This item is a production of four dice which are then used to perform the well-known Chink-a-Chink effect. This latter is also explained as it may be welcomed by readers of Pabular who find the remaining material in this issue too difficult but enjoy doing effects that appear to require clever sleight of hand but are in fact relatively easy to perform.
First the production of four dice. With two dice palmed in the left hand and three palmed in the right, the tips of the right fingers and thumb' scrape up some imaginery dust from the table top and the hand closes into a fist. One of the palmed dice is then allowed to fall out of the fist from between the thumb and forefinger onto the table having apparently transformed the particles of 'dust' into a solid die.
The left hand picks up this materialised die and closes the hand into a fist which now contains three dice. The die is then let fall onto the table through the top of the fist in the same manner as it was produced from the right hand. The left hand now lets one of its palmed dice fall from the closed fist to join the first one. The right hand picks up one of the tabled dice and closes into a fist and repeats the dropping of two dice making a total of three dice on the table. Repeat with left hand producing the fourth die leaving one still palmed in the right hand.
The dice are now formed into a square on the table thus,
In placing the dice both hands should be used and the action should be casual and unhurried in exactly the same manner as if the right hand was actually empty. It would help to achieve this end if the dice were first arranged without the palmed die and then copy the same actions with the die palmed which would ensure that the audience would not suspect that anything was*1 concealed due to audience would not have their suspicions aroused by an unnatural movement.
With the dice set out about twelve inches apart and one palmed in the right you are now ready to cause the dice at A,B and C, to magically join the one at B. In other words Chink-a-Chink.
Place the right hand with palmed die flat on the one at B, and the empty left hand flat over the one at D. Raise the right hand leaving its palmed die on the table and then raise the left, which having palmed the die it was covering, creates the illusion of the die at D having moved to join the one at B.
The left hand with its palmed die covers the two at B, and the empty right hand covers the one at C. The left hand is now raised showing three dice at B, and the right at C moving away wicn the die it was covering palmed.
The right hand with its palmed die now covers the three at B and the empty left hand covers the one remaining at A. The right hand is raised showing all four dice having arrived at position B, and the left is then raised having palmed the die it was covering, shows 'nothing there'. During all the movements of the routine the hands should be kept open and palms down and when placing the hand over a die to be palmed it should be so positioned that the die can be palmed without having to adjust the hand to get it into the palming position.
Immediately the effect is over the hands relax and come to rest on the table near the edge and release the palmed die letting it fall onto the lap.
Should you have no dice immediately to hand try out the effect using metal bottle tops in place of the dice. They are well suited for this effect, the crinkled edges make for easy palming.
This sequence of affects has been designed with the object of impressing the spectators that your control of the pasteboards is such that anything is possible. It should be presented as an exhibition of technical skill.
The routine begins with the four aces appearing face up out of the centre of a shuffled pack one at a time. On being placed face up on top of the pack they disappear, also one at a time.
The pack is now cut four times, and on each cut an ace appears and is placed face up onto the table.
The tabled aces are now put into the pack and lost only to be found again in quick succession and replaced on the table.
After shuffling the pack four cards are dealt onto each ace making each into a royal flush.
The pack is now cut to reveal the ambitious card at the face of the top half which is put face up onto the bottom half, and the top half placed aside. The ambitious card is dealt face up onto the table followed by the next three cards which are seen to match numerically.
The routine concludes when the tabled half is shown, picked up, and the cards in both hands spread to show one hand with all the red cards and the other all blacks.
The only preparation required is the arrangement of the pack in the following order reading from the top of the face-up pack and that the eight of hearts be crimped.
KC, QC, JC, IOC, KH, QH, JH, 10H, KS, QS, JS, 10S, KD, QD, JD, 10D, one red card, 8C, four black cards, the four Aces face down, ten black cards, 8S, 8D, 8H (crimped), thirteen red
Commence the presentation by giving the L pack a false shuffle and a false cut without / destroying the initial arrangement. This being an exhibition of skill the shuffles and cuts need not conform to normal card table procedure but may be varied and include those most likely to impress the onlookers with your technical skill. However, care must be taken not to expose the face up aces.
With the pack face up in left hand dealing position obtain a left little finger break above the four Aces, an easy matter because of the natural break formed by the face up aces. The left hand turns over bringing the pack face down and during this action the little finger tip presses inwards turning the break into a step. Cut the pack at this step and complete the cut bringing the four aces face up at the bottom of the face down pack.
Holding the pack in both hands, long side towards the audience, between the two thumbs on the inner long side and the second and third fingers on the opposite long side. Both index fingers are curled up on the back of the top card and little fingers at either ends of the pack. The right thumb presses down on the edge of the bottom card and gains a break.
The top card is shown and used as an ambitious card which ends with two halves of the pack being mixed, some face up and some face down. On being spread across the table all are face down with the exception of the ambitious one which is face up.
