## Alterego

The following is a simple, impromptu approach to a two-way out. Basically, the performer writes down a prediction on the back of his business card. This is placed writing-side down onto the table, and left in full view. Later, the writing is displayed, and the performer's prediction is found to have been correct. Unknown to the audience, however, is the fact that the performer allowed himself predictions for two different possible outcomes.

The illustrations tell the story. The actual writing on the card is as shown in figure one. Due to the slant of the writing, and the counterbalancing signature in the lower right-hand corner, the writing will look "complete" wh held as in figure two or as in figure three. Obviously, depending on the way the card ii. held, your thumb is covering one or the oth of your two outs.

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Shortly after creating a packet transposition entitled "Escorts", I experimented with a more elaborate approach, using gaffed cards. This eventually mutated into a marketed effect, "Howl". The following routine was developed during and after "Howl". The sequence is very similar, but the methods diverge — this one being slightly more difficult. No fakes are involved.

1. Four cards are used: the ace of spades, the two of spades, and two identical jokers. Begin by displaying the cards. Openly place the jokers in between the ace and the deuce, the ace going at the face of the packet.

2. Turn the packet face down. State that you'll reverse the order of the cards, to bring the ace to the top. Siva Count the cards. Doubleturnover the top two cards as one, displaying the ace. Turn the two cards down. Deal the top single card to the table, face down.

3. State that you'll reverse the order of the remaining three cards, to bring the deuce to the top. Count the cards, genuinely reversing their order. Double-turnover, displaying the deuce. Turn the double card down. Deal the top single card to the table, face down, next to the first tabled card. The remaining two cards are placed off to one side.

4. Mix the two tabled cards, challenging the spectator to keep track of which is the ace and which the deuce. No matter what the answer, show the spectator to be wrong.. .as neither card is ace or deuce — rather, they're the jokers. Turn over the pair of cards off to the side, showing the ace and deuce.

5. Again place the jokers in between the ace and two, with the ace at the face. Turn the cards face down. Siva Count to apparently reverse their order. Double-turnover, displaying the AS. Turn the two cards down. Deal the top single card to the table.

6. State that you'll reverse the order of the remaining three cards, to bring the deuce to the top. Eye Count the cards. Double-tur n er, displaying the deuce. Turn the double c ard down. The right hand removes the top car ; (supposedly the deuce). The left hand flips the two remaining cards face up. The left thumb pulls the face card over to the left a trifle — taking care not to expose the fact that the card behind it is not the second joker, but the deuce. Insert the face down card in the right hand between the left hand's cards.

7. Eye Count to show a face down card between two jokers. Flip the packet over. Snap your fingers. Spread to show the deuce has changed into the ace. The right hand retains the top card. The left hand takes the lower-most pair, cropping them onto the table.

8. Use the card in the right hand to flip over the initially tabled card — using a Mexican Turnover to switch. The tabled card is thus shown to be the deuce.

9. Again, place the jokers between the ace and deuce, the ace at the face of the packet. Turn the cards face down. Genuinely count the cards, reversing their order and bringing the ace to the top. Turn up the top single card, displaying the ace. Turn the ace down, and deal it to the table.

10. State that you'll reverse the order of the three remaining cards, to bring the deuce to the top. In fact, count the cards as follows: hold the packet in Elmsley Grip. Push off the top two cards as one, taking them into the right hand. The left hand's card is now taken on top of the right hand stack — but you steal back the lower-most card of the right hand stack into the left hand. Finally, place the single card now in the left hand onto the right hand stack.

11. Double-turnover the top two cards as one, displaying the deuce. Flip the cards down, and repeat the actions of step 6, above. The order of the packet from the top will be: face up joker, face down joker, face up deuce.

12. Eye Count the packet, displaying a face down card between two face up jokers. Turn the packet over. Snap your fingers. Spread to show that the deuce has changed — not into the ace, but into a joker.

13. Remove the face up joker. Flip over the pair in the left hand, adding the right hand's card to the face of this pair. Eye Count, displaying three jokers. . _^

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14. Pick up the tabled card — showing it to still be the ace. Drop the ace face up onto the packet. Double-turnover the top two cards — apparently simply turning the ace face down onto the packet.

15. Remove the card second from the bottom (using either a Glide, a Buckle, or a Pull-Down). Drop this card (a joker) face up on top of the packet — burying the face down card.

16. State, "three jokers facing in one direction, the ace facing in the opposite direction." Turn the entire packet over. Elmsley Count, the last card going to the bottom, to show three backs and an ace.

17. Elmsley Count once again (this time placing the last card on top). You will again display an ace face up among three face down cards.

