Ed Marlo Cased In Vanish

Effect: A deck of cards vanishes from a card case.

This method is simple enough and can be prepared on the spot with a borrowed deck and case. This puts it in the impromptu class.

Preparation: Suppose you have the deck in its card case. Begin by opening the flap. Next tear off the small side taps and discard them. Hold the card case by its sides with your left hand, its flap facing you. Your right fingers and thumb then insert the tongue of the flap behind the cards. (Fig. 1)

Force the top flap over the cards, hence creasing and bending the flap over as if the case were actually closed. In reality, the flap is only covering the top end of the deck. (Fig. 2) Once the flap has been properly creased or bent, the flap is opened out. Important: You should also remove the cards, then push the flap all the way inwards, pressing along the upper edge of the flap. Later, after the cards are gone, the flap will remain in a covering position rather than popping up prematurely and unnaturally. If it does come upwards slightly, your right first finger can push the top opening downwards. It will then stay flat in what appears to be a closed condition. When the flap has been properly creased and prepared, it is opened out and inserted in front of the cards to close the card case. Now everything is set for as many repeat performances as desired. This preparation allows for easy, quick working when you try the effect.

Method: For the vanish to be effective, the spectator must be made aware of the fact that the deck is placed in the card case, which remains in full view. The effect, a seemingly impossible location, is accomplished as follows: Suppose that the deck has been in use for previous effects and the case has been lying closed to your left, off the performing area.

Have the deck shuffled by a spectator. Without saying so, take the deck from the spectator in a way that does not permit any glimpsing of key cards. Your right hand picks up the deck from above and by its ends without the aid of your left hand. As you raise the deck about six inches off the table, let the cards dribble back onto the table as you request the spectator to say "stop."

When the spectator calls "stop," your right hand places the remaining cards into your left hand. Your right hand then points to the top card of the tabled portion as you say, "Look at the card you stopped at..."Your left hand does not remain idle, but secretly crimps the bottom card. Perform the Paul Ebling crimp or Marlo's One-Hand Crimp from Kabbala, (Vol. 1 - No. 2 ) to crimp the card's inner left corner.

The spectator should note and replace his card on top of the tabled cards. Your right hand takes the cards from your left hand and dribbles them onto the tabled portion, placing the crimped card above the selection. With the deck still on the table, ribbon-spread it. If you used Marlo's crimp, spread from right to left. Otherwise, spread from left to right so that the crimped corner remains hidden.

Remark about how the spectator' s card is lost. Square up the deck and have a spectator perform a straight cut. If he cuts at the crimp, you are set. Simply take the top card off and place it face down and aside. If he does not cut at the crimp, have him give the pack several more straight cuts. These additional cuts may produce the desired result. If he still does not cut at the crimp, point out that he has cut the cards several times and it is unlikely to guess the location of his card.

Ribbon-spread the deck so that the crimped card does not show at his end, but will be clearly visible on your end. Run your fingers over the spread and eventually push out the selection below the crimped card. During the location of the selection, point up the impossibility of finding the card under these conditions. You want the spectator to doubt your claim. This will give you an excuse to place the rest of the cards into the card case. Say, Under these conditions, you may doubt that the card just removed is yours. In fact, you may expect me to cleverly exchange it for your card, which would still be in the deck. If so, I'll will eliminate this possibility by putting the rest of the deck away."

Scoop up the spread and square the cards. Your left hand picks up the card case by its sides with the oval opening towards yourself and your right thumb flips open the top flap. Your right hand picks up the tabled deck with your thumb going to the back end of the deck. Your first and pinky fingers straddle the sides of the deck and your second and third fingers dig under the front end to lift it off the table. Your right thumb moves towards the front end as the deck is picked up and is inserted into the card case.

The next moves are very easy due to the previous preparation. Your right thumb and fingers move as if to close the card case. In reality, place the tongue of the flap behind the cards. (Fig. 3)

Without stalling, your right thumb folds over the flap to cover the top end of the deck. (Fig. 4) It should appear as though the card case has been closed. To give further proof, your left first finger moves onto the top of the case to keep the flap pressed in place as your left hand turns the case's top end towards the spectator. (Fig. 5) Note that your left first finger is across the oval opening to conceal a view of the deck inside.

This display of the card case should be casual as you say, "As long as the cards are in the card case, I cannot use another card for an exchange!" Your left hand turns to the right as your right hand takes the card case by the upper end. Your right thumb should cover the oval opening and your fingers should contact the back of the case. Your right hand sets the card case oval-side down with the opening towards yourself and near the edge of the table. Note the position of the card case in relation to the table's edge. (Fig. 6) Your right hand is holding the outer right corner of the card case and the chosen card is tabled on the right. These two positions are important.

Have the spectator name his card. Your left hand then moves across to the tabled card to turn it face up. As your left hand moves across your right hand and more or less covering it, your right hand tips up the card case very slightly, causing the cards to slide out and into your lap. (Fig. 7 -

a stop-action shot of the cards as they begin to drop out. This leaves the card case empty, but still apparently closed.

When the case is emptied, your right hand moves it forwards, then swings it upwards so that the top end is uppermost. Your left hand takes the case by its bottom end at the lower left corner. Your thumb should be on your side and your first and second fingers are on the opposite side. Turn your left hand so that the oval-side of the case is to the right. Your left hand also moves far enough to the left so that the front of the card case is clearly visible to the spectator. You do not have to break your left wrist to do this. By the way, do not forget to push the cover down slightly if it has popped up.

The necessary actions just explained are made as you say, "Now that I have found your card, I really don't have any use for the rest of them!" Your right first finger snaps the upper right corner of the card case, causing the flap to pop open. The spectator will immediately know that the cards are gone. (Fig. 8)

As soon as the deck has vanished, casually toss the card case onto the table. Do not reproduce the cards from your lap. Instead, drop either hand into your lap to gather, square, and pocket the cards. It is better to pocket the deck with your left hand as your right hand is displaying the seemingly full (?) card case. With the lapped cards out of the way, your left hand comes across to take the card case for the eventual disappearance.

It is possible to let the spectator turn over the tabled card. If so, during this turnover your left hand goes just below the case to catch the dumped cards during the right-hand tipping action. Your left hand then immediately drops the cards in your left side coat pocket. Conclude the effect as previously outlined.

This deck vanish can be used in conjunction with the Ultra Mental Deck. In other words, the mentally selected card is removed from the face-up spread. The same ruse to put away the deck is used. You then "vanish" the gaffed deck, taking it out-of-play. There is nothing to examine.

Marlo's favorite procedure was called The Laughing Deck Switch. You vanish a regular and reproduce a stacked or gaffed deck. Since the selection comes from the reproduced deck, it must be forced at the outset. Marlo also had a version of The Laughing Deck Switch where the selection does not have to be forced.

July - 1970

Effect: A Joker is placed face up in the center of the deck. A hole is punched into a freely selected card. This hole disappears and reappears in the Joker.

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