Pinched Again


The left little finger kicks the inner right corner of the two cards to the right, until the inner left corner of the two cards is held by the right thumb — Figure 2.

The double card Is gripped diagonally between the right little finger (at the outer right corner) and thumb (at the inner left corner). The kicked-out cards are hidden from the audience's view by the back of the right hand. You now perform Vernon's Transfer Move, trans-fering the two cards from the center of the deck at your hands to atop the red deck that is on the table. Say that you'll give the spectator the blue deck, and you want them to shuffle the deck so their selected card is lost forever.

Position the right hand with the blue deck four inches directly above the red deck on the table. The left hand moves back and grabs the inner left corner of the blue deck with the thumb on top and fingers below. The two cards stay in the right hand, as the left hand moves the rest of the deck forward and to the left, and then the right hand descends down on top of the red tabled deck, loading the two cards on top of this tabled red deck.

Thus, as the blue deck is handed to the spectator for shuffling — which is what he will focus his attention on — the right hand loads the selected card and the extra red card to the top of the red deck. As soon as the cards are loaded on top of the deck, the right hand picks up the red deck for shuffling. Thus, it makes sense that as your left hand gives the blue deck to the spectator for shuffling, you grab the red deck with your other hand for shuffling.

Figure 3 shows the left hand's blue deck moving to the spectator and the right hand grabbing the tabled deck as it loads the two cards.

The selected card is now second from the top of the red deck. Pass or Double Cut the top two cards to the bottom, leaving the blue selection on the bottom of the red deck. Get ready to execute Piet Forton's Pop-Out Move.

While the Pop-Out Move has been published in a number of sources in recent years, it will be described here briefly for the sake of completeness. Hold the pack by its ends between the two hands, rather like you would if about to cut the deck for a tabled Riffle Shuffle. However, the deck is being held up off the table. Cut the top half of the pack to the left with the left hand and carry it under the righthand half. The halves aren't squared, however. They are held in an inverted V formation, the point of the V toward the audience. The left forefinger contacts the inner left corner of the righthand half and steadies it while the right thumb procures a break above the bottom card of its half. See Figure 4 for this position. The right fingers may slightly bevel their packet so that the bottom card may be cleanly and quickly separated from the packet at its right inner corner. Note that the break is held by the thumb at the very corner of the packet.

Figure 3 shows the left hand's blue deck moving to the spectator and the right hand grabbing the tabled deck as it loads the two cards.


As soon as the right thumb's break is secure, the packets may be separated — the right-hand half is raised a few inches above the left, but the packets are kept in their V formation. To get the card to pop out, all that is necessary is to drop it from the bottom of the right half. An instant after the right fingers release the card the packets are brought smartly together, catching the card at an angle between them as in Figure 5. There is a certain knack to this release and catch that is discovered after a short time. A bit more practice will provide the accuracy required for dependability. With this understood, we return to the action of the trick.


Have the spectator dribble the blue deck from about eight inches above the table down to the table top. Do the Pop- Out Move so it appears that you reach into the dribbling blue cards with your red deck, catching one blue card. Tilt the hands back to display that this card is the selected card.

Handkerchief Through Glass

Effect: A handkerchief is threaded through the handle of a half pint mug. The two ends are gathered and the handkerchief is pulled and seems to penetrate the solid glass handle.

To make the illustrations clearer, they show a tie rather than a handkerchief.

Method: Hold the glass in your left hand, first finger and thumb on the outer surface, the remaining three fingers inside the glass. The handle projects upward between your first finger and thumb.

The handkerchief is passed from the front, beneath the first finger, through the handle, toward the body, and drapes over the thumb and glass, as in Figure 1.

The right hand curls around the glass, palm parallel to the bottom of the glass, fingers pointing toward the rim of the glass on the audience's side. The right fingers move over the outer surface under the handkerchief, until the right first finger strikes the left first finger through the handkerchief. The right third finger then takes over, passing below the right first finger, below the left first finger and up between the left first finger and handle, as in Figure 2.

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