By Tommy Martin
In offering this version of the classical card effect known as "The Cards Up the Sleeve," or "The Twelve Card Trick," it should be stated that although an effect of this nature has been performed for years by various conjurers, in one form or another, it has, for the most part, been accomplished by a certain set series of manipulations, which in the following treatise have been virtually eliminated. In eliminating these sleights, I have substituted in their place a new series of simple and easily mastered moves, which have been universally accepted as the most effective and baffling method of presenting this greatest of all card effects. As will he seen in the following explanation, the performance of the effect will depend, for the most part, upon the showmanship of the performer. Due to the fact that a number of cards, held in full view of the spectators, are caused to vanish one at a time until each in succession is reproduced from the performer's trouser pocket, there is a tendency toward the presentation becoming monotonous unless the performer introduces a certain amount of personality and showmanship in order to entertain the spectators throughout the feat. The following explanation makes an entirely new effect of this time-honored bit of card conjuring.
Presentation: The performer holds a number of cards in his left hand, which are counted and proven to be exactly twelve. He asks the indulgence of the audience while he proceeds to cause these cards to disappear one or two at a time until each card in succession has mystically vanished from the hand. The cards are reproduced from the right trouser pocket. At all times the cards are in full view of the spectators, and, properly presented, their evanishment is as bewitching an effect as there is to be found in the realm of conjuring. Their subsequent reproduction from the trouser pocket heightens the mystery of the effect considerably, as the cards may be noted and memorized by the spectators if the performer chooses. Several new moves together with a number of invaluable and sure-fire methods of misdirection serve to render this presentation easy to master and, at the some time, positively baffling at all points of the procedure.
W Secrets: Previously, put two cards in the upper vest '..'■■11: ' T ^ c"'' 1 pocket; one card, a spade, is placed in the watch pocket of the trousers and three cards are "top-pocketed" in the right trouser pocket. (By "top-pocketing" meant the placing of cards in the upper part of the pocket so that the lower part may be pulled out and shown as empty.) In the right trouser pocket is, also, a coin, which serves later on in the effect.
Opening Remarks: Advancing toward the spectators with only nine cards in the left hand. the performer begins:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I should like to offer for your approval an effect with a number of playing cards. I shall hold the cards you see here at arm's length and each time that I say 'Go,' or each time that I tap the cards, while you are watching them they shall disappear one at a time in the air or, better still, I shall have them make their way across the vest and down into the trouser pocket, which as you may observe contains nothing but this half dollar, which has nothing to do with the performance, nevertheless I shall leave it here." (While saying the above, the performer pulls out the right trouser pocket partially and shows the coin. the three cards remain hidden from view in the upper part of the pocket.)
The performer continues: "I should like you to watch the cards closely, and see if you can see them go. Watch. So that all may understand the procedure, one, two, three, etc.--on up to twelve cards are used." (Begin counting the nine cards to appear as twelve, holding the backs of the cards towards the audience. Bring the two hands together and. in removing one card, call out at the same time "One," in continuing, go through this same motion, but on the count of cards number two, four and six fail to remove a card from the hand, which will cause the nine cards to appear as twelve, since three of them have been counted twice.) This false count is explained and illustrated in several wellknown treatises on card conjuring. After having counted the cards, begin passing them in the following fashion:
In beginning the actual effect, riffle the nine cards twice, creating by this move two crepitating sounds and saying simultaneously "One" and "Two." Show the right hand empty, then say, "Cards,numbers one and two have begun their journey, and we find them in this right trouser pocket. (At this point two of the top-pocketed cards are brought out one at a time, shown and placed on a table.)
Martin's Twelve Card Trick
"You may doubt that I am passing these cards, but I had twelve and have passed two, so that leaves (now count the nine cards, using a false count on one card so that they appear as ten) ten."
