Finally, cut the three cards above the break to the bottom. During these actions (which appear to be mere counting and toying, taking but a moment) only matching backs will show — the odd-coloured back is hidden. The order of the cards is now, from the top: J, odd-backed K,K,K,J.

6. Flip the packet face up. Hold the cards in your left hand. The face card is now seemingly removed with the right hand — in fact, use a Necktie Second to take the card second from the face, dealing this card (a king) face down to the centre of the table. The balance of the packet is retained in the left hand.

7. The right hand picks up the face down card at right. Tap this card on the back of the tabled card at centre. Now, use the right hand card to flip over the central card, revealing it to now be a king. During this, the left fingers "brace" the card being flipped over (Fig 1). This is in order to condition the spectators for a subsequent Mexican Turnover. There is one slight alteration of the standard actions of the Mexican Turnover: the left hand is kept palm up, so that the backs of the fingers brace the card. The reason for this will be obvious shortly. Move the revealed KH off to the left. The right hand's KH is tabled to the right, face down.

8. Repeat step 7.

9. This time, the left hand again holds the balance of the packet face up. The right hand approaches the packet from the outer end (as in the Necktie Second action previously), and removes the lowermost card of the packet, turning this card face down at centre. Pick up the card tabled at right, with the right hand, and as before use this card to tap the tabled card. Now, apparently flip over the tabled card. This time, however, perform a Mexican Turnover. The KH thus revealed is tabled at left with the first two. The right hand card is thought to be a KH; in fact, it is a joker. The left hand is holding two cards, squared as one: the odd-backed KH beneath a joker.

10. Drop the right hand's card face down onto the left hand stock, as you comment, "This time I must be careful, as you know what to expect. .' The three-card packet is held square. The right hand apparently removes the lowermost card — but in fact takes the centre card of the trio. This can be done with a Glide, Buckle, or Pull-Down action, or you may prefer to utilise the Annemann/Christ Alignment technique.

In any event, the left hand holds its two cards squared as one (face down joker above odd-backed KH), as the right hand gestures with its single card (face up joker), saying, "Watch this last joker closely. . ."

11. Replace the joker beneath the left hand card(s). Tap the packet. Lift off the top single card, displaying the KH (actually two cards held as one). The right hand card is tabled, face down.

12. The two cards in the left hand, squared as one, are placed onto the tabled three KH's. Pick up the entire packet, and turn it face down. Ask, "How mafty kings do we now have?" The spectator will answer "four". As this is going on, you must rearrange the cards in this manner: holding the packet with the right hand from above (Biddle Grip), the left hand takes top and bottom cards, squared as one. The next card from the top is drawn onto the left hand stock with the left thumb. The last two cards in the right hand are dropped together on top of all. The result of these "toying" actions is this order, from the top: K,J,K,K, odd-backed K.

13. When the spectator says, "four", respond, "No, you're forgetting our original king of hearts, over here. . ." The right hand removes the top single card of the packet, and apparently uses it to flip over the face down card at right. In fact, perform a Mexican Turnover. This leaves a KH face up on the table. The face down card in the right hand (now a joker) is replaced on top of the packet. Flip the packet face up.

14. Say, "Actually, we have a total of five kings." Jordan Count the packet to show four KH's in your hand, along with the one on the table.

15. Hold the packet face up in the left hand. The right hand removes the top single card. Gesture with this card to both the left hand stock and the tabled KH, saying, "One original, and four duplicates. Do you know how to tell which one is the original?"

16. Continue, "It's easy — you just look at the label!" Here, the card in the right hand is seemingly used to flip over the tabled KH. In fact, use a Wild Card Turnover Switch as follows: the right hand's card scoops up the tabled KH. Both cards are turned over, the hand turning palm down. Release the uppermost card (the odd-backer), and in a continuous motion replace the right hand's card (now normal-backed) on top of the left hand stock (which you've flipped face down). This leaves a single card on the table — the odd-backer, bearing the printing for all to see.

Note that in both this routine and "Simple Oscar", you can start the routine by having a card selected (forced) from a complete deck, then introduce the (apparent) four jokers, explaining that you save jokers from old packs, because of their remarkable abilities. In ¿his way, you imply that the trick would work with any selected card, thus strengthening the trick and at the same time making the effect less contrived in structure.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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