JL^/a • # • to remember an effect — one of many — shown to me by that excellent card worker from France Dominique Duvivier. We were introduced to each other by Gaeton Bloom with cards in hand — at three paces. Those who have seen Dominique perform with cards will know what I mean when I say I had great difficulty in not putting my pack away. Our session was short and sharp, with Gaeton acting as interpreter, and my problem is to remember precisely the routine Dominique kindly gave permission to publish in Pabular.
That I was involved working on a similar routine added to the confusion due to some similarities, therefore I can only vaguely remember the effect, but I clearly recall his handling of the Hamman count used to display the cards, which he showed me in detail and will be explained during the working instructions.
To the Duvivier effect I have added others using the same cards making a sequence of effects in which four cards change places — turn over — all look alike (twice) — change colour (three times) — lose their backs — all four finally changing to different separate cards. These effects are achieved with various counts and displays currently used with small packet card tricks, and the effect upon lay audiences is staggering as the routine proceeds to i ,,s climax when the performer reluctantly? allows the cards to be examined.
You will require six cards —3D, 6S and JS with multi-coloured backs, two blue and one red backed Joker. Arrange these as follows reading from the top — 3D, 6S, JS all face up, the two blue backed Jokers face down and lastly the red backed Joker face up.
Square up the packet and hold it in the right hand between the second finger at the outer end near the right corner and the thumb at the inner end near the right corner. The index finger rests gently on the face of the top card and the third finger is in contact with the right side of the packet acting as a guide to keep the packet square. See (Fig.l). This is the grip for Duvivier's handling of the Hamman count which is used to show the packet of six cards as four face up cards all different.
Proceed by pulling off the 3D with the left thumb letting it fall onto the left palm. Do likewise with the 6S. Appear to do the same with the JS but perform the Hamman move, taking all the four cards into the left hand stealing the 3D and 6S back into the right. Drop these two (as one) on top of these in the left hand, immediately pushing the top card (6S) over towards the right with the left thumb which remains on the card. The right takes it at the right inner corner between its finger and thumb and lifts it upwards causing it to snap over the tip of the left (see Fig.2). This flip past the thumb is an unspoken emphasis that it is the last card and the spectators fail to notice that this card has been shown twice. Do not count out aloud either in the above initial display or at any time during the routine.
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