Hold the nine cards in the left hand and ask a spectator to hold your left wrist, saying: "Will you hold the wrist, please, and I shall pass one card through your hand and mine." Again riffling the cards, ask: "Did you feel the card go?" Count, as you say: "It must have gone, for we have only nine cards left." With the faces of the cards toward the spectators, show them to be nine in number. Advancing toward another spectator, have him remove the third, and last, of the top-pocketed cards.
Remark, "You did not take the coin, did you?" Reach in the pocket to verify this and introduce six cards, which were palmed from the nine in the left hand as the spectator removed the card from your pocket. In introducing these cards top-pocket them, and pull out the pocket, showing the coin is still there. Leave the pocket out, put the coin in another pocket.
"Watch closely." This time rap the remaining cards in the left hand with the right hand, saying: "As we watch them, two more cards begin their journey and are found in the..." (Performer, seeing the pocket hanging out, remarks: "Oh, the pocket is out; I shall push it in and catch those two cards before they get back to the left hand.") The two cards, previously placed in the upper left vest pocket are withdrawn as the left side is turned toward the audience.
Showing the backs of these cards, the performer, with his left side still toward the audience, reinserts them into the vest pocket and taps the sleeve on the outer side of the coat, remarking: "Perhaps this is silly, but if you remember the cards, you shall see that they will arrive, for here they are." Two of the six cards previously introduced into the top of the pocket are shown and placed aside.
Again rap the cards smartly and say: "Two more shall begin their journey." Show the right hand empty and remove two more of the cards from the trouser pocket.
"As the pack grows smaller, less pressure is required to make them go." Suit actions to words. and say: "Another card is on its way." The right hand reaches into the watch pocket, as the performer says: "It must be a spade, for it is digging me." The card is withdrawn with the remark, "This one did not quite arrive." Now say: "We have passed eight cards and, just as a matter of checking up, eight from twelve would leave how many?" As the answer--four--is given, false count the three cards to appear as four. Hold these cards at the fingertips, the arm well extended, the right side to the audience.
"I shall tap these four, and we have left only three." (The three cards are
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Martin's Twelve Card Trick counted. The right side remains towards the audience.) Place the three cards back in the left hand, show there is nothing in the right hand and remove another of the top-pocketed cards from your trouser pocket, which is away from the audience. (This must be timed so that the audience, in watching the card emerge from the trouser pocket, does not see the performer slip one of the three in the left hand into the left coat pocket.)
Turn towards the audience, hold the last two cards together, tap them and say, "Go." The two cards are now shown and slapped together with an inward and outward motion from the face to the length of the arms, enabling the performer to wet one of the cards, as it touches his face. Place the two cards together and say: "I shall now pass one more... Go." Toss the two remaining cards a foot or so into the air. (The cards adhere because one was moistened and pressed against the other.) They appear as one card. Show the front card, adroitly palm the hindermost card, at the same time pass the front card from the right to left hand. Let us see if it has arrived." The palmed card is now introduced into the pocket, and removed as if it had been there for quite some time.
For the evanishment of the last card, a number of suitable sleights for the disappearance of one card are to be found in books dealing with card sleights, but one of the most effective vanishes is to simply palm the card in the right hand. In the act of shoving it into the left hand, the left hand remains closed as though it held the card, while the right hand, which really contains it is moved rapidly towards the pocket. The right thumb and fingers roll the card so that it is held in the crotch of the thumb. The fingers thus appear apart. When the left hand opens, the right hand inserts this last card, straightens it out in the pocket and withdraws it. "So thus the last card reaches its destination."
If one is fully adept in the basic moves of card magic, the preceding effect can be easily mastered. If not, seek personal instruction from some performer familiar with these moves, as it is often very difficult to learn them properly from reading a description of how they are accomplished. Hoffmann's "Modern Magic." and "The Expert at the Card Table," by Erdnase, carry graphic illustrations and detailed descriptions of the basic moves. The misdirection with the coin at the introduction of the cards is both subtle and novel.
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