Sending money overseas is a risky business. The risk of loss or damage is considerably higher than within the British postal system. Readers are advised to check with British dealers first. Both Geoff Malty at Repro and Martin Breese have regular overseas trading links. It is very possible that they, or Don Wallace of Magic Books by Post, can obtain many of the books etc, mentioned in these reviews. Maybe they already have them in stock.

COMPRESSION Lawrence Frame


This is a routine, which Lawrence has used for some time. Basically, it is a version of Dai Vernon's "Twisting the Aces". The climax, which makes it very strong for laymen, is when the last ace shrinks, in the spectator's own hands.


Needed are four aces and one miniature (patience size) ace of spades. Try to get one, with a back to match the other cards.

Set Up

With the cards face up, arrange them in the following order. On the face of the packet is the ace of diamonds. Beneath this is the ace of spades. Next comes the ace of hearts and lastly the ace of clubs. Trapped between the aces of hearts and clubs is the miniture card. It is also face upwards.

Working and Presentation

Bring out the packet and fan it, face upwards between your hands. In the process, the left fingers buckle the bottom card (ace of Clubs). This enables the right fingertips to enter into the space, below the ace of hearts and clip the miniture card against its back. During the actual action of buckling, it will be found that the left fingers can feel the edge of the small card and square it up, against the base of the thumb. This will position it correctly for the sequence^and also enable the right fingertips to "know" exactly where to find it.

Do not hold the cards in a fan for too long. Just allow sufficient time for the audier^e to perceive that there are four aces present. The reason for this is that you must next turn the packet face down and, by buckling the bottom card, with the left hand, turn over all of the other cards, as one, disclosing the ace of spades. This is supposed to be the top card of the packet. Had the faces of the cards been seen for too long, the audience would have had time to realise that the ace of clubs should be on top.

When you turn over the block of three cards, plus the small one, the latter will ride along quite happily, inside the others. Place the block face up, square on top of the single face down card, in the left hand. Call attention to the ace of spades and explain that it is a very difficult card to control. As you say this, peel it off the packet, at the same time, turning the left hand palm ¬°down, at the wrist. This, of course, turns over all of the cards, in the left hand and hides the fact that more than one has been reversed. Hold the ace of spades, in the right hand, as the left turns over.

The right hand replaces the ace of spades, face upwards on the bottom of the left hand's face up packet. This is exactly the same as in the standard version of "Twisting the Aces". Turn the left hand palm up, once more. The face down ace of spades will be on top, hiding the fact that the aces of hearts and clubs, as well as the minilaiture card are all face up.

Place the right hand over the top of the packet, as though you were going to palm it. Give it a slight squeeze and then, position it for the Elmsley Count. Do not do the Vernon twisting procedure, as in the standard version. The reason why not will become apparent later. Execute the Elmsley Count. The Ismail card will not interfere with this, nor will it be seen. The audience will be aware of three face down cards and a face up ace of hearts.

Replace the packet in the left hand. Repeat the squeezing business, then execute another Elmsley Count. This time the ace of clubs will appear to have turned face up. Also, during this count, the small card will arrive at the bottom of the packet and lie loosely on the right fingers. This will occur as the left thumb pushes over tne block. With the right fingertips, pull the miniture card downwards, so that the fourth card, in the count can be placed on the bottom of the packet but above the little card. This will leave the face

up ace of clubs on top.

Carefully replace the packet into the left hand, keeping the small card underneath. Turn over the top three cards as one, apparently putting the ace of clubs face down.

The above moves will leave the miniture card face up, beneath the packet and the ace of diamonds face up, second from the top. Repeat the business of squeezing the cards, then perform a Jordan Count. During the count, the ace of diamonds will show as being face up. The miniture card will automatically end up above the ace of diamonds, which will finish as the bottom card of the pile.

The left hand reaches across and draws out the face up ace of diamonds. This is turned face down and replaced on the bottom of the packet. Care must be taken not to drag out the miniture card with it. This action will leave all of the cards face down, except the little one, which is face up and second from the bottom.

Adjust the packet, so that it is held by the right hand, from above, with the fingers at the outer short end and the thumb at the inner. The left hand comes over and the thumb draws off the top card, while simultaneously the fingers pull off the bottom one. This is not a secret move. The audience should be aware of the fact that there are two cards, being pulled away together. What they should not be aware of is that the left fingertips have engaged the miniture card and are pulling it away as well. At the finish, there will be two face down cards in the left hand with the face up small card between them. The latter is, of course, unseen.

Bring the left thumb over, once more and peel off the top card, in the right hand. Take it on top of those in the left. Finally, take the last card (ace of spades) and, without allowing its face to be glimpsed, place it on top of the packet. You have apparently shown all of the cards to be face down. Square the packet, getting a little finger break below the top card. Repeat the squeezing business but, as you do so, palm the ace of spades from above the break. Do this under the guise of showing the spectator what he is supposed to do. Finally, hand the packet to the spectator and have him squeeze them. Ask him to fan the cards. Not only has the ace turned over, it has also shrunk. Say, "you must have squeezed them too hard.


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