## Irihii three card trick

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

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(Continued) by EDWARD VICTOR

"THE MEXICAN TURNOVER"

An effective move that is sometimes used in conjunction with the "three card trick" is known as the "Mexican Turnover".

This is by no means a difficult sleight once the correct position of the cards involved is acquired. The effect, which I will briefly describe, is known to all card magicians.

Supposing the queen to be face down on the table with a card, also face down, on either side and that a spectator has correctly guessed the centre card to be the queen. The performer picks up one of the outside cards and uses it to turn the queen face upwards; when turned up the queen is seen to be an indifferent card!

This turnover must always be made on a cloth covered table; any bare surface will cause the cards to slide about and make the sleight quite impossible to accomplish. If the reader will carefully read the following instructions and refer to the four illustrations everything will be plain sailing. I will assume that the queen of hearts and the eight of clubs are to be used.

FIG. 1. Place the queen face down on the table, hold the eight of clubs, also face downwards, between the thumb and first finger of the right hand near the bottom corner. The second fingertip (marked "x" in the figure) is held in readiness to slide under the lower corner of the queen when the eight of clubs is brought under it.

Now slide the bottom corner of the eight of clubs under the queen ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE WAY UP THE RIGHT SIDE. The card is held, as shown in the drawing, at a slight angle to the right.

FIG. 2. Continue to slide the card under the queen (which action raises it a little) until the second fingertip arrives at the lower right hand corner of the queen. As soon as the fingertip is in this position transfer the thumb to the top of the queen and directly above the fingertip.

The eight of clubs will now be leaning against the index finger only, as shown in the figure

FIG. 3. The hand now moves to the left; the index finger will cause the eight of clubs to turn face upwards on the table as the queen is carried away in the right hand.

FIG. 4. This figure shows the completion of the sleight. The above movements must all blend together. They should be practiced slowly at first until the complete sleight can be executed smoothly and rapidly. * * *

FIG. 4. This figure shows the completion of the sleight. The above movements must all blend together. They should be practiced slowly at first until the complete sleight can be executed smoothly and rapidly. * * *

The Mexican Turnover is a useful move when acquired and apart from its value in the three card trick, it has other uses in card effects. An impromptu item I often perform in this connection comes to my mind. This is a magical transposition of two selected playing cards. Two freely chosen cards are placed face upwards on the table a short distance apart. The performer then takes any card from the pack and holds it between the right thumb and forefinger (position Fig. 1). In this case, however, the card is held face upwards. I will again suppose the selected cards to be a queen and the eight of clubs and that the card in the performer's hand is an ace.

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