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BOB BROWN'S LOC-KIT

The Loc-Kit is a series of effects done with beautiful little brass padlocks. They link and unlink, vanish, transpose and re-appear. You receive six little brass locks, a mini close-up pad (it is gimmicked) and a full 12-page book of instructions written by the one and only JOHN MENDOZA. The five effects are all practical solid entertaining magic. Your own imagination will create many, more effects and routines. I heard all about this when I last telephoned the USA. You should see my telephone bill. Some people have five figure bank balances — I just have five figure telephone accounts. This effect is just £5.75. As you read this let me tell you that I have only a few in stock but more are on order. Remember the best in Close-up Magic that's new comes from Martin Breese.

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Pabular is published after the second week in every month and is printed in Eriqland. Subscriptions may be obtained from the publishers Pabular, P.O.Box 180, London SE12 8JJ Enqland, or through many magic dealers. Subscription rates, mcludmq surface mail worldwide-UK: £10.00(12 issues), £5.00 (6 issues), 85 pence (single issue) Abroad: £12.00 (12 issues), £6.00 (6 issues) £1 00 (single issue)' USA: S30.00 (12 ¡ssueslSI5.00(6 issues), S2.50 (single issue) Air Mail Extra: USA 85 cents per copy/ or S10.00 per year Other rates on request. Editorial or Content Copy should be sent to Fied Robinson, Editor, 1 Crescent Court, 24 Crescent Road New Barnet Herts, England. Advertising rates sent on request.

IT'S A PITY : The JUAN TAMARIZ ROUTINE and PRESENTATION for Find the Lady.

Described by Fred Robinson

It must be about three years ago since I first saw Tamariz perform this effect. Since that time I have seen the effect many times and it never fails to create a considerable impact on the spectators, whether they be magicians or lay people. Not only are they mystified they are entertained throughout the routine. Simply stated this is what the audience sees.

A Queen and two Deuces are shown and two spectators are each given two £1 notes the performer has one only. After freely showing the three cards and getting one of the spectators to bet that the top card is the Queen — after convincing everyone that the Queen is really on top. The spectator loses one £1 - the Queen is the middle card. The other spectator is then the victim — after being convinced that the Queen is now in the middle, he also loses £1, the card having returned to the top.

The climax comes when the performer discards one of the cards leaving just the Queen and one other card. After some byplay one is invited to bet which is the Queen and the other puts his £1 on the one not chosen by the other spectator. Therefore one of them must be the winner and take all. Not so — neither card is a Queen. Performer turns over the discard — it is the Queen — the performer is the winner and hastily grabs the money.

The method is delightfully simple requiring no technical skill, leaving the performer free to concentrate his efforts entirely on the presentation. In addition to two red deuces and the Queen of Clubs you will require a duplicate Queen with a matching back.

These four cards are prepared by rubbing some wax on the centre of the face side of both Queens covering an area of about one inch square. The backs of the deuces are similarly treated. Place each Queen with its waxed face square on the back of a deuce and press them firmly together. You will now have two double cards which can be handled as single cards — yet can easily be separated when held between the fingers and thumb if a gentle pressure is applied as the top card is pushed with the thumb.

The wax required is that normally used for plugging the ears to keep out noise. It is a malleable wax and can be bought in this country from Boots, and is sold under the trade name of Muffles.

Credit for using this kind of wax for this effect goes to Spanish magician Roden, but the routine and presentation was conceived by Tamariz.

Prepare for performance by putting the two doubles near the top of the face up pack — say one about three down and the other about sixth from the top. These positions are not critical — but having them near the face enables them to be found quickly. Put the pack in its case, and with five notes (bills) readily available you are ready to go into action.

Begin by chatting about the game you are about to play, remarking about the various names it is known by — Find the Lady and the Three Card Trick in this country, and the Three Card Monte in America. During these introductory remarks the pack has been removed from its case and is face up in the left hand.

Saying you will require three cards push the cards singly off the face of the pack into the right hand until you reach the double and drop it face upwards onto the table slightly to your left. Continue pushing the cards over and when the second double is reached split it into singles dropping the Queen slightly to your right and the two in the centre. Put the pack aside out of the way.

