Second Direction

Inspiration & points of reference:

"Twist"/"Collectors" combinations are becoming fairly popular. The first method to be published was by J. C. Wagner, and appeared in Paul Harris's book, Supermagic (1977). Wagner's method uses a 7-as-4 packet (6-as-4 is passable, but 7-as-4 is, under most performing conditions, a case of one card too many looking and feeling like several cards too many). Robert Walker cleaned this aspect up by adding a gaff. The result was "Collectwist," published in Sticks & Stones 12 (December, 1977). Dave Solomon, working from Walker's method, developed "Collectwist 2" (an ungaffed, 6-as-4 method), which was published in Sticks & Stones 14 (February, 1978). Jon Racherbaumer also published a method, called "Aces Turn to Collect," iri Lorayne's Best of Friends (1982), although this method was developed some years before it was finally published. Only having knowledge of the Wagner and Walker methods, I developed a handling called "A Twist of Direction," which was sent to Roger Crosthwaite, Walker and Racherbaumer in December 1981. This version will appear eventually as one of Roger Crosthwaite's Advanced Lessons in Exclusive Card Magic.

The following was the second method I developed for the effect. It was devised at the instigation of Walker & Racherbaumer. It has some similarities to Solomon's "Collectwist 2," although it was developed independently, and also to a routine of Walker's called "The Optical Concept," which will appear in his forthcoming book, Turning Tricks. Again, it was developed independently of Walker's routine.

Finally, you will note that this routine makes a good lead-in to "Interlace Jump."

Procedure:

1) Run through the pack and throw out the four Aces face down onto the pad. Shuffle the pack and have three cards noted by three different spectators. Control them to the top of the pack.

2) Holding the pack in left hand Mechanic's Grip, reach for the Aces with the right hand. Flip them face up onto the top of the pack, and. using the pack as a "table," arrange the Aces in CHSD order from face to back, As you do this, obtain a left little finger break beneath the top two cards x>f the pack.

3) Square the four Aces with the pack, and then lift oft the six cards above the break as four, in right hand KB Grip, side-squaring the packet between your extended left fingers. Table the pack to the left.

4) Peel the AC into your left hand with the left thumb, followed by the AH, and then the AS. Place the AD (a "triple") on the face of all as one card. Turn the packet face down and perform a Mechanic's Grip Elmsley Count, showing four backs. Try to make this count an "audible" count.

5) Perform the Through-the-Fist Move, secretly turning the packet over. Elmsley Count, showing the AC face up. Perform the Through-the-Fist Flourish,,.not turning the packet over, and perform an Underground Elmsley Count (last card to bottom). The AD & AC show face up.

6) Through-the-Fist Flourish, without turning the packet over, and then reverse count the cards one at a time into the left hand, as if doing the Elmsley Count, i.e., do not do this count from KB Grip — this is inconsistent. The last card is a "triple" and the AS turns face up.

7) Repeat the non-reversing Through-the-Fist Flourish and then Siva Count, showing all four Aces face up. Do this count slowly, so that all four suits show. Obtain a left little finger break above the rear card (a selection) by a buckle or pulldown, and transfer this break to the right thumb as you take the packet from above in right handKB Grip. Peel off the face card into the left hand, pattering, "The AC turned face up . . ." Peel off the AD onto the AC. "The AD turned face up . .." Peel off the AS. However, as you do so "drop" the "broken" card so that it is stolen beneath the AS. Place the double card in the right hand (showing as the AH) on top of all, as one card, pattering, ". . . and the AH turned face up!" You have interlaced two of the selections. Position from the face of the packet: AH — face down selection — AS — face down selection — AC — AD.

8) Create a left little finger break above above the lowermost card and transfer this break to the right thumb as you take the packet from above in the right hand. Pick up the pack with the left hand and hold it in Mechanic's Grip, obtaining a left little finger break beneath the top card.

9) As you place the Ace packet onto the top of the pack the last selection is alternated.

Ace Packet

Ace Packet

Top View which aids alternation.

Top View

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