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This is my technique for stealing a card from the deck and loading it into a wallet. The wallet is in the left inside breast pocket of your jacket, and the loading is a two-step process. The right hand is empty when you put the pen away and it is empty again when you reach in to take out the wallet. The explanation is followed by a wallet trick with business cards.

To begin:

Have a marking pen clipped to the same pocket which holds the wallet. The wallet I use is a Jennings style LePaul Card in Envelope wallet. Have a card reversed on the bottom of the deck. Spread the pack face down between your hands and have a card selected. When the card is removed, square up the pack and give it a cut near the center. This places the reversed card near the center. Remove the marking pen with your right hand (] and hand it to the spectator. Ask him t to sign his name across the face of the ° selected card.

Hold the pack face up and squared in the left hand. Take back the selected card face down with your right hand and insert it, face down, near the center of the face up pack. Push it in until only about half an inch protrudes.

You now perform the "Diagonal Palm Shift." A brief description follows: Hold the [xick with the left fingers, above the left palm, forefinger curled on the bottom card, left thumb resting on the upper left corner and second, third and fourth fingers on the right side of pack. (See Photo 1) Bring the right hand over the pack with the right forefinger curled on top, thumb on the bottom of pack, and the second, third and fourth fingers over the end of

die protruding selected card. (See Photo 2)

Squeeze the outer end of the pack between the left thumb and second finger as you push the selected card flush with the right fingers. This causes the selected card to enter the pack diagonally. (See Photo 3) The left thumb tip immediately grips the corner of the selected card protruding at the outer left corner and, assisted by the three fingers at the opposite side, slides the card backward tinder cover of a squaring motion. (See Photo 4) When the duimb reaches a point slightly beyond the center of the side, the left l^^^^fc^^pp'gs^ ^^^Bl p thumb and fingers slide forward again "' . h along the edges, leaving the card pro- <-> truding under cover of the right hand. (See Photo 5) With the left little finger ^HJH^ fj^

against die side of the selected card, - ^^|B 4

swing or turn it inwards, tising the right thumb as a pivot, straightening out left first, second and third fingers and catch-

ing the outer end of selected card M

turns, (See Photo 6) and at the same IBMMMBii^^B^BIII^M time sliding pack outwards and to the right, the left hand turning over and inward with the palmed card. (See Photo 7)

The right hand ribbon spreads the deck, face up from left to right, on the table. A reversed card will show near the center of the spread. This face down card will be taken for the selected card. Bring the left hand to the opening of the jacket at about waist level and allow the card to slide behind die edge of the jacket. This is accomplished by I bending the left fingers inwards to clip the outer end of the card momentarily against the palm, when the inner end will be free. (See Photo 8)

When the card is behind the jacket, it is held by the tips of the left first and p second fingers curled onto the non-h index corner with the thumb on the ° outside of the jacket. This position of the left hand is the natural one for o holding the jacket slightly open. (See 6 Photo 9)

Pick up the marking pen with your right hand and drop it into the inner left coat pocket, the same pocket which holds the wallet. Immediately take the selected card front the left hand and insert the corner of it into the wallet opening. Do not attempt to push the ]} card all the way into the wallet. The h length of time it takes to drop the pen o into the pocket and insert the card into the opening of the wallet, should be the same length of time it takes to clip the pen onto the edge of the pocket. (See Photo 10)

Ask for the name of the selected card. When it is named, smile, and say, "All is not as it seems!" With your right hand reach forward and slowly turn face up the indifferent card in the center of the spread. Now say, "I stopped at the Post Office on the way over here and they had a letter for you." With a 0 clean right hand, reach into your jacket, t push the selected card all the way down into the wallet and, in this case, also $ into the envelope, and remove the wallet. As you remove the sealed envelope from the wallet say, "Signed, sealed, and delivered!" This is an Alan Okawa line. The right hand enters the pocket twice and, except for the pen, the right hand is empty both times.


I Iere I will describe a short interlude with a packet of business cards that will endear you to your wife or girlfriend.

Carry with you a stack of business cards, at least a dozen or so. All the cards in the stack are printed side up. On the blank side of the top card, print the words, "I love you darling!" Then place it on top of the stack, message side down.

When ready to perform, have your wallet and marking pen in your left inside coat pocket. Have your stack of business cards, with a rubber band around them, in any available pocket. Remove the business cards from your pocket and remove the rubber band. Perform a double turnover of the top two cards. A blank will show. "Necktie" the packet slightly and deal off the top card blank side up onto the table.

Tell the spectator that you are studying handwriting analysis and you need a sample of her signature. Remove the pen from your inside pocket and hand it to your spectator. You are still holding the packet of cards in your left hand. Keep the tilted up that the message on die top card will be out gUJH^ of sight.

Take the card back from the specta- ffij™ fiP ^I °

tor and place it. signature side up on top of the stack. Display it for a moment, g then perform a double turnover, flip- B^^BH ~~ -^.^jB^BB 11

mediately deal the top card, message side down onto die table. You are now about to perform the "Lowev Palm," as follows:

Hold the packet of cards in the left hand, upright, printed side outwards, the inner end of the packet in the crotch of the thumb, the thumb on the back, first and second fingers holding the packet at the lower right corner, third and fourth fingers extended. (See Photo 11) Raise the thumb and press it against the middle of the back of the top card, then press it downwards making the card swivel, (See Photo 12) until it lies at right angles to the rest of the cards at the lower end of the packet. At the same time straighten out the first and second fingers to receive the card, and then close all four fingers on it. (See Photo

hand is raised, turned over and moved toward the right hand, which grasps the packet and removes it. The left ^ 12

hand then falls naturally to the side with the card palmed. Now grasp the jacket at about waist level with the left hand that is holding the palmed card and perform the same operations to load the business card into your wallet and envelope, as explained earlier in this chapter-putting the pen away with your right hand, and so forth.

After putting the pen in your pocket and loading the corner of the business card in your wallet, pick up the stack of business cards, put the rubber band 1 ? ^^■■■■■■■i 13

around them and place them in your right side pocket. Now take out your wallet, pushing the card all the way into the wallet. Deliver the same lines as mentioned earlier, and let the spectator find his, or her, signed card in the sealed envelope. She will then notice the business card on the table and turn it over to read her sweet message.

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