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DO YOU WISH TO CONTINUE?? Barrie Richardson


"I'm about to show you a most perplexing enigma, something that will cause you endless nights of lost sleep! The more logical you are, the more analytical you are, the more impossible the feat will appear. Do you wish to continue?"

"Yes? . . . Good! Now, I want you to imagine that you are walking along a beach and someone has left a deck of cards lying in the sand. You reach down and pick up two of the cards, both are face down so turn them face up in your mind. Before I ask you to reveal the name of one of the cards I must ask you again, do you really wish to continue?

There is still time to stop! No . . . then reveal the name of one of the cards to me. Eight of Clubs. We can stop right now or ... we can continue I must warn you again that you are on a path that will result in insomnia.

Now, you can keep the card just named or you can throw it away and we'll use the other card. Okay, you want to stick with the Eight of Clubs, throw the other card away.

The performer now points to two decks of cards on a nearby table. One is Blue backed and the other is Red backed, both decks are in closed cases.

"Please watch what I am doing and follow my actions."

The performer opens the Red case and pulls the cards out face down, the spectator does the same with the Blue cards.

"Please deal the cards in a row, face up next to my face up cards."

Trie first card of each deck is now dealt out and then a few more cards.

"Do you notice that none of the pairs contain identical cards. You dealt the 4 of Spades and I dealt the 3 of Hearts etc. Let's continue until I call stop."

After several more cards have been dealt and are seen not to match, the performer calls stop.

"Please deal the next card face down in the row and then continue dealing a few more cards face up. Look at the array, we've dealt nearly 20 cards each and none of the pairs contain matching cards. Do you wish (to continue? You can almost guess what is going to happen can't you!

The dealing is stopped and the spectator is invited to flip the two face down cards face up and just as he expected . . . they are both the Eight of Clubs!!

The Solution

Both decks are arranged in the same sequence. The set-up used must be such that you know the position down from the top of any card named. John Cornelius sells an excellent method but for practise purposes

Arrange the decks in any order . . . (Both the same of course!)

Now make a crib sheet which will clue you the position of any card named ie . . 4C-23 . . . 2D-7 . . . KH-45 . . . 9 C-15 etc.

The stack you use should consist of an odd value card followed by an even valued card etc. Throughout the deck.

Place the Blue backed deck in the card case and carry out the following procedure with the Red backed deck . . .

Deal the deck into two face down piles, this results in a 26 card packet containing all the even value cards and the other containing the odd value cards.

Flip the even packet face up and exchange the top card of the odd packet for the 26th card in the same packet, then place the odd packet face down onto the even packet. Case this deck and you're all set to perform.


Assuming that the named card is the Eight of Clubs, a quick glance at your crib sheet will tell you the position down from the top of the Blue backed deck. We'll assume that it's 12 cards down.

You know that the Eight must be in the even section of the Red backed deck and it must be 6 cards down. (12 divided by 2 equals 6).

Pick up the Red case and remove the deck so that the odd stack is uppermost.

The spectator removes the Blue deck. Start to deal cards face up in a row on the table but allow the spectator to deal one of his cards face up above each of your cards. Continue dealing until you have dealt the 6th card face up, then drop your hand to your side, turning the deck over in-the process as you comment that so far, there have been no matching pairs.

Continue dealing again but this time from off the even stack. Stop the deal at the 11th card and deal the 12th card faqe down into the row, the spectator does likewise. Continue dealing about four or five more cards face up in the row,, then place the deck aside.

The two face down cards are flipped face up and they match and they're bothrthe Eight of Clubs!!

The trick is almost automatic. Just follow these rules .. .

1) Card freely named. 2) determine whether it resides in the even or the odd stack. 3) Pull deck from case with opposite side uppermost. 4) Deal half the number of cards face up in the row. Note .. If the card resides at an odd position in the Blue deck, ie: 21 cards down. First subtract 1 from 21 20. Divide by 2____

10 and deal this number of cards face up in the row.

5) Turn the deck over, which is really not a move at all! 6) Continue dealing to one less than the known position, then stop the deal and deal the next card face down. 7) Continue dealing a few more cards face up in the row. 8) Reveal the face down cards!

Not many people will try this routine because it reads too complex. It isn't complex, it's remarkably simple and those who learn and perform it will have a perplexing enigma that will djixe the onlooker crazy!

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Well, what can I say? I can only apologise for the delay with the past few issues. It seems that we have been ill fated all round recently.

What with Eric's ill health, a close bereavement in Nick's family and a little misunderstanding over one of my reviews we've been set back quite a bit!

Don't worry though, we're back on course now and with a bit of luck should be ahead of ourselves in a month or two.

