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Steven Hamilton

Ed. . . This is one of the effects that Steve showed me a few months back. I can only say th^t tne routine looks f/eat and I strongly urge you to hunt out the required cards and follow me ... . Preparation

Take a miniature King of Hearts and glue an even smaller Nine of Clubs cards to its back design. In addition to this, now faked, miniature card you will require a duplicate Ace of Clubs to match the deck in use.

Set up

Arrange the two Ace of Clubs, the Ace of Spades and the miniature cird in the following order; (From the face.) Ace of Spades, Ace of Clubs, Miniature card, Ace^f Clubs."(NOTE . . . The underlined cards are face up cards.)

Place this small packet face up on the table. The spectators should assume that these cards are the black Aces. (Set-up is shown in fig: 1).

Set the following cards at the top of the deck . . . King of Hearts, any indifferent card, Nine of Clubs, the rest of the deck. All cards are face down.


Cut the deck and take a break as the halves come together. Riffle force the King of Hearts on the spectator. Reassemble the deck with the Nine of Clubs second from the top.

Place the deck aside for the moment and pick up the assumed Ace packet. With your left fingers, slide out the lowermost Ace of Clubs so that it is side jogged for about half its width to the left. This allows the right hand to get a hold on the miniature card and hold it in place.

Take the side jogged card into your left hand and use it to scoop up the spectator's King of Hearts face up on top of it.

Explain that, if the spectator concentrates on his card it will vanish!

Using the right hand's cards, perform a paintbrush change on the regular King of Hearts atop the Ace in the left hand.

(NOTE____The paintbrush change is detailed on page:155 of "The Complete Walton.') The result of the change is ... the regular sized King of Hearts appears to have shrunk to half its original size! Deal the small King from the left hand and to the table face up. At this point you can, if you wish, flash the backs of both Aces in either hand. Place the Ace of Spades below the Ace of Clubs in the left hand, then take the packet into the right hand as the left hand picks up the deck and takes a break below the top card. Flip the right hand Aces face down onto the deck and deal the top two cards face down to the table. Double cut all the cards above the little finger break to the bottom of the deck and you should find that the top card is the Nine of Clubs. Force this card by tabling the deck and asking the spectator to cut the cards into two piles. You now assemble the cuts by placing the original bottom portion cross-ways onto the original top portion. No doubt you are well ahead of me as you are simply about to perform the ancient 'Crossing the cut force.' Perform the force, then cut the force card to the top of the deck. This card is of course the Nine of Clubs. Pick up the two face down cards from the table and show that they are the black Aces.Explain that the spectator did not concentrate hard enough with the King of Hearts so you will allow him to try again with the new selection. Square up the Aces face up and half pass the lower one. Take a break between the cards with your right thumb at the rear. The two cards are held in Biddle grip in the right hand in readiness for a drop switch Flip the Nine of Clubs face up atop the deck and when you flip it face down again, allow the lowermost face down Ace to fall on top of it. Deal the top card face down to the table and place the deck aside. The spectators assume ^th at the tabled card is the Nine of Clubs but in reality, it is the other black Ace. Pretend to insert the tabled card between the assumed Aces in your right hand but in fact you simply insert the card below the single card. Now finish with Alex Elmsly's Squeeze action and drop the two black Aces face up to the table. The Nine of Clubs has completely vanished. By way of explanation tell them that the Nine of Clubs simply shrunk so small that it couldn't be seen and hid beneath the King of Hearts. Flip the miniature King of Hearts face down and the even smaller Nine pf Clubs is seen stuck to its back.


Steve points out that the routine is mer a commercial handling of Alex Elmsley's 'Point of Departure.' The initial shrinkage of the King of Hearts is quite startling and has to be seen to be appreciated!

DEVIL'S DELIGHT Douglas Cameron

Douglas informs me that the basic idea for this routine was inspired by another in the Gene Maze Card Book. Pop Jump Aces was the original Maze effect, you may like to look it up and compare the two.


Four face down Aces are interlaced between eight face up indifferent cards. This results in four sandwich's, which are placed one at each comer of the table. One at a time the Aces vanish and only the eight indifferent cards remain. The deck is spread and the Aces are found reversed at its centre.


