Cards Up The Sleeve

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(The Shoulder Method)

This is a pleasing variation of the CARDS UP THE SLEEVE effect. Instead of producing the cards from the trousers' pocket they are produced from under the left side of coat at the shoulder.


Twelve cards are counted from the pack and placed in the left hand. Performer causes the cards to pass one at a time up his left sleeve and takes them out from under the left shoulder of his coat.


Have twelve cards counted from deck and hold them in left hand, separating top three cards ready for palming in right hand.

PALM OFF the three cards in right hand and drop hand a little at side.

One Sleeve Magician

"Before beginning this odd experiment I want to tell you about a magician's sleeves. This one has two ends, one at the bottom (point with right hand to bottom of sleeve) and an end at the top."

Grasp left edge of coat with left hand and make a gesture with right hand to show upper end of sleeve, placing hand on left shoulder. Drop left side of coat. This screens right hand and the palmed cards. Leave cards on upper part of left shoulder. The weight of the coat will hold them securely in place. Audience is not aware of your real move. It appears that you were merely explaining the sleeve. Fig. 38.

"There have been many stories told about magician's sleeves and how things go up and down them. Of course, a sleeve is the only place where a magician could conceal anything, especially a couple of lions, a tiger, a dozen rabbits, a billy goat, a couple of girls, and a barrel of pickled herring. The real problem, however, is 'Just how does the magician cause the various objects to pass up and down a sleeve?' I will explain by causing these cards to walk up my sleeve one at a time. First, we have twelve cards."

FALSE COUNT the nine cards as twelve.

"I will place them in my left hand and when I click them, up will walk a card into my sleeve and travel upwards."

Click cards in left hand.

"Did you see that one go? A little too fast, was it? Well, here it is."

Show right hand empty, fingers wide apart. You must convince audience that you have nothing in your right hand. Reach up under left side of coat and take ONE card from shoulder. Show it plainly. Place card on table.

"One card. Up one end and out the other. Again!" Click cards with left thumb. "Up goes the second card."

Show right hand empty again and then take another card from shoulder.

"You see it is a sort of clickety click arrangement. Do they really pass up the sleeve? We shall see."

FALSE COUNT the nine cards as ten.

"Ten cards left. The two have gone. Now watch the cards just as closely as you can so that you will see one jump from the packet in my hand out and into my sleeve."

Click card.

"See that one jump? Here it is." Take third card from shoulder. Count nine cards as nine.

Fan cards a bit, then square them up and get little finger under top six cards. Palm the six cards in right hand, then place the three remaining cards in right hand. Refer back to Figures 19 and 20.

Audience believes these three cards to be nine. They do not suspect that you have cards palmed.

Place the three cards in left hand again, click them, and reach right hand up under coat to left shoulder. Place the six cards on shoulder. Take one card out with a quick and snappy movement.

"That's a speedy fellow."

Now produce the next five cards one at a time, varying the manner perhaps two of them.

Reach up under shoulder and pretend that you failed to locate the reality, palm one of the cards in your right hand. With left hand of vest, reach up under it with right hand, and bring out card by tips, as you did in the production at the knee.

"That one went so hard it lit down under my vest."

Another time, palm card from shoulder and produce it from right coat pocket or from bottom of left trousers' leg.

"These are getting to be regular sky-rockets."

Produce cards until only one is left at shoulder and you have three in left hand.

Count the three as four, then click cards and take another card from shoulder. Now count the three cards slowly as three.

of producing card. In lift left edge thumb and finger


This is a most important move and one which can be used in many effects to vanish a number of cards. With practice you will perfect this move and become skilled in its use.

The effect is that you just push the cards into left hand which closes on them. Then you open left hand -and the cards have vanished.


Place the three cards in left hand as shown in Figure 39. This is the way it looks to the audience.

Push cards into left hand with right fingers, edges of cards just at second joint of right fingers. Figure 40.

When cards are almost all in left hand push tips of right fingers forward. This causes card to pivot on first finger of left hand and to revolve automatically into the right palm. Bend right hand slightly and palm the cards. Fig. 41.

At the moment when cards are propelled into right hand, close left hand as though cards are in it. Lift left hand up, constantly looking at it. Remember your MISDIRECTION here -- not to look at right hand at any time when you have cards palmed in it. Figure 42.

Open hand slowly and show that cards have vanished.

Now place right hand suddenly into right trousers' pocket, push palmed cards into upper corner of pocket, and bring pocket out empty. Then pull left pocket out empty. Look perplexed as though you do not know where the cards are. Push the pocket back in again. Reach up under coat to left shoulder, then feel around vest for them. Give your vest a shake as though you are shaking something down. Then suddenly reach into right trousers' pocket again and remove the three cards.

Or right hand can be pushed under left side of coat and cards produced from shoulder.

Lesson 13

In the next lesson we continue to study card effects -- this time some very interesting card stabs. With the effects, of course, you learn some more essential principles of Card Magic.

1 -- A deck of cards is divided into two parts. A card is selected from each half by a spectator, remembered, replaced, and shuffled into its respective half deck. The two packets are put together to form whole deck again. The deck is placed behind a piece of newspaper. A spectator stabs through the paper into the deck of cards with a knife. Paper is removed. Deck is opened at place where knife pierced it and it is found that the selected cards are there, one on each side of the knife.

2 -- Spectator selects a card from deck. This card is shuffled back into the deck. The cards are wrapped securely in a piece of paper. Spectator is then given a knife, which he stabs through the paper into the cards. Performer removes the paper and it is found that the knife has located the selected card.

3 -- A card is selected, then thoroughly shuffled into the deck. Spectator runs knife into deck anywhere he chooses. Cards are separated and it is found that the selected card is at place where knife was inserted.


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    How do magicians hold card under their sleeves?
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