Traveling Double

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Effect: The spectator selects a card from one-half the deck while the cardi-cian selects one from the opposite half, Both cards are buried into the center of one half of the deck which in turn is covered by the remaining half. The two cards are now caused to travel to the top of the deck.

The above effect also uses a form of Tabled Lift that we have used since 1942 in connection with a Deuce Transposition effect from Amazing, Isn't It? with A1 Leech being one of our initial spectators.

1. Before proceeding, give the pack a concave bend lengthwise while it is face down.

2. Turn the pack face up for an overhand shuffle and run off two cards rather sharply in order to remove the bend in these two cards, then lightly shuffle off the rest of the cards onto these two. Next, crimp the bottom card at its inner left corner.

3. If the pack is now placed face down, the top two cards will be separated from the rest of the deck; however, the front end of the deck is more or less straightened out. The left thumb and second finger hold onto the upper corners of the pack while the left forefinger


straightens the front end of the deck by alternated pressing downwards on top, then moving underneath and pressing upwards. This double action straightens the cards at the front end only, but still leaves the cards separated at the back end as in Figure 27.

Figure 27

4. Having placed the deck face down, tell a spectator to cut the pack in half.

5. Point to the top card of the lower half as you say, "I haven't any idea as to what card you could have cut to. Will you please look at it?"

6. Spectator does as requested, then replaces the card on top of his packet. Here you openly cut his packet in half to bury his card. Actually the spectator's selection is marked off by the crimped card above it.

7. After cutting his card into the center, be sure to side-square the pack in a manner similar to Figure 13 in order to accustom the spectator to the action.

8. Address the spectator, "I don't know the name of your card but I will show you mine." Here the right fingers reach over to the top half of the deck to apparently pick off the top card, from above by the ends, actually picking up two between the right thumb and right second finger with the forefinger curled on top. Due to the previous bend in the cards this will be found fairly easy if a light touch is used.

9. The right hand turns palm upwards to expose the face of the card(s) as you say, "Will you remember my card,

\.Vie_T "ftere naming shown card.

10. The right hand turns palm downwards as if to replace the card back onto the top of packet, the right thumb and second finger release the lower card just shown. By slightly extending the thumb and second finger this release is easy and the lower card will fall flush onto the packet unnoticed.

Immediately the right hand, still seemingly holding onto its originally shown card, moves to the other packet and places the card on top as you say, "111 just put my card in with yours."

12. Having placed the card on top, the deck is now cut to bury it but the cut is made at the crimp which now brings the spectator's card back to the top.

13. Having completed the cut, both hands side-square the packet as per Figure 13 but this time the right hand Angle Palms the top card. (See Figures 12, 13, and 14)

14. The right hand travels to the right to scoop up the top half of the deck at the same time adding the palmed card to the top as in Figure 28.

Figure 28

15. The right hand scoops up the packet and drops it, from a height of about six inches for effectiveness, onto the other half as you say, "Well just place all these cards onto the others."

16. "Here's where we travel double," you patter as you mystically wave your hands over the deck.

17. Have the spectator name his card and then also recall yours. Slowly turn both cards to show them on top of the deck.

18. The Flat Palm Steal can be used in case the conditions do not permit an Angle Palm. Again the opening side squaring action is all the excuse needed for either type of steal.

19. Some may prefer to do a double turnover at Step 17 to show the performer's card which is then turned down and dealt off to one side. Later the same card is shown back on top of deck. Naturally the card on the table now turns out to be the spectator's selection.

Ten and Ten

Effect: A previously selected card vanishes from a packet of ten cards leaving nine. The card is found in a second packet of ten to make eleven.

1. Have a card selected and control it to the top of the pack.

2. Thumb off the top ten cards, reversing their order, then place these face down on the left side of the table. The selection is now the bottom card of the ten.

3. Thumb off another ten cards and place these face down to your right.

4. During the thumbing off of the cards you call no special attention to the number used but now you say, "I have dealt off two packets of ten cards each."

5. Pick up the packet on the left and turn it face up into the left hand. This will expose the selected card but you make no mention of this yet, at the same time you casually make sure the spectator notices it is his selection.

6. Still holding the packet face up give the cards an upward crimp lengthwise, Now deal off the face card onto table face up.

