1. Deck face up in left hand. Start to spread the cards in search of two like cards — say, the two red Aces. Injog second card from face of deck, then continue spreading until first red Ace appears. Place it on face of deck, even with william zavis
A nitpick over "Sandwich to Go" by Jerard Hartman in his book, Means and Ends palm down, bringing deck backs up and concealing reversed cards now at bottom. Right hand continues to hold its two cards — apparently the two red Aces — face down as the left hand carries the rest of the deck to the table.
6. Left thumb riffles up about half way and lower half of deck thus separated is dropped, back upwards, on table. Left hand then turns over again, bringing its half face up.
7. The two cards in right hand are placed, still face down, on top of face up packet in left hand and squared. Left little finger catches break beneath them. Double undercut packet, apparently losing the face down cards in the centre but actually bringing them to the bottom. Place packet on table, still face up.
other cards. Continue spreading until second red Ace is reached. Place it on face of deck — i.e. on top of first red Ace — but injogged for about half its length. Square cards maintaining injogs.
2. Right hand comes over deck, thumb at inner end of injogged Ace, fingers at outer end of deck, in order to pick up Aces and turn them face down. In actuality, right thumb pushes in on jogged Ace until it hits lower injog (the original second card from face of deck). Thumb continues to push in but also lifts up so that when all cards are squared on face of deck right thumb is holding an open break, apparently below the two red Aces but actually below four cards.
3. Right fingers now move backwards to inner edge of cards. Packet above break — 4 cards — is gripped between fingers above and right thumb below at inner left corner. Right hand draws packet back off rear end of deck, then moves forward again, turning the packet face down and replacing it on top of face up deck. (NOTE: This method of handling is both very clean and open and also keeps extra thickness of packet concealed as it is being turned over.)
4. Without pause, right forefinger presses on back of top card and draws it inwards about an inch. Right thumb then contacts inner edge of card. At same time, right third finger presses on back of exposed second card. Top and second cards are slid forward together until right thumb hits inner end of deck.
5. Right hand now changes grip in order to lift top two cards off of deck. Right thumb moves to outer right corner of top card. Right forefinger goes under cards and presses upwards against thumbtip near outer right corner of deck. As right thumb and forefinger grip the two cards and lifts them slightly, left hand turns
8. Pick up face down half and spread it between hands, inviting spectator to point to a card. Be careful not to flash reversed cards on bottom. Split the spread so that the spectator's card is on top of the portion in the left hand. Roughly square up portion in right hand and thumb off selected card onto top of right hand packet, but overlapping as much as possible off the outer left corner and held in place by the right thumb on the inner right corner of the card. Raise right hand so spectators can see face of card. At same time left hand squares its packet.
9. Lower right hand again so cards are backs upward. Right hand moves toward left in order to slip the selected card underneath the left hand packet. Buckle bottom card of left hand packet with left forefinger so that a gap is created above it at the inner right corner of the packet. Slip selected card into this gap, then immediately release the buckle and, in continuation of same movement, .slip rest of right hand packet beneath bottom card of left hand packet. Make sure spectators see right hand packet going in below selected card. Whole action should look as if selected card is simply being returned to centre of packet. Square up packet and place on table.
10. Pick up face up packet and place cleanly on top of face down packet, making it obvious that you aren't doing anything sneaky in the process. Tap top of deck or carry out whatever other nonsense you like to work the magic.
11. Spread face up cards. The two reversed cards have vanished. Spread face down portion. The two red Aces appear face up with a face down card between them. Turn over to reveal the selected card.
Sometime ago Ken Hawes told us of a barman who could roll a coin the full length of a long bar and cause it to return by putting a reverse spin on the coin. We mentioned this to Ken Brooke who demonstrated the method and told us that he had used it regularly as a flourish in his Coins through the Table routine. Some weeks later we saw Jack Avis cause a coin to spin on the table using a method we had not seen before. Subsequently we introduced the subject of coin-spinning during a session with Jack Avis, Alex Elmsley, Pat Page and others, and we produced between us a dozen or so different bits of 'coin-spinning' business. That none of the group claimed to know every item shown gave us the idea of running a series of articles using objects in everyday use to produce effects i.e. bending a pencil, breaking a pencil with a pound note, swallowing a knife, etc. These are of course well known, but there are embellishments to items even as familair as these, and access to a comprehensive list would, we are sure, be welcomed by readers of this magazine. We would be happy to include anything of this» nature you care to send along — they need not necessarily be magical in effect.
