Economy Class Departure

Ankle Wrapping Techniques

Elmsley duplicates as closely as is possible the eifect of his Point of Departure, without the benefit of a double-faced card. The search for a no-feke version of this trick has been taken up by a number of cardinen over the years, and solutions of varying merit have been published. Below is one of several that Mr. Elmsley devised in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He comments that the basic structure is flexible to minor variation. Therefore, it is not surprising that several...

Deck Preparation for Faro Shuffles

Farrow Shuffle Photo

While talking one day with Harry Riser, the topic of this book arose, and he related to me a fascinating Elmsley anecdote. One evening in 1959, when Mr. Elmsley was in the States for his first lecture tour, he and Mr. Riser met for dinner and, of course, to discuss magic. Mr. Riser asked if he had any tips on improving the accuracy of the faro weave. At this Mr. Elmsley just smiled and offered him his deck. Immediately comprehending the meaning behind the gesture, Mr, Riser gave the deck a faro...