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and one jack) are released from the thumb first. And that the face-down jack, the last card, of the other section is released LAST.

When the deck is squared, the order of the cards will be: Face-down jack-face-up deck-facedown jack-face-up selection. Cut the deck as a finale to the shuffle, and the work is done. Spread the cards face-down to reveal, instead of the expected mix, all cards facing the same way, with the exception of the two jacks. And the topper, the single face-down card that is between the jacks is the selection. Retire to tumultous applause and start signing autographs immediately.

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This is a very simple TRIUMPH effect, but nonetheless very effective. No real effort is required, other than smooth handling. Though having said that, smoothness seems to be one of the few things that would be cardsters bother to practice. The fact that a trick is self-working, or almost so, does not mean that the performer is not allowed to render a little assistance to help the effect along. The whole thing was inspired by a much more complicated idea of Mike Bornstein: See "SANDWICH TRIUMPH" in the book 'TRIUMPH OUTDONE', written by Walt Lees. The Bornstein effect has the court cards placed in the deck face-down, which adds to the problems already referred to, but adds not a lot (I feel) to the overall picture. As usual, to


Magician enters combing his hair, .during this action the comb disappears.

So much for the effect...which can be performed anywhere providing the audience are in front of the performer. Needed is a comb large enough to be seen and colour contrasting with the performer's hair.

Assuming you are right handed it is natural to comb the hair with the right hand..using the left hand at the same time to smooth down the hair. To perform this vanish face the audience front on squarely combing the hair back from the front so that the comb goes to the rear from the front with the comb continuing to comb down the back. At the same time the left palm stroked the hair down on the left side from front to back these are natural actions.

>u pay your money and take your choice, jrnstein suggests using two kings. The decision use jacks is an interesting departure entirely iginal with this department.

' You mean you dm't know whether I want the cards, the crystal or the tea-leaves?"

Now for the vanish Both hands comb and stroke together at the rear of the head ... during this the comb is left in the fingers of the left hand as the right hand continues to comb as if still holding the comb . . . this occurs at the rear of the performer's head. Now the left fingers push the comb down the back INSIDE THE SHIRT .. where it will stay. Still performing the comb action with the right hand, the left continues to stroke the hair after disposing of the comb all in one continuous action . . . then both right and left hand together come forward and BOTH HANDS STROKE THE HAIR WITH THE PALMS at each side of the head . . then the hands come together at the front of the body and the palms are brushed together as if to say "That's that." . . . allow it to dawn on the audience that the comb has disappeared.



Four Aces are laid out after being shown on both sides. A card is selected, noted and returned to the deck. The Aces are once again shown and then laid onto the table.

Upon spreading out the deck, it is seen that the selection has vanished. The Ace packet is spread and the selection is seen to be sandwiched in the middle. The blockbuster comes when the Aces are turned over and seen to have back designs completely different from the originals.


Four stranger Aces with different coloured backs from the deck in use are required. Place them face down on top of the face down deck in the following order . . . (Top down) S,H,C,D. Now place any indifferent card face down on top and make sure that the regular Aces are distributed evenly throughout the deck.

Fan the deck face up and throw the Aces onto the table as you come to them, naturally be careful not to expose the stranger Aces now at the bottom of the deck. With the deck still face up have a card selected. (This can be done with the deck held face down but you'd have to block push over the top 5 or so cards in order not to disclose the odd backed Aces.)

Once the card has been removed, close up the spread and turn it face down. Obtain a break beneath the top 5 cards and cut the deck. Maintain a break below the lowermost odd baced Ace of Diamonds which is now at the center of the deck. You will also need to obtain a break below the indifferent card that covers the odd backed Aces at the center.

The break below the Ace of Diamonds is held by the little finger and the other break is held by the middle finger.

It should merely appear that you have cut the deck and squared it.

Take the spectators card and insert it into the deck from the rear and onto the stranger Aces. When the right thumb has pushed this card home, it lifts off all the cards above the middle finger break and places them below the remainder of the deck.

(Alternatively an easier method may be used As the selected card is shown around, cut the deckrand as you place the top half underneath keep a break with the right thumb above the card covering the stranger Aces.

Under cover of squaring up lift the odd card up so that you now have a break directly above the stranger Aces. Transfer the break to the left little finger.

Insert the selection into the break from the rear. Cut or double under-cut to the new break which is above the selected card. When you complete the cut obtain a little finger break below the top five cards, (strangers and selection.) by riffle counting with your right thumb.)

At the moment the situation is that the deck is in your left hand and you are holding a little finger break below the top five cards, (Selection atop the four odd backed Aces.)

The regular Aces are still face up on the table and you now pick them up into a face up packet with the Diamond Ace at the of the four face up cards. Square up the Ace packet on the deck and immediately lift off all the cards above the break.

At the same instant the left thumb draws off the face ace of the apparent Ace packet about half way off the packet and towards the deck in your left hand. Flip this card face down onto the deck by levering it over with the rest of the packet in your right hand.

Immediately thumb the card over to the right and take it face down below the -face up Ace packet.