18. Snap your fingers. Elmsley Count. The face up card is now a joker. When you come to this face up joker, jog it forward during the count. At the conclusion of the count (the last card going on top), strip out the jogged joker, placing it face down on top of the packet. The order of the cards is now, from the top: joker, joker, deuce, face up ace.

19. Spirit Count, to display four jokers, apparently backs and fronts.

20. As an optional further display : hold the packet in your left hand, face down. Rotate the hand palm down. With the right hand, remove the face card (joker). Snap this joker, to emphasise its singular nature, and place it face down beneath the packet. Rotate the hand palm up. Apparently flip the displayed joker face down — actually, Triple-turnover. Deal the top single card to the table, face down. As this is done, the left hand turns down again, to prevent the face up deuce from showing.

21. Remove the face card (joker). Snap it face down, placing it on the bottom of the packet. Rotate the hand plam up. Double-turnover the displayed joker. Deal the top single card to the table.

22. Rotate again. Remove the face joker. Snap it face down, placing it under the last card. Rotate the hand palm up. Flip the joker face down, dealing it ciito the tabled pile.

23. Snap over t , final (supposedly fourth) joker. Drop it fac own on top of all.

Finis.

For this quick ace assembly, eight cards are used — the four aces, plus the black 8's and 9's. Start with the cards in order from the face: A, A, B, A, A, B, B, B.

Hold the cards face down. Fan out the top seven cards, holding the last two cards squared as one. Deal the top three cards to the table, face down. Flip the remaining cards face up. Ascanio Spread, displaying four aces. Square the cards, and flip them face down. Obtain a left little finger break below the top two cards.

Pick up the tabled trio of cards. Drop them face up onto the left hand packet. The right hand lifts up the five cards above the break. The three black spot cards are displayed, using a Braue Add-On, as follows: the left thumb draws the top card of the right hand stock off onto the left hand stock. The left edge of the right hand stock is used to flip this card face down onto the packet. Repeat these actions with the next card of the right hand group. You are left holding a face up black spot card in the right hand, with two face down cards squared behind it. Drop this three-card block onto the left hand packet, and flip over the top single card. The order of the face down packet is now, from the top: B, A, A, BVB, B, A, A.

Deal the top three cards onto the table, one on top of the other. Flip the remaining cards face up. An ace will show at the face. Remove this card with the right hand (which will casually show another ace behind it), using the card to gesture to the area on the table where you will deal out the (supposed) aces. Replace the right hand's card. Flip the packet face down.

Deal the cards as four into a T-Formation: the top three cards are dealt into a face down row. The last two cards, squared as one, are placed face down below this row. You can flash the face of this final (double) card.

Pick up the tabled pile of (supposed) blacks. Square the pile. Flash the face card of the pile (a black), then drop the pile face down onto the leader ace (the double card below the tabled row).

Make your mystical gesture. Pick up the five-card pile. Flip the cards face up. Use an Ascanio Spread to display four aces. Turn over the remaining row of three cards — three black spot cards.

The following is a crossbreeding of Karl Fulves' "Blank Intruder" (from "Methods With Cards", volume 2) and Howard Lyons' "Negative Miracle", second method (Ibidem 5). The effect is as follows: a pack of cards is displayed. The cards are in new deck order. In addition, two jokers and a blank-faced card are shown. The blank-faced card is put face down between the face up jokers, and this three-card sandwich is placed at the bottom of the pack, "out of the way. . ." A card is now chosen. Upon examination, it is found that the selected card and the blank-faced card have changed places.

Start by displaying the new-order pack. Place .the deck aside, and display the three-card packet of two face up jokers, with a blank-faced card between them. After showing the three cards fairly, square up the packet, and count them in the following manner: the cards are held in the right hand, Biddle grip. The left thumb draws off the first joker into the "left hand. The face down BF card is taken into the left hand, but as this happens the first joker is stolen back beneath the right hand's remaining card. The right hand's two cards, squared as one, are taken on top of all. The order is assumed by the audience to be J-B-J, but in fact it is J-J-B from the top. Get a break between the bottom card of the packet and the two jokers above it. Take the packet in the right hand, transferring the break to the right thumb.

Pick up the deck with the left hand. The right hand starts to place its packet on top of the deck — unloading the face down BF card onto the pack. Change your mind? and move the two face up jokers (thought to have the selection between them) to the bottom of the deck.

(In place of the above procedure, you can use Rick Johnsson's "Empty Kosky" move to accomplish the same situation).

Riffle the pack until the spectator calls stop. The right hand lifts up the top stock of the pack at the designated point. The left fingers, however, pull the top card (the BF) onto the top of the lower half, in the action commonly used for the Slip Force. The right hand displays the bottom card of its stock — this is the selection.

