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The performer chats about seeing an advertisement for a croupier at the (localise) casino. He tells what happened when being interviewed for the position. Asked what he knew about cards and dice illustrates by taking a pack of cards from his pocket and removes the cards from the case, and from the same case tips out a die. Holding the pack face up he cuts to the Ace of Spades which is seen to have a blue back as it is placed face down on the table. Spreading the pack face down on the table the backs are seen to be red.

Remarking that the Ace of Spades is a money card a silver dollar is found underneath it. Subsequently the back of the Ace changes to red thus matching the rest of the pack, the die suddenly disappears, and finally the coin vanishes.

Besides the cards the routine requires a dollar and a die as large as possible that will go into the card case. The latter has a square hole in it large enough for the die to pass comfortably (see fig. one).


To prepare arrange the pack with the Ace of Spades on top of the face $own red backed pack and a duplicate blue backed Ace of Spades second from the bottom. The pack so arranged is put into the case so that the back of the top card is visible through the hole. With the coin-, die and pack in the left outer jacket pocket, you are ready to start the routine.

Commence by taking the pack out of the pocket with the die concealed beneath it in the left hand. With the right hand open the case and let the pack slip out into this hand and put them on the table taking care not to expose the colour of the backs. As this is being done position the die at the hole in the case and feed it into the case, and after a pause let it fall onto the table, As you replace the case in the pocket the left hand brings out the coin, finger palmed.

Pick up the pack from the table and riffle shuffle retaining the two aces of spades in position and taking care not to flash the backs of the cards or the coin. Square up the pack and position them in the right hand in readiness for the slip cut. Slip cut into the left hand, the cards falling therein concealing the finger palmed coin. The slip cut is explained on page 30 of 'The Stars of Magic' series and it gives the impression that with a throwing action to the left the right hand releases the bottom half of thte pack. In actual fact it is the top half that is released with the exception of the top card which is retained in the right hand with the bottom half of the pack. The position now is that the left hand holds the half pack with the Ace of Spades at the face and a coin concealed underneath, and the right hand holds the remainder of the pack.

The left thumb now pushes the exposed ace to the right, and the right positions its cards under the edge and flips it over showing it to be a blue backed card. Remember this is the first time that the back of any card has been seen.

Again push the ace to the right and put the right hand packet square on top of the cards in the left hand leaving the face down Ace side jogged to the right.

The right hand now removes protruding Ace at the same time stealing the finger palmed coin from the left hand keeping the coin concealed beneath the card place both on the table. During this action do not alter the position of the left hand on the pack but grip more frimly with the thumb and first finger and release the pressure of the other fingers to facilitate the steal which is made with the right middle finger which goes under the card and between the third and little finger of the left hand.

Mentioning that the Ace of Spades is a money card spread the pack face down on the table showing the backs to be red as distinct from the face down Ace of Spades which has a blue back. Gather up the pack and square up and take a break under the top card (red backed Ace of Spades). Pick up the blue backed Ace exposing the coin, which holds their attention as you put the card on top of the pack which is in the left hand. You now have the duplicate Aces on top of the pack with a little finger break beneath them. The right hand now turns over the coin, simultaneously the left hand turns over and pushes the second ace (the red backer) face up on to the table with the left finger tips. The right hand now picks up the tabled Ace and taps the dice with it and turns it over showing it has changed to red backed card.

With the left hand pick up the die and hold it it in front of you about eight or ten inches from the edge of the table. Bring the card in front of the dig holding it from the audience and let it lean on the die (Fig. 2) at the same time left hand releases its hold on the die and moves a few inches to the left and remains there giving cover for the next move, which is the vanish of the die and is executed as follows:

With the right hand strike the card at the point indicated by the arrow in Fig. 2, which will cause the die to shoot into the lap. Lift up the card showing the die has vanished. Clean up by returning the cards to the pocket and picking up the coin, make it disappear — that's it — you started with nothing on the table and finish with nothing on the table.

The patter theme I use is based on "Do you know about cards Mr. Fox? No — Well what about dice", and finishes with "I think we had better forget about dice and the cards, and the job". These last lines are said in unison with the die vanish, putting away the cards and the disappearance of the coin.

My thanks are due to Peter Kane who gave me the idea of having a hole in the card case to produce the die.

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This is a small packet offshoot of the 'Out of this World' effect using just ten cards. Several coryurers have already given us condensed versions of the Paul Curry classic, two notable versions being by Jacob Daley and Alex Elmsley.

In the version that follows a classic sleight is used to achieve the desired result and its use may seem a little bold to the reader but upon trial it will be found comparatively easy to do, with adequate mis-direction built into the routine. Other technical approaches will suggest themselves, the first one to come to mind, being the use of a pull down technique, but for me the following version has become my favourite.

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