7. Immediately that the face card is dealt to the table, the left fingers bend the remaining nine cards inwards for their length. This double crimping action will later cause the selection to be crimped away from the rest of the cards.

8. Continue dealing the remaining cards face up onto the others as you count audibly up to ten.

9. The face up packet is scooped up, turned face down Then both hands Side Square the packet while the top card is either Angle Palmed or Flat Palmed into the right hand.

10. The right hand travels to the right to scoop up the ten card packet on that side at the same time adding the stolen card to the top of this packet.

11. The packet is turned face up in the left hand. The cards are counted as ten, face up onto the table, by holding the last two cards, then dealing them as one onto the face of the packet. The packet is then turned face down.

12. As an after-thought, you ask if by chance the selection was among the cards shown. When it is pointed out that such is the case ask in which packet it is. Naturally, the packet on the left will be indicated.

13. Pick up the cards on the left and holding them in the right hand at the lower right corner, snake the packet above the tabled cards as if to shake out the selection.

14. Count the cards, face down, to show that only nine cards remain, Place these back on the left.


15. Pick up the packet on the right and count as eleven by dropping each card face down onto the table, one onto the other. Finally using the last card to scoop up the packet into your hands.

16. After the count in Step 15 the selection will be the top card of the packet. Ask for selection to be named, then reveal it by turning the card face up.

Using the same mechanics, it is possible to have three cards travel from one packet of ten to the other. In this case the sides of the top three cards must be bridged away from the rest of the packet.

Tabled Stop Effect

Effect: With the deck face down on the table the performer openly removes a card at a time from the top of the deck until told to "Stop". The card stopped atis the selection.

1. Control a selection to the top of the deck. For methods of controlling cards in various ways, see Chapter 3; Fingertip Control and Chapter 4; The Side Steal.

2. Side Square the pack while at the same time stealing the card into the Angle Palm.

3. The right hand can now remove a card at a time, from above by the ends off the top of the deck as in Figure 29 without fear of losing the Angle Palmed card.

4. Place the cards, taken from the top face down to the right of the deck. Continue doing this until told to stop.

5. At this point the Angle Palmed card can be reloaded onto the deck or onto the tabled cards that were taken off the pack. In either case the selection is shown as the card the spectator stopped at.

Figure 29

Out of Your Hands

Effect: The deck is placed face up onto the table. The right hand is waved over the deck and the face card changes. The right hand is empty before and after the change.

As the above is much more effective with a selected card it will be described that way.

1. Have a card selected and on its return, control it to second from the bottom.

2. Show the top card and ask if it is the selection. Turn the deck face up and show the bottom card. Next do a Double Lift, moving off two cards as one, in order to expose the next, or supposedly second card. The showing of this second card is important to the finish of the effect.

3. Place the deck face up on the table and ask for the name of selected card. When it is given, you say, "Watch".

4. Show the right hand palm up and next to deck as per Figure 9 in readiness for the Flat Palm Steal.

5. Turn the hand down as per Figure 10 doing the Flat Palm Steal but immediately wave the right hand back and forth a few inches above the pack keeping the right hand flat during the waving action.

6. Assuming the cardician is standing when doing the effect, drop the right hand to the side, while the left hand reaches for the new face card of the deck.

7. As left hand takes the card off the face of the deck, the right hand is busy sleeving its card. See Chapter 1; Miracle Changes for descriptions of Sleeving Technique.

8. Having sleeved the card, the right hand moves up to meet the left hand, which also has traveled upwards from the deck, holding its single card.

9. The right forefinger snaps the card held by the left hand. The right hand takes the card and tosses it face up onto the table.

10. Pick up the deck, which now has the card that was supposedly under the original face card as the bottom card, with left hand and transfer it to the right hand.

The right hand now holds the deck in Straddle Position and retrieves the sleeved card as explained in Chapter 1.

12. In case the performer is seated during the effect needless to say, the right hand after the Flat Palm Steal is brought to the edge of the table and the card secretly released to fall in the lap.

We may add that the identical mechanics or proceedure used for the effect Rise-Rise-Rise can be used to accomplish Out of Your Hands. Again you can side-square the face up deck as in Figure 13, then doing the Angle Palm Steal immediately start to wave the right hand over the deck. Needless to say, that lapping the card in this case is the easiest proceedure.

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