1. One further variation on the basic idea. In this version, all four of the selections are random (i.e. not looked at until the cliijiax). There is a small amount of set-up. Place the AH at the face of the pack, with the AS behind it. Place the AC at the centre of the deck, and crimp it at one corner.

2. You make your first selection by Double-Undercutting the lowermost pair to the top. Remove the top two cards, squared as one. Table the card(s).

3. The spectator cuts to a card at random. That card is placed on top of the tabled stock.

4. You take the deck, and cut the crimped AC to the top. (If the AC can't be found, that is because the spectator has chosen it, and it is already atop the pile. In this case, proceed to step 5a). Table the AC next to the already tabled pile.

5. The spectator cuts to a final card. Take this card, and scoop up the third selection (AC). Drop these two cards on top of the tabled pile.

6. Flip the packet face up. Elmsley Count, to show that you and the spectator have succeeded in locating the four aces.

5a. In the event that the spectator chooses the AC, simply cut to any card for your selection, dropping it on top of the tabled stock. The spectator cuts to a final selection, which is dropped on top of all.

6a. Flip the packet face up. Jordan Count, to show that you and the spectator have succeeded in locating the four aces.


Fred Robinson

Fred Robinson

As promised last month, here for the record are a few of the happenings over the last few months.

Monday, September the third, the Magic Circle opened its winter programme with a Pabular evening — close-up magic at the tables with a team of performers — our thanks are due for an excellent show put on by David Beckley, Arthur Carter, Kevin Davie, Ian Keeble Elliott, Walt Lees, Brian King, Mick Moran, Jim Jones, Mike O'Brien, Chris Pratt, Jerry Sadowitz, and Phil Wye.

This column is being written during February 1980 — it's your guess whether we are jumping forwards or backwards to December 1979 which was a good month magicwise bringing with it the Ron Macmillan International Day of Magic.

We did not see any of the scheduled events but did manage to get into session with several visitors. Piet Forton from Switzerland who lectured gave us an excellent tip during one of these. It concerns performing close-up when seated and it becomes necessary to put some object on the table which will not bear examination and there is some danger of a spectator picking it up to have a closer look.

Let us suppose the object is a double faced card which you drop casually onto the table towards the spectators, and lean forward letting your forearms rest on the edge of the table with both hands on either side of the card and a few inches above the surface of the table. The hands should also be some distance from the card.

It should not appear that you are physically guarding the card, the barrier preventing anyone from picking up the card is a psychological one. Anyone feeling the urge to pick up the card is deterred from so doing because thev would subconsciously be aware that such an act would be regarded by other onlookers as an unwarranted distraction, which they may resent. The precise position of the hands in relation to the card will be evident after some consideration of the underlying theory — too far forward and someone may be tempted to pick it up, and too much cover given by the hands will appear that you are ensuring that no one grabs it. 757

Dai Vernon also appeared and brought with him Ron Wilson who also lectured. This meant a long session extending into the early hours with the 'Professor' in fine form — finding a chosen card at any number called — the card trick that cannot be explained — numerous colour changes, and several gambling moves. He was full of praise for a certain Richard Turner who excels in false dealing — seconds, thirds, bottoms, second from the bottom and centres — all having the appearance of being dealt from the top.

Juan Tamarix appeared both in the close-up event and also with Anton in their hilarious Los Manchos double act. Juan stayed over for a few days — more sessions, one lasting five hours. He explained in detail several effects for publication in Pabular/There is no possibility that I will be able to include every detail of the various subtleties which are involved in the presentation of these effects, but I hope to further convey some idea of the Tamarix approach to close-up magic.

Here is one of the many tips which arose during the conversation and concerns the Zarrow shuffle. On reaching the point at which the interlocked cards are about to be disengaged pause a moment and look at the spectator making some comment relevant to the trick, at the same time perform the 'move' and square up the pack.

Not only does this procedure provide misdirection for those whose Zarrow is less than perfect, it also has certain advantages for those able to create a perfect illusion with the sleight. It gives a certain air of casualness and removes the possibility of giving the cards a genuine shuffle. Furthermore, looking at the audience ensures that contact with them is maintained thus avoiding the hazard of losing their complete attention, and in consequence allowing them to give their undivided attention to your action of shuffling which should not be emphasised at the time it is being executed.

One of the fundamental principles of sleight of hand with cards is not to look at your hands when performing a secret sleight, but to look at the spectators and keep them engaged in conversation. How often have you seen a cardman look away when performing the Zarrow shuffle?

Tamarix is engaged in writing a treatise on magical theory and is currently seeking a copy of Neo-Magic by S.H. Sharpe. Please drop me a line if you have a copy going spare, stating price required.

More next month.

Oscar Pladek

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