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now called to the remaining cards which the spectator is shuffling. On looking through these they are seen to contain yet another card of the same denomination as the first two — and again this one has a different coloured back.

Finally, when the spectator looks at the cards he is holding — every back is different!

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From a borrowed pack a card is freely selected and proves to be an unusual one because it has a different coloured back. Another card is chosen, of a different denomination which also proves to have a different coloured back. This card then appears to transform the first card chosen to its own suit and value. Attention is tfCA TUOBA ECAF


The first part of the trick is credited to Frank Everhardt and can be found in Garcia's Million Dollar Card Secrets under the title 'Chicago Opener', My own contribution is the ending of the trick that justifies the title plus a little something else which we hope will prove to be a 'CHANGE FOR THE BETTER'.

You will require twentysix to thirty cards having a different back design from each other. The more brightly coloured and contrasting these varying designs are, the better will be the final effect. One of these cards must be an Ace. Additionally you will require a holder approximately half the length of a playing card into which the random backed cards will fit tightly allowing them to protrude outside the holder. This can be easily constructed by bending and sticking a piece of cardboard cut as shown in (1). The holder complete with cards inside is seen in (2) which also shows a safety pin which requires to be affixed to the bottom of the holder.

The holder is attached to the trousers using the safety pin in such a way that when not in use the holder with cards in it are concealed in the pocket. When required to perform the trick they are moved to extend outside the pocket where they can easily be stolen at the appropriate moment.

Your performing position will govern the position of the holdout, and in certain conditions it may well prove necessary to dispense with its usfe and conceal the cards behind the bended knee if as an example you were seated in a public bar hunched up like a spider where it is not possible to steal the cards from the holder in a natural manner. Where ever the cards are secreted they must be so arranged that when stolen they are face down in the right hand. Do not worry about stealing them, nobody will notice, as it is adequately covered by misdirection as I will soon show.


To begin the trick borrow a pack of cards and secretly add an odd backed Ace to the face of the pack. Look for its duplicate and bring to a position second from the face of the pack. With the pack face down (your added Ace will now be at the bottom with its duplicate above it) have a spectator cut off a small packet of cards and place them on the table. You now ask for a number and count down offering the card that falls at that number as a free selection and go into the Chicago Opener. At the conclusion you are left with two cards in your right hand with different backs but of the same denomination (in my case, Aces), and a packet of cards face down in the left. After displaying the two Aces give packet out to be shuffled and hold the two aces as in (4) casually reach down and steal the cards from the holdout grasping them with the third and fourth fingers (5). This position is similar to the one adopted when about to perform the Kelly replacement move and the stolen cards are completely hidden by the two face up aces. Take the shuffled packet from the spectator with the left hand you now secretly exchange it for the ones with differing backs concealed under the aces in your right hand using the Eric Mason Turnover Change, which is done as follows:

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The right hand with its hidden packet approaches the cards in the left hand which are face down and appears to turn them over on the left hand bringing them face up (6). It is during this action that the packets are exchanged under cover of the face up Aces (7) and (8) etc. As you say to the shuffler, "Did you notice an extra Ace in the cards you have just handled?" — he won't have done of course, but as you make this remark put the two Apes with the packet of cards concealed beneath on top of those on the table. This action is obviously necessary to free your right hand which assists in spreading the cards and removing the extra ace. That the packet on the table has doubled in size will not be notices as the attention of the spectators will be centred on the extra ace as you remark, "It's a strange thing to have so many Aces of the same kind especially as they have different backs." You now pick up the two Aces from off top of the pack on the table to compare the back designs at the same time gently offering him the packet face up. Again there is an implied reason for the action as it enables the three Aces to be displayed freely. Your assistant now has a packet with all different backs and I leave it to you to build up the effect of him discovering that the backs of his own cards have changed colour.

If you do this trick with your own cards you will be aware they are all on the table and you have only to pocket the packet of varied backs and continue with other items from your repertoire as desired.


The TURNOVER CHANGE is a sleight of considerable utility providing a natural change for one or any number of cards either on the hand or on a table surface. It requires no 'get ready' to speak of, the hand holding the pack merely looks as if it picks up the card and turns it over in a perfectly normal manner. It will even change a card without turning it over, and furthermore it will change a packet of say, four cards and retain one of them, or any number of cards for any other number retaining some of the original, and as we have seen exchange a really large packet of cards.

It may prove useful to illustrate a single card change and leave it to the Pabular technicians to develop the ramifications and variations for use in their personal themes.

Hold the pack in the position shown in (6) and side glide the bottom card exactly as when performing the Kelly replacement move noting that the glide card is beyond the thumb position. Pick up the card to be changed in the left hand (6) and begin to turn this card over by grasping it at the positions indicated by XX with the second finger and thumb of the right hand (10). Retain this hold as the right hand releases the glide card allowing it to fall out behind it turning it over as it does so.

To actually turn a card over without changing it use the first finger of the left hand, You should try and duplicate this when actually making an exchange. Now try exchanging four cards. The only 'get ready' required for packet exchanges is to make sure that you thumb count and position the four cards to be changed beyond the right thumb as shown in (9).

So, in order to practise try this. Borrow some well shuffled cards and have them ribbon spread on the table and get someone to push a card out of the spread. Gather up pack sighting the bottom card and say, "Did you know your cards were marked, you've chosen the (name sighted card)." Perform change and show card. Next turn pack in right hand face up (using body for cover if necessary) turn the card face down changing it as you do so, and put the pack face down onto the table. Now push the apparently chosen card into the pack face down about four cards from the bottom and command it to rise to the top and turn the top card over. If you get a good response offer to do it again (you have stolen one of your odd cards and added it to the bottom of the pack). Riffle force this card and in shuffling the pack control it to the bottom. Ribbon spread the pack face down again without disclosing the odd card and have another selection pushed out. Gather up the cards and pick up chosen card with left hand and on turning it over it is revealed as the one chosen previously by doing the change. Still face up it is pushed through the face down pack and when the back is shown Well, you know.

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