Reading from left to right you have a face up two with a Queen stuck to its back, a single two and a Queen.

Having acquainted-the spectators that the object of the game is to win money by betting on the card they believe to be the Queen when the cards are turned face downwards. To do this they will need money so you give two notes to a spectator on your left and two to a spectator on your right. Drop the remaining note onto the table on the spectator's side of the three cards. It is preferable that one of the participants be a lady so we will assume that the one on the right is of the gentler sex.

So far the patter has been of an introductory nature, but as soon as you have given out the money you remark with a little laugh, "At the moment you are winning." This mildly humorous remark is intended to get a reaction from the audience and is the start of making the routine a piece of entertainment in which the entire audience become involved as they witness the play-acting between you — the PERFORMER - and the spectators with the money. The word performer has been emphasised because without establishing a continuing rapport with the audience throughout the routine by acting out your part in the plot little success will result. Performer in this context is just another word meaning 'actor'.

Any reader taking the view that the entertainment derived from merely presenting the audience with a puzzle to solve and a good trick requires no further embellishment need read no further. The 'purists' ceased to be interested when they learned that waxed cards were used.

Returning to the actual working, pick up the double on the left of the row with the right hand saying "a two". Show its back and place it face up on the fingers of the palm-up left hand. The fingers of this hand should be spread open and the hand itself held well forward from the body. Extend the index finger of the right hand and use it to tip the card over so that it falls face downwards onto the left palm.

Repeat these actions with the two and finally with the Queen, naming each card as you do so pointing out that the Queen is the important card — the one to watch. On no account should the left fingers curl around the cards which would tend to partially destroy your objective. To impress upon the onlookers the total fairness of the procedure, the actions throughout are performed slowly and deliberately and the manner in which they are done, should be made to look important and interesting.

The cards are now taken with the right hand which holds them slightly fanned with the backs uppermost. The thumb is on the back of the topmost card and the fingers on the faces.

The first phase of the trick now begins. Turning to the lady say, "Would you say that the Queen is the top card?" Whatever she replies show the cards once more as follows. With the left hand remove the bottom card (the double) saying, "two" as you show its face. Turn the two cards in the right hand faces towards the spectators saying, "a two in the middle", and turning them faces down again drop the two on top of the double in the left hand. Show the face of the Queen retained in the right hand before dropping it face down on those in the left hand, as you say, "the Queen goes on the top." The important card.

You next ask the lady if she would bet on the top card being the Queen, as the left thumb presses down on the back of the Queen causing it to adhere to the two immediately below. Make sure that the two cards Eire square with each other before doing so.

When she agrees to bet on the top card the left thumb pushes it (now a double) an inch or so over the side. Point to it with the right index finger saying, "this one". As she agrees take the cards into the right hand, thumb on top and fingers below as before, and with the left hand split the double at the bottom by pulling the bottom card back a little so that the cards appear as a fan of three. Without a suspicious move the Queen has moved from the top to the centre.

To immediately show the faces of the cards and take the ladies money would be extremely amateurish and untheatrical. You have both the onlookers and the lady well and truly hooked so make the most of it. First take the bottom card away with the left hand and show its face saying "Not the Queen". Lower the card to the horizontal and put those in the right hand on top of it, and immediately retake the top card with the right hand, and as you show its face say "neither is the top card — I am sorry - IT'S A PITY - you lose - (show the top card to be a two, and replace it back on the top) the Queen is in the middle." Display the cards in a fan faces towards the spectators showing the Queen to be in the middle.

The business of showing the three? cards in the manner described may seem protracted and repetitious, but it is essential to the presentation that the lady is convinced that the top card of the three shown is really the Queen. In fact, she must be made to agree that this is so, not once, but twice before she makes the bet. Although both she and the audience Eire fully convinced of the position of the Queen they will still feel that, despite the obviously fair and open manner in which the cards have been shown, they are about to be caught. Note that I mentioned that the audience is also convinced — their curiousity has been aroused and they are awaiting the outcome with almost as much interest as the lady punter — in other words they have become involved.

