The Rainbow Deck

This is Derek's version of Senator Crandali's "Rainbow Deck."

A deck of cards is openly displayed fronts and backs. It is, to all appearances, an ordinary blue-backed deck. However, it is admitted that there is one "marked" card in the pack. This card is found and is seen to have an obviously contrasting back-design to that of the deck. The odd-backed card is lost in the deck without revealing its identity to the spectators.

One spectator is now asked to try to guess which card in the pack is the odd-backed one. The deck is turned face-up and the spectator selects a card at random. The performer proclaims that his helper has been remarkably successful at determining the stranger card in the deck. He proves this fact by running through the deck and finding an identical mate to the chosen card. Thus, the selection must be an extra card. But the audience finds this indirect proof a bit too subtle for their tastes. So the selection is turned over.

Alas, it has a blue back. But the magician makes good his claim by causing the rest of the pack to change to a variety of cards with different back designs...with not a blue-back in the pack! Therefore, the spectator did choose the only odd-backed card in the deck — sort of — the only remaining blue-backed card!

A special Rainbow Deck is required for this trick. A Rainbow Deck is a full deck of cards with regular faces, with the backs of the cards solid colors with white borders. The deck should have at least a dozen different bright colors for the backs, thus truly making it a "rainbow" deck of cards. You can make a deck like this with various graphic arts supplies and lots and lots of work (Derek originally did this), or you can now buy the deck which is manufactured by Mystic Madness Supply, P.O. Box 1181, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004.

Setup: From the top down, have four regular blue-backed cards, then one rainbow card, one more regular blue- backed card, and the rest of the Rainbow Deck following.

Hold the deck in face-up dealing position and casually spread through the deck, showing the faces of the cards. Square the deck. With the deck face-up in left-hand dealing position, do a Pull Down with your left little finger of the "bottom" card of the deck.

The right hand comes over the deck and grips it from above in a Biddle-type grip with the fingers at the front of the deck and the thumb at the rear. The right forefinger swivels the top sixth or so of the deck to the left into the left thumb crotch — see Figure 1.

The right hand moves to the right, leaving both the swivelled-out top packet, and the "bottom" card which was pulled down, in the left hand. (In other words, excute a Kick Cut while retaining the bottom card in place.) With the proper pressure of the left hand's fingers against the deck, the Pull Down with the left little finger may not be necessary.

The right hand turns over, showing the back of the card on "top" of the right-hand's pack — it is a regular blue card. As you do this display, and the following ones, patter about one of the cards in the deck being special and different. Point with your left forefinger at the back of blue card displayed in the right hand, which will flash the regular blue back on "top" of the left hand's packet — see Figure 2. Do not call attention to the left hand's packet, just make sure that the back of the card is flashed.

Repeat the Kick Out of a packet from the right hand packet to the left hand's packet, although no Pull Down is performed as described above. Do this quickly and casually, while displaying the back of the righthand packet, sometimes flashing the back of the lefthand packet, and still pattering that one card in the deck is a special one.

When about one sixth of the deck is remaining in the right hand, execute a Pull Down with the left little finger on the bottom card of the left hand's pack — Jennings' Pull Down Move is excellent for here.

Grip the remaining packet mainly be its outer left corner in the crotch of the left thumb. The left forefinger helps steady it there while also creating a slight sidewise bevel to the packet. This bevel travels from bottom to top, with the top of the packet slightly leftward of the bottom. The beveling insures that the bottom card of the packet can be cleanly separated from the rest. The left fingers now straighten out flat, away from the packet. However, the left fourth finger bends up at its innermost joint slightly so that the fleshy pad of the third phalanx (the innermost one) can lightly engage the right rear edge of the bottom card and pull it down. This creates a gap between this card and the packet, while the open position of the fingers would seem to deny such a condition. See Figure 3 and you will understand why this method of performing the Pull Down is preferred. The hand's open posture is a more natural one, in the context of this routine, than if the tip of the fourth finger were used to pull down the bottom card.

Insert the right hand's packet under the left hand's pack, secretly above the one pulled-down card, from the side, as in Figure 4.

Spread the deck face-up between your hands, telling the spectator that you believe she can pick out the one special odd-backed card in the deck. This idea here is at the crux of

the theme of the trick, so sell the idea that there is one special odd-backed card in the deck, and that you think the spectator can pick it out, without looking at the backs of the cards.

