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Right hand lifts off the portion above the jog. Both hands revolve to show all backs. Left thumb goes under its packet and flips it over before placing this on top of the packet in the right. Left finger maintains a break.

— Top half is fanned out again (all backs). Close fan and maintain break. Left fingers peel away bottom half so that right side ends up facing the left if you get what I mean. This is shown as all backs. The right hand which is arched over its half comes over the left half. The finger tips curl over the far edge of the left hand half and slides the bottom card out on to the bottom of the right hand portion.

— Separate hands (each with half a pack). Show bottom of right half to be a face. Turn hand down and the left thumb pulls off the top card on to the top of its portion. Right hand turns over and left hand thumbs off the bottom card of that portion on to its half. Thumb off another card from the top of the right half. Turn over the hand to show a back and then turn it down again for another card to be slid off. Right half is placed below that of the left. The right hand grips the whole pack and turns it over to show another back. Pack is turned down, on to the left hand.

— Using the right hand as a screen the left fingers pull out the bottom face up card and revolves it.

— Pack is turned over to show a face. Fan out about a dozen cards, faces showing, grip in the right hand which turns these to show the backs.

— Continue to do this (showing cards as normal red backers) until you reach the Ace of Spades (blue card). From that point, faces are shown as you spread cards from left hand into the right. When you reach the remembered double facer you will have three or four cards remaining in the left hand. Keep these in the left hand which revolves to show red backs. These are put on top of the face up pack.

— The set up is now from top downwards, face up red backers, face up blue backers and finally the two double facers at the bottom.

— Pause and then turn the pack over with the right hand to show a face. Lift and show this card as though you were double lifting. Replace on top.

— Hold pack in left hand. Right hand comes over the top, grips pack at the short ends. Left fingers pull away about 10 cards from the bottom turning to keep the bottom card upwards. Right hand turns to show two faces. Left hand turns at the right time as right hand replaces cards so that the exposed back is not seen.

— Left hand pulls off a few more cards (perhaps 20) as above action is repeated. This can be done perhaps a couple more times.

— At the next cut which will be around the half-way mark, the left fingers side slip the top card off the right half as the cut is made. Both halves can now be shown as all faces. Replace halves and maintain a break with the little finger.

Revolve top half with the right hand.

— Fan out all cards above the break to show all faces. Injog the top half as the fan is closed.

— Turn the pack over. With left little finger inserted into the jog, fan out to show all faces. Close fan and revolve top half (over the break) and place this below the remaining half.

— Set up is now, double card on top followed by face down blue backers, then the face down red backers. The other double facer is somewhere in the red half.

— Turn the pack over (all now face up). Slide out the now bottom card and transfer to the top. With the right hand as shield, the left fingers pull out and reverse the bottom card.

— The top card is shown as a double facer and inserted half-way down in the upper half. Pack, which is gripped by the left hand fingers is turned so that four faces are visible. The double facer is pushed in.

— Right hand arches over and cuts off just over half the pack. As the left hand shows the remaining portion as all faces the right fingers prepare its half for the Kelly replacement. Left portion is replaced below the right portion between the stack and the split away bottom.

— Pack is turned over when a blue backer is seen. Pick up the tabled Joker and contrast the backs (this is important as people frequently forget the original colour).

— Right hand cuts off less than half and shows the blue backer on the top of the left hand portion. As the right half is replaced, the left fingers curl on top of the blue backer just exposed and pulls it round underneath to the bottom where it ends facing upwards.

— Pack is turned to show a blue backer at the bottom. Turn it back. Double lift the top two cards and show as a double blue backer.

— Insert this double into the pack just less than half-way down and get a right thumb break below its point of insertion. Cut off at the break and revolve both hands to show all blue backs.

— Replace halves as they were, keeping a little finger break. Fan out the cards above the break to show all blue. Injog when closing and turn the pack over.

— Cut at the now out jogged half. Show both halves as blue. Replace left half on top of the right half after turning this (left) half over in the left hand.

— Fan out to show blue backs. Reject pack as unsuitable for use.


First of all, thanks to the many readers who by phone and letter said such nice things about the John Ramsay issue. March 13th next year will be the centenery of his birth and we are already seeking material, tricks, anecdotes etc for a commemorative issue to mark the occasion. If you have anything you would like to pass on please get in touch.

Presented by his secretary Mrs French and Andrew Galloway, some of the actual properties used by John will soon be on permanent display in the Magic Circle museum. Had it not have been for our journey to Ayr in connection with the special issue these items would most likely have been lost.

The Blackpool Magical Society's One Day Convention has become an occasion to meet friends, so much so that we did not see all the magic we wanted to. We did see much of the Close-up though, and in particular Mark Weston with a continuous cigarette production that looked good, even from the sides, and Mo Howarth cutting and restoring a silk. We also saw Trevor Lewis in full swing with The Tamarix Rabbit trick, stacking dice, and producing a bottle of coke.

Close-up magic at magical events is something of an ordeal both for the organisers and performers. In conditions where the spectators are on the same level as the performer the maximum number of people who can see the performer in comfort is about twenty seated with about a dozen standing at the rear. In the above event four performers were attempting to entertain probably more than 300 which would require about eight performers if all were to get a comfortable view of the action. This would of course require a much larger room than the one at Blackpool. The increasing popularity of close-up magic will eventually force organisers of magical events to give more though to providing better facilities for the more intimate type of magic including cabaret style acts and expending less effort in trying to produce a big show, when professional illusion acts are almost non-existant. It is by the creation of a similar environment in which the professionals work and booking these performers at their events that magical societies can best serve the interests of their members and magic as a whole.

For almost a week a Soho pub became the unofficial headquarters of a mini close-up convention with Derek Dingle performing original card mysteries using his superb technique with other aids thrown in which threw us completely. He split a card in half in five seconds flat and presented us with a couple of bars of gold in the shape of Tally-ho cards. He has promised us a not too difficult non-card effect for the magazine. Derek was of course breaking his journey on his way to the Magic Safari in South Africa. He was accompanied by Ricky Jay also booked for the same event with his own special brand of magic and who makes difficult moves and flourishes look like childs play; he performed the Signed Card in Purse among other effects. Ricky includes performing at Country and Western, and Rock Concerts among his engagements with a show lasting a minimum of 45 minutes. When asked what tricks he does, he replied, "I just throw a few cards about." He has written a book due out in the autumn, something about the Martial Arts — using playing cards as a weapon. When these two characters were last in London nearly three years ago and they literally knocked us cold it was Bob Read who remarked "I wonder what they say about us when they get back home." This time we were ready. Gordon Bruce, card expert and double bass player with the Scottish National Orchestra, on a one night stand at The Festival Hall, stayed over a couple of nights and joined in and caused Ricky to comment, "you never told us about Gordon." Well, we are forgetful on occasions. More to come. Brian Sinclair chipped in with a couple of his specialities, Coins through Table, stealing a ladies wrist watch, and also a considerable amount of the thunder. (Brian can be seen every Friday night at the Chalet Arosa, Tunbridge Wells where he entertains at the tables). On the last night it was almost impossible to get inside the pub! Someone who had sat quietly watching the previous evenings decided to have a go. Armed with a couple of safety pins, a borrowed pack of cards and the egg bag Ken Brooke went to work, and closed the show. If you have any sense you don't try to follow Ken in this kind of situation. It was a terrific week in which many people had a great deal of fun including the customers and bar staff.

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