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Five magicians went to Brighton for their holidays last year for the same fortnight and each stayed in separate hotels on the promenade. Quite by chance (as true as I'm riding this bike) all the hotels were next to each other and reading from left to right, they were the Cresta Hotel, Hotel Eldorado, The Sands, The Harbour Lights and the Ocean Hotel. They met up with each other during the holiday and had some rare sessions. All had different tastes in magic and the following facts emerged. From these facts, find out whether the magician who uses doves, like to watch Tommy Cooper or Dai Vernon.

1. The magi who deals with Jack Hughes is staying at the hotel directly to the right of the magi who gets all his tricks from Ken Brooke.

2. The fire eater deals with Goodliffe.

3. A parrot is used by the mentalist.

4. The close-up worker's favourite performer is David Nixon.

5. The member>)f the 'Order of the Magi' is staying next to the poodle owner.

6. Fred Kaps is the favourite of the magi in the middle hotel.

7. The kiddie's entertainer belongs to the 'Mystic Seven'.

8. Dai Vernon is the favourite of the magi dealing with Jack Hughes.

9. The I.B.M. member is staying next to the magi with the chicken.

10. The vent is staying at the Cresta Hotel.

11. The M.M.L. members favourite magician is Slydini.

12. The I.B.M. member deals mainly with Repro.

13. The Magic Circle member does a rabbit production.

14. The vent is staying next door to the magician who gets his tricks from Davenports.

Determine by logic (not magic)

1. The name of the hotel each magi is staying at.

2. The favourite performer of each magi.

3. The speciality of each magi.

4. The dealer each magi uses.

5. The society each magi belongs to.

6. The animal each m?igi uses in his act.

The effect is straightforward, eight cards are used — four red, four black. The reds are put on the table, face down. The blacks are held in the hand, face up. The blacks turn face down one at a time, and then are revealed to have changed to the four reds — the blacks are now on the table. Several counts are used, but they all approximate the Elmsley Count from the spectator's point of view, so the action is visually consistent. Note that each count sets you up for the following one, with virtually no re-setting during the course of the routine.

Use eight high-value spot cards — eights and nines. From the face of the packet, four blacks, four reds. Fan out the packet, and display the two colours. Square up the cards and hold the packet from above (Biddle Grip). The left hand comes over to the packet, and the left thumb draws off the top card. The next card is drawn off onto the first, overlapping about Vfe-inch to the right. The 3rd and 4th cards are similarly drawn off into the left hand, and the four blacks are displayed the fanned condition. The left hand now squares up the four blacks, taking a break with the little finger below the second card. The right hand moves over the left hand's cards, and the left hand draws off the first red card. Simultaneously, the right hand steals the two cards above the left little finger break, and moves away to the right. The left little finger is inserted to take a break below this first red card. The hands come together again, and the left thumb takes the second red card on top of its packet, and then the third. The final red card (with two blacks hidden behind it) is dropped on top of all. The situation, from the face: R, B, B, R, R, R, B, B. The left little finger is holding a break above the bottom two cards of the packet. During this activity you are seemingly just counting four blacks and then four reds from the right hand to the left — and pattering about the two contrasting colours.

Pause for a moment. Now the right hand grasps the packet from above once again, holding it from the inner and outer narrow edges. The left thumb lies across the face of the top (red) card. The hands separate. The right hand takes all of the cards above the break; the left retains the face card and the two below the little finger break. Seemingly, the black cards are all in the right hand, the reds in the left. In fact, the left hand holds two black cards below a red, the right holds three reds below two blacks. (This switch was derived from work by Jack Vosburgh and Ed Mario). Put the right hand's cards down on the table, face up. Turn the left hand's packet face down, and hold it with both hands in the grip commonly used for the Elmsley Count.

The count to be used here will show three cards as four. An Elmsley or Jordan count will do this, but both will leave the red card in between the two blacks. This count will leave the odd card on top, as it must be for a later action. The count is as follows: the right hand takes the top card. The hands come together, and each hand's cards are exchanged: the left hand takes back the first card while the right hand takes both of the left hand's cards, for the count of "2". The hands come together again. The right hand takes the left hand's card as the left hand steals back the right hand's bottom card, for a count of "3". The final card is taken by the right hand for a count of "4". State, "four red cards" as you flip the top card face up and then down again. Place this packet onto the table, face down.

Pick up the second (five-card) packet. Obtain a break below the top two cards of this face up packet. As you patter, perform a halfpass on the three cards below the break. Status: on the table, face down from the top: R, B, B. In the hands, from the top, face up B, face up B, face down R, R, R.

Do a twisting motion on the packet in the hands. Now Elmsley Count to show three face up blacks, one face down card. Do another twisting motion, then a display count as follows: the right hand takes the top card, then the second card a bit down-jogged on top of it. The left thumb pushes off the next two cards squared as one onto the first two — the right hand taking this double card down-jogged onto the cards it holds. Finally, the last card is taken, down-jogged on top of all. The audience sees four cards — two face up and two face down.

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The packet is squared, and twisted again. The next count is another visual approximation of an Elmsley Count: the right hand takes the top card, then the next card on top of the first (and down-jogged). The left hand lays its remaining three cards on top of the right hand's first two, down jogged, and as this happens the right thumb pulls the top card of this three-card block down, to show three face down cards. A face up card shows second from the bottom of the (supposedly) four-card spread — the other face-up card is hidden behind the second card from the face.

Re-square the packet, twist, and do an Elmsley Count to show four face down cards. State, "It's really not so amazing that the cards turned face down " and as you do this, casually transfer the top two cards of the packet to the bottom. "What's amazing is that these cards have changed to the red cards!" Turn the packet face up and do an Elmsley Count to show four red faces.

Obtain a break above the bottom two cards of the packet as the right hand takes the cards in a Biddle Grip (the break is held with the right thumb at the inner narrow edge). With the right hand, pick up the tabled packet, and immediately drop all of the cards below the right thumb break into the left hand. The right hand drops its cards (three reds) face up on the table as the left hand turns up its cards (four blacks with a red in the centre). Do an Ascanio Spread to show four blacks. The right hand at the end of this spread will be holding onto a double card — the odd red hidden behind a black. Drop this double card onto the face up reds, and then drop each of the other blacks one by one onto the tabled packet — the eight cards are now in proper order — four blacks on top of four reds. Finis.


The one-at-a-time turnover sequence can be accomplished in the following manner: do an Elmsley Count to show the first reversal. The final card of this count should go below the packet. Do another Elmsley Count to show two of the cards have turned face down (this is a normal Elmsley Count, as are the subsequent ones). Do another EC to show three face down cards, then a final EC to show four face down cards. I personally prefer the variant display counts as detailed above, but either sequence will work.

In displaying the four blacks at the finish, you can use an Elmsley Count instead of an Ascanio, but you'll have to re-adjust the cards after the count to get back to your finish layout of four blacks on top of four reds. The Ascanio is more effective.

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