Ray Kosby

Repeat this process, placing a third double card jogged to the left beneath the righthand cards.

The left thumb pushes the next card to the right and the righthand cards flip this last red card face-up onto the remaining face-down black card in the left hand. However, the audience believes this single face-down card is the remainder of the packet; i.e., the four black cards. Throughout this handling the cards should be held with the front ends pointed well down. This both covers the thickness of the double cards and the packet, and gives maximum display of the cards' faces to the spectators.

If you have managed the above series of turn-overs and pick- ups of the double cards smoothly it will appear to your audience that the four red cards have magically risen to the top of the packet and are being displayed in a spread as seen in Figure 2. To clinch the illusion of the color separation you will now show the four black cards.

Take the one face-down card remaining in your left hand under the righthand spread. It must be aligned squarely with the leftmost single red card of the spread. Now you pretend to spread the face-down black cards under the red-card spread with the left fingers. In reality, nothing moves but the left fingers; but this false spreading action must look convincing. The left hand must look as if it were genuinely push-spreading the black cards beneath the red ones. Turn the right hand palm-up to display the four black cards as in Figure 3. This display is quite convincing.

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