METHOD 1 November 24 1973

Casino Destroyer

Casino Destroyer System

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Openly remove the four Kings from the deck while secredy culling the four Aces to the face with one indifferent card for cover. Mario's Moveable Card Pass (New Tops, Vol. 9, No. 3, March 1969, page 27; or M.I.N T, Volume II, 1995, page 50; or see page 173 of this volume) will allow this to be done directly. You may, however, use the Mario Prayer Cull {New Tops, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 1966, page 28; or M.I.N. 77, Volume I, 1988, page 232) to bring the Aces to the top of the deck, then with a Double Cut transfer five cards from the top to the bottom. The cuts can be dealt with as idle handling during your introductory remarks. Patter to the effect that you are going to show the audience how a Holdout Operator or "Furniture Man" operates in a game. You may also wish to explain that the Kings are preferred by gamblers because the Aces are too obvious. To prove part of your claim and make it easier to follow, you assert, you would like to have the Kings signed. Have each King quickly initialed on the face. Try to handle this briskly; however important it becomes later, it is at this point mere exposition.

As you explain that the Mechanic places the Kings into a Holdout in his sleeve, pick up the Kings, taking them face up into left-hand dealing position. Leave the deck face up on the table. Reach into your jacket and pretend to place the Kings into your right sleeve. In actuality, all you do is convert your grip on the Kings from dealing position to Gambler's Cop. Remove your left hand, with the cards concealed, from under your jacket and allow the hand to fall just below table level.

NOTES: Any number of other palm positions might be used in place of Gambler's Cop, though the Cop has much to recommend it. Make whatever adjustments your technique and performance circumstances require.

If one were to use this routine as part of a gambling expose or in a formal performance, it would be useful window dressing to be wearing a Holdout, which you would show as part of the introduction. The Holdout need not function. Such a display can lend authenticity and credibility to a performance, which can prove quite useful.

With your right hand, sweep the face-up deck off the table, adding the face-up Kings under the deck. Turn the deck face down (which brings the Kings to the top) and place it on the table in riffle-shuffle position.

Riffle stack the four Kings for a five-handed game, stacking one King in each shuffle but stack the top King one card short. Perform a Double Undercut on the table, bringing one card from the bottom of the deck to the top. The deck should now have Kings fifth, tenth, fifteenth, and twentieth, and the four Aces are on the bottom. While you are performing the shuffles explain that the cheat would secretly add the Kings to the deck and that you'll show them how in a minute, when you do it. Continue, explaining that he would then riffle shuffle the deck four times, positioning one of the Kings in each shuffle. He would then do a false cut and deal out the hands, or he might get his partner to make the false cut. While all this is being said you are actually doing it.

NOTE: You don't need to be able to riffle stack particularly well, given this presentation. You can do it relatively slowly, as though explaining, since the audience believes the Kings are in your sleeve. It is not my intention to explore the subject of riffle-stacking technique here. For those requiring a text, I would direct you to Mario's Riffle Shuffle Systems (1959), Fulves' Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups (1974) or Roberto Giobbi's Card College, Volume 4 (2000, page 918). You can eliminate the stacking altogether by employing Method 3 or 5 below.

As you pick up the deck to place it in your left hand, in preparation for dealing, obtain a fourth-finger break above the bottom four cards. You will hold this break throughout the deal. Deal only four cards to each player. Transfer the break above the bottom four cards to your right thumb as you take the deck into your right hand.

Say, "Instead of talking about it, let me show you. At this point the cards would be in his sleeve." With your left hand feel the outside of your sleeve near your upper arm and act surprised when you can't find the cards. "My Holdout's been held up!" Played properly, this can be a truly funny moment.

Pick up the cards you've dealt yourself, as a packet, in your left hand, as though it can't be but you'll look. Flip the four-card hand face up and spread it. There are the four Kings.

Close the spread and flip it face down, using the left edge of the deck to help. This will allow you to switch in the Aces and lap the Kings. Say, "I guess that's what I get for trying to hold out on you people." There are actually a number of ways you can handle the switch. Most are variations on the same theme. The essence of the procedure is that the Kings will be lapped and the Aces substituted for them. One simple version, similar to a technique titled the Lap Switch that appears in Harry Lorayne's book, Rim Shots (1973, page 88), and to a standard Cold Deck move, is as follows: Add the Aces above the Kings as you flip them face down using the edge of the deck, but form a break between the two groups. Then, as your right hand reaches forward to place the deck onto the table, release the Kings from under the Aces, allowing them to fall ro your lap (Figure 108). Alternately, you can deal the four Kings into a face-down pile on the table, then bring the right hand, with the deck, down over the face-down tabled Kings but maintain a separation between them and the Aces, above which you're holding a thumb break. Drag the Kings off the table and allow them to fall into the lap. Immediately, lift the deck and allow the four Aces to drop face down into your left hand. This is closer to a switch by Dr. Jacob Daley (see Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. V, No. 12, May 1948, page 422) and quite workable. You would then place the deck aside and deal the four cards, one at a time and face up onto the table, revealing them to be Aces. Still another alternative is to perform a Vernon Transfer (see page 29 for a reference) of the four Aces onto the tabled Kings, then lap the Kings as you apparently pick them up from the table. Actually, what you pick up is the Aces you've just transferred onto the tabled Kings. Whichever technique you use, the action is accompanied by a line like, "Magicians don't use Kings, they use Aces." Turn the Aces over one at a time and drop them face up onto the table.

Pause briefly as the audience responds and allow the left hand to drop to your lap and palm the four Kings. Execute Mario's Lapel Load (page 131) and secretly load the Kings into your wallet. I use my WJ Wallet Insertion Move, as taught in "My Ambitious Card Routine" (page 170) as I say, "Gamblers keep the Kings in their wallet, in case of an emergency. They're like money in the bank." Remove your wallet and reveal the four signed Kings. If you don't have a gimmicked wallet made for loading, you really should obtain one. In a pinch you can just remove the Kings from your pocket.


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