The manner in which the patter line is delivered by Tamariz when the lady is shown that she has backed the wrong card needs to be explained. It is said with exaggerated mock sympathy and very obviously hypocritically. This helps to give this phase of the trick a 'fun' ending, and so eliminating any suggestion that he has scored a point.

At the end of the first phase when you have taken one of the lady's notes display the cards faces towards once more saying, "the Queen is really in the middle." Pull it halfway out to emphasise the fact and turn to the man with the money on your left and get him to agree — he now becomes the focus of attention. Keeping the fanned cards faces towards the spectators but angled towards the man with the money square up the cards either side of the Queen which is left out-jogged for about half its length. Saying to him "the Queen really goes into the middle" as with the right fingers you slowly push the Queen square with the other cards. Immediately the cards are square, keeping the right hand over them bring the cards down with their backs uppermost and make a suspicious movement suggesting that you may have altered the position of the Queen.

Say to the man, "Would you bet on the middle card being the Queen?" Naturally he will be reluctant to do so having seen your suspicious 'move'. Fan out the cards showing the Queen really is in the centre, again pulling it out halfway.

You now repeat the squaring of the outside cards and this time invite the man to push the Queen in square and as he is so doing say, "slowly. . .slowly", thus pointing up that the Queen is really going into the middle.

When the Queen is in square, squeeze the cards causing the Queen to stick to the two below it as you say, "the Queen is not the top card, neither is it on the bottom — would you agree?" This he will do — has he not pushed the card there himself. Continue "you would bet on the Queen being in the centre?"

When he agrees to wager one of his notes on the centre card fan them out splitting the top double in the process and take them in the right hand holding them with the thumb on the top and the fingers below. Again you do not immediately show that the Queen is on the top, but build up a little suspense by taking the bottom card with the left hand and saying as you show its face "not the bottom card." You next remove the middle card taking it below the one just shown saying "IT'S A PITY — neither is it the middle card (show the card to be a two) you lose." Finally show the card remaining in the right hand to be the Queen and put below those in the left hand. The order of these cards is now, a double, a single two and the Queen.

You now explain to the audience that you always win because you cheat a little, so this dme the lady and gent will bet against each other using only two cards, a deuce and the Queen, the winner taking all the money.

As this is said the left thumb splits the double pushing the top card (a Queen) over the size where it is taken by the ends between the right thumb at the inner and the right fingers at the outer end and dropped casually onto the table to your right. Do not look as it is being removed and dropped but keep your eyes and the attention of the spectators on the cards in your left hand. Immediately the right hand is free it takes the Queen from the bottom of the cards in the left hand leaving the two deuces held in that hand squared as one card. This last action should be timed to coincide with the last words of the above patter line i.e. 'a deuce and the Queen'.

You now proceed by telling the man on your left that you will make three movements. The first is not important, the second is not important, but the third is very important. With the right hand holding the Queen make a sweeping action (as though imitating a dive bomber in action) finally leaving the Queen under the two deuces in the left hand. Tamariz accompanies this action with a sound which would do credit to a demented banshee — you must invent your own.

Saying, "That was the first movement" you remove the Queen and repeat the business saying "that was the second movement." Again take the Queen, but this time pause with the two hands close together and look your 'victim'

straight in the eyes and say "Do you think the lady will win?" When he looks back at you, turn your gaze towards the lady and he will follow your eyes and at that moment you put the Queen on TOP of the card(s) in the left hand. This obvious (to the audience) bit of misdirection will cause some laughter and more will follow as the man realises he has been caught. Secretly press down on the back of the Queen with the left thumb making a double of the top two cards.

You now invite him to guess whether the Queen is on the top or the bottom. When he makes his decision drop the OTHER card face downwards onto the table and say to the lady "This is your card. . . I am sorry.. . very sorry ... IT'S A PITY . . . you lose." Turn the card face up to reveal a two.

Turn quickly to the man with your right hand outstretched as though congratulating him say, "It's O.K." as you shake his hand "It's O.K. for ME. . . for you IT'S A PITY because I win." Show the card in your left hand to be the other deuce and turn over the two? discarded earlier and show it to be the missing Queen.

Don't forget to pick up your winnings — it's your money anyway.

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