Take a little finger break above the lowermost three cards of the face up deck, then spread through and up-jog the Aces. Now perform the Vernon strip-out addition move by stripping out the Aces and at the same time, secretly adding the three face up cards below the break behind them.

Flip the deck face down and flip the Aces face down on top. Immediately spread the top four cards and remove them to the table, without reversing their order.

Situation is

An Ace on the table with three indifferent cards atop it and the other three Aces are atop the deck.

Reverse the top three Aces on the deck by using the Braue reversal move . . . Take a break below the top three Aces and undercut about half the deck and set the cards face up on top. Now undercut the rest of the cards below the break and place these face up on top as well. This results in a face up deck atop three face down Aces.

Cut off about half of the face up cards and place them, still face up, at the centre of the table. Place the rest of the deck, with the face down Aces beneath it, to your left for the moment.

This is, of course, after you have dealt off eight face up cards from this pile and to the table before you.

Pick up the eight cards and fan them in a face up fan as you explain,that you will place a face down Ace between each of the four pairs of cards.

Pick up the top card from the assumed Ace packet and insert it between the 7th and 8th cards. Place the next card between the 5th and 6th cards, the next between the 3rd and 4th cards and finally the real Ace, which you may flash, between the 1st and 2nd cards. The assumed Aces are face down between the four pairs of face up indifferent cards. Drop the cards atop the face up pile to your left, with the real Aces face down at the bottom, and pick it up in Biddle position in your right hand. You are about to count the four sandwiches off this half deck and into your left hand but the following actions take place during this The first face up card is slid from the right hand pile and oritothe left palm, then the next card, which is a face down Ace but a break is maintained between these two cards and when the third card is taken atop the other two, the face down card is Biddled back and is effectively stolen below the right hand packet. The first sandwich has been transferred into the left hand but the centre card has been stolen back.

You continue

Peel off the fourth card normally onto the cards in the left hand but when you peel off the fifth card, all the cards in the left hand are stolen under the right hand packet and only the fifth card is within the left hand. The rest of the 7 cards are peeled off the right hand packet and onto the left hand as normal and the final situation should be ... . You have only eight cards in your left hand and they are in the order; Face up, down, up, up, down, up, up, down. In your right hand you have a face up half deck, which you now place onto the other face up half deck at the centre of the table. This has the effect as assembling the deck with the four Aces face down in the centre.

You are now about to apparently place the four sandwich's at the corners of the table. Take the eight card packet in your right hand again in Biddle grip. Peel off the top face up card into your left hand but when you peel off the next face down card, Biddle the first card back beneath the right hand's packet. Continue by peeling off the next face up card onto the face down card in your left hand and everyone will assume that you have removed one of the sandwich's. Table it at one corner. Repeat this twice more tabling two other assumed sandwich's at the other comers and finally place the remainder of the cards at the last corner, without showing them. These final cards are in fact two face up cards. It only remains for you to now vanish the assumed Aces from between indifferent cards. Do this using the Elmsley spread vanish with each pair except for the final cards, which you can simply spread. End by spreading the face up deck to reveal four face down cards at the centre, these turn out to be the elusive Aces.

Ed In my humble opinion, there are several weak points in this routine. First, I don't like the repeated showing of the sandwich's. They are made, placed atop one of th,e half decks, then counted off and finally shown again before being placed at the four corners. I also don't like the need for three Elmsley spread vanish's at the end of the routine especially when the same handling is not used for the final sandwich. Add to this the need to switch three of the Aces at the beginning and well, you see my point. I prefer to use the following handling Actually remove the four Aces and interlace them between eight indifferent cards. The deck is face down in the centre of the table and the indifferent cards are face up, with the Aces face down in a squared packet in your right hand ready for the Biddle steal-backs Peel off the first card, then the second but when the third is peeled onto the cards in your left hand, Biddle back the face down card from between them. Place these two cards, squared at one of the corners. Repeat this twice more and place two other assumed sandwich's at the other corners. This will leave you with six cards held as three in the order . . . face up indifferent card, face down Ace, face up indifferent card, three face down Aces. Reverse the order of this final sandwich by simply peeling off the first and second cards and placing the final four cards, as one, atop them. This leaves the cards in the new order of . . . Two face up indifferent cards with the four face down Aces between them. Immediately place this packet squared atop the deck and ask that the spectator cut and complete the cut, effectively sending this final sandwich into the centre of the deck. This done ... A simple gesture over the three assumed sandwich's on the table and you can spread them to reveal that the Aces have vanished from between them. It only remains for you to spread the deck to reveal that there are now four face down cards between the two face up cards in the deck and these prove to be the Aces.


