The disappearance of the card in Phase Two can be done differently, if you don't wish to use the double push-off. Resort to the method described in "Flying Through Thin Air" (p. 102): Begin to turn cards face up, one by one, on the face-down packet. Take each face-up card into right-hand end grip and place it on the table. When you reach the card directly above the QV (the 3*), take two cards as one into end grip and place them onto the tabled pile. This leaves the qv hidden and secretly reversed among the rest. Its reappearance is carried out as explained above. Even though the qv is reversed, the effect isn't altered. You could also do away with the TPC and simply have the qv appear face up when you ribbon spread the cards.
3. The Liar—a Classic (Dalban, Nyquist and Tamariz)
Based on Vincent Dalban's beautiful "Lie Detector" plot and on ideas of
Charles W. Nyquist,' 1 have put together this routine, which I think is very amusing and deceptive.
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