Tell the spectator that you'll help her — you'll show exactly what "the little mark" on the special card is. Turn the deck face-down into left-hand dealing position. Slowly spread the top cards, showing four regular blue-backed cards, and then getting to the fifth card, a rainbow card. Spread the rainbow card a bit to the right, showing the back of the fifth blue-baced card, but don't expose the backs of any of the rainbow cards below this final blue-backed card. Outjog the rainbow card, while keeping the four blue-backed cards sidejogged to the right — see Figure 5. While keeping the four blue cards sidejogged, pull out the one outjogged rainbow card, and insert it face-down (without showing its face) into the center of the deck.

As you push the outjogged rainbow card flush into the deck, your right hand is positioned above the four side-jogged blue cards. With the help of the left third finger — which pushes upward from below the four blue cards — the four blue cards are top palmed in the right hand. See Figure 6, an exposed bottom view.

As the "one odd-backed card" in the deck is pushed into the deck — and as the right hand palms the blue cards — you say, "I'd like to make a bet." Reach into your jacket with your right hand, as if to pull your wallet out of your inside jacket pocket (to get the money to make the bet, supposedly). Unload the palmed cards. Bring out your hand and say, "...it doesn't matter, there's no money in it anyway..."

Turn the deck face-up and spread, showing the face-up cards, and again say that you think, and bet, the spectator will pick the one odd-backed card. Now you will force the "bottom" card of the deck (if the deck were held face-down, it would be the top card). Derek uses the following simple force, which he stresses has never failed him or raised suspicion: The deck is held face-up in the left hand. The right hand takes the deck and lets the cards drop in small clumps (they "dribble") back into the left hand. Ask the spectator to say "stop" anytime. When "stop" is called, drop the right hand's upper half of the pack onto the table off to the upper left. The right hand then grabs the left hand packet from above, while the left fingers slide off the bottom card of the packet. The right hand stays still while the left hand places this "selected card" forward on the table or close-up pad. The right hand then places its pack on top of the pack on the table, and spreads the deck out.

You have yet to show the back of the "selected card," but you now "prove" it is actually the special card of the deck by looking through the spread and finding and showing the face of the card's duplicate. Thus, you were right, the spectator has somehow chosen the one card in the deck which is special...

Square up the face-up spread. Show the back of the chosen card, and — surprise — it is blue. "Whoops, I'm sorry...we've made a mistake...no, no, you see, you really did pick the odd card..." With this, spread the entire deck face-down, showing the Rainbow Deck.

This entire routine runs smoothly and the theme of having a spectator choose the one "special" card in the deck is commercial and lends itself to a number of strong presentations. The handling throughout the routine is easy and unsuspicious, and the killer ending is as powerful as they come.

You need a small rubber hand for this routine. These can be bought in novelty and joke stores. Place a small piece of double-sided masking tape on the palm of the hand.

Credits: Bob Farmer was the first we know of to use this small hand in a similar way, and Darryl Harris created a routine with the hand using a coin. This routine is Derek's handling of the hand, with a surprise finish.

Start with the rubber hand stuck onto the little finger of your right hand. Finger Palm a large coin — a half or silver dollar — in your left hand.

Pick up or borrow a small coin, like a dime, with the left hand's fingertips. See Figure 1.

Turn the right hand over. The left hand places the coin at the top of the thumb pad — see Figure 2. Form a sort of cup over the right hand with the left hand, hiding the rubber hand, forming a cave-like opening for the hand to come out of.

Tell the spectators to watch; move the left hand back to the open position shown in Figure 3. The tip of the right hand's second finger pushes the right hand's previously-palmed coin against the left hand, thus enabling the open position shown in Figure 3. After a brief repose in this position, move back to the cave-like position, re-Finger Palming the large coin in the left hand.

Now move your right pinky up and maneuver the rubber hand out of the opening — Figure 4. Have the little hand hover over the dime, and then place the rubber hand on top of the coin, making sure the double-sided tape in the rubber hand's palm goes on top of the dime. Push down with the upper part of your left forefinger and with your left hand, applying pressure to the top of the rubber hand, insuring the coin will stick to the rubber hand. Slowly move the hand with the coin back into the "cave."

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