Liepzigs Opener Harry Levine

This is a variation on the handling of the change. It is ideally suited for Leipzig's Opener and the final ace of his Slap Four Ace Routine. (Reference Lewis Ganson's The Leipzig Book, page 38 and 42.) In Leipzig's routine, there were a lot of extra

moves which were unaccounted for in the spectators' minds. You basically bounce all around in order to get the face card of the pack to change in their hands. In Harry's words, it seemed like an awful lot of tap dancing to move one card.

This is basically a delayed change and the deck is handed to the spectator who has the feeling that the change occurs in his/her hands. All of this is accomplished in one continuous action.

The Work. Execute the Hurricane Change as follows. Have the card to be revealed, say the ace of spades, second from the face of the pack. As your right hand covers the pack heading toward your wrist, say,If I cover the deck, nothing would happen. After all, you though of the card. Now your right hand comes to rest for just a second near the left wrist.

It immediately starts its path back toward the deck. As the right hand deposits the stolen ace, the left forefinger curls under the pack. As soon as the card is deposited, the right hand turns palm up as the left hand rotates palm down. During the left hand's rotation, the left forefinger pushes the near edge of the pack away from the left palm and out toward the left fingertips. As the rotation ends, the left forefinger extends to point to the right hand as shown in figure 1. The patter continues. But if you would hold out your hand like this...

As soon as the spectator opens up his hand, the deck is placed face down on his fingers. By placing it on his fingers as opposed to his palm, the spectator is more apt to remain still since the cards are delicately balanced. If they are in his palm, it would be a simple matter simply to grasp the deck and turn it face up, revealing the change prematurely.

Combine this with Harry's Bottom Card Cover Turnover Pass and you have a nice card revelation. In effect, a joker is placed on the face of the pack so that it won't be selected when the spectator peeks at a card. After the peek, the deck is immediately set face down on the spectator's outstretched fingers.

You're the only one who can find your card. Hold out your hands like this. Now think about it. Was your card a red card or a black card. Black? Was it a spade or a club? A club. Was it a number card or a picture card? A picture card. Now here comes the hard part, name your card. King of clubs. Turn the pack over slowly for them. Seeing is believing.

Simply execute the pass as described, controlling their card to a position second from the face. Make the above delayed change as described and place the

Figure 1

pack face down on the spectator's hand. Ask a few questions and reveal the change. It is very powerful since the change occurs in the spectator's hand, for a card you couldn'thave known,much less controlled.

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