The pack is now divided the left hand taking the top half and the right hand the bottom half. The right hand now brings its half to the position shown in (Fig.l) where it rests lightly on the half in the left hand in readiness for the Piet Forton move in which the right hand makes an outward throwing action in which it moves forward for about an inch returning instantly back to its original position. The object of this throw is to give impetus to the ace below the break which is released by easing the thumb as the outward throw is made. In returning to its original position the top half traps the ace, which is moving forward, between itself and the bottom half as shown in (Fig.2).
The ace is allowed to fall face up onto the table and the remaining three aces are produced in the same manner, and the left hand half of the pack placed on the half in the right hand.
Take a left little finger break under the top four cards of the face down pack and put the four aces face up on top — a position from which they will disappear one by one using a move credited to Frank Garcia.
The right hand with thumb at the inner end and fingers at the outer end takes the cards above the break and moves away to the right; the left thumb pressing on the back of the top card of the packet retains it letting it fall onto the pack in the left hand. The cards in the right hand are placed on top of the pack in the left hand.
Spread out the three aces and continue to spread showing the back of the three following cards. The first ace has disappeared
Close up the spread taking a left little finger break under the sixth card and cause the next ace to disappear by repeating the same moves which caused the first ace to vanish. This time take the little finger break under the fourth card as the spread is closed.
Repeat the moves with the third ace but this time spread only the remaining ace-at the top of the pack and the second card, otherwise the face of the ace just vanished would be revealed.
The last remaining ace which is face up on top of the pack is made to disappear by using the colour change described on pages 151-2 of 'Erdnase' under the heading 'Transormations'. In effecting this change the second card is brought to the top, or to put it another way the first and second cards are transposed. A variant of this sleight is explained in Vernon's 'Inner Secrets of Card Magic' by Lewis Ganson, and requires that the right hand be placed flat on pack and moved
forwards and back to its original position. A similar movement should be made each time, without transposing the two cards, before spreading the top cards to show the disappearance of the first three aces thus giving some uniformity to the vanishes.
The four aces are now caused to reappear one at a time by double cutting, i.e. a break is taken beneath the top card and the pack is cut retaining the break with the right thumb. The pack is then cut at the break bringing thé ace to the top which is then placed face up onto the table. Repeat until all four aces are face up on the table. Do not return them to the pack.
Now follows an ambitious card interlude with the eight of clubs, which due to the arrangement, is now the top card. Turn this card face up leaving it on top of the pack. It is now necessary to bring the bottom card of the pack to the top face down covering the face up eight of clubs.
To achieve this take a break above the bottom card with the right thumb and hold the pack in the right hand in the Biddle position. The right index finger tip lifts up about half the pack and swivels the outer end towards the left, the right thumb acting as a fulcrum (Fig.3). The left hand takes this top half away by gripping it in the thumb crotch and then allowing it to fall onto its palm. The right hand half is now placed
THE CARD EXPERT by David Carre on top completing the cut and the left little fingertip taking the break held by the right thumb. The right thumb re-taking the break cuts the pack about halfway between the break and the bottom of the pack. Complete the cut, and cut again at the break. Complete this cut also.
The right hand, thumb at inner end and fingers at the outer end now remove the two top cards as one and the left thumb pushes the new top card over the right side of the pack for about an inch. It is then tipped over face up using the card(s) in the right hand.
The card(s) in the right hand are now placed on top of the pack but injogged for about half
their length leaving about half the face up card visible (Fig.4). The double card is now pushed forward until it is square with the pack when the right thumb releases the bottom card of the two and the right fingertips pressing on the back of the top card pull it back inwards to its original position to reveal the face up card having changed to the eight of clubs. This single card is now placed on the bottom of the pack.
You now perform the double lift and turnover and take the top card which the spectators believe to be the eight of clubs, actually it is a red card, and push it into the pack amongst the red cards. The top card is now shown to be the eight of clubs which has mysteriously moved from the centre of the pack back to the top.
With the eight of clubs face down on top hold the pack in the right hand with the thumb at the inner end and the fingers at the outer end perform the swivel move as explained before. Do not complete the cut but push the top card of the packet in the left hand over the side, the eight of clubs, and tip it face up. Turn it back face down using the same action and at the same time let the bottom card of the right hand packet fall on top of it. This is the well known secret addition move. The right hand still holding its packet extends its second finger and with it pushes the added card forward over the outer end of the left hand packet and then drops its cards square on those in the left hand, leaving the indifferent card outjogged. Holding the pack in the left hand and with the tip of its index finger push about half the cards below the one outjogged inwards, see (Fig.5). The right hand takes them and puts them on top of the pack. Repeat the move, this time taking all the cards below the outjogged one. Again using the index finger push the outjogged bottom card flush with the pack. At this point the eight of clubs is at the top of the pack, the spectators believing it to be at the bottom.
