the tabled cards. This can also be used in a count or stop effect.

We think that the above suggestions should give the student most of the possibilities of the Card Transfer, both as a Steal and Replacement maneuver.

To conclude, the stolen card can be maneuvered into a Full Palm or a Rear Palm by bringing the two hands together as for a Palm Transfer. Also, a card in the Rear Palm can be brought into position of Figure 57, for an eventual replacement, by the use of a Palm Transfer action of bringing both hands together.

There is an alternative technique for the Card Transfer that has merit and may at times be found an easier procedure.

1. In this case, the right hand does not position itself when it is about to cut the pack. Instead, the right hand merely reaches over to cut the pack in the normal manner.

2. The right hand carries its portion to the right in order to drop its cards on the table.

3. At this point, the right hand actually releases the packet so it falls onto the table from a height of about a half inch; however, the right hand remains alongside the packet.

4. As soon as the right hand releases its cards, the right fingers position themselves for the actual steal of the top card or cards. In other words, the ball of the right thumb immediately positions itself at the inner left corner while the right fourth fingertip places itself at the upper right corner of the top card. The right forefinger remains curled.

5. The stolen card is now carried away as already shown in Figure 56 and 57 to be deposited onto the other half of the pack, then the cut completed.

6. The whole idea is to first cut the pack, then position the right hand for the steal or Card Transfer; however, the movement needed to do this is very slight and unnoticeable.

Should one desire to transfer or steal a definite number of cards, say such as four Aces, it is only necessary to crimp these Aces upwards for their whole length. This makes the Aces stand away from the deck at both the left and right sides so that later the right thumb and right fourth finger can easily grasp only the four Aces.

We now close Chapter 5 but with the promise of future chapters to come.

yours, Edward Mario

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