Maintain a break between this face down card and the rest of the Ace packet. Draw off the next Ace onto the deck and take this face down below the Ace packet in exactly the same manner that you did the first Ace, (The break is still held.) Repeat this procedure with the third Ace and then draw the final face up Ace of Diamonds onto the deck. You now appear to take this face down card below the now face down Ace packet in exactly the same way that you did the others but this time you do not remove the Ace of Diamonds under the Ace packet. Instead you release all the cards below the break held by the right thumb in the Ace packet and allow all the cards below the break to add themselves to the top of the deck.



The spectators have seen you transfer the final Ace of Diamonds to the bottom of the Ace packet and when you now raise the packet, the odd backed Ace of Diamonds will be seen at the face of the packet and everything will appear capacetic.

Table the deck with the deposited regular Aces on top and flip the five card packet in your hands face up. Spread to show the four Aces, keep the last two cards squared as one. Cut the top two face up Aces to the bottom of the packet and table the packet face up on the table.

Pick up the deck and ask for the name of the selection. Spread through with the faces towards yourself and at the same time obtain a break above the four Aces at the rear of the spread. Get them into a Cop position and then flip the rest of the deck towards the spectator and spread so that he can see that the s election is not present. Hand the deck to the spectator so that he can more thoroughly look through. Take this opportunity to pocket the copped Aces and you're clean.

Spread the tabled Aces to reveal the selection sandwiched between them. The spectators think the effect is over but you now show that the backs of the Aces have completely changed. As a final blockbuster Doug carries another deck of cards with the same back designs as the stranger Aces just produced. In the center of this deck he has four Aces that match the back design of the deck just in use. It appears that somehow a strange transposition has taken place between the Aces in both decks. Patter hasn't been supplied as you should have no problems inventing your own.

COIN CAPER c^y Mark Weston

This idea is used as a gag during a display of coin magic, based on an old spectator con trick. In brief a 50 pence piece is borrowed from the spectator, this is found to be unsuitable for the performer's use and is returned to the loaner in exchange for a Ten pence piece . . . the Ten pence piece is used for the trick. During the above sequence the spectator looses his 50 pence piece without actually knowing, hence the con trick. In this sequence of events the spectator gets his cash back . . . one way or another. Required is a fake 50 pence . . . this is a piece of metal cut to 50p size and near to thickness ... the metal must resemble a 50p in size and colour (alloy is ideal). The_presentation is intimate, at the bar or amongst a few friends, best when all are standing around including the magician.


The patter and method of presentation are very important to the result also the timing must be right. During the course of performing one or two coin effects the fake 50p is loaded into the right hand where it is held in finger palm position but across the THIRD AND FORTH fingers only, ask for the loan of a 50 pence piece . . . this is then taken at the tips of the right fingers and thumb, the fingers and thumb turn the coin and twist it around several times as you pretend to weight the coin in the hand as you say . . . "This feels a little bit too heavy" . . next throw the coin into the left hand continuing to feel the weight of the coin the right fingers take the coin and begin turning the coin over several times in the left hand, during this action the genuine coin is exchanged for the fake, the fingers continue the turning action after the switch is made . . . then the magician looks at the loaner of the coin and say$ "I wonder if you have a TEN PENNY

the loaner of the 50p will feel in his pocket and usually produce a lOp piece look him straight in the eyes and as you take the lOp from him give him the fake 50p back. If this is done correctly. . . he will pocket the coin without looking . . . especially as he can feel the coin is the right shape.

So now you perform a trick with a lOp piece then in conclusion as you hand him the coin back you say to him . . "I have just thought of another trick with a 50 pence piece, give me your fifty pence and I'll show you a trick." He will go to his pocket for the coin and remove the fake and before he has time to register that he has been conned you say to him "THAT'S THE TRICK."


Just to clean up ... . Should the spectator give you a second 50 pence piece back instead of the fake . . then you will have to perform a trick with this first then ask him for another 50p in the hope of i getting the fake from him.

Should he notice the coin has been switched in the first instance he will take this in good part and recognise that you are just having a little leg pull with him ... so there is no problem.

For those not acquainted with the origin in the days of real money one could borrow a Shilling piece and switch for a halfpenny. The performance is as follows:—

Magician says . . "Can you loan me a Shilling and I'll show you a trick.?" Coin is loaned and magician places coin on the back of his hand (the magician's hand that is) . . the magician then asks "Is the coin on the top of my hand or the bottom?" Whatever the reply the magician says "Oh wise guy . . .

you have seen the trick before."

spectator denies this ... so magician continues tjy turning his own hand face up and placing the coin into his palm . . . again he asks the question "Is the coin on the top or the bottom?"

During the above the coin to be switched is, in the finger palm position . . this is the half penny and is held by the third and forth fingers of the right hand only thus enabling the first and second fingers to handle the coin on display. At the switch stage the magician drops his right hand to his right side . . looks the spectator in the eye and says "You have already seen the trick . . I can tell."

during this the Shilling is exchanged for the halfpenny . . using the BOBO "One hand switch" from Modern Coin Magic chapter Two . ... or any similar switch . . then the halfpenny is given back to the spectator instead of the loaned Shilling. As the spectator is thrown off balance by the patter he will generally pocket the coin without looking even though the colour of the coin is different it is rarely noticed.

Editor's introduction to Alpha Minus by Ian Land

I hope that you've all sufficiently recovered from the last outLANDish issue I haven't!! I'm sure one or two of you will be ready for another smattering of Ian Lands mind shattering card-magic.

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