Performer shows a pack of cards and a ^H paper-knife.
He has the usual card chosen, shown to the audience and returned and lost in the pack.
Taking the paper-knife he attempts to find the card by stabbing it (the knife) into the pack.
Casually showing both sides of the knife he plunges it into the pack, separates it at that point and withdraws the knife with one card below it (face-down of course). He turns the card over and is amazed to find it blank.
He asks what card was selected and is told (say) the Three of Clubs.
He expresses surprise and then glances at the knife. Turning the blade over, everyone sees that three club pips are now depicted thereon.
The explanation is simple. The card is forced (The Hindu shuffle force is ideal in this case). The pips are already fastened on one side of the knife, which is casually shown to be normal by means of the 'paddle-move'.
Have the three of clubs at the bottom of the pack and a blank card in centre of pack. This card has marked edges to ensure correct insertion of the knofe.
The alternative is to use a BLANK-FACED pack with exception of chosen card, which is normal.
This is returned and shuffled so that it is NOT near centre. The knife is plunged into the approximate centre of pack without any hesitation as might be required in first method above. It is therefore bound to be above abliink-faced card. The faces of the remainder of deck are not shown. And the trick ends cleanly and effectively.
There should be opportunity made for exchanging the blank-faced pack with a normal one of similar back design, but sans the forced card. This card is then added to the normal deck and used for further effects.
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Magician shows four blue backed aces. One by one they reverse a la 'Twisting the Aces'. These are then given to a spectator who also magically reverses an ace without knowing how. Offering to teach the spectator exactly how to do it the magician removes four red backed aces from his wallet. Now both the magician and spectator go through a procedure after which an ace is found reversed in each packet. Then comes the kicker finish wherein the two reversed aces change places.
Four blue backed aces and four red backed aces, and a small plastic credit card wallet in which to carry them.
Place each packet of aces face up on the table with the ace of spades second from the face in each. Transpose the two spade aces bringing the red backed one into the other blue backed packet and vice versa. Put both packets into different compartments of the wallet face down.
Take out the wallet and remove the red packet, taking care that the other packet is not seen as you close the wallet and lay it on the table. Hold the packet of four cards face down
— do the EC (Elmsley Count) placing the last card on the bottom. Do not refer to the colour of the backs at this stage. Flip the packet face up and spread showing that they are the four aces. Close up the spread inserting the little finger as you do so beneath the top two cards as if about to perform the classic pass. Keeping the little finger still in position turn the packet face down
— do the half pass bringing the two bottom cards face up. The Automatic Half Pass explained in Epilogue Special No.2 by Ken Krenzel is excellent for this purpose. Finally bring the top card to the bottom in the form of a cut.
Tap the packet with the right fingers, EC showing an ace face up. Last card goes to bottom. Repeat the EC showing the same ace still face up, this time placing the last card on top of the packet.
Once again tap the packet and EC revealing the ace of spades face up. Explain that the ace of spades is the most difficult of all the aces because it has the most ink on it. Single buckle the bottom card and flip over the three top cards as one. Tap and EC showing a different ace face up, placing the last card to the bottom.
Now hold the packet squared in a dealing position and put the tip of the right index finger on the back of the top card near the outer end draw this top card back about an inch exposing the face up card beneath it. Still keeping the index in position put the tip of the second finger on the face of the exposed second card push the two cards forward as a unit until the top card is flush with the two bottom cards. The right thumb can be on the inner edge of top card as the cards are pushed forwards assisting in making the move and knowing, by touch alone when the top card is flush with the two bottom cards. With the face up second card now out-jogged for about an inch from the outer end of the packet tilt the cards so that only you can see the face of the jogged card and with the right hand fingers on the end of the out-jogged card secretly draw up the top card with the right thumb until it is flush with the out-jogged card and turn the two cards as one over end for end drop them onto the other two cards. The whole movement should be
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