4. Turn over card D, fairly this time leaving its coin underneath. See Fig. 2. You still have a coin concealed in your right hand. You are now about to begin the effect, yet in steps 1, 2 and 3 you got one move ahead each time. The large coin in your left hand is the fourth move ahead.

5. Snap your fingers with your right hand. This helps to give the impression that the hand is empty. Slowly pick up the card at C, to show two coins. The right hand holds the card face up lying across the fingers and concealing the coin.

6. Use the card to scoop up the two coins The right thumb holds one coin against the face of the card. Turn the card face down, releasing the hidden coin from behind the right hand fingers. There are now two coins on the table and one still held under the card by the right thumb. This is really the same switch as in 2. Place the card and the hidden coin over the two visible coins at C. During all this, say, "If we have two coins here — one must have vanished from over here." Pick up the card at B to show the coin has vanished. Transfer this card to the left hand.

7. Snap your right hand fingers once more. Lift the card at C to show three coins. Hold this card face down in the right hand and use it to turn the card at D face up. Really you do a Mexican turnover. If done smoothly this will not only switch the cards but will conceal the coin at D and leave it under the face up-card. Do not worry about this move, there should be no suspicion. You have just shown that the coin has arrived at C, no-one expects there still to be a coin at D.

8. Both hands hold a face up card. The right hand scoops up the face up card and coin at D, trapping the coin between the cards. At the same time, the left hand drops its card face up on top of these two. The right hand turns the three cards face down, and holding them in a slightly fanned condition, places them over the three cards at C. Fig. 3.

9. Snap your fingers. The right hand grasps the three cards together and slides them across the table towards you. The fourth coin slides from between the top two cards and silently joins the three on the table. This should look as though all four coins were under the cards.

10. Turn the three cards face up. Place them in the left hand momentarily loading the large coin under them. Place the three cards and the large coin in the centre of the table as the left hand draws attention to the card at A. Lift the card to show the coin has vanished. The last line is purely for magicians. Say, "Of course you realise that I use an extra coin. If I could eliminate that I would have a really good trick." Flip over the three cards to reveal large coin.

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Notes: The large coin climax can be dispensed with should you wish to do another routine with the four coins. No-one has ever commented on the discrepancy when you do the Mexican turnover, but if it worries you, you could use four jokers or four blank cards so that no 'change' of card occurs at this point.

Gordon Bruce

Effect: The performer removes the A-2-3-4-and 5 of diamonds and the corresponding hearts from the pack. A spectator is invited to take the five cards of either suit. The performer takes those left and turns away saying he will arrange his cards in a certain order and then invites the spectator to lay his cards face up in row in any order he wishes. The performer immediately deals one card face downwards on each face up card beginning at one end of the row and continuing in rotation to the end of the row. When his cards are turned face up they are found to match those of the spectator — in other words they are all pairs.

Method: The method is direct — but not easy. It requires the ability to deal seconds, middles and bottoms without changing the grip. The best method to use for this purpose is undoubtedly that originated by your Editor. However, if you are not familiar with this, use your own favourite method.

For those still reading proceed as follows. After the spectator has made his choice pick up those remaining in numerical order with the five at the face and tell the spectator he may shuffle his packet or arrange them in any order his little heart may desire. Pick up the pack in the left hand and with the five cards in your right either go below the table top with them or turn your back and say you will arrange your cards in a certain order.

When the cards are out of sight get the five to the bottom of the pack, the three at the top, the four second from the top and the ace somewhere in the centre of the pack with the two above it and holding a break below the ace.'

This seemingly complicated arrangement can be quickly achieved by using the Ovette/ Kardyro move to get the five on the bottom of the pack (this can be done with the cards in sight as you put the five cards on top of the pack). The slip cut is used to bring the ace and two to the centre holding a break below the ace as you do so. The three and four will be left at the top after this procedure.

Bring the pack into view and ask the spectator to deal his five cards face up in a row on the table and invite him to change the order if he so desires.

Note the relative position of the ace and two and start dealing from the end of the row which ensures that a card would be dealt on the ace before the two. For example, if the spectator's cards were in the following order

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