Fred iobinson



This offering is a direct outcome of reading this magazine's review of Phil Goldstein's book Scattershot. The effect is precisely the same but the method must be different or it would not be appearing here (have not as yet had access to the book). As in the original a selected card disappears from between the four aces held by the spectator, only to reappear face up in the pack.

Begin by putting the four aces face up on top of the face up pack which is then held in the right hand Biddle fashion.

They are then taken by the left hand singly 'biddling' the third ace in the process. Ask the spectator to hold his left hand palm uppermost and place the four, (actually three, aces on it, and then ask spectator to cover the cards with his right hand. This latter request ensures that he will not notice that he only holds three aces.

Now fan the pack face up taking care not to flash the ace at the bottom and ask him (or preferably, her) to name any card. The named card is removed and dropped onto the table. The pack is now squared and held face down in the left hand. Call attention to the chosen card and patter about it being a free selection etc, the left hand drops to the side and its thumb pushes the top card (the ace) over the side of the pack, and using the thigh as a lever flip it over face up. The move can be done with impunity as all eyes are on the chosen tabled card.

Right hand now picks up the chosen card and places it face up on top of the pack directly on top of the face up ace taking care not to flash the latter, and turn over both cards as one.

Request spectator to open his hands slightly and take the top card — the ace — which the spectator believes to be the card chosen and push it between the spectators palms and ask him to re-close his hands. As this is happening the left hand with pack drops casually to the side of the body and the chosen card turned face up with the same move as used previously for reversing the ace. It is now jcessary to bring the chosen card to the centre the pack, and this can be done by casually /cutting the pack. Personally I split the pack holding half in each hand and bang them together over the spectators hands bringing the face up chosen card to the centre. This kind of action suits my particular style and find it preferable to other, and possibly more subtle moves, which may tend to bring the spectator's attention towards the pack when as far as he is concerned the only cards involved are those he holds between his palms.

You now say to the spectator "You are holding the four aces and " Here you pause and wait for him to name the chosen card. When he obliges smartly ribbon spread the pack across the table revealing the card he has just named face up in the spread. There is nothing further to be done other than to direct your gaze towards his hands and watch as he looks through the four cards and finds only the aces.

The above routine has been in continuous use over the past three months and its impact on lay persons has been such that it is a regular item in my repertoire. Nuff said.

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