Sympathy In Colour


THE NUMBER of British magicians who have had the chance of watching Tony Blitz at work must be comparatively few. Long before he arrived in London, I had been told by Stan Simpson of this young magician's expertness with cards. When he did arrive in the Metropolis his work met with immediate acclamation for he was a natural card handler sure of his sleights and himself. Just as suddenly as he appeared so he went away and it must be more than a year since the Magic Circle clubroom and its occupants set eyes upon him.

This trick in his hands was a brilliant piece of card strategem and I asked him to write up for me a couple of years ago. It requires some work, but for those who like to tackle the task feeling that it is an effect that could suit their style it is something which will give both their audience and themselves a great deal of pleasure.

The effect stems indirectly from Arthur Buckley's ' Colour Separation ' (Thirty Card Problems) and is a close quarter table effect utilising a straight pack with two Jokers.

The Effect The performer picks up the pack and openly separates the red and black cards. The packet of black cards with a Joker on the face is placed face up in front of the performer, the packet of red cards without the addition of a Joker is also placed face up upon the table.

Taking the packet of red cards and counting them, six are removed one of them being selected by a member of the audience. This card is then changed into a black card.

Next the remaining five red cards are caused to change into black cards.

The six black cards are placed one side of the table and six red cards are dealt from the packet and placed on the other. These two heaps magically change places.

The six red cards are placed aside and the six black are shuffled into the red packet. When the packet is fanned it is seen that all the cards in the packet are now black!

To conclude, the supposedly black cards on the table are ribbon spread and it is seen that they have changed to red cards!

Method. Pick up the pack and with the faces towards yourself openly separate the reds from the black. In this sorting a little more is done, for the make-up of what appears to be the packet of red cards, is, when it is placed face up on the table, a mixture of reds, Joker and blacks arranged as follows:—

Topmost face up card ... One red card.

Next six cards are black cards.

Finally come the remaining 25 red cards so that in all the performer has 33 cards in this pile. In placing the packet upon the table the top eight cards are stepped slightly, so that when later they are picked up an easy break can be obtained.

The remaining 20 black cards with the other Joker as the topmost card are flashed quickly and placed on the table well away from the packet of red (?) cards. As he does this the performer adds . . . " The 26 black cards and a Joker will not be used in this little trick." This packet should be close to the nearside edge of the table.

The packet of red (?) cards is taken and keeping the top eight cards squared the remaining cards are casually fanned so that the audience can see that the packet consists of red cards. In closing the packet a break is obtained and held by the little finger underneath the eight top cards. This packet is now false counted as 26 cards the block of eight cards being pushed off as one, the remainder going on top. This move can be best made if the hands are swung towards the right as the count of ' one ' is made. At the end of the count when the pack is turned face down the six black cards will be on top of the packet followed by the Joker and the remaining 26 red cards.

The cards are now shuffled and during this process the performer runs six red cards to the top of the pack.

These top six red cards are turned over on top of the pack and clearly shown. They are then turned face down and dealt singly into a pile on the table. As the sixth card is about to be dealt, the performer deals a second so that the top card of the six is a black card. In placing aside the cards held in the hand, the top red card is slipped to the face of the packet. These cards are placed face upwards on the table.

Taking the six cards that were dealt, they are casually mixed face downwards the performer keeping track of the stranger black card which is then forced upon a spectator by one of the many forms of equivoque. Without revealing the fact that it is a stranger card it is placed to the front of the remaining five cards.

The purported packet of red cards is now taken face down by the left hand. This action happens as the performer emphasises what has taken place. The right hand casually comes across on to the pack and with this cover a break is obtained with the left hand little finger under the top five black cards. The right hand gestures towards the card chosen by the spectator and at the same time picks up the five red cards from the table. Asking the spectator to turn over the card he selected, the attention of all the spectators being directed to this action. At this moment the five red cards in the right hand are top changed for the five blacks on top of the packet.

The right hand touches the turned up black card with the five cards held in his hand, and then slowly turning them over he shows that they have apparently changed colour in sympathy. The six cards are turned face down and left on top of the table.

At this point on top of the packet there are five red cards above the Joker and a casual shuffle or side steal adds another making six.

With both hands aiding in squaring the packet, a break is obtained and the five top cards are palmed off by the right hand which goes to the six black cards picking them up and at the same time adding the five palmed cards. The position reading from the top of the pack is now:—

Five red cards, six black cards, one red card, the Joker and then the remaining red cards.

Well to the left of the table deal off into a heap the top five cards (red, but imagined black) the sixth card, a black one being turned face up to act as a ' leader.' To the right of the table five cards (imagined red, but of course black) are dealt into a similar heap, and then the next card which is a red card is turned face up and placed as a ' leader ' of the red heap.

Casually shuffle or slip the top card, the Joker, to the face of the packet of the cards you now hold, the cards then being left in the right hand so that the Joker faces the palm.

The left hand now transposes the ' leader' cards of each packet.

The same hand now turns over the left-hand packet and shows that the cards have followed their leader. Now comes a very critical move. The left hand reaches across the body and turns over the right hand packet of cards showing that they too have followed their ' leader.' Simultaneously with this movement the right hand which is holding the packet of cards with the Joker at its face deposits it face up left of the packet of black cards and Joker, which up till now has stayed on the table doing nothing. As the left hand turns the packet of six cards over, the right hand picks up the packet of black cards and Joker.

Now this may sound from the point of view of deception an impossible move, but readers will have to take my assurance that the focussing of attention on the turnover of six cards coupled with the fact that the packet left behind by the performer looks the same (owing to the fact that a Joker stares them in the face) makes it indetectable.

With the packet of black cards and Joker in the right hand, the left hand comes in and then keeping hands and cards well away from the table the packet is given a casual shuffle which also brings the Joker to the top of the packet.

Leaving the packet of black cards face down in the left hand take up the six red cards with the right and display them by spreading them on top of the packet held. In the action of closing this spread and taking them away the face down Joker is taken off behind them. The cards kept face up to conceal the stolen card at the back are then slipped into the jacket pocket. At this stage, the performer has 20 black faced cards face down in his hands.

The six black cards are now taken and shuffled into the packet of black cards (supposedly red). A riffle with the thumb and all the cards are shown to be black.

Finally reach into the pocket and remove the six red cards leaving the Joker behind. Fan these six cards and wave them over the packet lying face up on table with the Joker on top. A mystic curse and a spread Of cards in this packet shows them to be all red with the exception of the Joker on top!

Tony adds that the sleights used, can, with a little thought, be replaced by others. At the same time he emphasises that whilst speaking about the sympathy that exists between similar coloured cards there is ample time to execute the necessary sleights.

He also adds that the Joker subtlety may be eliminated by dispensing with Jokers and placing the heap of black cards face down instead of face up at the commencement of the trick.

The thing that many readers will baulk at is the change of packets. Quite frankly I have seen Tony do this effect on many many occasions, and believe me, the attention, even though one knows that a switch is about to take place, automatically goes to the left hand which at that particular moment blocks out the movement of the right.

Thank you Tony for a very wonderful routine.

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