METHOD 2 Tabled Reverse

The method used in this treatment offers another means of loading the coin. This method offers some angle and timing advantages under some performance conditions. It also changes the configuration of the deck at the point of the revelation. Some may prefer this double impact, in which the coin and the identity of the selection are revealed at the same time.

It should be noted that the cutting sequence used to show face-up and face-down cards intermixed, described in Method 1, Steps 5-6, while not redescribed, can be used in this and the other methods as well.

1-3 Have a card selected and noted. Ask that it be placed on top of the deck, or "■/Q'm control it to the top. Table the deck, secretly loading the coin beneath it. This ijfsequence is identical to Steps 1-3 of Method 1.

Uf^l Undercut the deck to the left but don't move the upper packet to the right. yW-- Instead, bring it straight down so the coin will not be seen. Turn the left-hand packet face up.

Perform a Zarrow Shuffle, making sure that only a few cards fall from the left-hand packet before cards fall from the right. This helps to protect the hidden coin. Continue interweaving the cards lightly until about eight cards are held by the left thumb. Release these on top and do the Zarrow insertion under this block. It will help if you lift the deck at the rear as the packets are pushed together, at least until the right edge of the left-hand packet clears the left edge of the coin.

As you finish pushing the packets together, allow a step to form above the lower block of face-up cards (below the face-down block) and convert the step to a break as you square the deck. Undercut the deck at the break and complete the cut. The deck will now consist of about half a deck of face-up cards followed by the balance of the deck, face down. The top card of the face-down block will be the selection. Form a break at the division between the face-up and face-down blocks. Add one card from above the break (the bottom card of the face-up block) to the top of the lower packet.

Cut the portion of the deck above the break to the right and turn over the packet. Shuffle the deck, making sure that cards fall from the right-hand packet first and that you hold back the last two cards on the left until all the right-hand cards have been released.

You are about to execute my variation of a Mario embellishment on Russell Barnharts Table Reverse {Offthe Top, 1945, page 10). As you telescope the deck together, stop when the packets are merged for about half their lengths. Slide the deck forward until it clears the coin as you lift the front edge of the deck, pivoting on the back edge. The coin will be resting on the table behind the deck (Figure 209). Your hands move up along both sides of the deck but only the right hand makes contact with the top of its cards. The top two cards of the left-hand group should be allowed to fall onto the table, over the coin (Figure 210).

You should now be looking down at the selection. Use your left thumb to slide these two cards back on top of the deck (Figure 211). You should continue to see the selection as these cards are pushed back onto the pack. With the same thumb, slide the coin onto the deck, on top of the two just-reversed cards (Figure 212) and finish telescoping the deck square.

second fingers on the face of the face-up deck, thumb on the reversed bottom card (the selection) and the coin (Figure 213). Place everything into your left hand, the deck going to Dealing Grip with the coin beneath it.

Holding the deck face up, cut about half the cards to the table. You must now transfer the packet that remains in your left hand, with the coin hidden below it, onto the tabled packet. This can be accomplished in one of two ways. Taking the packet into Overhand Grip, you can extend your right fourth finger across the underside of the packet, pinning the coin against the bottom at the right edge (Figure 214), as you carry the packet to the table. Depending on the flexibility of your hands, this may prove difficult. The other alternative is easier but, arguably, more suspect. Curl your left first finger under the packet until it contacts the coin. This allows you to slide the coin across the bottom of the packet as

you shift the packet to left-hand '

Pinch Grip with the assistance of the right hand. You can now carry the packet to the table and add it to the cards there. Square the deck as you tilt it onto its long edge. Revolve the deck face down, with the coin near the rear edge, in riffle-shuffle position. A face-down card shows on top.

Say, "If I can find your card now, it would be pretty impressive, and I'm so sure I've found your card I'll put money on it." Cut the deck at the coin. The faceup card below the coin is the selection. This is the moment of double impact referred to earlier. Place the cut-off portion to the right.

Lift off the face-up card with the coin on it and place it in front of you.

Move the remaining packet to the left, and slide the coin back, off the selection as you get the spectator to confirm that it is his.

Spread the two packets back toward you and reveal all the cards face down as you say, "And I believe that straightens the mess."

This approach adopts the Mario notion that using just one shuffle, without the second or open half deck reversal, enhances the effect. I reserve judgment on the general correctness of this assertion, but I believe there is merit to the idea in this combined effect construct.

The opening selection and return process is the same as in Method 1. You conclude with the deck tabled and the coin concealed beneath it.

Follow Steps 4-7 of Method 2. This will take you through the completion of the first Zarrow Shuffle and the Undercut that follows it. At the completion of these steps, the top half of the deck will consist of face-up cards, while the cards in the bottom half are all face down. The selection will be the top card of the face-down block. Form a break below the selection.