3) On the line ". . .and dealt. . ." deal the first card face down to the imaginary gambler. The second face up to yourself, the third face up to the gambler and the fourth face down to yourself. After the deal, you will be left with a two card break, above the left little finger.
4) Patter, "The gambler received a count of twenty, a black ten and a red king. . ." Pick up the gambler's faced card and, holding it in the right hand at the inner right corner, with your thumb on top and first finger below, use it as a lever to flip the tabled card face up from right to left. If necessary, you can turn the left hand palm down and use it to steady the face down card at its inner left corner. Use the left first finger tip to do this. The action is similar to the Mexican Turnover but the cards are not exchanged. Make sure that you do not lose the left little finger break in the process. Both the gambler's cards remain face up on the table.
5) Continue, . .the magician received a count of four, a pair of twos." Repeat the actions of 4 above, to turn both of your own cards face up. Leave the face up twos on the table. Now pick up the gambler's cards, turning them face down. Hold them in the right hand between the first finger and thumb at the inner right corner and insert them into the deck at its outer left corner. Push them flush into the deck, using a squaring action of both hands. Retain the break below the top two cards.
6) Continue the patter, "The magician. . . picked up the red two. . .he divided the card into two red aces. . ." Perform the two for one Hofzinser change. This is done in the following way. Pick up the red two, face down in the right hand. The card is held by the inner right corner, with the first finger tip beneath and the thumb on top. This is the normal Hofzinser grip. The deck is in the left hand. The left little finger tip holds a break below the second card from the top. The grip and mechanics of this change are exactly the same as for the single Hofzinser as described in the Little Salt Man routine. The only difference being that the break is held beneath the second card from the top instead of being directly under the top card. At the completion of the exchange, the two red aces will be held in the right hand, at the inner right corner. They will be held by the first and second finger beneath and the thumb on top. The left little finger will be holding a break beneath the top card of the deck (Red two).
Without any pause, the left hand turns palm down, allowing the left thumb and first finger tip to pinch the double card at its outer left corner (see Fig.l). Moving simultaneously, the left hand turns palm up, snapping the top card face up, while the right hand turns palm down, snapping the bottom card face up. As this card turns over, the right second finger tip moves below the card and takes over the grip of the right thumb. This exactly positions the card for it to be dropped face up on the table, to the right of the black two. The left hand's card is dropped to the left of the two. Credit for the snapping action goes to Paul Harris, who uses it most effectively in his own Las Vegas Split routine. What the spectators see, is that you take the card between your right and left hands and bending it to breaking point, appear to split the card down the centre into two red aces.
7) Patter, ". . .he picked up the black two and divided that into two black aces." Double undercut the top card of the pack to the bottom. Your left hand now holds the deck in the usual mechanic's grip with the right first finger curled around the front end. With the left thumb, push off the top card (ace of clubs) and hold it face down with the right hand at its inner right corner. The thumb should be on top and the second finger below. Slide the left side of this card beneath the right side of the left hand tabled ace (AH). Lift up the ace, almost immediately dropping it face up onto the face up black two. Now do the same thing with the ace of diamonds, dropping it onto the two tabled cards. As you are moving the aces with the right hand, the left little finger obtains a break beneath the top card of the pack. Do not show the face of the ace in the right hand, merely act as though you were using it simply to emphasise the fairness of your actions. Replace it onto the deck.
.The left little finger now holds a break beneath the two top cards of the pack, in readiness for an In The Air Turnover Change. The right hand reached over and picks up the tabled packet, holding it face down, in a dealing position. The right hand moves towards the left and with the thumb deals the top card, the twO of Spades into a position between the left thumb and curled first finger. The card is at an angle of forty-five degrees to the top of the deck. The left side of the card is held well into the crotch of the left thumb. The outer left corner of the card is even with the left side of the deck, resulting in a slight diagonal angling (to the left) of the outer end of the card (see Fig. 2). If the left thumb were to bend slightly at its first joint, and move in a quarter turn towards the innfer end of the deck, the top card would move flush with the rest of the deck. This will help you to check out the correct position. Both hands are now turned palm down and your right hand drops both its cards face up onto the table. At the same time, the left hand executes a Mario/ Curry turnover change. This is done by the left first finger moving out from between the top card and the rest of the deck. The left thumb retains the top card in place as the left second and third finger tips move upwards very slightly, releasing the two aces face up onto the table (see Fig.3). It is important that there should be no flutter of the left fingers as the change is made. All the left fingers remain practically immobile as in Mario's Breakless Curry Change. Only the secret moves should be made, ie. the left thumb exerting a slightly increased pressure at the outer left corner of the top card and the left second and third fingers moving slightly upwards.
Retaining the little finger break beneath the top card of the pack, both hands now move forward, palm down and grip the outer long edges of their respective pairs of cards. The first fingers should be beneath the cards and the thumbs on top. They are now turned ninety degrees outwards. Your thumbs pull towards your palms and the first fingers push the lower card of each pair inwards. The lower card in the right hand (AH) is dropped slightly to the left of centre of the close-up pad. The lower card in the left hand (AS) is dropped slightly to the right of centre followed by the ace of clubs and ace of diamonds tc the right and left of the two already tabled.
The position at this point should be that the four aces on the table read from left to right, AC, AH, AS, AD.
8) The patter here is, "The gambler said. . . four Black Jacks." Execute a table slip cut, losing the top card (2S) in the deck. False shuffle retaining the four jacks on top. Deal one jack face down onto each ace from left to right. After the deal, bring your left hand, holding the pack, back to the edge of the table. With your right hand, turn the jack of diamonds face up, followed by the jack of spades. Take advantage of the audience reaction on seeing the first jack, to pause and show it all around. As you do this, allow the left hand to relax into the lap and exchange the deck, while the right hand turns over the jack of spades. Bring up the pack with the left hand ajid in one smooth action, the left thumb goes beneath the pack and flips it face up as you place it face up into the waiting right hand. Your right fingers are at the outer end of the deck and your thumb at the inner (Biddle grip). You are now set to ribbon spread the cards, when the time comes.
Once the left hand is free of the pack, it turns over the remaining two jacks.
9) Patter, after a short pause, "I am going. . . set of reds. . ." With the right hand, ribbort spread the deck across the table, from left to right below the tabled pairs. Leave the deck face up, while both hands in unison, starting with the outside pairs, turn the tabled Black Jack hands face down displaying the blue backs. Then flip over the ribbon spread pack, revealing the red backs for the second climax and finale.
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