ANYTHING FOR A CHANGE Eric Mason
Here is a sleight I have been using regularly for many years in close-up situations. Briefly stated — a freely chosen card is dropped onto the table, and in the action a substitution is made.
Hold the pack in the left hand in the thumb count position and ask someone to say 'stop' as you riffle the outer left corner, and as you stop on command insert the index finger into the outer end of the pack at this point (see Fig. 1). Note particularly the position of the third and fourth fingers which are curled over the side of the pack exerting a firm pressure on the back of the top card.
The thumb is inserted into the break and pushes the top portion above it causing it to open bookwise and out of alignment with the bottom half of the pack (Fig. 2), as the index finger moves clear.
The left hand turns to give the spectator à clear view of his selection and the right hand removes the cards below it (the original top portion), with the exception of the original top card which remains hidden below the selection (Fig. 3). To prevent its exposure during the action the selection is pushed forward covering the outer end. The index finger also helps in this respect covering the outer ends of the two cards, and if necessary dip the outer end of the pack should any spectators be below eye level in relation to the pack.
Immediately the right hand has moved its cards clear the left index finger tip is brought onto the face of the selection, takes over from the thumb in holding the two cards between it and the remaining finger tips pressing on the back of the original top card. The thumb is now free to move over to the side of the two cards and assists in squaring them as the index finger moves clear and pressure of the second, third and fourth fingers bring the two cards face down onto the face down pack.
The selected card is now second from the. top of the portion in the left hand, the remainder of the pack being face up in the right.
Now for a trick. Thumb off the top card of the left hand packet onto the table and place the packet in the right hand face downwards on top of it. As this takes place the left hand moves back to the edge of the table and thumbs off the chosen card into the lap. Right hand next takes the left hand cards and drops them on top of the tabled portion.
Your left hand, which is obviously empty, goes under the table. The right hand slaps down on the pack and the left hand comes out from under the table with the selection.
That is just one use for the sleight — there are endless others.
The following is a handling of Roy Walton's Collectors which I have used continuously over the past year.
Remove the four aces from the pack and in so doing cull the K, Q, J and 10 of spades in that order so that the ten becomes the top card when the pack is face down. The aces are dropped onto the table with the spades on top and spread so that all the faces are visible.
Spread the pack and have three cards selected by different spectators. Close up the spread obtaining a left little finger break under the top card, the ten of spades. Take back the selections placing them face up on top of the pack. With the right hand, thumb at the inner end and fingers at the outer end, lift off the cards above the break.
You now show the faces of the selections separately saying that it is important that they remember their cards. The real reason being that in the action of showing them, a card is loaded face down between each selection by proceeding as follows.
With the left thumb pull off the upper face up card from the packet in the right hand onto the pack picking it up again under the packet. Obtain a break under the new face down card on the pack (the Jack) and pick it up under the packet as the left thumb pulls off the next.face up card. Pick up this card under the packet which now consists of five cards — face up selection, face down 10s, face up selection, face down JS and face up selection.
Turn the packet of five over and drop them on top of the pack — the top card is now a face down selection followed by the face up JS. False shuffle retaining the top seven cards in position. Hold the pack in the left hand dealing position and obtain a break under the top five cards with the left little finger. This is easier than it appears due to the fact that there is a natural break four cards down.
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