For this variation you will have to make up a special card. Simply stick a pin-up on the back of one of the aces from the red deck. Be careful however that in doing so you don't upset the handling quality of the cards; perhaps a card from one of the pictorially illustrated decks now available would do. Set this card with the normal face showing as the face card of the original setup.
Go through the routine up to the point where the last ace has turned over and been replaced beneath the pair. From here the routine changes when you turn the packet over perform an extended Elmsley count i.e. count five cards as four. This is done with the same handling as the Elmsley count but you show the top card,, the second card with two cards concealed under it, the bottom card, and finally the original top card again. The plot appears the same up to this point but the last ace to turn over is now the face .card of the packet. Now say "You thought the ace of Spades had vanished" (or whatever ace you feked) and swing the packet up to show it has reappeared. Now ask them what colour the back is and according to whether they say red or blue say "No it's blue" or "You couldn't be more right" and toss the ace face down on the table showing the blue back. How pornographic the back is I leave to your taste.
P.S. If you can think of a better gag line for the finish of this item let me know.
In presenting this effect you commence by remarking that you are about to show something that has yet to be invented. Five cards are introduced which are blank on both sides and one is chosen. When this card is placed on top of a pack of cards it immediately and visibly changes into a card previously chosen and replaced in the centre of the pack. Tell the audience that what they have seen is quicker than polaroid, but they actually have seen nothing because it still remains to be invented. It was just an illusion.
In addition to a pack of cards you will need five cards blank on both sides and one blank faced card with a back to match the pack you are using. Place the blank faced card back uppermost beneath the five blank cards and put the packet of six cards into a small envelope.
Commence the trick by removing the cards from the envelope and place them onto the table taking care not to spread them and expose the back of the bottom card.
Remove the playing cards from their case and hand them out to be shuffled and on taking them back pick up the six from the table and drop them on top of the face down pack. Deal the top five cards off the top of the pack, side by side, or\to the table showing both sides of each card as you do so. You now have the blank faced card on top of the pack and because of its matching back its addition will not have been noticed by the spectators.
Have a spectator hand you anyone of the five blank cards which you put on top of the pack and double lift and turnover bringing the matching,backed blank face uppermost and the double blank second from the top. To the spectator all you appear to have done is to have turned the blank card he handed to you over.
You now request the spectator to make the four blanks remaining on the table into a neat pile onto which you put the double squarely on top. Give the top card a quarter turn so that it lies crosswise distinguishing it as the one chosen. It is of course, the blank with the matching back.
A card is now freely chosen by riffling the side of the pack with the left thumb asking a spectator to call 'stop' at any time and cutting the pack at that point. You now double lift and turnover to show the chosen card requesting that it be remembered. Turn the double face down square on top of the pack and remove the top chosen (?) card push it into the outer end of the pack leaving about an inch protruding.
Hold the pack in the left hand in a dealing position but with the left index fingertip resting on the end of the protruding card, take the chosen blank card from the top of the pile placing it squarely on top of the pack and prepare for a double lift.
The left index finger now presses on thé outjogged card which the spectators believe to be the chosen one, pushing it into the pack. Immediately it is flush with the pack turn over the two top cards as one making it appear that the chosen blank card has acquired the face of chosen card. This surprise is followed by another as you slowly turn the card over to show it has also gained a back. Here now is a surprise for you. Push the chosen card back into the pack and take a br. ak with the left little finger under the top card. Count the five blank cards from the table back onto the top of the pack saying "Just an illusion." You are now set up to repeat the effect or simply put the six cards back into the envelope.
The double lift and turnover is frequently in use in the above routine it may be of interest if I describe my own method for this sleight. It is fairly simple to acquire and requires no facial contortions whatsoever.
Hold the pack in the left hand in the normal dealing except that the thumb is along the left side of the pack instead of across the top of the pack. The thumb of the right hand is positioned at the inner left corner of the pack and the right second finger at the left outer corner. The index fingertip of this hand rests lightly on the left side of the top card.
The right thumb raises the two top cards sufficiently for the-left little finger to take a break. In squaring action which follows the left thumb appears to push a card over to the right where it is taken with the right hand. Actually, it is the right thumb and second finger that take away the two top cards as one. This method of double lifting the cards can easily be turned over and replaced on top of the pack.
My Elevator routines are a series of card sequences, gleaned over the years from a variety of sources, with additions and variations of my own which I have inserted to provide more entertainment value. The following is one such sequence, and although I use this sequence in the middle of my own routines, I will outline the details when used as an opener with an unprepared deck, as the whole sequence may be used exactly as stated here, and will stand up to scrutiny in this situation.
The deck haying been shuffled and returned by the spectator, run through the cards faces towards yourself, tell the audience you will remove the Ace, Two and Three of hearts, during this action contrive to get the ACE, TWO AND THREE OF CLUBS onto the BOTTOM of the face up deck, with the three spot bottom card, two spot above the three, and the Ace above the two spot. Having thrown out the three heart cards face up onto the table, DOUBLE UNDERCUT THE THREE CLUB CARDS PLUS ONE EXTRA CARD FROM BOTTOM OF FACE UP DECK TO THE TOP, then turn the deck face down.
POSITION from top of deck: indifferent card top card followed by ACE...TWO...THREE of CLUBS face down in that order. The ace, two, three of hearts are face up on the table.
We now follow the lines of a standard elevator routine using the one ahead principle, but with two differences
(a) At the conclusion of the first phase there is an additional surprise quite unexpected to the onlookers.
(b) At the conclusion of the first phase the cards are AUTOMATICALLY in position for phase two which is a MATCHING PAIRS SEQUENCE.
To continue The Ace, two and three hearts are placed face up on top of the face down pack in that order and the cards are spread between the hands, during this action of displaying the cards a break is taken UNDER THE SEVENTH CARD FROM THE TOP i.e. : 3 clubs, square up the deck lift off all the cards above the break as one in the right hand, table the balance of the deck. Now the packet of cards with the Ace hearts at the face is taken in the left hand to enable the right hand to remove cards singly, first the Ace, this is placed under the packet, then the two is taken in the same manner and placed under the packet and finally the three, the packet of cards is returned face downwards on top of the deck.
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