In this routine, I've included two extremely strong surprises of the "even-for-magidans" category, as Ascanio would have said. effect
Iwo cards disappear and later reappear in a very magical way. METHOD 7
Put the unstacked half of the dcck face up on top ofthefaa-down half stack <he K4 face up on top
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A" «W» h done openly, frwl of «he audience square the deck.
^'"ptopMflr i,ht' aU<1U:nCcand Mk someone to lift a packet off lb* ,lr'd ri-rricrnU-f.. ',h'( ¡T't" 'h" ^,hal com« int" view. Let's say he set* defk, leaving every)) ,h''n rt'Pla< <"> »he cut portion and squares the
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Turn to fao? the audience and HI the »pec to tor to remember hit i#t&. Suddenly, you $eom to r era IJ some thing Important: "/tW I hope you futor cut nam card% and not ¡Imply twin! the top card, Ihr King of Diamond*/'
As you relax during the moment he replies^execute a half pass, <*•( reUy reversing all the card» below th/- face up K* (Hg, 20), Dm- spectator replies, "No, I didn't think of thai one/' and you reply, "Good!" Ihr- situation n now thin; ihr- face up K4 r, Mill on top, with thr- face-up twenty-five-card Mack below it; and beneath that are thr* twenty-six face-down tin*tacked rards, which include the v krium believed to be in the facemp portion.
Spread off the face-up portion (i iyr 2)) and give it to the spectator, instructing him to hold it between his palms. The other half, which is the one that actually contains his selection (the 6+), is put aside. Explain, "/ need to know what card you looked at, 00 that I can take it out/' The spectator responds, "The Six of < lubs " Pretend to pull an imaginary card out of the spectator's portion. Loot at its face and say, "Oops! ihr wron\g card " Mum the invi .ibl* card to the spectator's packet and pretend to take another or* iow Ive yoi It
H'* the Six of Clubs. Let me hang it over here, from thr, thread th*f* attached to the celling" This will get some chuckles. Mime the * turn of tying tfv, imaginary thread around the card. Tap the imaginary < ard from or* m <<< and follow its pendulous movement, from Hide to side, back and form.
with your eyes,
Would you like to check and see that I'm letting to *mJr between your handy " Tate the slacked portion from the ^ < holding it far, up in your left hand, u* your W. thumb-top«* card to the right, pivoting it on to inner left com« Wi^ ^ ^
^e card by it, right outer corner, thumb ,n top, flj^ ^ ^
rotate the hand, turning the card face down, uy ^
Quickly do the same with thr remaining twenty-five card», Uy
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""" ' /Lnds to he seen immisl.ik.ihly empty. I ie searches care-
''"Serin« to repeal the experiment, set the lull stack face up onto the ,.w, appearing to have forgotten about the other half, which lies to one ' ie '"¡tat like More, cul wherem you uuwt, look ,il the ami you ail lo ml
Ikv //„• cut u»J<, leaving «* "»'." Wt',y " iurn >'°,ir bnck to t,K'
nice While the spectator follows your instructions. Let's say the selection this time is the Q* Turn to face the audience and, without touching the caids, tell the spectator to take the packet and hold it between Ins palm» "just lis be/or,' Ibis strongly but subtly suggests that the conditions were equally clear the first time, and that you didn't touch the cards before he held them between his palms. Since the same card will In- seen on the face (the k*), il will also appear to be the same packet used in the first phase.
Pretend to withdraw an imaginary card and ask the spectator what card he looked at Return the imaginary card, pretend lo take another from between his palms and show it .is you say, "Yes. the Queen of Heart*.'' naming the card the spectator has identified). Pretend to hang the invisible card from another imaginary thread, follow its swinging movement with your eyes, etc.
lake back the face-up packet from the spectator and i ut it to bring the selection approximately tenth from ihc face. In our example you would double-cut six cards from face to rear, bringing the (20) to the face and leaving the QV (11) tenth from the face.
Show the cards exactly as you did in Phase One, pushing the top card flu> nKhl- Pivoting it on its inner left corner, taking it by its outer right corner and turning it face down as you lay il onto the table I )eal the cards
"lowly, stopping n couple of limes as you make pertinent comments As soon as you get to the card above
Jo Q* (the H as the cards .»re lact' UP>< «top tin- deal for a moment and use your left thumb
'"Push over two cards as one, as tali"'«rt 1 With your right hand, double card ns you look itiii :,saii,fni,onfn"»«H-double card asj/ou turn i, dovv„
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iind lay onto the face down pile of nine card« already on the Inble (Fig. 23).
I )eal a few more Cards slowly and deliberately, occasionally letting a card drop a few Inches from the right hand to the pile, saying, "lust one card, making me they (fon t stick togetherFinally, hand the remaining cards to the _________
Sj^tator, telling him, "Uwkfor yourself," A-. thfi , ,'ctator check, for him-self he finds to his astonishment that Ihe second card has alio di appe m l from the packcfc IWore he rhs a chance to look at the cards £ table say, lint do you know where the cords that disappeared ore?" Mir, a nni^e' continue, ()ver hereI Can't you see them?" Swing the imaginary cauls, suspended from their Imaginary threads. This causes laughter and makes everyone relax.
Gather the dealt cards and those the spectator holds, reassembling the half stack, and set the packet face down on the table. Pick up the unstacked portion and, while you give it a casual, face up, overhand shuttle, look for the 64. It you don't find it during the shuffle, spread the cards in your hands and say, / hope no more cards hove disappeared I ocate the »4 and get a break under it I urn the packet facedown, keeping the break, and cut the 64 to the top. Then set the unstacked portion onto the tabled st.n ked half, pick up the deck and palm off the top card, the64 I his is easily done since the spectators think the trick is over and will barely In- paying attention to your actions. 11
Pretend to pluck the card from the air, when- it was supposed to he hanging from its imaginary thread, add show it between your hands, making it visible, to everyone's surprise. I ay the card onto the table anil, a bit later, riffle up the deck to locate the Q% which is tenth from the bottom. C-et .i fourth-finger break under it. With youi left fingertips, push the card out to the right, sidejogging it and use the lainar./ perpendicular control (see Appendix VI, p. 359) to bring it to perpendii ular position. With your left first and fourth fingers, straddle the card and draw it another halt inch to the right C ut the cards, to center the angled selection, and nhhon spread them on the table. The card, in its angled position, is coAtv,in under the spread. , il% , .
Explain that the card can be made visible if it cuntacIs the • Mim, the actions of pulling the imaginary thre.ui downwanI. bu . thread is too short and the card won't reach the spread Announu that
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will turn the spread over, so that the height Of the turning cards reaches the bottom edge of the invisible one suspended above Turn the spread over from left t0 right as you hold your nght hand, clearly empty, poised over the right end of the spread. As the spread dominoes over, the card will protrude vertically from it, m its perpendicular position, and will automatically come to your waiting right hand. Instantly grip it between your right thumb and middle finger (Fig. 24) and lift it into the air. The card appears to have become visible in an absolutely magical way.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.