Simplified Follow The Leader

In the October number, Bob Farmer's 'Body and Soul' struck me as being a very commercial sequence. The use of jumbo cards cut into quarters would surely intrigue a lay audience. On page 477 there is a reference to the "Criss Cross Subtlety". This is commonly credited to Dr Jacob Daley. In fact, the move was shown to Daley by Irv Weiner, its originator.

Here is a sequence of mine which functions quite well with quartered jumbo cards. In a recent lecture for the Boston S.A.M. Assembly, I taught this with above title and it is based on the Vernon "Follow the Leader" theme.

To prepare, cut a jumbo 4C and 4D into quarters and arrange the resulting eight pieces to read as follows in a face up fan — black index, black index, black pip, black pip, red index, red index, red pip, red pip. Close the fan, obtaining a break below the fifth piece, and immediately take all the pieces above the break and place them face up on the table, stating "four blacks". Place the remaining cards on top of the tabled cards, also face up, stating " and four reds".

The actual order of the face up pile reading from the top is RI - RP - RP - BI - BI - BP - BP - RI.

Pick up all eight pieces and turn them face down. Remove the top four pieces without reversing their order and place the other four pieces aside. Turn the retained pieces face up and Jordan count to show four black pieces — two index and two pips will show in this count which is as it should be. Flip the packet face down and deal off the top piece (BP) turning it face up onto the table and put the remaining three pieces face down behind it. Pick up the other four pieces and repeat the procedure. You now have four positions as shown below:

The face up BP is at 'A' with three face down pieces at 'C' — supposedly the other three blacks. The face up RP is 'B' with a face down pile at 'D'.

State, "We call these pieces 'leaders' "

(point to 'A' and 'B') "and these are 'followers'. (Point to 'C' and 'D'). Now it stands to reason that the followers must follow the leaders. (Switch 'A' and 'B'). If they should decide to move, the followers are obliged to follow." (Turn up the top cards of 'C' and 'D' showing that they've 'switched' magically. Place them face up on 'A' and 'B'). "And yet these cards are very democratic. If the followers decide to move

(Switch 'C' and 'D') the leaders are only too happy to move with them." (Turn up the top cards of 'C' and 'D', placing them face up on 'A' and 'B' as before. I realise that this action does not quite agree with what has just been said, but it'seems' right).

"In fact these cards are so democratic it's all right if everybody decides to move — everything works out just fine." (Here you use a Cross Switch - switch 'A' and 'C' then 'C' and 'D'). Turn up the last two face down cards showing that once again the cards have followed the leaders.

NOTE: This routine can be done with, say, Kings and Aces (its original form). If they are stacked KH, KD, KS, KC, AH, AD, AS, AC at the start they'll turn up in mate suit pairs. Similarly, in the quartered jumbo version, index pieces will mate up with index pieces and pip pieces with pip pieces.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Here is a brief description of the Jordan Count. Hold the packet of four pieces in the left hand and from the spectators view they appear to be transferred one at a time into the right hand reversing their order as you do so. Actually, the right thumb first pulls off the top piece of the packet, and then the second piece likewise. In appearing to take the third piece fairly as before, the bottom piece of the two in the right hand is pulled under the two cards held in the left hand with the tips of the fingers of that hand as the right takes the two pieces above the stolen piece. In short, as the right hand appears to take the third piece it actually takes the third and fourth pieces together, leaving the first piece taken behind in the left hand which is counted off as the fourth piece. If you have mastered the Elmsley Count (who hasn't) the move should present no problems #


Looking back to Pabular No.11 Vol.2 the effect "Psychic Exposure" by Bob Stephen quite intrigues me.

Not having a great knowledge of Polaroid cameras I would need to rely on the expertise of Mr Stephens for advice, nevertheless I believe the effect described below should be possible given the correct type of camera.

First I would refer you to my "SPLITZ" routine as described in Pabular No. 11 Vol.3 wherein a blue backed card is faced with a red backed card, the cards glued together are pushed into the pack at any point by a spectator, the two cards are replicas of two forced cards using the Simon business card move.

Now my idea is to combine the Bob Stephen routine with the "SPLITZ" routine using the photograph taken by the Polaroid camera . . . the working is as follows:

Prior to performing the routine, photograph two cards in the manner described by Bob on a matt black background, the two cards to appear in the final photograph over the top of the person's head as in Fig. 1. The two cards are then placed at the top and bottom of the pack respectively.

When you are ready to present the item, approach a spectator with camera and take the spectator's picture as described in Psychic Exposure so that spectator's head will appear below the two cards (first exposure).

Now remove the photograph from the camera (this will have a white backing paper covering the face of the photograph) and have spectator place the photograph into the pack at any point, execute the "SPLITZ" move as described using photograph in lieu of the red and blue card . . and removing the cards at each side of the photograph.

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