You now claim that the eight of clubs has risen to the top of the pack, but on turning the top card over it is seen to be the ten of diamonds because you did a double lift and turnover. Turn the two cards as one face down and hand the top card to a spectator requesting him to wave it towards the pack. You now turn over the top card — once again it is the ten of diamonds. Look directly at the spectator as you turn the ten of diamonds face down and, if he has not already done so, ask him to look at the card he is holding. It will, of course, be the eight of clubs. Take it from the spectator and push it into the centre of the pack, immediately steal it out using the side steal or any other method you may prefer, and put the pack on the table. Produce the stolen card from an inside pocket and drop it onto the table.Take the pack in the left hand and with the right cut off about half the cards and gather the tabled eight of clubs face down onto the top of the cards in the left hand. The right hand replaces its cards on top of those in the left taking a break between the two halves with the left little finger. The left fingertips squeeze the top half inwards losing the break but creating a step. This step is retained as the right hand takes the pack, thumb on back of top card and fingers beneath on the face of the bottom card, and puts it face down onto the table, in position for
Place both index fingers on the back of the top card to retain the step and as the remaining digits are positioned to divide the pack into two halves the left thumb makes a break at the step. The right hand takes the half above the break, turns them face up and Zarrows them into the other half beneath the top card. To convince the spectators that the face up and face down cards are hopelessly mixed cut the pack alternatively in the face up and face down halves in an apparently random manner. Then cut the pack where the cards are back to back, there is a natural break at this point which makes it a simple matter, and put the top half in the left hand. Pick up the tabled half consisting of all face down cards, and turn it face up put it on top of the cards in the left hand as shown in (Fig.6) allowing the spectators to note that the cards are 'boxed'. Push the face up top half forward until it is square with the lower half. Turn the pack over and spread across the table showing all the cards to be face down with one exception, the eight of clubs, which is face up.
Push the face up eight of clubs out of the spread and gather up the remaining cards, retaining their order and turn them face up. Leaf through the pack and when you arrive at the eight of hearts divide the pack to the left of it and place the half containing it face up on top of the face up tabled eight of hearts. All four eights will be at the bottom of this pile which should be picked and placed face up on top of the face up half in the left hand.
Reading from the face of the pack the order of the cards should be: Fourteen black cards — 8S - 8D - 8H - 8C - Fourteen red cards — K, Q, J, 10 of clubs, K, Q, J, 10 of hearts, K, Q, J, 10 of spades, K, Q, J, 10 of diamonds with the four aces up on the table.
Holding the pack face up in the right hand make four piles by dropping packets from the bottom of the pack onto the table the first packet to your left, the second to the right of it followed by the third. The remaining cards forming the fourth heap. Put an ace face up on each of the first three piles. Pick up heap No.l and take a break under the ace double cut sending it to the bottom of the packet. Place heap No.2 on top and double cut as before and repeat with heap No.3. The three aces will now be on the bottom of the face up pack. Turn the cards face down and put the tabled ace face down on top, and perform a few false cuts retaining the order of the cards with the four aces on top. The routine requires that the topmost ace be faced in the pack and this is accomplished as follows. Take a break under the top ace with the left little finger and pick-up heap No 4 with the right hand which places it face up on the cards on the left. The right
thumb takes over the break from the left little finger and this face up packet is moved diagonally forward. Spread a few of these face up cards and holding them with the right hand as the left turns its packet face up. The right hand with its partially spread packet assists in spreading about ten of those in the left finally squaring up the cards leaving those in the right on top. Turn the pack face down and double cut bringing the topmost ace to the bottom. Perform any false shuffles and cuts which retains the order of the cards. Produce the four aces in rapid succession and as they appear place them face up in a row on the table. Turn the top card over, an ace. Turn pack over to show an ace at the face. Turn it back face down and show new top card to be an ace, and produce the last ace by spreading the pack face down across the table where it is seen to be face up in the centre of the spread. These aces are placed face up onto the table as they appear.
Give the pack a false shuffle retaining the order. You are now ready for the climax.
You now tell the audience that using the same skill which you have used to perform the tricks they have seen makes it possible to win when playing cards.
Proceed to prove this by dealing the top four cards onto the face up ace of diamonds and four each also face up onto the ace of spades, ace of hearts, and ace of clubs making four royal flushes. Put the remainder of the pack face down onto the table.
Continue by saying, "It is a simple matter to find any of the remaining cards, for instance, it is quite easy to find the eight of clubs," (the ambitious one). This is easy because the eight of hearts, which was crimped beforehand, is next to it. Right hand cuts at the crimp and shows the eight of clubs which the left hand removes and puts it face up on the table, as the right hand puts the cards it holds face down onto the table towards the right. Left hand picks up the half with the eight of clubs face up on top and deals it onto the table continuing to deal the next three cards face up showing them to be the other three eights, and replacing the remaining cards onto the table towards the left. ^
^ You now have face up on the table four royal flushes, the four eights and two face down packets.
