The Domino Effect

This first offering from across the channel is based on Paul Harris's 'Flap Jacks' see page: 31 of his excellent book... Close-Up Fantasies Book One.

Pascal has reduced the number of revelations from four to two and increased the amount of audience participation.

You'll need a close-up mat, a deck of cards and its case.

Place the case in the, centre of the mat, then have a couple of cards selected. Take them back and control them to positions 1 and 3 from the top.

Double turnover and ask if this card is one of the selections, upon receiving a negative reply flip the double face down, remove the top card and set it atop the card case at position: A in Fig: 1.

This is in fact one of the selections and the other is now 2nd card down in the deck.

Lose the top card either by slip cutting it to the centre or double undercutting it to the bottom. You can palm it off and eat it if you like... just get rid of it!

Repeat the double turnover display as you ask if this card is one of the two selections.

Once again you receive a negative reply and flip the card(s) face down. Remove the top card only and place it atop the first card already on the card case but in the position: 2 depicted in Fig: 1.

Give the deck a good shuffle, thus losing the two indifferent cards previously shown.

Now cut off or count off approx 10 cards and place them squared and at position: 3 in Fig: 1. Note that the very edge of the upper short edge is resting on the lower short edge of the card at position: 1.

You will need to be careful when placing this pile in position but you should be able to place the pile without toppling the single cards.

The weight of the single card at position: 2 will prevent this.

Now cut off approx 15 cards and table the rest to one side. Remove one of these cards and use it to prop up the rest of the packet at position: 4 in Fig: 1.

This packet is placed so that if the single card was removed from position: 4, the packet would fall and land on the narrow edge of the single card at position: 2.

A little more care must be taken when propping up this packet at position: 4.

Finally. . . take the remainder of the cards and spread them on the mat at position: 5, Once the cards are spread, start to flip the spread over in the time honoured manner but stop when a tent like shape is formed as depicted, in Fig: 2, which shows the final result of the set-up.

You can now step back from the strange set-up and leave the rest to the spectator.

Explain that the two single cards on the card case are unfortunately not the ones previously selected but due to the strange lay out of tl Q cards, hidden forces will remedy the situation.

Ask one of the spectators to simply place his finger on the card at the face of the tent of cards and request that he slowly push the tent over.

Once he does this several things will happen in quick succession The tent will collapse into a face up spread and this will knock over the single card at position: 4.

Once the single card has gone, the pile of cards that was propped up by it will fall and collide with the single card at position: 2 and literally flip this card face up onto the face down pile at position: 4. This has revealed one of the selections!!

Almost immediately after the first selection has been revealed the weight of the pile of cards at position: 3 will flip the other single card, at position: 1, face up onto the pile at position: 3 and the domino effect is over.

The whole procedure looks like a domino rally!

The final display is shown in Fig: 3.


This ingenious move can be used to either force a card or even reveal a previous selection.

Assuming that you are about to force a card have the force card second from the top of your deck.

As you patter to the spectator, make the following actions.. . . Cut off about 2/3 of the deck and slip cut the top card onto the lower 1/3 so that it is in-jogged for about 3/4".

Next slip cut the force card onto the in-jogged card but in such a manner that it is squared with the rest of the lower section.

Finally, slip cut the next card onto the force card but this time in-jogged and in line with the other in-jogged card. Replace the jpoer section onto the three displaced card j from the front, the deck appears to be squared.

You must now bevel the upper 2/3 of the deck towards you as shown in Fig: 2. This serves to cover the in-jogged cards from the spectators.

You now riffle downwards and through this bevelled section as you ask the spectator tq call stop at some card during the riffle.

When stop is called, you pull the card stopped at up and out of the front of the deck for about 3/4" in the manner shown in Fig: 3.

You are now set for the switch of the up-jogged card for the force card, which is at this moment between the two in-jogged card in the lower portion of the deck.

The fingers of the right hand rest on the upper narrow edge of the up-jogged card and the right thumb rests on the lower narrow edges of the in-jogged cards.

Two things take place at the same time.. *. The thumb pushes the in-jogged cards flush with the deck and the right fingers push the up-jogged card flush with the deck.

Hie result is that the up-jogged card is lost and the force card is pushed out of the front of the deck for about 3/4".

These two actions are covered by raising the deck so that the faces are towards the spectators. This allows them to see the new up-jogged card, which will be taken to be the card previously up-jogged at the spectator's request!!

If you perform the actions smoothly, the illusion is perfect that the spectator had chosen the force card.

Fig: 4 shows this final stage and as with the other illustrations, the hands are ommited for clarity.

If you substitute the force card for a previously selected card, you can use the move to reveal this selection and the inference is that another spectator has somehow found it!!

A very light touch is needed when pushing the first up-jogged card flush with the deck.

If you allow the tips of the right fingers to extend beyond the edge of the card, they will contact the upper edge of the force card and will accidentally push it flush too!!

If you have decent finger nails, you can use the fingernails of your right fingers to push the up-jogged card flush with the deck.

Ed____The principle used here is the age old Plunger principle but it's a nice application;


This little beauty fooled the pants off me „.. I hadn't got a clue!

