A Sandwich To Go Harry Levine

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This is more than just another use for the change. It's another trick with the right theme for this issue. Yes, it does use the Hurricane Change. I will describe it briefly, since by now you have either bled to death, or have given up and quit reading. Either way, you aren't here to read this.

Effect. A card is selected and lost in the pack. Two jacks are dropped face up on top of the face down pack. A wave of the hand over the jacks and they disappear. They are now searching for your card in the deck. Another wave of the hand and the jacks return. This time, they have another card face down between them. It is the selection.

Remove the blackjacks. Have a card selected and returned to the pack. Control it to the top. Drop the two jacks face up on top. Execute the change, bringing the third card to the top. The jacks will appear to have vanished. Actually, they are covered by the face down selection. Explain that they are tracking down the selection. To borrow a line from Jerry Andrus, they are "tracker jacks."

Pass your hand over the cards performing the change, this time sliding out one of the face up jacks and depositing it on top of the pack. The jacks have returned. But they have someone between them. Spread the top three cards showing a face down card between the two jacks. Ask for the name of the selection. Turn the face down over for the revelation.

Background. Harry got the effect direct from the first phase of Geoff Latta's Deadlier Than The Male, published in Stephen Minch's Spectacle (1990). Geoff uses a one-as-two display, Hofzinser spread pass, and two sideslips from the bottom to accomplish the effect. You use your favorite control and the Hurricane Change.

This is a control of a peeked card. It controls the selection to a location second from the bottom. If you already perform a turnover pass (and I will assume you are at least familiar with the concept) this will be a snap to pick up.

Hold the deck in your left hand in preparation for the fingertip peek. I'm going to ask you to think of a card. Now to do that, I' m going to have you take your thumb,pushbacka corner of the cards, andgetalook at one. Demonstrate by pulling back a corner of the pack so that one card is visible to the spectators. Pulling back a block of cards is preferable to riffling down the edge since the spectators will tend to follow your example.

As if just thinking of it, Oh! Actually, if you were to do that, you'd see two cards. Turn the deck face up in the left hand and place it in dealing position. You would see the one in the center and the one on the front or face of the deck. Spread through the face up pack to find the joker which you place on the top of the face up deck. So I' U place the joker on the face of the deck. Now jokers don't count so whatever you do, don't think of the joker. It will mess up the whole trick. The thing just won't work.

Have a card peeked at by the spectator and pick up your break. Borrowing and paraphrasing a patter line from Eddie Fechter: Y-You saw a card? That's the tiniest peek I've ever seen. You really saw a card??

You are now going to execute the move. Lower the right edge of the lower half by lowering your left fingers pulling the right side of the half below the break downward. Similar to the normal turnover pass, allow the lower half to assume a vertical position, cradled in the left fingers. In other words, the lower half is rotated up on its right long edge. This occurs under cover of the upper half.

Move the upper half diagonally forward. As you do, angle the top of the packet toward the spectators. As you make this motion, the face of the bottom card of the upper half scrapes the bottom card of the lower half (the joker) off to the left. It literally peels the card off the face, opening up a large "V" between the peeled card and the rest of the bottom half. Figure 1 shows what this looks like with the right hand

Figure 1

Riglu hand and upper half removed. Note how joker is I sealed a way from the rest of the half, forming a "V".


The upper half continues moving to the left until it can be lowered into the "V" as shown in figure 2. This is facilitated by your left fingers which allow the lower half to lean to the right and by the upper half which continues to push the peeled card to the left.

As soon as you can get the width of the upper half into the "V," do so. Your right thumb and fingers now relax their grip enough to allow the right side of the upper half to sink into the "V" and to square with the peeled card.

As soon as the right hand's half (former upper half) is flush with the joker, your right fingers pull that half with the joker on the face over onto the other half, both rotating face up as the deck is squared.

Follow this with an all-around square up by rotating the pack 180 degrees. Finish with the pack face up in the left hand as your right hand points to the joker on the face. The selection is immediately below it. The all-around square up provides some additional cover for the move as in the Christ Twist.

As the move is performed, "Now not just the one on the face, but the one in the middle." Then as you point to the bottom of the pack at the conclusion of themove, You're not remembering the joker areyou?

Reread just the patter. You will see how it flows together. There are no pauses in the patter. It takes less time to execute the move than to recite the patter. It's logical and everything is covered. Further, the fact that the joker is shown on the bottom before and after the move cancels out the idea that anything fishy could have happened as the pack was turned face up. Further, the pack wasn't turned up just to show the joker on the bottom. It was turned face up because the magician was worried the spectator might have thought of the bottom card.

Regurgitations. While playing with this, you will discover as I did that if you are willing to put in a little more time, you can control the selection to a position third from the face. It's a matter of learning how to let all the cards spring off the bottom of the right half except two. As a matter of fact, you may find that this is a permanent problem as opposed to a sought after variation.

If this continues to be a problem, check your manhood. However, for wimps, you will find that your left forefinger can drag the joker out a fraction (l/64th?) of an inch as the lower half is being pivoted up on its right side. This will make the scraping of this single card off away from the others almost automatic. If you are depending upon this 100% for the success of the move, than you are probably not doing the move correctly. I recommend that you wipe the red stuff off your hands andrereadthe instructions.

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