Yes I know that the effect isn't exactly the same but most of the weak points have been eliminated .. . . You don't need to switch the Aces out, no need for the Braue reversal, No excess showing of the sandwiches etc. Try both routines and use whichever suits you best!!

Shiv has only ever had one other effect published in Pabular and that was some years ago. Well, to cut a long story short, he came up for parole a few weeks back and the governors here at the Pabular high security wing decided that Shiv was once again >able to resume his position in Society. All the best shiv!

No set up is required and the deck need not be complete. Have two cards selected, returned and control them to the top of the deck. The second selection should be uppermost. Flip the deck face up and half pass the lowermost card, second selection. Hold the deck in Biddle grip in your right hand and take a thumb break above the reversed card in readiness for a drop-switch. Swing cut about half of the face up cards into your left hand, then peel off single cards from the right hand packet onto the left hand cards. Ask the spectator to call stop at any time. Once he calls stop, point out the card now atop the right hand section and ask the spectator to remember it. Start to peel it onto the left hand section but use the right hand cards to flip the card face down on the left hand section. At the same time, release the card from below the thumb break so that it falls onto the now face down selection on the left hand cards. When the right hand moves away with its cards, a face down card is still seen atop the left hand section and everything looks as it should. Up-jog the assumed third selection by placing the right hand cards onto the left hand ones but down-jogged for about half their length. Push the two halves square but allow the right forefinger tip to press against the back of the face down card atop the left hand section and the result will be that the deck will be squared with the exception of a single face down card up-jogged at the centre. Remove this face down card and table the deck face down for the moment. Name the assumed card and explain that you will use it to locate the other two selections. Flick the back of the card, then ask for the name of the second selection . . . slowly flip the card face up to reveal the change. Spread the deck and the missing card is seen to be reversed in the centre. Their are two possible avenues that you may like to travel here... 1) You can simply explain that the card has travelled to the deck and is resting atop one card. Remove the face down card beneath the face up one and ask for the name of the first selection. Flip it face up to reveal it. 2)This is a better effect.. . Pick up the deck and spread through to reveal the face up third selection in the deck. Remove it but also remove the card beneath it at the same time. This is merely a double lift. Immediately place the face up card atop the other face up card on the table and the result is a sandwich. Unknown to the audience the first selection is now trapped face down between the other selections. Pick up the trio and hold them at the very edge of the inner narrow end, thumb on top and fingers below in your right hand. Riffle through the tabled face down deck with your left hand and at the same time pass the cards in your right hand through the riffle and spread them to reveal the sudden appearance of a face down card between them. It only remains for you to remove the face down card, flip it face up anc} the final selection is revealed.

Ed... . I would advise you to only have two cards actually selected and simply perform the drop switch as you point out a prominent card in the deck, such as a court card or the Ace of Spades. I would also advise you to reverse the order of the two selections atop the deck so that the selections can be revealed in the order that they were selected.

Eric Mason's Beta Wallet

The Signed and Thought of Card in Wallet with a Borrowed Pack.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to know what was going to happen in the future? Is it possible to consider such an event? Would you like me to try? Please take these cards into your own hands - spread the cards to yourself and commit one to memory - just think of it .. would you close them up and pass them to this lady - Madam, you also choose a card and remove it completely from the pack - you keep it and I'll take the cards. Now please write your name on the card. Show it to everyone and then return it to the pack. O.K? My first question to both of you - do either of you want to change your minds? My second question. Is there any way that I could know before I gave you the cards what card, you Sir, would think of and you Madam would take out? ... Good. I'll put the cards down. Look - my hands are empty and in my pocket I have a wallet. I'll put the cards down. Inside this wallet is a card that exactly matches the card that you are thinking of Sir. What was your card? The Five of Hearts? Please confirm this is true. Yes? Wonderful. Now young lady, I have another pocket on this side of the wallet. I will undo the zip. Can you see it? And inside this pocket there is another wallet. And inside this wallet there is another pocket - and inside this pocket there is a card that exactly represents your card too. Look it is the Joker.

