Derek Dingle first became interested in the Collectors as a card problem during the summer of 1970, after seeing versions at the Milwaukee Convention. Since then he has worked out many variations and methods. This routine is an example of his experimentation.46
Method: Take the deck and remove the four Aces, placing them face down onto the table or close-up pad. They are placed in the angled position, which will make a subsequent pick-up easier and trouble-free. (Fig. 1)
Three selections are made in any manner by three spectators. The three selections are held in a fan by your right hand, with the first selection being the bottom card, the second selection being the middle card, and the third selection being the top card. As the selections are arranged into the fan in your right hand, secretly get a left pinky break under the top card of the pack being held in your left hand. Your right hand now deposits each selection onto the pack in the following manner: The third selection (bottom card of the fan) is placed flush with the pack, the second selection is slightly side-jogged to the right, and the first selection is jogged further to the right. (Fig. 2)
The next sequence demands a certain pace or tempo to achieve maximum effectiveness and deceptiveness. Still holding the pack in your left hand, your right forefinger comes over and points to the fanned selections, running lightly across their backs as you say: "These selections will be collected by..." As you finish the patter line, your right forefinger moves over and points to the tabled cards and actually touches them as you conclude with, "...these cards. Incidentally, these so-called Collectors happen to be..."
As the last sentence is begun, your right hand moves back to the pack to apparently lift off the three selections. What actually happens is that your right fingers go under the jogged fan, with your second finger entering the break far enough to contact the lowermost card at its inner right corner. This innermost card is the original top card of the pack. Your right thumb contacts the point marked Y. (Fig. 3) The contact points of your right thumb and second finger press lightly together. Your left thumb shifts to the point marked X. (Fig. 3)
Your left hand and the deck then move away and palm downwards towards the tabled Aces. Your right hand remains stationary. During this action, your 1eft thumb holds back the first selection, which slides free of the three-card fan and goes flush with the top of the deck. The three-card fan then consists of an indifferent card on the bottom and the second and third selections.
46 This was not reprinted in The Complete Works of Derek Dingle (1982), but a version of his "Royal Collectors" from Epilogue appears on p. 112.
1st selection is flush with top of deck
The right "touch" must be used with just the right amount of fingertip pressure being exerted throughout the action. The deck must be moved away at the proper speed and the contact points holding the three-card fan must be light enough so that no tell-tale "slipping or sliding" sound is emitted during the actual switching action. When the switch is made, the three-card fan is placed on the table and to your right.
Your left hand and its deck come over the top of the tabled Aces Deck under first selection and the left thumb levers and picks up the cards at their right longitudinal side. Your left second and third fingertips at the card's adjacent side aid in the pick up, as the four Aces are added face up on the top of the deck.
Your left hand turns palm upwards, bringing the pack into a conventional dealer's position. This is done as you finish the patter line: "...the four Aces, which are special cards." These actions are done in a matter of seconds as the entire patter spiel is uttered. You should be looking at the spectators during the switch, moving your eyes to the tabled cards as you pick them up. The four Aces are then face up on top of the pack. Immediately spread the top six cards, the ruse being to further display the Collectors.
Square them, getting a left pinky break below the sixth card. Your right hand in a Biddle position lifts all six cards off the deck as your left hand tables the deck. With the cards in a right-hand Biddle position and as your left hand comes over to apparently square the packet's ends, Buckle or Pull Down the bottom card and obtain a right-thumb break at the packet's inner end.
Your left thumb then peels off each Ace as you name them. Suppose that the Aces are in the C-H-S-D order. The AC is peeled into your left hand, followed by the AH. As the AS is peeled off, the face-down bottom card below your thumb-break is added beneath it. Simultaneously, a left pinky break is held below the peeled AS and above the added face-down card. Finally, the last two cards as one (AD) are placed on top of all the cards held in your left hand.
In a quick squaring action, your right hand remains above the packet. During these few seconds, your right thumb picks up the break held by the left pinky, as your left pinky moves under the edge of the inner right corner of the lowermost three cards. These three cards below the thumb-break are then swung or pivoted into a slight angle-jog to the right about _ of an inch. Your pinky is hooked under the corner of these cards and accomplishes the entire action. Your right second finger at the entire packet's outer left corner acts as a fulcrum point.
Once the cards are properly angle-jogged, everything is held from above by your right hand as your left hand shifts to a different position to grip the cards. Your left thumb, first, and second fingertips grip or nip the packet at its left side. Your left thumb actually goes onto the face of the AD, while your first and second fingertips go underneath, contact, and grip the back of the card third from the top (AS). The other remaining three cards are angle-jogged out of the way.
When you grip or nip these three uppermost cards, you are set to perform Marlo's move from "Direct Aces" (Expert Card Conjuring, pp. 108- 110). Your left hand with its pinched cards moves forward to table its cards to the left. Your right hand simultaneously moves down and scoops up the tabled deck, adding its three cards on top during the process.
When the left-hand cards have been tabled and the deck has been picked up, immediately spread the deck face down between your hands, making sure that you do not expose the faceup Aces under the top card. As you spread the cards, say: "I'm going to place the three selections somewhere into the deck."Close the spread and square the deck.
Situation Check: You have the AD and AS face up beneath the top card of the deck. On the table and to the left you apparently have four face-up Aces. In reality, there are only three cards—the face-up AH and AC with the first selection face down and trapped between them. On the table and to the right you apparently have three face-down selections. In reality, you have the second and third selections and an indifferent card.
Holding the deck in a dealer's position, your left thumb riffles the outer left corner downwards for about a third of the deck. Your right hand picks up the indifferent card as you say, "We'll place one of the selections here." The indifferent card is inserted from the front end of the deck and is left out-jogged for about a third of its length.
Your right hand picks up the second selection, flashes its face towards the spectators, as your left thumb audibly riffles down midway into the deck. The second selection is inserted below and is aligned with the first card inserted. Your left thumb audibly riffles down several more cards and the remaining selection is handled by using a Marlo subtlety from Faro Controlled Miracles. It is actually inserted just below the second selection. If you know the rest of the finesse of Marlo's subtlety, add it to convince the spectators of the supposed situation.
Apparently push all three selections flush, but the cards are angle-jogged to the right, causing them to jut out at the pack's inner right side. Your left pinky then contacts the lowermost two cards, which are together as a double-card, and pulls down and pushes them flush, getting a break above them during the action. Your right hand undercuts the cards below the break, holding them in a position to Faro Shuffle them into the cards remaining in your left hand.
Perform an Out Faro Shuffle from the top, using a Forefinger Table to steady the merging packets. That is, the original top card of the pack remains on top after the shuffle. This interweaves of the second and third selections between the face-up Aces beneath the facedown top card. Once the cards are interwoven, they are sprung or pushed together and squared. Finally, you perform a Marlo Slip Cut to lose the top card. You may also use an Overhand Shuffle to lose this extra card, using whatever techniques you may know.
The deck has been shuffled and cut, ostensibly to lose the three selections. Table the deck, pick up the supposed Collectors, and place them face up on top of the deck. Conclude the effect as in previous versions.
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