M. White writes from Aughton, Lancs:-
I have found an excellent way of storing and indexing PABULAR is by the simple means of a 'Boots A4 Slide Binder'. These are sold in 40p packets of 10 and as each slide holds 6 issues this is a very cheap means of storage. An investment of a few pence on two pieces of card and a few minutes making an index transforms the Pabulars from magazines to a very useful book.
(In fact we are looking into the possibility of a Pabular Binder (or Box) to hold 12 issues and will let readers know about this as soon as we have any definite information. We want to find something that holds the magazine neatly, * without punching holes or \pinching'. — Ed)
Anytime you have a few minutes to spare and if playing about with words interests you see how many words containing at least four letters you can make out of the word CONJURES. Plurals and proper nouns are not allowed, and no letter may be used more than once in any one word. Maybe a list so obtained, (and there are over forty possibilities) could be used in a mental effect, added interest being obtained by explaining the source of the list.
We predict a revival in the once popular colour changing penknives with some confidence, as the 'BOOK OF KNIVES' has now been translated into American. The author, Ascanio, is already well known for the 'spread' and is a close up performer of some distinction. In addition to his own material routines by Fred Kaps and Lewis Ganson are included in this worthwhile contribution to the literature of close up magic (Look out soon for a fine article on Knives by Peter Stammer in a future issue).
Any Pabular reader who drives and has recently visited a Total Service Station might take time to look around in the accessory shop. We have found a range of key rings (made in Canada) with a leather-backed metal 'tag' that comes in a variety of versions — the best so far discovered being a rabbit. There are about 20 different subjects and anyone with a magic-orientated mind must find possibilities here.
The colour supplements of the Sunday Observer for the 6th and 13th of April contained extracts from 'SUPERMINDS' by John Taylor, distinguished physicist and professor of mathematics.
He suggests that the inability of Sir William Crookes, Sir Oliver Lodge, Lord Rayleigh and other great scientists to explain ESP in scientific terms was due to their wishful attitude towards spiritualism. Could it be that Professor John Taylor and other researchers into these 'phenomena' have a too wishful attitude towards ESP?
We await the results of the researches that David Berglas outlined in Pabular to bring us back to earth.
During the past few weeks your Technical Editor has been the guest on a London Broadcasting radio phone-in programme and has made appearances on TV programmes 'Pebble Mill at One' and 'Lunch Hour'. His gambling expertise and card sharping knowledge have also been featured in two half page articles in the Sunday People. Pabular readers will be interested to know that Fred Robinson is sprightly, silver haired and has twinkling eyes. He also could have been a millionaire — but chose instead to take the honest path and become, amongst other things, our Technical Editor.
We leave you this month with something we remember reading many years ago and have searched for it since with no success.
It concerns a magical hobbyist visiting a professional just prior to his performance for which he had tickets. He asked the pro. what he regarded as the piece de resistance of his act. To which the pro. replied 'What would you like it to be?'
^ Look—A gem from the jungle
Visible, almost unbelievable close up effects with cards are indeed hard to find. This establishment is notes for both the quality and the impact of the tricks we sell. Here, adding to our 'money back guarantee' range, is a 'magical pearl'.
The effect can be dismissed in very few words
TEN BLUE BACKED JOKERS VISIBLY CHANGE TO RED BACKED CARDS!
We introduced this fine routine of Hans Trixer's at the I.B.M. Convention, it sold out within a few hours of opening. (See 'Pabular' No.2).
Strange as it may sound, no particular skill or sleight of hand is required Each change is different from the previous one. Often, they change in the spectator's hands.
* A four page, well printed instruction tells you what to do, when to do it, what to say and, when to say it. Beautiful art work by Sid Lorraine makes it all enjoyable to learn and puts a magical masterpiece within the reach of all with a genuine interest.
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