Calling attention to the face up royal flushes and the four eights remark that "There must be some truth in the old saying 'That birds of a feather flock together' " — pick up the face down packets, one in each hand, and fan them out simultaneously showing all red cards in the right hand and all black cards in the left, concluding the routine.
As the royal flushes and the four eights are revealed they should be positioned so that at the conclusion they form a neat display.
In this effect a small ball is magically produced and covered with a cup. It is then apparently pulled through the bottom of the cup. The ball is now disposed of, and upon lifting the cup a potato is revealed which is also put away, and again the cup is lifted and yet another potato makes its appearance.
The plot which follows closely that of the deservedly popular Chop Cup is not offered as an alternative, but as a substitute when the required properties are not to hand.
Any cup, mug or beaker, may be used in place of the standard one provided it will hold the final loads. Two balls are needed or you can substitute sugar cubes, olives, nuts or anything of similar size provided the two can be held classic palmed. Onions, apples, or small oranges may take the place of the potatoes.
With a potato in the right side outer coat pocket and another in the opposite side pocket and two small balls classic palmed in the right hand you ask for a cup, beaker or whatever.
Show the borrowed cup and emphasise it is empty by wiggling the right fingers inside, an action which also removes any suspicion that the right hand is other than empty.
Place the cup mouth down onto the table a little to the left of centre and with the right finger tips pretend to gather some dust particles from the surface of the table and in so doing let one of the balls fall from its palmed position onto the fingers and close the hand into a loose fist. Cause the ball to make its appearance by squeezing out of the top of the fist and pause for a moment before letting it fall onto the table.
The left hand lifts up the cup and the right the ball from the table simultaneously, and as the cup is turned slowly mouth towards the audience who again see it to be empty, the right fingers press the ball into the classic palm next to the other one. If you look at the cup as you slowly turn it mouth to audience any slight movement of the right fingers will pass unoticed. The right hand now appears to put the ball under the cup as the left hand replaces it mouth downwards onto the table immediately in front of you.
It was for the purpose of this misdirection that the cup was placed towards the left initially.
The right hand now makes a gesture immediately over the cup and appears to pull something through the top (bottom) of the cup which is put into the left hand the fingers of which immediately close over it. During the gesture a ball was released from the palm to fall onto the fingers and actually put into the left hand but the audience were net allowed to see it. The left hand now produces the ball at the fingertips.
The right hand now tilts the cup back leaving it lying on the table with its mouth pointing slightly towards the spectators on the right. It is of course empty. During this action the ball in the right palm has been allowed to fall onto the fingers. The right hand now brings the cup into an upright position at the same time secretly loading the ball.
Attention is now called to the ball in the left hand, the fingers of which close over it as it turns palm downwards. In closing the fingers the ball is moved towards the heel of the palm where it is held with the tips of the first and second fingers. The right hand now approaches the left and makes a passing movement over it, and as it does so the left hand turns bringing the ball into contact with the right palm which steals it directly into the classic palm position. The right hand starts the movement just beyond the closed left hand and moves inwards over it and turns up at the correct time to bring the ball into contact with the right palm so that when the right hand moves outwards again towards its original position it rolls the ball over the nails of the first and second fingers of the left haiid when the right classic palms it and continues outwards clear of the left fist.
The gesture should be a slow one and appear to the spectators as a casual passing movement over the left closed hand. In effecting the steal no movement of the left fingers should be made. Only pressure of the right hand is required to palm off the ball from the knuckles of the left fingers.
Having stolen the ball the right hand makes a downwards gesture over the cup after which the left hand slowly opens and is seen to be empty. The right hand now picks up the cup to reveal the previously loaded ball and passes the cup into the left hand, which holds it mouth facing the audience.
The ball palmed in the right hand is allowed to fall into the curled fingers of that hand, as the left passes cup to the right hand the ball is loaded and the cup is placed mouth downwards onto the table. During the loading of the ball and putting the cup onto the table the left hand is picking up ball from the table.
This visible ball is placed into the left side coat pocket and the hand comes out with the potato palmed as the right lifts up the cup to reveal the previously loaded ball.
The cup is now passed to the left hand which holds it in the correct position for loading the potato, which it does, and as the loaded cup is placed onto the table the right hand picks up the ball, displays it for a moment then puts it into the right side coat pocket and gets possession of the second potato.
The left hand picks up the cup to reveal the first potato as the right comes out with the second one palmed. The cup is passed to the right hand and the palmed potato loaded and as the cup is placed onto the table the left picks up the visible potato which it puts into the pocket.
The right hand now slowly raises the cup revealing the second potato and bringing the routine to an end.
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