Constmction Management and Script

'Hie Ace through King of any suit ( I use hearts) are stacked on top of the deck in numerical order, the Ace being the fust card and the King thirteenth. If you don't wish to set diis up in arhance, see die Final Notes for a ray of getting into diis position from a previous effect which makes die piece impromptu

You must, now place dime cards between each pair of tiicse arranged caids. This can be achieved with twonafta temannti-J^ o_____^ *__________

fiirahuffie position and, witii your right I

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^^ <vuiLs). A «ad or two over or anotlrer sloSoff 1!, W<ave ,hcso <>anLs "1to tile P3^:uld d°

'Ugn-off, without completing the shuffle. Of course then? will be only one or two cards to slough off, which you might leav e on top, if the light is good enough for you to be certain Of the number. If you think this is too complicated, just do a perfect in- or out-fan,

Before cascading the famed cards scuiare, I like to use a subtlety 1 owe to the great Joan TWiz: Ribbon spread the cards fece down in their still telescoped conditi, „,' <h,n start pushing the cards together on die table. Stop before you reach the middle and, in the space above the spread, make a gesture of pushing the cards together while asking someone to finish the process. Then gather the spread and square the deck* After finishing the- shuffle if necessary, use a transfer cut (Volume 7, page 93) to position the Ace of 1 leans thinl can! from die top. The King of Hearts will then be second from the bottom.

As an extra safety measure, you now spread the deck face up in your hands and check tlie situation, while making some pertinent remarks, for which the introductory text above provides an abundance. You will also use tills opportunity to make a few simple changes to the arrangement, so Ilia! you will later be- able to spell almost ¡ierfectly to each canl. The presentation allows for enough time for you to examine the setup as you point to various canls to illustrate the one thing or another you are saying

Start by spreading the cards face up in your I lands and mention some of the cliaracteristics of the deck, selected from the above intnxluctioa When you came to the Jack of Hearts, briefly separate the spread and switch the Jack with the canl beneath it (the illustration shows this action in progress).

lb justify this, while you an» displaying the Jack of Hearts on the fee e of the left ham lis portion of the spre;id, make an interesting comment such as "And by the uvq/, pietwv amis even us<xl to lune names in the old Fmich decks—the Jack qf Hearts uns at times called Lahire. And cxxrisional/y it uxndtl receive the name of a popular politician qf the time.

Reunite the spread and push a few more cards from the left hand to the right. Your actions liave moved an extra canl between the Jack and the Queen of Hearts, the Queen needing t h e cards to spell her name. When you reach the Ten of Hearts, either use the switching strait ft just explained, or cull the Ten beneath the nglil hand* canls via the spread cull ( \<>lumr /. page 1K7), reinserting it immediately below tlie canl that was beneath the TVil The IVn has thus moved one position to the left, restoring the three cards to tlie Jack while leaving just two for the Tfcn. V

Continue spreading until you reach the Six of Hearts, and do an other^vitch the « -.Utl Wow the Six above it. This rearranges the cards to speO to the Six and the Sevm

Tb keep up interest during the spreading process, you might add ^^Zt^is King. "Kings qfirn nv^ed the monarch nCmlly fining, or 77u-jmny Km,,,,

, . had to replace the king's crown wiih m *** ot""" "Ki"9 vm' **

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of ^ jraUy curious things almd the deck and Us canls-venj few people seem to bcamm' ofthis-is thai time is esactly the number of amis necessary to sped each and arm one of the thirteen values thai make up a deck. Ami what is absolutely amazing is thai it works not only in English, but also in French, German and Spanish. And Pm sine we couldjind some other languages with a little research. Let me demonstrate.99

Holding the deck face down in left-hand dealing position, you will now spell out each value, dealing one can! for each letter and a separate pile for each value, event i tally forming thirteen piles of face-down cards.

Deal the first three canls face down into a pile to the far left as you spell A-C-E* Deal the next three canis, t-w-o, in a second facedown pile, slightly to the right of the first. Deal a third pile, spelling t-h-r-e-e, and then the piles for F-O-U-R, F-I-V-E, S-4-X and S-E-V-E-N.

As IYe mentioned, you must make an adjustment to spell to the Eight, as you are one card short HI give you three ways to overcome tliis:

1. Briefly square the balance of the deck in your hands and, in tliai action, bring one card from the bottom to the top by using the side-steal transfer (Volume 3, page 759).

2. Use a transfer cut (Volume 1, page 98) while you say something and are apparently toying with the cards

3. Use a bottom deal, which is not too difficult, as you are holding loss than half the deck Bui let me give you the easiest bottom deal of all—as a bonus for liaving read tliis far. YouTl be able to do this as soon as you have read it:

In an in-transit action, transfer the deck to right-hand end grip for a moment, to free the left hand, which points to the already dealt piles in summary: "So, that's Ace, Two, Vim, tour, Five, Sir, Seven md-E-t-G-a-T. Must before spelling Eight, and while shifting your gaze from the piles you have just indicated to the eyes of the spectators to whom you are wng your right hand transfers its packet to left-hand dealing position, making this another in-transit action, necessary for the main action, which is dial of dealing

At tiie last moment, before the cards settle into dealing position, curl the pads of your right middle and ring fingere around the outer end of the packet, until they contact the face of the bottom card. Applying a litde rightwarrl pressure, die bottom card is pivoted down and to the right.

Immediately advancc die right hand, canying die Iwttom caitl with it and dealing it to the table as the first card of the spelL In a smoodi continuation of this action, shift your eyrs from die spectators to the cards and deal the next four cards normally on top of die Uist, completing die spelling of the E-l-G-H-T. This very easy bottom deal was created by the ever-clever Edward Mario.M

Next spell n-l-n-e, dealingfourcanishonesdy.Thonspellt-k-n,.i-a-ok,q-i -e e-nand finally k-i-n-g, each \alue in a sejiarate pile to the riglit of die pmvious one. As you cn*re the thirteen piles, foim a row of six piles, dien behlnd it a row of scwn The deal ends on the last cand of die deck, pmvingyourpnnious daiia

TliLs exercise should prove curtous and a Utde suiprising to itiost intelligent people, I »ut it Ls not niagicaL Tlie magie is added as you now remark, 77/ remùld //fit/ tJiat the amis haa>

bcen thowu'ihhf shufffaî [/"«<-'"» " -huU,

of pushing together cairl^ whfch Wffl rccaD to the spectatois memones of one oftheir group you lv finished the meslring of the interlaced spread), which laving "sWiffled" (he adual^n lv ^ ^ sune gesture in the same space, using the have previously placed m " linW you spdl out nil the amis, it is like calling same tone of voice. » ^ afeio things in common with ,is human them. And 0*e amis, having m ^ nff7,ics. 77//.s is why Ihey emerge -fixmi (lie beings, like nothing inmvmn sj^e-has placed them-and they depth of the il^-umvuw ^ ^ ^ ^ ofHe.uls on top of jts pi|p ^

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I | am indebted to my dear friend David Solomon for pointing out to me the possibility of rearranging the caixls while spreading them lace up. If you tackle this trick you will soon realize there are many ways of achieving the rearrangements necessary for a successful spelling, The technically advanced among n\v readership may wish to leave out die entire series «>f displacements and solve the problem with second deals Qtiftime^ page936), bottom (k>als (ViJunw 4, page940), sick» steals from the bottom or "group deaBn^ during the selling jxocn Group deaBng conssts of oj*nly deaBng two ranis together witliout revraing tlieir onler (litis replaces a second deal). If y< >u visualize

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