Back Palm

Inspiration and points of reference:

Yet another version of Alex Elmsley's influential "Between Your Palms." This one came from reading Richard Kaufman's "Palms for th'e Poor," in his book, CardMagic (1979). The magician who has perhaps published some of the best work in this field is Edward Mario, and some of the handling of the following comes from Mario's "More!" (in Kabbala Three, 1976). The aware reader will realise that there is nothing astonishingly new in the following, but it flows well.


i) A red-blue double backed card;

ii) A red backed 7H;

iii) A blue backed deck, with its case.


Down crimp the lower left corner of the faceup red backed 7H. Place the double backed card on top of the face up crimped 7H, red side upwards. Place these two cards as a squared unit in a convenient pocket (your shirt pocket is ideal). I prefer not to use a tatty plastic wallet: your pocket is fine.


1) Perform a few tricks with the blue backed deck. The card case is to your left, flap upwards and open. When the time comes to perform this, quickly run through the necktied deck and cut the 7H to the face. Hold the face up deck in the left hand, slightly necktied.

2) Reach into the pocket with the right hand, and bring out the double card (red backed 7H and double backer) in KB (Kardyro-Biddle) Grip, the red side of the double backer upwards. Patter, "This is a prediction. Notice that it is a red backed card and we are using a blue deck." Place the double card onto the face of the deck as you remove a marker pen from your pocket with the right hand. Table the pen.

the "face" (ie, the blue side) and fingers on "back." Don't worry about the 7H showing on the face of the deck. Turn the left hand and deck palm down, and use this hand to pick up the flap up card case. Tilt the left hand (still back up) towards you, as in fig. 1 (a performer's view) and insert the double backer into the case as shown. The audience aré looking at the red side of the double backer, büt when the case is placed fla{$ up onto the table, with flap end towards you, the card is blue side up.

4) Turn the deck face down (the crimp is on the inner right corner) and shuffle, keeping the bottom two cards a place. Have two cards freely selected, without disturbing the bottom two cards. Get a left little finger break above these two bottom cards, and swing cut about half the cards to the bottom. Thus, your break is in the centre of the déck.

5) Riffle Force to the break, cutting the deck at the point at which you are apparently stopped, bringing the "freely selected card" to the top. Do an end-for-end Double Turnover, showing the 7H. Ask a spectator to sign this card with the marker pen. Grasp the double card with the right hand at the inner left corner, thumb on back, fingers on face. Lift the double card and turn the right palm towards you, turning the double card face down end-forend. Riffle down the deck with the left thumb and insert the double card face down somewhere in the middle. Square the cards. The crimp should still be towards you. (Note: So far, all this is the same as Kaufman's original. See CardMagic pp. 117-118 if you want fuller details.)

6) Perform a false shuffle, keeping the two cards in the centre intact. An Overhand Shuffle technique is best: I particularly,recommend Laurie Ireland's shuffle, which is described in many sources and is well-known.

7) Get a left little finger break above the crimped card. Pick up the first selection and insert it face down into the break, from the back, a la Tilt. Square up, and repeat the Ireland Shuffle. Get a break beneath the crimped card and insert the second selection into the break, again a la Tilt. Square, and repeat the shuffle if you like. Get a break above the crimped card, drop one card, and cut at the break, completing the cut; however, as the right hand cards are placed,beneath those in the left hand, buckle the bottom card of the left hand portion and feed the right hand cards between the buckled card and the rest of the packet. This brings the blue backed 7H out of play, second from the face of the deck. Square the cards.

8) Get a break beneath the top card of the deck, and turn the deck face up, performing the Mechanical Reverse (see Epilogue, The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel, or The Complete Works of Derek Dingle, p. 27.). Alternatively, turn the deck face up and then Half pass the rear card.

9) Reposition the deck for Forten's PopOut Move, keeping the crimp towards you. (The PopOut Move can be found in many places: good descriptions are in The Book of«John, Pabular, February 1977, and Walt Lees' The Complete Walt Lees Cannibal Act.) Perform that move to produce the reversed rear card of the deck. Let this card drop to the pad, and reassemble the deck, right hand portion going beneath the left hand portion. Square the deck and hold it in face up in the palm down left hand, as in fig. 2. The crimp is to the left.

10) With the right hand, flip the produced card face up to show the first selection. Pick up this face up card with the palm down left hand: the card is picked up beneath the deck. Turn the hand palm up. The face down first selection covers the red back of the 7H.

11) Hit Double Lift, moving the top two cards off to the right. With the aid of the left hand (still holding the deck) insert this double card into the card case, beneath the double backer. The flap of the case is towards you and this is an easy matter. Leave the case on the table, flap still open and towards you.

12) Produce the second selection (top card of the deck) in any way you like. Try to be as spectacular as possible. The "Pivot Revelation" fsee The Card Secrets of Bruce Cervon) is good. Insert the second selection face down into the card case, on top of the double backer.

13) Patter, "And now the signed 7H." Fail to find the card a couple of times. Finally, ask the spectator to cut the deck. Turn over the cut to card to reveal another failure.

14) You are still holding the face down deck in the left hand Mechanic's Grip. Patter, "I found the first two selections." With the right hand reach for the card case. Keeping the case tabled, and with help from the left hand (and deck) remove all the cards from the case but the bottom one. "To accomplish this quickly your right fingers pull out the bottom card slightly so that it is.outjogged. This enables your right fingers to shift, push down and away on the jogged card, and remove all the cards above." (Kabbala Three, p. 23.) The cards you remove are thus being held by the right hand at the inner short end. Place these* cards on top of the deck, jogged to the right (see fig. 3). Regrip the cards at the right long side, thumb on top and

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