Blushing Jumper

(An off colour card to wallet routine —

on the Table.)

Roberto Giobbi


Spectator takes a card and signs it on its face. It is replaced and the deck shuffled and cut. The magician cuts to the Joker and tells his audience that this Joker will now change into the selected and signed card. For this purpose it is placed into the magician's wallet. Upon closing it and reopening it nothing has happened. The magician gets angry and explains that each time he wants to perform this trick the same thing happens: saying this he opens the zipper-compartment of the wallet and extracts the signed card from it. "Well, I am starting to understand this but I will never understand why all other cards are blue-backed while you picked and signed the only red backed-card in the deck! "


A Bendix type wallet. A blue deck with two Jokers. An additional red backed card (say the 4H)


Load the Joker into one side of the wallet (transparent compartment.)

Have the red backed 4H second from the bottom in the deck. It may be advisable to remove the blue-backed 4H, although not really necessary.

Management and Handling

1) The wallet has been introduced in one of tlie foregoing tricks (e.g. you took out an envelope containing a prediction, or some bills with which you performed some tricks using bills as a main or as secondary props, etc.) For a more detailed description of the physchoiogical importance of this step see my thoughts in "How to Introduce Your

Wallet — an Approach to Logical Magic".

2) Spread the deck face up on the table and say something concerning the cards.

3) Pick up the deck, still face up, and cut the 4H to approximately the middle.

4) Spread the deck between your hands telling a spectator that he is later supposed to take a card. As you do this spot the odd backed 4H and obtain a break above it as you close the spread and approach the spectator.

5) Spread again and force him the 4H by means of a face up classic force. The procedure is exactly like the classic force but of course much easier — the selection is given less importance than to a face down force; the spectator will relax and pick the right card. Alternatively use the Hindu Shuffle Force (note the handling Phil Goldstein describes in the Linking Ring Vol. 62, no. 10 in "A Logical Approach to the Hindu Shuffle").

6) Place the deck on the table. Open the wallet, take out some stickers and have the spectator sign one of them. He is then asked to remove the sticker and place it on the face of his selection (actually the red backed 4H).

Let him do everything, relax, he has no reason to look at the back of his card, it would not give him more information. By implicit logic he is convinced that his card is from the deck and has absolutely no reason to turn it face down (remember that everything so far happened with cards face up, so . •..)

7) Now control the 4H second from the top with the Joker immediately under it (third from the top) as follows: Fan the deck face up and spot thé Joker (it should be approximately in the middle; cut if necessary). Place the 4H face up to the left of the Joker. Close the fan and get a Break one card to the left of the 4H. Cut, thus the 4H becomes the second card fro in the top with the Joker immediately under it.

Details of Handling of step 7 :

Before inserting the 4H fan the deck faces towards yourself (use a pressure fan in your left hand). Spot the Joker ana push it out oi view under the card immediately on top of it. The reason: afterwards you are going to show the Joker and an attentive spectator who saw that you placed the 4H next to the Joker, may suspect that you controlled his selection. This subtlety does not take much time nor does it involve additional handling (it looks as if you were merely adjusting the fan) but you prevent an over-wise spectator to interrupt the flow of the routine.

8) Hit triple lift and turn the top three cards face up on top of the deck. For the management of the double lift (which applies as well to any kind of multiple lifts, of course) refer to Tamariz'

approach in Pabular (vol. 7, no. 1) this sublimely also calls attention to the colour of the backs.

9) The wallet rests still open on the table (remember: you took out the stickers which are still on the table — you are going to replace them only at the end of the trick. This also justifies the presence of the wallet. . . ). The right hand picks up the top two cards (Joker plus selection hidden under it) from above in Biddle position. The left hand must do a wrist turn to cover the face up card still on top of the deck. To justify this move the left hand reaches for the open wallet and draws it towards yourself. While the right hand inserts the double Joker into the transparent compartment, the left hand places the deck aside, face up of course and to the left of the mat (reason: the left hand must help the right hand to get its card into the compartment).

10) Make a magic pass over the open wallet. Nothing happens: "Maybe it changes if we don't look . . ." . Close the wallet, give it a quarter turn to the right and pass your right hand over the wallet. Turn the wallet back opening it on the other side — the Joker still shows (this handling of the Himber wallet is by A1 Schneider and can be found in 'A1 Schneider on Close-Up.' (Page 118.)