The effect is that a card is selected, returned etc. The deck is now placed into the centre of the table and a small piece of flash paper is rolled up and placed directly over the centre of the top card.

The performer now steps a few yards away and asks the spectator to light the paper. The paper is consumed by the flame in an instant but that's not all... Just prior to the paper being ignited, the performer asks the rest of the audience to watch the floor directly beneath the centre of the table.

Just as the paper is consumed and vanishes into nothingness, a single playing card flutters to the floor directly beneath the centre of the table!

Needless to say_____it is the card previously selected.

Once you have read the method employed in this wonderful effect, I doubt if you 11 ever try it. It's just one of those effects where you read it, think that it's a really clever idea but never ever get round to trying it.

Having seen the performance I urge you to give it a go!

You'll need a complete loop of invisible thread, the finer the better.

This must be looped around your table as shown in Fig:l. You will have to make this set up prior to your performance.

Once the loop is set, you can perform the routine at any time in the evening. If you are performing at home, you can gimmick a suitable table and forget about it until you are requested to show a trick.

Assuming that you are ready to perform ... Have a card selected, signed and returned to the deck. You must control the card and finally palm it from the deck as you hand the deck to a spectator for shuffling.

Place the hand containing the card below the table and quickly position the card so that it is pinned against the underside of the table by the thread. A knot in the thread will aid you in this task.

If you don't think that you can set the cardan this manner, try this .. . Explain that the table isn't in quite the right location and simply move it to another. During this moving, you have ample opportunity to load the card!

Or ... Use the knocking the table top ruse to load the card. Ie . .. Pretend that you are searching for a soft spot on the table top. Tap on the top of the table with your empty hand and on the underside with the hand containing the palmed card. Again you should have ample time to load the card.

Assuming that the card is loaded ... produce the flash paper and hand it to the spectator for examination. This gives you a few seconds to position the deck of cards so that the thread runs over it and effectively pins it to the table top as also shown in Fig:l

You are now set for the finale .. . Have the spectator roll the paper into a small loose ball and take it from him.

Place it onto the deck so that it is in contact with the thread. You can now walk away from the table and request that a spectator touch the paper with a naked flame. Before he does so, ask the rest of the spectators to watch the floor beneath the table. As soon as the paper burns, it will melt the thread and the card pinned against the underside of the table will fall to the ground!

It only remains for you to have the signature verified and the routine is over. Patter along the lines that the flash paper is a new invention that can burn with such an extreme heat that it will burn through the deck, the table and allow the selected card to fall through. Not only can it do this but it also seals the holes in the deck and table as soon as the selection is free.

You can of course use some other garbage in place of the above! ^^

You can of course use some other garbage in place of the above! ^^

SHATTERED! January 1983

Before you try the following unusual approach to the coin through glass effect, you'll need to make a new fake coin ... Don't panic, it's easy to make!

Take any coin and glue a small length of elastic to it, about 1W should be enough. You can also construct the gimmick by jamming the elastic into a locking shell coin.

You will also need a small glass tumbler about 21A" high. This height is not critical so just try a few and you'll hit the one most suited for the effect.

Introduce the glass and have it examined, if you wish. Borrow a coin and switch it for your gimmicked duplicate. This isn't essential, you can simply introduce the gimmick and conceal the elastic within your fingers.

Rest your right hand, containing the coin on the close up mat and allow the coin to rest on the surface.

Now take the glass tumbler and place it over the coin. If your audience are very close, you would be advised to use a clouded glass or at least ohe that will disguise the presence of the elastic. Another point to bear in mind is that the elastic should be as clear as possible. Completely uncoloured elastics are available from stationary shops. Once the tumbler is over the coin, you should manoeuvre it so that the end of the elastic is jammed against the close up mat by the rim of the glass.

Once this is done, reach under the glass, by pivoting it away from the mat but maintaining pressure with the rim on the end of the elastic against the mat.

Remove the coin and move it into the position shown by Fig:l.

Note that your left fingers cover the interior of the glass from the spectator's view, they also hide the elastic!

Raise the coin off the bottom of the glass and tap it against the surface a few times.

Explain that you will cause the coin to penetrate through and beneath the glass.

Due to the fact that a pull is exerted on the coin by the elastic, you only have to release your hold on the coin and it will be dragged off the bottom of the glass and back beneath. Prior to the release of the coin, the left fingers should allow the interior of the glass to be seen as much as possible, thus also allowing the apparent penetration to be seen also!

The illusion created is that the coin simply passed right through the base of the tumbler! You will need to raise the inner rim of the glass a little after the coin has been released, in order to allow the coin entry. Don't actually lift the glass away from the elastic, simply tilt it upwards at the inner end as you did when removing the coin from beneath it. Once the coin is back beneath the glass, shake the glass to and fro on the mat, allowing the coin to rattle against the inner walls.

It is a simple matter to secure an ungimmicked coin in the right hand, lift the glass away from the gimmicked coin and appear to scoop the coin off the mat and hand it back to the spectator. You of course do nothing of the sort! You scoop the gimmick into your lap and simply hand the palmed straight coin back to the spectator.

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