This issue sees some really top-notch magic from Roy Walton, Bill Worsley, Roberto Giobbi, Barrie Richardson, John Aukes and of course myself (Stephen Tucker.)

About two weeks ago Stephen Hamilton paid a visit to the great city and we spent quite a lot of time together. Steve showed me some really excellent magic, which is destined to appear in a future issue. Shiv Duggal was also present at this meeting of the minds and has also promised me several items for publication. Trouble is ... . He's so lazy, we'll probably never see them.

Shiv informed me that he is planning a book on some of his more workable ideas. It will be titled 'A Sorcerer full of secrets.' so keep an eye out for it!!

Steve Hamilton has also been planning a book for quite some time. It was about two years ago when he first told me about it!

I've seem most of the items that will be in the book and strongly urge you to secure a copy, should it ever see the light of day!

I met up with Terri Rogers and Walt Lees a few weeks back and learned that Walt has recently taken over the Repro magazine, 'Club 71.'

I've only seen the first issue but I can tell you that the production is excellent, though the actual magical content is a little lacking, (better sticking with good old lovable Pabular!)

Seriously The new magazine is a handy size and contains the usual hoard of adverts but as a special bonus** Each issue has one or two drastically reduced items and this fact alone should endear it to the performers out there. (Well worth a read.)

Terri was telling me that she's going to have a really hectic few months ahead of her. I can't remember the exact details but she's off to the States to do some filming and from there she's hitching a ride on a major cruise, where she'll be performing her Vent act and a Mentalism spot.

When I was rummaging through my drawers the other day, I happened upon an old review sent in by friend Peter Brunning.

Here it is

The Card Puzzle Book (Compiled by John Racherbaumer. Edited by David Goodsell.)

This is a 25 page book and sells for $6.00. (I would imagine that it is available from Magic Books by Post here in England. Everything else is! )

This is an interesting and well-produced book, which is warmly recommended. It's a collection of material, which recently appeared in an issue of the American Magazine M-U-M.

There Eire four items on the card puzzle effect, an Aces.and court cards assembly scheme, four other Mario items and, somewhat surprisingly, two coin items and four other card routines.

There is also a well argued historical survey by Jon Racherbaumer, which traces the card puzzle theme from the contribution of Charles T. Jordan, via Ed Mario to Alex Elmsley and Peter Kane.

The essay exemplifies the books rather daring sub-theme, also present in the section on riffle-shuffle moves, which is to seek to demonstrate that much of Vernon's published card material is derived pretty directly from Mario.

In those methods for the card puzzle published, here, which use double-facers, there are ideas which might be applicable to the McDonald's Aces plot.

FOR SUSAN Roberto Giobbi

This is my handling of the "Reverse Assembly" theme done with cards. It will become clear through the text that its direct inspirational source is John Racherbaumer's "Disassembling Jokers" which appeared in The Lost Pages of Kabbala" on pp. 39. I have added some details of handling and made some changes on the structure of the climax; this might be of interest to some.


Disassembly done with four Jokers.

Requirements a deck of cards a wallet containing four Jokers with backs matching the deck proper

Preparation None

Management and Handling

1) Take the 4 Jokers out of the wallet and deal them face up in a row on the mat. The faces of the Jokers should point towards the spectators — this has more appeal than if they were standing "on their heads.". Take the deck face up in left hand dealing position. Drop twelve cards from the face of the deck in a face up pile on the table counting aloud. Do not deal the cards, drop them? making the initial situation crystal-clear: just four Jokers and twelve ' indifferent.

I like to use a large mat for my magic and I think it is particularly important with any kind of assembly effect where objects travel from A to B. The longer the distance from A to B the stronger the transposition.

2) Lay the deck aside. Pick up the twelve cards and place them face up in left hand dealing position, the left 4th finger obtaining a break below the top card on the face. With both hands simultaneously (left hand starts on the left and the right hand on the right) pick up the face up Jokers. As the hands come together (each one holds two Jokers) the right hand squares the four Jokers against the left thumb picking up the face card.

3) The right hand holds the Joker packet from above in Biddle position and lifts it up while the left thumb goes on the bottom of its packet in order to flip it face down. The cards are held as depicted in fig. 1.

4) You are now going to deal the Jokers face down at positions A, B, C and D — the card at A being an indifferent card (fig. 2), to wit: the left hand peels off the first Joker which is turned face down orito the left hand packet by using the cards in the right as a lever. The left thumb deals this cards at D. Repeat for the next two Jokers dealing them at B and C respectively. You are left with a face up double card which is

turned face down onto the left hand packet. The top card only is now dealt at A. The patter here is merely explanatory: ". . . the four Jokers ..."