11) Take out the Joker, look at it back aiid front, then drop it face up on the table, slightly to the left in front of the deck.

12) As per "effect" open zipper compartment and show the signed card, leave it face up on the table, towards the front of your mat.

13) Replace the stickers in the wallet and place it closed aside or back in your pocket.

14) With the left hand pick up the face up deck placing it on-the face up JoKer on the table (this covers the face up indifferent card now second from the top).

15) The entire deck is now turned face down and ribbon spread on the table, without of course exposing the face up card. Call attention to the colour of the backs.

16) Show the signed card to be the only red backed card in the deck.

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The following 5 part Oil and Water routine comes courtesy of Magic Ronnay from Vienna. I'm sure you've all heard his name before and I suspect that many of you own a packet effect or two originated by this prolific inventor.

This routine is well structured and incorporates certain false counts that I believe you may have not encountered before. Everything is fully explained so let's get on with it

When you thumb over 5 cards a red card will appear beneath the black card and everything will appear as it should.

Square up the red packet and turn it face down. Reverse count the card into a face down pile next to the other tabled pile but bottom deal the 1st card!

The order of the face down pile should be .. . R, R, R, R, B, B, B, R.


You will need 8 identical red cards and 8 identical black cards. We'll assume, for the sake of description that your cards are the 5 of Hearts and the 5 of Spades. They should be set as shown in Fig: 1.

This depicts two separate face up packets. The left hand packet contains 9 cards and from the face downwards they are in R, R, R, R, B, R, B, B, B order.

The right hand packet contains only 7 cards and its order from the face down is . . . B, B, B, R, R, R, B.

Fig: 1 represents your view of the cards just before the effect commences, though the packets would of course be squared and not spread as illustrated!


Pick up the left hand packet and Hamman count it in order to display 9 cards which are seen to be all red with the exception of one black card.

During the Hamman count you execute the switch on the count of 5 and under the misdirection of the unexpected appearance of the black card. A little acting pays off here!

Apologise for the error and explain that the black card shouldn't be there, Thumb over the face five cards and throw the black card from the packet and onto the black packet to your right.

Pick up the other face up pile and prior to a Veeser count, push the lowermost card about 1 cm. to the right with the left fingertips. (See Fig: 2).

The Veeser count is quite similar to the

Hamman count Slide off the top card into the left hand. Slide off the next card onto the 1st. Repeat this with the 3rd card and on the 4th card you execute the following switch; the three cards in the left hand travel beneath the right hand's packet as they did before and it appears that you simply slide off the 4th card onto the other three. In fact you allow the three

cards in the left hand to square up with the side-jogged card at the bottom of the right hand's packet and these three cards are left beneath the side-jogged card as the left hand takes all the cards above the side-jogged card to the count of 4.

The four cards now in the right hand are counted onto those in the left hand to the counts of 5, 6, 7 and 8.

The count has apparently displayed 8 black cards but in fact three of the black cards have been counted twice and the three red cards have remained hidden throughout.

The order of this face up packet from the face downwards is . . . 6, B, B, B, B, R, R, R. Turn the packet face down and table it to the right.

Take the top card of the left packet and table it. Onto this place the top card of the right packet and on this, the next card from the left hand packet etc. At the end of this mixing you should have one face down pile which is assumed to run in B, R, B, R etc. order.

Pick up the pile and thumb off the top three cards and show that they do run in B, R, B, order as was expected.

Replace the three cards onto the packet and deal the top card face up to your right and deal the next card face up to your left.

NoW count 7 cards onto the black face up card and count the remaining 7 cards onto the red face up card.

Make a suitable magic gesture and show that the red cards are all with the face up red card and the black cards are all with the face up black card!

You have mixed the cards and they have magically unmixed! You are now about to repeat this but under strickter conditions.

Mix the cards again into one pile but this time leave the cards face up. Deal first from the the red pile then the black etc.

Pick up the completed pile and deal the top 8 face up cards into your right hand, reversing their order in the process. Fan the remaining 8 cards in the left hand. This merely displays that the cards are truly mixed.

Flip the right hand's cards face down and place thfe left hand's card face down on top of these. This is a subtle displacement and in fact the 8th and 9th cards are both the same colour. (Black.)

You now start to divide the cards openly into their respective colours by taking the top card, flashing its face and dealing it to the left on the table. Remove the next card, show its face and table it face down to the right.