You appear disappointed. Did you not know that the Joker can assume the identity of any card in the pack ...*..? But wait there is another card here - that not only looks like your card - it is your card. This routine is unashamedly Eugene Burge.' s based on his wonderful procedure for presenting this effect. Everyone who performs close up should read his book The Secrets and Mysteries for the close up entertainer. Practically every word he uses emphasises the strength of the effects he z performs and makes them unique. The method S is not - it is based on my wallet which it e will be possible to acquire in the near S future. This wallet will also enable you to

* perform all the standard versions of the o Card in Wallet currently in use (I think) -o Take your pick.

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5 close up company, It will also load a card 5 straight into the inner wallet - and also ° you can dispense with the larger wallet and

* use the smaller one only without the use of 8 sleight of hand. It will duplicate the uses 3 of the Himber wallet. But more importantly

* it serves to expand the methods of

£ performing this classic effect with a very 2 natural prop. The wallet has been designed o to handle poker or bridge sized cards. Price *75.00/$1 00,00 postage extra.


This is really one big con but if you present it at the right time ... who knows!! You'll require a Lexicon deck or any other alphabetic deck. Set the following cards from the top down ____A-C-E-S-Rest of deck.

Introduce the deck and explain that you'd like to show them a great new card trick that you learned recently ... Perform any false shuffles and cuts that retain the top stock in place and don't show any of the card faces!

Table the deck at the left edge of your Sclose up mat, from your view point and request lhat the spectator cut off about 3/4 of the cards and place them next to the original bottom portion. You, of course, would simply point to a spot to the right of the deck and ask the spectator to place his cut off portion there.

Congratulate him on his accuracy and further request that he now cut about 2/3 off that portion and place the result to the right of the other two portions.

Finally he is requested to cut off 1/2 of this third packet and place the resultant cards to the right of the third packet.

This age old procedure has resulted in four approximately equal 1/4 deck packets in a face down row on your mat. The original top section, with your set up, should be the one on your right.

Ask the spectator if he would be amazed if he had somehow managed to cut straight to the Aces. He will of course reply to the affirmative.

Pick up the packet with the set up on top and -push the top card over the edge of the packet slightly to your left. You are holding this packet in your right hand. With your left hand lift off the top card from each of the other three packets and one by one, insert them beneath the top card of the packet in your right hand.

The result should be a fan of four cards atop the right hand packet, the uppermost card being the original top card of your set up.

Square up these four cards atop the right hand packet but maintain a little finger break beneath the four cards. Immediately lift off the top card, flip it face up and replace it. This shows the letter 'A' and for the first time, they realise that you are not using a regular deck of cards. Once the letter 'A' card is face up atop "" the packet in your right hand, lift off all four cards a^ove the break and deposit them as a single face up card atop ^he tabled packet to your right.

Return your empty left hand to the packet, in your right hand and flip the next card face up to reveal a letter 'C* card. Lift this card off the packet and place it face up atop the packet to the left of the 'A' packet.

Repeat this with the next card on the righ hand packet, placing it face up on the packet to the left of the 'C' packet. This third card is a letter 'E' card.

Finally flip the new top card face up to reveal a letter 'S' card. Leave this face up atop the right hand packet and place the entire packet to the left of the 'E' packet.

From the spectator's view point. . . From his left to his right, the four letter cards spell the word . . . ACESli

Somehow, he really did cut to the Aces!

Notes. . . The cards should be placed atop the tabled packets so that, from your point of view, they are upside down.

If you have a regular deck of cards whose back design matches that of your Lexicon deck, you can perform a few regular card effects, switch in the Lexicon deck and perform the above. The actual handling of the routine has been stolen from Mario and was published in Racherbaumer's lecture notes.

Any of the handlings for 'September cuts the Aces' can be used but I prefer the one detailed.

Illustrations 1, 2 and 3 depict the cutting procedure.


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