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Here is a variation of the idea which can be used in the Dunbury Delusion effect wherein it is required that the spectators believe that their chosen card is one of three taken from the pack.
The card chosen is returned to the pack and brought fourth from the top by whatever means you have at your command and hold the pack as explained before. This time you take off a double when removing and showing the first card, and repeat when taking the second. When you display the latter it will be recognised as the chosen one. You then appear to remove a third card and show it, but what you really do is to leave the chosen card on the top of the pack and show the card which was concealed behind it, which was originally the third card.
A further variation is to cause the chosen card to disappear completely leaving only two cards. To achieve this take a single card fairly and then a double and when appearing to take the third leave the one just shown on top of the pack and show the card which was concealed behind it. The two cards, which the spectators believe to be three including the chosen one are kept squared and put onto the table, or in your own or someone elses outer breast pocket. In some respects it has a marginally stronger effect forr the card to disappear than for it to change into another card.
Loading In After A Riffle will be found to be an extremely natural method with which one or more cards can be loaded onto a packet of cards on the table at which you are seated. It is a fairly simple matter to drop a few cards from the regular palm on to a pile already on the table when standing, but when seated it always seems to be an awkward operation unless it happens to be a low coffee table.
Let us suppose it is required to load on to the pack ten cards when performing the Nap Hand effect, and the cards are on the lap or behind the knee. The cards are shuffled by one of the spectators and finally riffle shuffle them yourself. You then cut off the top half putting them on the table beyond the bottom half. If there is a spectator on your right let your right hand remain in this forward position acting as a mask and preventing the palmed cards from being seen.
The cards are copped and held in the left hand, gripped at one narrow end near the corner by the fold of flesh in the thumb joint and the palm as shown in the diagram. With the cards in this position the hand rests at the edge of the table giving complete freedom of movement to the fingers with the cards out of sight below the edge of the table.
To load the cards the left hand moves over the original bottom half of the pack and in the act of picking it up the palmed cards are dropped as they line up with thé bottom half which is then put on the other half completing the cut.
In adding a single card to a small packet of cards I find it easier to add it to the bottom of the packet during the act of turning the packet' over if the move of turning is started from the left front corner of the packet.
The move can be used to add a number of cards to the bottom of the pack, or under an empty card case as you turn it over to reveal a selection.
No doubt this method of adding a card or cards will be found of use in many effects and being more open and less 'stilted' than using the conventional palm will, I hope, be welcomed by readers of this magazine trëvo trëvo
First off, let me start with an apology. For what? you may ask. Answer, several things. In fact some time ago, it seems a long long time ago, I asked for readers of this magazine to give me some answers to a couple of problems I posed. Strictly speaking I would have been happy with one perfect answer for each. Quite a number of people wrote in, and just in case you have forgotten or become a new reader let me remind you of the problems. One was to have a card selected and returned to the deck, which is then ribbon spread on the table. The card is not there but one pulls back one's sleeve and lo and behold there is the card tucked neatly up it. A number of people came up with ideas and I think Fred Robinson even published one but none of them quite came up to scratch as far as I was concerned. And as I am the sole judge and jury that is my decision, so there. Nevertheless some of them were quite interesting.
The other problem was how to produce a glass of wine from under a cup as in the Cups and Balls. Again, one or two people came up with ideas and yet again nothing that I considered to be the final answer. Perhaps in the next issue we will cover some of these answers and see if perhaps someone can improve upon them. And so let me apologise again to those who wrote to me, in particular to George Blake (who sent me a long letter) and Alf Moore, and several others.
Funny things seen on T.V. Department: Yesterday afternoon crouched comfortably in front of my T.V. set enjoying one of my favourite T.V. characters, one 'Bugs Bunny' I was amazed at one line of dialogue in the script. Briefly Bugs was a music hall-cum-vaudeville artist who did anything from tap dancing to juggling. At one point he performed the Sawing in Half effect, using as his assistant, a duck. As the duck jumped into the box before being sawn in half he yells "Aw gee, that old trick! All that happens is that they stick a pair of false feet out of one end and double up in the other!" Well?
Within a week or two we will be entering the year 1977. I don't know what this will mean to you, it doesn't mean very much to me, but to a large section of the British public it will mean Jubilee Year. For those of you who don't know this means that our Monarch Queen Elizabeth of England (maybe I should have said Britain) has reigned on the throne for 25 years. June 7th is the official date and I do know that many childrens entertainers are very heavily booked around this time. They will have a field day. I do remember the Coronation Year in 1953 when a similar thing happened. (Just in case our foreign readers have worked out that 53 from 77 is only 24 let me point out that she acceded to the throne in 1952 — she was crowned in 1953).
In terms of close-up magic I wonder if any of our readers are going to come up with magic effects specifically for the Jubilee Year or the Jubilee thought. One effect that does come to mind is an old effect that was marketed by Davenports many years ago, certainly in the thirties, and then was revived later in the fifties, called Penny to Sovereign. This, of course, would be a good effect to perform next year and there are no doubt others but I just can't think of them — perhaps some of our readers can come up with some ideas. And remember, we are talking close-up.
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