## Halfway To Heaven

Effect: Here is another abbreviated Out-of-This-World effect, but in this presentation the whole deck is in play. The deck is shuffled, then a red card is turned face-up. Someone is asked to touch a random card in the face-down pack. Three others are asked to do the same. These four chosen cards are removed from the deck and set aside with the face-up red card.

A black card is now turned up, and the four spectators are each asked to touch another card. These four cards are also taken from the pack and set on the table with the face-up black card. Now the two groups of chosen cards are turned face-up to reveal that all those selected under the influence of the red card are red as well; and all those picked under the influence of the black card prove to be black.

Method: An extremely deceptive packet switch makes this impressive feat possible. Mr. Ehnsley's strip-out addition is the basis of the switch. This sleight was taught in Volume I on pages 238-240, and the reader should be familiar with it before proceeding with this description,

A simple eight-card setup is required: secretly gather any four red cards at the face of the pack, and position any four black cards directly above them.

Begin the presentation by giving the deck a casual false shuffle, reserving the eight-card stock at the bottom. While you shuffle, set the atmosphere for a psychic test and explain that the cards will be used in the experiment, but only their colors are important: red and black.

As you mention colors, deal several cards from the top of the pack, turning them face-up on the table. Stop when you have an example of each color. Leave one red card and one black face-up on the table, and return any extra dealt cards face-down to the pack.

Now pick up the red card and insert it, still face-up, several cards from the top, leaving it outjogged for about half its length. Then ask someone to touch any card as you spread through the deck. Spread slowly through the first eight to ten cards, until the spectator touches one. Outjog that card and smoothly move to a second person, asking him to touch another card, a little farther down in the pack. Outjog this card and proceed to a third person, then a fourth, until four face-down cards have been freely chosen and outjogged. Each card should be jogged approximately a quarter of an inch farther than the preceding one. Spread slowly through the pack, so that all four choices are made before you reach your eight-card stock at the bottom. After outjogging the fourth selection, continue to spread through the cards, and injog the last four (the red cards) about a quarter of an inch. As you do this, say to the four helpers, "Now you could have touched any of these."

Neatly square the pack into your left hand, without disturbing the five outjogged cards or the injogged bottom block. With your palm-down right hand, grasp the deck by its sides near the inner end, and use the step to form a right thumb break above the bottom four cards. Now, with your palm-up left hand, strip out the outjogged cards one by one, starting from the bottom and working up as you say, "But something lead you to take this card, and this one, and this one, and this one." As your left hand returns to the pack to draw the face-up red card onto the four selections, secretly add the block below the thumb's break onto the left hand's packet. In other words, perforin the Elmsley strip-out addition. Neatly slip the left hand's cards on top of the deck, set it into left-hand dealing position, and immediately fan over the top five cards (the face-up red card and four face-down ones). Lay these fanned cards on the table.

All actions should be slow and deliberate, so that no suspicion of sleight-of-hand taints the effect. The Elmsley strip-out addition, done properly, will bear this sort of scrutiny.

Now pick up the face-up black card that has been set aside. Insert it face-up near the top of the deck and repeat the procedure, having the four spectators touch four more cards. Use the strip-out addition to switch these indifferent cards for the four black cards on the bottom of the pack. Then lay the face-up black card with the four face-down cards below it in a second fan on the table, a short distance from the first.

All that remains is to turn up the face-down cards, dramatically revealing that the spectators, acting under the strange influence of the face-up cards, have managed unerringly to divine the colors of all eight chosen cards.

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