5) Turn the cards in the left hand face up: ".. . and 12 indifferent cards." As you are saying this spread the cards between your hands faces towards the audience. When you come to the last card which should be a Joker simply tilt the spread towards yourself but keep looking at it miscalling the cards as 12 indifferent ones. In a gesture separate the spread so that the left hand holds 4 cards and the right hand the remaining 8. Square the cards bringing the cards in the right hand in front of those in the left. The stolen Joker has thus become the fourth card from the face. Turn the cards face down in left hand dealing position.

6) Count off 3 cards, show their faces briefly and drop them on top of the Joker at C. Repeat for B. Using the same counting action deal 2 cards as 3 at A. You are left with four face down cards the top of which is a Joker. Show 3 indifferent cards by means of a double buckle then drop them on top of the Joker at D. In all these counts the order of the cards is not reversed.

Situation : packet C has one Joker on the face and 3 indifferent cards; B same as C; A consists of only three indifferent cards; D, the leader packet, has a Joker at its face followed by three indifferent card and a second Joker on top.

This position has been arrived at with a minimum of handling and using natural actions.

7) Pick up packet C and perform an Elmsley count from dealing position (for the fingertip technique you will have to alter the handling slightly ) keeping the last card in the right hand (apparently a Joker):. "Three indifferent cards

.. . and a Joker ..." Rub the single card on the table — pause — then show its face. Turn it face down on top of the packet. Turn this four card packet face up and Elmsley count to show four indifferent cards. Drop the cards singly face down back at C apparently again showing their faces by means of a subtlety which Tamariz tells me was used by the late Fred Kaps, to wit: the right hand extracts the bottom card of the face up packet and immediately turns it face down and drops it on the table (fig. 3 shows your views of the move). The same action is done with the remaining 3 cards only that the faces of these are exposed for a fraction of a second as they are being dropped. This reverses the order of the cards thus the packet on the table has again a Joker at its face.

8) Pick up the leader packet at D and turn it face up. Peel off the Joker on the face into the left hand then the next card on top of it. Push off the next two cards as one and eventually drop the last card — the second Joker — on top of all. You have thus shown two Jokers and two indifferent cards. Display the situation again by means of a buckle count without changing the order of the cards.

9) Pick up packet in Elmsley count position. Count off 3 cards (without actually doing the Elmsley) and show the last card — a Joker — in the right hand. Execute a Hofzinser top change as the left hand points to the spot on the table where the right hand rubs its card revealing the change. Turn this card face down on top of the cards in the left hand. Turn these face up and show them to be four indifferent cards by means of the Elmsley count. Drop them face down on the table as before using the Kaps technique.

Hand Pick Card

10) Pick up the leader packet and with an Elmsley count show 3 Jokers, last card on top (order from face now: 2 Jokers, 3 indifferent cards). Drop the packet back face down at D.

11) Pick up packet A and Elmsley count 3 as

4 retaining the last card in the right hand. Rub it on the table and reveal the change. Drop it face down 6n the cards in left hand, turn the packet face up and show four indifferent cards by means of the Elmsley. Drop them back face down at A without using the Kaps handling (would be difficult with three cards, eh?)

12) For the last time pick up the leader packet holding it in right hand Biddle position. With the left thumb peel off the 3 cards on the back each time flashing in different ways the Joker at the bottom (flustration move by Bro. John Hamman) — do this move smoothly and in a dynamic way. When you drop the last card, which should be a double, on top of the cards already peeled off maintain a break. Turn the top card, a Joker, face up and say: "Each time this last Joker arrives all the others are so scared that they vanish completely!" With the right hand take the face up Joker plus the hidden card beneath it as the left hand moves to the left with 1st 3 cards. The left thumb goes under these cards flips them face up and spreads them (fig. 4).

13) You are now going to turn the packet A, B, C face up with the help of the Joker you are holding in the right hand: during this action the hidden Joker is added to the face of packet A which consists of only 3 cards, to wit: place the middle finger of the left hand on the middle of the left long side of packet A and press down. Thus the right long side of these 3 cards are slightly allowing the douBle held in the right hand to enter for half its width. With the help of the double, lift up the packet on the table into the hands ending up in a situation as shown in fig. 5. In this position the fingers of the left hand touch the hidden face down Joker and immediately draw it to the left squaring it up with the other 3 face down cards. Without noticeable pause the left hand takes all four face down cards, moves forward turning back up and spreads the four cards face up on the table towards yourself. This add-on move was shown to me by friend Tony Mantovani of Italy.

14) Using the single Joker repeat the same actions with packets B and C. Drop the Joker on the face of the face up cards at D for the final display.

November 1983

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