Small Revelation

Effect: The performer displays a spread of four miniature cards, all of the same value. The four car ds have been glued permanently into a row, as shown in Figure 86. The four-card spread is displayed front and back, then placed into an ordinary envelope, which Is given someone to hold. Four matching normal-sized cards are now brought out. These are mixed by a spectator and dealt into a face-down row. He then picks one of the cards and turns it face-up.

Next the person holding the envelope opens it and removes the row of miniatures. Though these small cards are still solidly glued together, one of them is now reversed in the center of the spread— and this reversed card is the duplicate of the spectator's selection, which lies face-up in its face-down row on the table.

Method: In the 1950s Joe Stuthard marketed an item called "Klip Trix". The novel effect just described is partially related in method to the Stuthard trick, which in turn uses a principle first explored in print by Tom Sellers (ref. "New Principle Card Trick" in his Twenty-one New Card Tricks, p. 8). "A Small Revelation" depends on the clever construction of a row of miniature cards. You will need five small cards; those half-size miniatures available in some department stores and inagic shops. These must all share the same value. For this description, assume these cards to be the four fours and an extra four of spades.

Take each four of spades and carefully cut a narrow slot in it that travels from the precise center of one end straight to the center of

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the card (Figure 87). Set aside one of these fours and glue the remaining four cards together in an overlapping row, with a half inch of each card exposed to the right of the one above it. In gluing the cards together, arrange them with the diamond, heart and club faceup, and the spade face-down second from the left (Figure 88). It is important that, when you fix the spade into place, the slotted end lies at the top of the spread, and that you apply glue only to the left side of the slot on the back and the right side of the slot on the face. When the row is assembled, the slot is completely concealed by the cards above and below it, but it can still be separated (Figure 89).

Next fashion a small barbiess hook from a straight pin. Attach this with glue and tape to the face of the second four of spades at its uncut end, near the middle (Figure 87). If you hold this card faceup by the end with the hook and slip the cut end into the slot of the face-down four (Figure 90), you will find that the two slots mesh and the loose four slides completely down and over its face-down duplicate, perfectly concealing it on both sides. With this card in place, the spread appeals to consist of four face-up fours.

You also need the matching fours from a normal-sized pack, and an envelope large enough to contain the glued spread of miniatures. Pencil dot or otherwise subtly mark the back of the four of spades, so that you can identify it easily.

In performance, bring out the spread of miniature fours and, hiding the hook between the tips of the fingers, display the cards front and back. Explain that you have glued the little cards together to avoid losing them. Hand someone the envelope and have him make sure it Is empty. While he does this and attention is drawn to him, maneuver the row of face-up cards into a position roughly parallel to the left fingers, with the hook lying under the thumb (Figure 91). The position of the row of miniatures in the hand is similar to that of a normal card when It is about to be classic palmed.

Turn a bit to your left and drop your left hand casually to your side. Hook the gimmick onto your trousers leg or the tail of your jacket and move your hand back. This action causes the gimmicked card to slip from the spread and hang from your clothes (Figure 92). At the same time, extend your right hand and retrieve the envelope.

Holding the miniature spread in a manner to conceal the reversed card behind the fingers, slip the spread into the envelope and close the flap. Hand the envelope to the person who examined it and ask him to guard it.

Now bring out the four normal cards. Display them, pointing out that they are duplicates of the glued miniatures. Hand the cards to a second spectator for mixing. Then have him deal them into a facedown row on the table. You must now force the marked four of spades on him. As there are only four choices, there is a one-in-four chance he will pick it straight-away. If however he doesn't, it is a simple matter to adjust his selection through an equivoque (magician's choice) procedure. At the finish of the selection process, manage to end with the four of spades reversed in the row, either face-up among face-down cards, or face-down among face-up cards. Then have the person holding the envelope open it and remove the glued miniatures to reveal the mysterious sympathetic change that has occurred.

During the aftermath of the effect, or earlier, during the forcing of the card—whenever attention is not on you—steal the hanging miniature from your trousers or jacket and drop it into a pocket.

If the idea of hanging the gimmick on your clothes does not appeal to you, or working conditions make it impractical, another avenue of action is easily devised. I would suggest that you replace the hook with a small tab of transparent tape. When ready to steal the loose four from the row, lay the miniature cards momentarily on the back of the envelope, catching the tape tab under the right thumb as you open the flap with the left fingers. Raise the front end of the envelope slightly, tipping the spread out of the audience's view. Then, with your left hand, grasp the row and pull it to the left, leaving behind the gimmick (Figure 93).

Slip the spread into the envelope and immediately give it to someone to hold, secretly retaining the gimmick in the right hand. A miniature card should present no problem of concealment. Drop the. gimmick into your pocket as you bring out the four normal cards, and proceed with

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This trick was marketed in 1962 by Louis Tannen, using the hooked card. However, Mr. Elmsley never attached a hook to the slotted card; nor does he remember suggesting the idea. It is likely that Louis Tannen added the hook either because the original Elmsley handling had been forgotten, or he thought the hook made a more interesting prop for sale. Mr. Ehnsley's original and preferred handling uses your pocket handkerchief instead of an envelope.

Proceed in this manner; Grip the spread of miniatures face-up in your palm-up right hand, your thumb contacting the face of the slotted card. Tilt the spread to an almost vertical position, with its far-edge upward, and ask a spectator to grasp it by the outer index corner of the uppermost card (Figure 94).

While you continue to hold the cards as described, with your free left hand snap open your handkerchief and drape it over the spread, the spectator's hand and your own. Under cover of this action, use your right thumb to slide the slotted card downward for about half its length, but leave it engaged in the spread. (Of course, the handkerchief you use must be opaque, so that the cards cannot be seen through it.) Then bring your right hand from beneath the handkerchief, casually letting it be seen empty. This adjustment can be done smoothly and quickly, causing no hesitation.

Now have a second person pick a card from the full-sized set, forcing on him the duplicate of the reversed card in the spread. To reveal the reversal of the miniature card, grip the downjogged end of the slotted card through the handkerchief and pull the card free as you dramatically uncover the spread—still in the first spectator's hand. While attention is focused on the reversed card in the glued spread, you have ample opportunity to place your handkerchief back in your pocket, with the gimmick in its folds. Done in this fashion, the effect is greatly enhanced, for the spectator actually holds In his hand the glued spread of cards as the magical reversal is effected.

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