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Bring the conversation around to double faced cards during a session by remarking on the difficulty of obtaining particular combinations especially in poker sized cards. Say you have solved the problem by making your own as you remove a card from your right coat pocket holding it as in (Fig. 1) with the thumb on one long edge and the second on the other, the index finger curled up at the back with its nail pressing on the back making the face of the card slightly convex.
You now apparently show the other side of the card by turning the hand with its back to the spectators at the same time releasing the long edge from the thumb and trapping the card between the first and second fingers as shown in (Fig. 2). With the card still in this position proffer it to someone to let them examine your handiwork.
Being magicians they will recognise the 'paddle' move, but whoever takes it will turn it over to confirm his suspicion — he may think it is really a double facer and that the paddle move was just a gag. He will hand it back, but before taking it point out the extra face which has been added to the side of existing one as shown in the illustrations. That the card is 'double headed' will escape notice if neatly made. Have fun!
Did I ever tell you that the Italians are an" hospitable race? I hope I did, because they are. I have just been to Italy, again, and each time they become more and more amazing. This trip was arranged for me by one Dominic Martorani of whom more later.
The event was a one day convention in Rome sponsored by the local IBM ring under the guidance of their president Fernando Ricardi, and was held in the Beverly Hills Hotel. I took my wife along and it is the first time she has ever been to a magic convention and she didn't understand a single word. One of the hotel staff remembered me from a previous trip (at least he said he did) so Mrs Page was suitably impressed and he got his tip.
The affair itself had two lectures, one by yours truly and the other by Paul Asnar from France, who featured close-up magic with the emphasis on lapping. Both of us also appeared in the evening show and for the record Paul is young, tall, handsome, impeccably dressed and is one hell of a manipulator. His manipulations are of the type to break your fingers and he doesn't miss. He makes me sick.
The following day President Ricardi invited a bunch of us to lunch at his small farm about 40 kilometers outside Rome. I could write a book about that day. His wife Paula treated us to the perfect lunch which seemed to go on forever, there were so many courses, and later that day his daughter Laura drove us back to Rome. I just had a thought: 'Laura, Paula and Fernando'. Sounds like a circus act, but their hospitality far outshines any three ring spectacular.
From. Rome to Palermo where we were the guests of Dominic Martorani. We stayed at the only hotel in a tiny village on the side of a mountain called Monreale. Its main claim to fame is in having the second largest cathedral in Europe, and boy is that something to see.
Dominic himself is a character who has accidentally slipped out of the pages of Damon Runyon's books. He is almost an exact replica of a Hollywood type Sicilian. The accent, the bad English, the mistakes in the language, the fantastic sense of humour, all wrapped up together in one little man. I can say little man very easily because he is the same height as me. He has a small magic studio and a small workshop situated in the little village. In magic terms he and his eighteen year old son Franco really shook me up. They make most of their props themselves, the most beautiful props I have ever seen. Anything from shell pennies to zig-zag illusions; you name it he can make it whether it's in metal, wood or plastic — he deals in them
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