The left little finger pulls down the lowermost card. As the hands come together, the right hand uses an Ovette Master Move (a/k/a Kelly Bottom Placement) to bring the selected card into the break abo^e the pulled-down bottom card.

You're now done. Set the pack down. Make your incantation. Carefully remove the lowermost trio of cards. The face down card between the jokers is the selection. Ribbonspread the pack face up. In the location within the sequence where the selection was, now resides the blanK.

This is a packet All-Backs routine, with a surprise ending. Six cards are used, a red-backed ace of hearts; a red-backed ace of diamonds; a blue-backed ace of spades; a blue-backed ace of clubs; two double-backed cards, red on one side, blue on the other. Rough the blue sides of each of the double-backers, and the backs of the blue-backed aces. At the start of the routine, the order of the packet from the face: AH, AD, AS, AC, DB blue side up. DB red side up.

Hold the packet face up with the right hand from above. Use a Hamman Flushtration Count to display four blue-backed aces. Snap your fingers. Ascanio Spread, showing a face down ace. Strip out the triple card, turning it over to show a back on both sides. Replace this turned-over three-card block on top of the packet. Square the cards.

Snap your fingers. Ascanio Spread, showing two backs. Strip out the triple card, turning it over to show backs on both sides. Replace this turned-over block on top of the packet. Square the cards.

Obtain a left little finger break above the lowermost two cards. Snap your fingers. Do an Ascanio Spread, keeping the two cards below the break squared as one. This will display three backs above a face up AD. Strip out the double card, turning it over to show backs on both sides. Replace this turned-over block beneath the packet. Square the cards.

Perform a Half-Pass on the lowermost card of the packet. Snap your fingers. Ascanio Spread, displaying four backs. Strip out the triple card. Do not turn this triple card over, but replace it

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Hold the packet with the right hand from above. The left hand removes the bottom card of the packet. Apparently show both sides of this card — actually using the paddle move developed by Francis Carlyle (contributed to the Phoenix under the title "Carlyle's Card") which will display the card in the left hand as being a double-backer, blue on both sides. Place the left hand's card on the table.

Remove the bottom card of the packet with the left hand, and repeat the Carlyle move to show it as a blue double-backer. Table this card on top of the first. Remove the new bottom card of the packet with the left hand, and again use the Carlyle move to show it as a blue double-backer. You are left with three cards, squared as one, in the right hand. This three card block is taken by the left hand, kept squared as one, and displayed with the Carlyle move as a blue double-backer, then placed on top of the tabled trio. Pick up the entire packet.

At this point, the audience believes the packet to consist of four cards bearing blue backs on each side. State that you will bring the faces back, one at a time. Snap your fingers. Ascanio Spread, displaying three backs and a face up AD. Strip out the triple card, replacing it on top. Square the packet.

Snap your fingers. Ascanio Spread, displaying a face up AD and AH. Leave the triple card in position. Square the cards, then deal the two face up red aces to the table, keeping them ip.

You apparently hold two cards, both blue double-backers. In fact, you hold four: the face down AC, face down AS, and two double-backers, blue side up. Hold the packet in the left hand. Obtain a left little finger break below the top two cards of the packet. The right hand removes the two cards above this break, squared as one. Grip the double card with the thumb at the left long edge, the middle finger at the right long edge. Stretch out your left arm — you are going to do the standard sleeve change: briskly rub the double card back and forth on your sleeve. As you make your third or fourth down-stroke, release the card(s) from your middle finger, allowing it to snap over — visibly changing from a back to a face (AS). Continue the downstroke, bringing the double card back on top of the left hand stock.

To print the fourth ace, a Paintbrush Change is used, as follows: the packet is held in the left hand, Mechanic's Grip. Hold a left little finger break below the top two cards (the face up black aces). The right hand grasps the two cards above the break, fingers on top, thumb below, at the inner end. Pull the right hand's card(s) towards yourself for about two inches. Now push them forward, until they line up with the left hand's cards (the left forefinger acts as a stop for this). Immediately, the right hand draws back the top single card, leaving the left hand holding three cards. It will appear as if the left hand's (supposedly single) card printed from a back into the AC.

The right hand removes the top single card of the packet (AS), and apparently replaces it below the left hand's card(s). In fact, use the left forefinger to buckle the lowermost card of the three-card block, and insert the AS into the break above the buckled bottom card.

You can now fan the four card packet". Due to the roughing, the cards will fan out as two face up black aces. Hold this apparent two-card fan in the left hand. With the right hand, pick up the tabled red aces, holding them in a two-card fan, as well. Rotate both hands, showing that the backs of all four aces have changed to red.