^ METHOD II
This makes use of some handling borrowed from Derek Dingle's "Royal Collectors".
1. As in the first method, remove the Kings from the deck and toss them on the table while upjogging the Queens. Then arrange the Queens in bridge order — CDHS — insert them into the deck — both Queens and deck held face up — and control them to the bottom. Turn the deck face down, which brings the QC to the top.
2. Pick up the Kings with the right hand. As you do so, get a break under the top card of the deck with your left little finger. Holding the Kings face up and using both hands, arrange them in the following order from face to back: KD, KS, KH, KC. Square the face up packet against the left thumb, stealing the top card of the deck beneath it as you do so.
3. Hold the packet in the right hand in the usual Biddle grip — thumb at the inner end near the right corner, second finger at the outer end, first fingertip resting on top. Most of the face of the top King is visible. As you explain that in a moment you are going to ask one of the spectators to name one of the Kings, carry the packet away from the deck in a casual gesture. At the same time, get a left little finger break under the new top card of the deck.
4. As if to better display the Kings for the spectator to make his choice, the right hand brings the packet back to the left. The left thumb peels off the top King onto the top of the deck but overlapping it to the right for about half its width. The right hand returns again to pick up this King — the King of Diamonds — underneath its packet. What actually happens is that the packet is slid under the ball of the left thumb until all but about half an inch or so — the index and a bit more — of the KD is covered. The packet is square with the KD, not fanned.
5. The left thumb holds the KD and the packet in place for a moment so that the right hand can readjust its grip, retaking the packet (and the KD under it) near its outer and inner left corners. The packet is now moved to the left until the KD is square with the top card of the deck (under which you are still holding a break, remember). The left thumb then peels off the next King — the King of Spades. Simultaneously the right hand steals the top card of the deck underneath the KD and moves back to the right;
6. The right hand returns to the deck and picks off the KS underneath the KD and side-jogged to the left of it. The left thumb reaches across and peels off the KH onto the top of the deck and the right hand moves away to the right. From the audience's point of view you are now displaying a spread of three Kings — clubs, diamonds, spades from face to back — in your right hand, holding them from above, Biddle-fashion. The KH is displayed on top of the deck in your left hand. Actually, you have stolen the QC face down under the KC and the QD face down under the KD. The QH and the QS are still on top of the deck beneath the face upKH.
7. As you offer the Kings for the spectator to name one, push the KH part way off the deck, also pushing the top face down card a little way off beneath it. Then pull both cards back square on the deck, getting a little finger break beneath them.
8. The procedure now begins to vary according to which King the spectator names. The easiest case is the KH. You merely release your break, rub the face of the King with your left thumb, then deal it off onto the table. Using the spread of cards in your right hand, flip the top card face up. It is the QH. Deal it onto the table with the King.
9. If the KD is named, slip the KS back on top of the deck, then the KD (and the card hidden beneath it) on top of that. Retain the little finger break under the QH throughout this and the following moves. Rub the face of the KD with your thumb, deal it onto the table, then use the QC in your right hand to flip the face down card that has appeared on top of the deck face up. It is the QD. Deal it onto the table with the King. Retake the KS in the right hand, under the KC (and the card hidden beneath it) and side-jogged to the left.
10. If the KS is named, bring the spread of three cards in your right hand over the deck and pick up the KH (and the card beneath it) under the KD and side-jogged to the left of it. At the same time, the left thumb reaches across and draws the KS onto the top of the deck as the right hand moves back to the right. Rub the face of the KS with your left thumb, deal it onto the table, then use the spread to flip the top card face up. It will be the QS, which you deal down beside the King. Retain the spread of cards in the right hand.
11. The most difficult case to handle is if the spectator names the KC. It is not very likely that he will, since this card is on the end of the line and mostly hidden by the back of your right hand. If the KC is named as the first selection, however, you can use the following handling: Drop your break under the QH and with your left thumb riffle down about half way into the deckhand hold an opening at that point. Being careful not to let the cards separate and reveal the hidden face down Queens, insert the spread into the opening and pull it around so that the cards, still spread, are protruding from the outer right hand corner of the deck. They should be stuck far enough in to be securely gripped, however. Remove the KC (and the card hidden beneath it) with the right hand and place it on top of the deck. Then retake the rest of the spread with the right hand in the Biddle grip and pull it out of the deck. You can now go through the rubbing business, deal the KC onto the table and use the spread to flip the QC face up on top of the deck. Deal it down with the King and also regain your little finger break under the second card from the top of the deck.
12. I will not detail the handling for all of the subsequent choices. If you try this out you will quickly see which of the techniques described above you will need to use in any given case. The main points to remember after the first King and Queen have been dealt with are these: If the KS is named before you have dealt with the King and Queen of Hearts, you will need to use the handling described in step 10 above; once the King and Queen of Hearts are out of the way you don't need to hold any more breaks with the left little finger (unless the KH is the first choice and the KC the second, in which case you will have to hold a temporary break under the QD while you deal with the King and Queen of Clubs, so that you can remove it cleanly again under the KD). You won't need to use the special handling given in step 11 unless the KC is the first selection. Any other time it is selected you merely put all the cards on top of the deck — similar to the handling in step 9 above — and hold a break beneath them if necessary. 81
13. This reads much more complicated than it is in practice. Once you try it out with cards in hand you quickly see which handling you need in any given case, and once you get through the first choice of two the remainder is quite easy. The main points to watch are to keep the hidden cards carefully aligned with the Kings covering them, and to keep the spread in the right hand angled slightly downwards so the spectators cannot see the edges too well, since back to back cards do have a tendency to separate at the edges.
BUSINESS FOR THE ROLL OF NOTES Bob Read
It was, I believe, Bert Allerton, who made much use of the roll of treasury notes stuck together end on end. He used to invite a spectator to keep all he could cut off — with a pair of no-cut scissors.
I've had a deal of laughs with the notes, and tell of the value of money decreasing so rapidly the banks are distributing it in its most usable form. Hold up the roll and the inference is obvious (1). "Of course", you continue, "the idea may be slow to catch on so as an incentive with every £20 you receive a sheet of Green Shield stamps" (2).
By the way, did you hear about the man appearing in court for sticking trading stamps on his insurance card? Judge gave him five years — and a nice little electric kettle.
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