Open Intruder

Effect: The performer openly adds a bine-backed card to a red-backed deck. The identity of the odd-backed card is not revealed, nor its location in the deck.

The performer turns the deck face-up and deals the cards into a facedown pile on the table. As he does this, someone is asked to specify any card he wishes as it appears on the deck. This card is dealt faceup onto the face-down pile. Then the rest of the deck is quickly dealt face-down.

During the dealing a curious fact is observed: the odd-backed card is not seen, though eveiy back has been displayed as it was dealt. Every back but one—the back of the car d the spectator singled out. The performer spreads through the deck until he locates this card. He then turns it over and, as anticipated, it proves the spectator has in some curious manner hit on the only blue-backed card in the pack.

Method: The antecedents for this plot are more than a little twisty to map, but bear with me. Mr. Elmsley's immediate inspiration for this effect was a trick of Jack Avis', 'The New Intruder", which appeared hi the November 1955 issue of Pentagram (Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 9, 10 and 14). Mr. Avis' trick, in turn, recognized Nelson Hahne's "Blue Intruder" as its forebear (ref. Smart Magic, p. 26). "Blue Intruder" was Mr. Hahne's solution to "Brainwave", a Judson Brown trick that Dai Vernon, with aid from Paul Fox, refined and popularized. At the time Mr. Hahne published this (1935), Dai Vernon was fooling everyone with "Brainwave", but his method was not to appear in print until October of 1938 (ref. The Jinx, No. 49, p. 341 and 343).

Mr. Elmsley also recognizes as an influence on his effect Paul Curry's "Open Prediction" plot (as it was first presented in Edward Mario's The Cardician [pp. 152-160]). However, the Elmsley plot formulated from these sources replicates Theodore Annemann's "Remote Control", and his method owes much to the Annemann trick. Annemann originally marketed "Remote Control" in 1931, after which it appeared in a 1933 manuscript, Nine Great Card Tricks (p. 6), and a few years later in

Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (Hugard edition, p. 121). This, I must add, is a superficial treatment of this plot's complex and fascinating history. For those who wish to explore it in depth, I recommend Karl Fulves' excellent book, A History of the Brainwave Principle.

In the final analysis, what Mr. Elmsley devised was a method for Annemann's "Remote Control" effect, in which he applied Jack Avis' spread switch from "The New Intruder". With that said, let's proceed to the trick.

A double-backed card is required. This is red on one side and blue on the other. You also will need a full red-backed pack and, preferably, a blue-backed pack as well. Both packs should match the pattern of the double-backed card.

While the double-backed card can be brought forth on its own and added as a blue-backed card to the red-backed deck, it is preferable, from a psychological standpoint, that the double-backer first be openly removed from a blue-backed deck. Doing so makes the card seem less special and therefore less suspect. Also, as will be seen, the use of the second pack permits one to dispose ofthe gimmicked card at the finish, without alerting the audience to its absence.

Place the double-backed card, blue side up, on top of the blue-backed deck before you start. Carry the blue deck in your jacket pocket and use the red deck for other tricks. When you wish to perform "Open Intruder", set the red deck face-down on the table and take the blue deck from your pocket. Remove the top card, the double-backer, and drop the deck back into your pocket.

Keep the red-backed side of the card toward the floor as you state that no one must know the identity of this card, not even yourself, until the end of the experiment. With your free hand, pick up the red deck and place both hands behind your back. Explain that you are inserting the blue card at an unknown spot in the red deck. Actually turn the double-backed card red-side up behind you and lay it on top of the pack.

Bring the deck forward again and turn it face-up. Begin to deal the cards slowly into a pile on the table, turning each face-down as you deal it, Ask someone in the group to stop you at any card he wishes, when it appears on the face ofthe pack. Meanwhile, everyone is to watch for the blue-backed card.

When the spectator stops you, deal that card face-up onto the tabled pile, without exposing its back. Tell the spectator to remember this card, and at the same time nonchalantly turn the talon facedown. No comment is made about this. It is obvious that, once the selection has been made, turning the deck down facilitates the search for the odd-backed card. Quickly deal through the balance, laying the cards face-down on the pile. The blue back is not found.

Point out as much and ask the spectator to name the card he designated should remain face-up. Pick up the deck, square it in the left hand, then spread it from left hand to right until you reach the face-up selection. The card directly above it is the double-backer, red surface uppermost.

You will now execute the Avis spread switch, which is a cunning hybrid of the Mexican turnover and a flip-over switch invented separately by Henry Christ (ref. Inner Secrets of Card Magic, p. 23) and Tony Kar dyro {Conjuror's Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 7, Sept. 1949, p. 11; also Kardyro's Kard Konjuring, pp. 8-9):

Break the spread at the face-up selection, retaining it atop the left-hand portion while you move the right-hand portion to the right. Your right fingertips should hold the double-backed card by its right edge only, under the spread. This card should project about half an inch to the left of the card above it.

With the left thumb, push the face-up selection approximately an inch to the right on its packet. Engage the left edge of the right hand's spread under the right edge of the selection and flip it face-down. However, the action is not as innocent as it appears. The right edge of the selection actually moves between the double-backed car d and the car d above it (Figure 48, exposed for clarity); and the right fingers

release the double-backer while flipping it over, with the selection, onto the left-hand packet (Figure 49). As the cards are turned, the right hand's spread sweeps leftward over the deck and then back to the right. The blue side of the double-backer is now exposed. When done smoothly and casually, the switch is indétectable. With this action you have shown that the selection, seemingly, is the blue-backed card.

Square the right hand's spread under the left-hand packet and lift the double-backed card from the deck. Slip the gimmick into the pocket that holds the blue-backed deck and immediately bring the deck out, leaving the gimmick behind. It appears as if you have merely retrieved the deck from your pocket, and added the blue card to it. Both decks are now clean and can be examined If desired.

One might execute a double lift, to show the face of the selection once more, before putting the blue card away. Mr. Elmsley doesn't bother since the deal through the pack implicitly suggests that the face-up selection must be the odd-backed card, and when it is turned over to show the back, no further proof is really required.

September 1956

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