Show the cards face up and take care to cover the prepared card. Tell the spectators that all the cards have a certain meaning. The ace is known as the highest card, the nine is a lucky card, etc. Meanwhile you are looking for the unprepared queen of hearts and here you keep a break. Turn the cards face down and force the queen. Let the spectator put his card back and cut the cards or shuffle them in such a way that the prepared queen of hearts comes in the middle.
Now you pick up an imaginary piece of string and put this in between the cards. Take out the real string, so it sticks out of both sides of the pack (see sketch). Two spectators take one end of the string each and ask them to pull the string carefully. Now the prepared queen of hearts will rise out of the pack. Stop the spectators when the card is out of the pack for one third. Explain that this card is known as the sexbomb and let them pull a bit harder, which causes the loud bang. If one of the two spectators looks at his watch he will find the message.
At the moment that the spectator pulls the string, it is a natural move to hold him by his arm in order to explain how he should pull the string. All possibilities for the misdirection are here present. If the watch does not work, you just stick it on his sleeve. Have fun.
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They contain five effects in all, the most commercial being the first explained. A borrowed credit card disappears from an envelope and reappears in the centre of a pack when spread across the table. An Ace Assembly which eliminates the buckle count, a sleight the author claims is not too popular. In Aces to Queens the magician attempts to cut to the four aces. He succeeds to find the first three but the fourth cut produces a queen. The three aces then turn to queens. Follow the Leader is a variation Jackson's Restless Colours. The remaining effect appears in this issue with permission of the author.
Apart from the credit card effect there is nothing particularly new in effect but the variations in methods are clearly explained and all are well within any cardman's compass who has mastered Braue's Add On move, Piet Forton's Pop Out move, the Double Under cut and can hold a little finger break. Briefly, most cardmen will find something worthy of their attention.
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