Variations Of The First Switch

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eventually turn it over (a Turnover) to bring it face up or you can, after apparently having looked at the card yourself, turn it face down (a Turndown) again. In my opinion this technique should be used only when you apparently want to look at the card, as if to check it, then turn it face down again. Therefore the technique where the card is turned over directly, as in The First Switch, will be referred to as the Turnover while the one just described will be the Turndown.

3. The Turndown will be found to be a lot easier if the Rear Angle Palmed card is brought on top of the tabled card as they are lined up. In this case the right hand fingers will have to dig in under the tabled card in order to pick it up against the card in the palm. Once this is accomplished the Turndown will become a lot simpler as you shall see.

You will note that practically only the right 1st finger, which presses on the top card at the upper left corner, need move forward and the card automatically starts to lever upwards as in Figure 50. Here the right thumb is already under the card to further aid in levering the card up. At this point, in order for right thumb to conclude its levering action, the tip of right 2nd finger is placed against the upper left corner of the Rear Angle Palmed card.

Figure 50

4. In any event, after the Turndown of the card back to the table, the ball of the right thumb moves against the left

side of the Rear Angle Palmed card. The fingers are then extended and the tabled card is pushed slightly forward as in Figure 51 except this card will be face down. From this point on it is a matter of unloading the palmed card by any of the previous methods given.

Second Variation

1. This technique is rather unusual and gives fast results for either a Turndown or a Turnover. The Rear Flat Palmed card in the right hand is not brought directly in alignment with the anchored tabled card. Instead the card from the right hand goes under the anchored card at an angle as shown in Figure 52.

The top card can now easily be clipped, at its upper left corner, by the ball of the right thumb. The right thumb keeps the clipped upper card in a sort of Rear Angle Palm. At the same time the thumb s tip presses against the back of the under card as the tip of the right 1st finger pulls on the upper left corner of this under card to cause it to Turnover in a manner similar to that shown in Figure 44 and 45.

2. After the card is turned over the right fingers extend and push the card forward slightly as seen in Figure 51. As you can see this has been the Turnover technique; however, this same Angling idea can be used to do a Turndown and you will find it quite easy.

In this case you will find that the tip of the right 2nd finger has to be placed on the upper left corner of the Rear Palmed card as the right thumb moves in to lever the card up for you to look at, then Turndown. The palmed card ends up in a Rear Angle Palm but you can change it to any of the others, if so desired, or merely unload right from the Rear Angle onto the deck as you pick it up.

Third Variation

In each of the so far described, the left hand or the one that anchors the tabled card has nothing to do with the actual Switch once the Alignment is made; however, the very bold technique here described does make excellent use of the left hand as will be shown.

1. The tabled card is anchored by the left fingers. The right hand has a card Rear Flat Palmed. The right hand moves in towards the tabled card just as if about to do the Alignment Move but instead, the right hand card travels under the Anchored card so it projects halfwaifrom under the tabled card as in Figure 53 where you will note that the left hand is still nearby at the Anchor Corner.

2. When the stage of Figure 53 is reached you will find that the card now on top will have a tendency to raise

Figure 53

itself slightly off the table, at the back end. The tip of the left 2nd finger presses against the raised left side, near the inner left corner, of the card thus keeping the upper right corner in place against the right palm at the crease. This leaves the right fingers free to move its card past the Anchored card as in Figure 54.

Figure 54

This action is continued until the right fingers bring the card to the position shown in Figure 55 where you will note how the tip of the left 2nd finger is still keeping the rear card in place against the right palm.

MARLO'S CARD SWITCH

Figure 55

Figure 55

3. Once the card is as in Figure 55 you can do a Turndown or a Turnover. Once the right fingers have let go of this card the ball of the right thumb is placed against the left side of the rear card thus taking the card in a Rear Angle Palm. The left fingers can now move away from the right hand.

In the six year period between 1950 and 1956 the three Switches, Mario Card Switch, Mario Push Switch and the Circular Change, plus their basic principles, were demonstrated and explained to several notable card men among these being Dai Vernon. These will be described now and I shall start off with a Switch of mine as well as a discussion about methods of disclosing the card.

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