A spectators signature

fa spectator's signature is an interesting problem in magic, panic* Obtaining a öüplicale 01 a * ^ ^ ppfag method many years ago. I later discovered laity in card magic-1 «im \ ^ ^ Qwloml a similar idea11 However, our two appmaS thai RkM^*1" |m(laIionaJ premise, differ in important supporting details. The fo|. while using the same « m it doesn't need expensive props, although a UtUe lowing tecluuque Bpth* am^ ^ ^ undeJstood the basic idea, you will see that die

Technique, Handling and Management

You will need one duplicate card, say a Ifen of Sidles, with a back matching the deck you are „sing and two waterproof pens of matching point thickness and ink color, but of different bran<b You am also take two matching pens and disguise one to give it a different appearance

The two Ifens of Spades lie on top of the deck. Tb begin, give the deck a false shuffle tliat retains the top two cards, and eventually give it a cut in die liands, which in the minds of a lay audience always signifies the completion of the mixing of cards. Tliis final cut, however, Is a slip cut from dealing i>osition (Volume /, page 61) and should bring the first Ifen of Spades to a position about two-thuds down in the deck. Before die slipped can! falls flash with the lower packet, catch a left little-finger break beneath iL

Immediately drop die right handfe balance on top. Now execute a iiflle force, using your left thumb to riffle down the outer left comer, stopping at the break (Volume 1, page 224). However, rather than forcing the top card of the bottom packet, you force the bottom card of the top packet. The liandling differs only in dial die right liand lifts all the cards above the break and displays the Tbn of Spades at the face of the packet

Miscellaneous Techiniques

Pantomime writing a signature with the uncapped pen in the space above the Ten of Spades, and explain to the spectator that you would like liirii to place his initials on die face of the card. Replace die cap lightly on business end of die pen, so thai he may easily remove it, and with your right hand give the pen to hira Using the brief time requited for the spectator to remove die cap from die pen, execute a righl-liand bottom palm as you square the still unsquared packet (Volume .J, page 717).

Keep die packet in your left liand as die spectator writes liis initials on die card. Then blow on it, ¿tiding the ink to dry and looking at the card Then raise your gaze, looking at die spectator, as your right hand conies over the packet, loads the palmed card onto it (Volume2, ¡>age 285) and immediately nibs die right middle finger across its lace. Uwk back at die card and pretend to be surprised dial the ink has come off. Show the smudge on your middle finger.

Pretend to realize that you have given the wTong pen to the spectator. Take l>ack the pen, replace it in your pocket and come out With the other one. "77/¿s is the unlearnt ¡yen. The other I use for white boards; sorry. Tli is our u m 7 came qffi" I law I the new I jen to the spectator and ask him to place his initials once more on the card

The left hand places die bottom packet aside, face down on the table, and revives the right hand's packet face up in dealing position. The audience sees a Ten ofSpades, their apparendy free selection, while the duplicate Tfen of Spades Ls at the rear of the same packet. Widi your right liand, bring out one of the pens; it doesn't matter which. Then, with die left fingers, grip the pen cap while your right liand removes die pen from it. In die process, touch your right middle finger to the felt tip, secretly applying some ink to its pari r a, .Hps on Uie fece of the packet, each luiving the same initials vou now have two Tt*> oJ the same location on the face ofthe card written in the same ink and.« «41

CfwckPoirUs initialed die card I simply put die pen away in my outer right jacket pocket, immediately palmed it out, then went to my inner left breast pocket and apparently took out Hie second pen". Nobody protested The pen, l)eing only a secondary prop, draws very little attention to itself. Furthermore, it is well known dial complies produce different kinds of pens that look similar—and if spectators dont know this, you can always tell them.

but if using tiie Sixes, make sun? the & j jiave jllst one vvay jn which ^ duplicates are oriented in the same obtaining of a spectator's initials or sig-


spectator, let alone .he rest of the axtott*, to recognize the differences

TJie reason a card such as the 1fen of Shades is used is to limit the spectator to place Ills initials only in toe open central span', to which you causally point. There are other cards with similar open outers—the T\vos, Fours and Sixes-

direction or you may get an unintended end-for-end transformation when you "wipe" toe (ace of the card

:l lis a ixrfcctly legitimate and timeisning tactic to keep the [jacket in your hand as the spectator writes his initials on tin1 Cut? of toe card It will seen like an act of courtesy. Or, if you prefer, you may hand tlie packet to toe spectator while he initials tl»e card, tlien take it back to do the dirty work However, keeping toe | jacket in your hands gives you better control over Hh' placement ofthe initials.

■1. Some might refrain from employing this technique because it requires a duplicate card Please consider thai a duplicate card in the deck dotsnt inter-fe*with the execution of most effects may keep a duplkale in toe deck for the entire performance, and use it whf'u its ume comes. See "Versatile ,|(

nature can be handled The resourceful performer w ill be able to vary die l)asic idea to fit die requirements of almost any situation And the force given is just an example; odier forces can be adapted to suit your piuposes. To open a door, 111 just mention the Hindu shuffle force (Volume 7, i>age 158). In this case, the two Tens of Spades lie at the botr tom of die deck Commence die Hindu shuffle force and, when die spectator calls stop, show die card on the face of the right hands packet as usual, while you set the left liands packet down 011 the table. The packet with the two Ttns of Sjxades Ls then transferred to the left hand, which holds it face up in dealing I>ositioa As die spectator takes the pen and removes die cap, you top palm the first Tfen of Spades into your right liand (Volume 2} page 273). Nothing dianges, of course, when the second Ttn of Sj>ades mines into view—a color change without applause! You ran now proceed exactly as described alxn-e-

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