Falling Pips

The performer commences by removing his cards from the case and spreads them face downwards across the table as an introductory gesture. Gathering them up he bangs them on the table with some force — apparently to square the pack. The audience notice that the pips on the face card are now in a jumbled mass on the bottom half. Remarking that the cards must be of poor quality spread a few to show that they are similarly affected.

Closing the spread he then bangs the pack again on the table which causes the pips on the face card to resume their proper positions and when he spreads the cards face up across the table the pack is seen to be quite normal, and proceeds to use them for his next trick. «

Preparation: You will require five cards having blank backs. I use the 8S - 6H - 7D - KD and the 6S. Line them up in this order face downwards, and with Letraset prepare them as shown in the sketch. The crumpled king is made by splitting another king and cutting out some parts which are then pasted on.

These five prepared cards are added to, an ordinary pack in the order stated above so'that reading from the face of the pack there will be the prepared back of the 8S followed by the other four prepared cards and then the rest of the pack face up. It will be necessary for the ordinary cards matching the prepared ones to be removed from the pack before placing in its case. With a felt tipped marking pen in your left jacket pocket you are ready to begin.

Performance: Remove the pack from its case and spread the cards face downwards across the table and gather them up rather unevenly which gives a reason for squaring them up by banging them on the table. This is done with the face card towards the spectators, the jumbled pips being at the end which comes into contact the table. Watch the spectators and continue J^f x0 hit the pack on the table until you see they aiT aware of the fallen pips. You then notice? wha#^ has happened and remark on the poor quality of cards these days as you show all the prepared cards in the following way.

With the pack in the left hand push off the top card (8S) and take it with the right hand. Repeat this with the next two cards (6H - 7D)

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— each card going below the one previously taken. The next card (KD) is only pushed half way over to reveal the last of the prepared cards (6S) which is only pushed over a few millimetres, just enough to enable a left little finger break to be taken below it. Having displayed the cards push them back onto the top of the pack with the right thumb crotch so that when the set is more or less square they are thumb-palmed in the right hand. Pushing up with the left little fingertip as the set is being squared will assist in getting the set firmly into the right thumb crotch.

Both hands now move to the right bringing the back of the pack facing the audience and during this action the 'set' is turned over sideways. The right hand takes full possession of the pack and hits the end on the table a few times and the cards shown back to normal.

Naturally the spectators are suspicious — they will think (rightly) that the pack is not just an ordinary one, and will be more than usually alert at this point. To attempt to dispose of the prepared cards immediately would be a problem, so I go straight into my ambitious card routine by getting a card chosen right away — making sure that it is not one of the faked ones.

Taking the pen from my left coat pocket I have the chosen card signed, and as this is being done I get a little finger break under the five prepared cacfls which are at the top of the face up pack. Next — the pen is taken back with the right hand which passes it to the left which is holding the pack and as the right hand picks up the signed card the left hand puts the pen in the left pocket and at the same time leaving the 'set' with it. All eyes will be on the signed card ^vhich is the focal point. The action of putting away the pen will pass unnoticed being relatively of no importance.

At the end of the card sequence I hold the pack face down in the left hand and both hands go into the pockets in search of the card case. The right hand brings out the case and the left with the pack together with the set which has been added underneath it.

of my work involves repeat performances as I move from one table to another.

The novel nature of the effect makes it an ideal opener — the attention of the spectators is engaged immediately the cards are out of the case by banging them on the table, and seeing the unusual effect this produces arouses their curiousity ensuring that they will continue to be interested as your act gets under way.

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