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square with the packet, but the left little finger obtains a break in between that card and the three kings. Rotate the left hand palm up once again, bringing the packet to a face down position. These actions take but a fraction of a second. Your attention is devoted to the KH. Explain that the reason the KH causes so piuch trouble is that he's crazy. Point out that he is, after all, sticking a sword into his head right at this very moment — sort of a do-it-yourself lobotomy.

4. Drop the KH face down onto the packet. State that the other three kings are far easier to work with, and offer to demonstrate this. As this is said, perform a Half-Pass on the three cards below the left little finger break. The order of the packet is now, from the top: KH, joker, face up kings of S, D, C.

5. To demonstrate the cooperative nature of the KC, twist the packet. Now, Elmsley Count. The KC will appear face up among three blue backs.

6. To cause the KS to appear face up, twist the packet. The cards are now counted in a procedure which looks the same as the preceding count: simply draw off the cards one by one, reversing their order. The last two cards are kept squared as one, and placed on top of all. The order of the packet is now, from the top: face up KC, face up KD, face down joker, face up KS, face down KH. r

7. To cause the KD to appear face up, twist the packet. Count the cards with the .same procedure as in step 6. Square the jacket.

8. Explain that the KH refuses to turn face up. Ascanio Spread, displaying three face up kings and a face down card. (This face down card is actually a squared block of two). The right hand strips out this squared pair, holding the card(s) face down. Table the left hand's trio of face up kings.

9. Ask the spectators if they know why the KH won't turn face up. They will tell you it's because he's crazy. Agree, commenting, "Yes, he's too busy joking around." Turn over the squared pair (keeping the cards held as one), showing that the KH has turned into the joker.

10. Continue, "The other kings are more considerate — they save their fooling around until after the trick is over. . ." Turn over the tabled kings, showing that each now has a different back.

Note that you've only to get rid of the KH to be in a situation where the cards may be left with the spectators. Either before or after turning over the tabled kings (or, for that matter, during that action), the KH can be palmed away or lapped.