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MEXICAN SPECTATOR CHANGE (A new twist on an oldie!)

### Effect

Two cards on the table change places. The actual effect is not new, and neither is the modus operandi, but if you try it this way it's guaranteed to knock the lay person helping you for a six.

Set Up

You need a duplicate of one of the cards in the pack. say. the seven of diamonds. Place a black card between the two seven of diamonds and place the three cards on top of the pack.

### Working

Shuffle the pack retaining the top three cards in position. Tell the spectator that any card will do for this particular experiment and double lift to show the black card. Put it back on top of the pack, explain that this will be his card, and then place the top card face down in front of him (the seven of diamonds) telling him not to touch it yet. Say you are going to choose a card at random yourself and false cut the pack. Double lift to show the seven of diamonds. Place it back on the pack. Say the seven of diamonds will be your card and you will place that on the table also. Deal the top card (the black one) face down onto the table in front of you. Now you take the top card of the pack yourself and hand the next one to the spectator telling him that these two cards are unimportant, it doesn't matter what they are, and you are going to demonstrate what you want him to do with it in a moment. (No suggestions please!) The pack i^ placed to one side.

Yoy explain that in a moment you want him to use the card in his hand to flip over the card in front of him. You do it with your card as a demonstration, but what you actually do is the "Mexican Turnover" so that the card face up in front of you is the seven of diamonds that was previously in your hand. Flip the seven of diamonds face down, look the spectator in the eye and ask if he thinks he has got the idea. The reason for this, you explain, is so that the moment the magic occurs the cards are untouched by human hands! Say this time you will do it together on the count of three. As you both turn the cards over, you do the "Mexican Turnover" again. He finds in front of him the card that was in front of you a few seconds previously, and his card in front of you. The face down card in my hand I casually place on the top of the pack and then with the same hand I first point to the black card enquiring if it is the spectators, and then retrieve his turnover card and place it on top of the pack.

The cards could be signed, it would just mean already having your signature on the top seven of diamonds, and then during the trick signing the other seven across the face in the same position. When you double lift to show the black card you would rest it on the pack for the spectator to sign.

Originality? Yes I know I have discussed this before, but it does seem to have raised its ugly head again recently. My spies tell me there has been quite a bit of correspondence, if that's the right word for it, and I am not too sure about that, in more than one magazine.

I say ugly head, because while there is nothing actually ugly about originality, there is if you are using someone else's. The reason I have brought this subject is that someone, somewhere, has been writing about someone else, somewhere else, using someone else's material.