Phil Goldstein

The following is a multi-phase packet routine, in the presentational guise of a "lesson in magic". . .

Required are the ace through four of clubs. At the start of the routine, these are in order from the top: A, 2, 3, 4.

1. Begin by fanning out the cards, face up. Explain that you will perform some magic with these cards, and explain things as you go along. Flip the packet face down. Perform an Elmsley Count, as you comment, "Although there are four cards involved, I shall work with them one at a time." The final card of the count goes to the bottom of the packet, yielding an order from the top: 4, 2, 3, A.

2. Obtain a break above the two lowermost cards. Perform a Half-Pass to secretly reverse the cards beneath the break, as you continue, "Each card is unique, and requires a specialised technique."

3. Remove the top single card, and gesture with it as you say, "What works with one card will not necessarily function with another. . ." Replace the card beneath the packet.

4. Say, "For example, to work with the ace, you must snap your fingers." Do so. Now, perform an Elmsley Count. The ace will show face up in the face down packet.

5. State, "On the other hand, the deuce requires a completely different procedure, which is this. . ." Here, perform the Vernon Through-the-Fist Flourish — the variant which secretly turns over the entire packet. Elmsley Count, displaying the deuce face up in the face down packet.

6. Continue, "Remember, the action for the deuce was this (repeat the Vernon Fist Flourish, again secretly turning over the packet); whereas the finger-snapping applies to the ace." Here, snap your fingers. Now, Jordan Count. The ace will again appear as the only face up card in the packet.

7. Say, "The trey is handled in a totally different manner. For that, a simple tapping action is used." Remove the top single card of the packet, and tap it several times on the balance of the stock. Jordan Count, displaying the trey face up in the face down packet.

8. Continue, "Remember, the action for the trey was this (here, remove.the bottom card of the packet, and use it to repeat the tapping action. Replace this card on top); whereas the finger-snapping applies to the ace." Snap your fingers. Perform an Elmsley Count, again showing the ace as the only face up card in the J packet.

9. Say, "To work with the four is easy. You must only consider that four equals two-times-two, and the obvious action is thus to perform the action we used previously with the deuce — but twice." Here, perform the Vernon Fist Flourish two times — once in each variation, so that the packet ends up having been turned over. Jordan Count, displaying the four face up.

10. State, "You're probably wondering what would happen if no special actions were applied . . ." As this is said, perform a Half-Pass upon the three lowermost cards of the packet.

11. Continue, "The answer is, if no actions are applied, no effect results. It's really quite a simple causal relationship." Perform a Jordan Count, showing all four cards to be face down.

12. Hand the packet to the spectator, saying, "Let's review. Do you remember the original action required to work with the ace?" The spectator will hopefully recall that it is finger-snapping. Direct the spectator to snap his/her own fingers, and then to count through the packet. The ace will be face up, among three face down cards.

13. At this point, the packet is clean, so you may leave it with the spectator as you conclude with the comment, "That was very good. Now practice the other techniques, and I'm sure you will be doing the entire routine yourself in no time!"

Editorial Note

This is a very nice little sequence, which has a lot of entertainment potential. You will need to follow the moves very carefully though. Take care in all of the counts that the last card is placed correctly. It always goes on top unless specifically stated in the text. The Half-Pass,

Elmsley and Jordan Counts should require no explanation. All readers ought to be familiar with these. If not get a copy of "Counts, Cuts, Moves and Subtlety" by Jerry Mentzer.

The Vernon "Through the Fist Flourish" is used by a lot of magicians, who probably do not know it under this name. Hold out your left hand as shown in Fig.l and place a packet of cards on the palm. Close the fingers into a loose fist, while simultaneously rotating the hand back upwards at the wrist. Use the thumb to push out the packet as shown in Fig. 2. It will have been reversed. If you wish to apparently carry out the same moves, without reversing the packet, then simply place it on your fingers as in Fig.3. Carry out exactly the same actions. The packet will do a kind of paddle move as the fingers turn it one way and the wrist movement turns it back again. It will emerge in the Fig.2 position, the same way up as it was originally.

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