Repeat this procedure with the next 6 cards and then comment that they should realise that this is an extremely easy method of sorting the cards.

The remaining cards are dealt into the two packets but their faces are not flashed during the deal but you still call out their supposed colours as you deal!

Pick up the left hand gile and cut the top 4 cards to the bottom. Repeat this with the other pile and then turn the top card of each packet face up and table it in front of their respective packets.

Exchange the positions of the two face up cards and then place the face up cards face down onto the packets they now lie before.

After another suitable^magical gesture above the packets, pick up the left hand packet and turn it face up. A black card will "be seen at the face. Show that all the 8 cards are black by performing a 'Double-Elmsley Count.'

This count is relatively new and begins with the packet held in the usual Elmsley count grip.

Take the top card into the right hand and take the 2nd and 3rd cards on top of the 1st. Each time a card is taken, the right hand packet travels beneath the left hand's cards.

The switch occurs on the count of '4'... . the left thumb pushes all the cards above the lowermost one to the right as with the usual Elmsley count and the right hand deposits its three cards beneath the lowermost card in the left hand and without pausing takes all the cards pushed over by the left thumb instead.

It appears that you have merely taken the 4th card on top of the other three. The remaining 4 cards are counted onto the cards in the right hand to the counts of 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Table the packet face up and repeat the pise with the other packet to show it apparently contains 8 red cards.

The situation now is that the left hand packet is assumed to contain all the black cards and in fact the order from the face is B, B, B, B, B, R, R,

The right hand packet is assumed to contain all the red cards and its order is R, R, R, R, R, B, B, B. Both packets are'face up.

Pick up the red packet and deal the face two cards face up onto the table. Deal the 3rd card face up in front of the 1st 2 cards dealt and finally place the remainder of the packet face up on the two cards 1st dealt. (Only red cards have been seen and the single face up card is explained to be a leader card.)

Pick up the black packet and repeat this procedure. Finally turn both packets" face down behind their respective leader cards.

Explain that you will now show them a demonstration of follow the leader and prove that the colours can not be separated.

Take the top card from both face down packets and deal them face up onto their leader cards. Repeat this with the next card from each packet and explain that nothing magical has happened so far.

Exchange the positions of the leader packets and when you again remove the top card from each of the face down packets and place them face up on the leader packets the colours refuse to separate!!

Take the new top cards from each of the face down packets and deal these again face up onto the leader packets to prove your point.

Repeat this once more and then offer to exchange the positions of the face down packets, now containing only two cards each.

Do this but the cards still match the leader colours. Show this by dealing both cards from the face down packets onto the leader packets.

You are now set for the final phase

On your left are the black cards and on your right are the red cards, both packets are face up.

Mix the cards as you have done twice previously. The order will be B, R, B, R etc. Hold the packet face up in your left hand and thumb over 9 cards into a fan in your right hand. Fan the remaining cards in your left hand as you once again display that the cards are well mixed.

Pass the right hand fan beneath the left hand one and immediately steal the red card from the left edge of the right hand's fan beneath the left fan with the aid of the left fingertips. Flip the right hand cards face down and place the left hand cards face down on top of th£m.

You liave succeeded in once again making the 8th and 9th cards the same colour. (Black.) With the packet still face down once again begin to openly sort out the cards by dealing tfce top card face up to your left, the next card face up to your right and continue this until you have dealt the 6th card.

Continue dealing the rest of the cards alternatively to the left and right packets but deal the card face down onto the packets from now on.

Pick up the 4 face down cards lying on the face up black cards and flip them face up. A black card is seen at the face. Place the cards face up on the 3 face up black cards and pick up the entire packet. Deal it to the table but bottom deal the first card. Pick up the four face down cards from the 3 face up red cards and flip them face up, a red card is seen at the face.

This time pick up the 3 red cards and place them on top of the other 4 face up cards. -Flip the packet face down and deal it to the table without any false deals. The situation is that both packets have 4 red cards atop 4 black cards. Explain that you will mix the cards with a shuffle like this

Table riffle shuffle the two packets together.

The spectator should think that the cards have once again been mixed but the order is in fact. . .R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, B, B, B, B, B, B, B, B.

You now follow with a display that further convinces everyone that the colours are mixed.

Pick up the packet and deal it out as follows Bottom deal the 1st card and show that it is black. Deal it face down to the left on your table. Continue dealing by dealing the next

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