Dai Vernon initiated this challenge effect which may have roots in Hofzinser's "Everywhere and Nowhere." Its interesting aspect is the multiple option offered to the spectator. He gets to choose one of three cards and the one he chooses changes into his selection. If you merely change a card into the spectator's selection, you have performed an efficient but pedestrian effect. Dariel Fitzkee wrote, "The important thing is that it (a card effect) must have something of vital interest to the onlooker. I repeat the word vital. Something concerning him personally, directly or indirectly, must be involved?"
Vernon's effect appeared in The Phoenix and a follow-up version was later published in The Pallbearers Review (August - 1969).81 This method is inferior to his original method.
81 In My Favorite Card Tricks, Harry Lorayne describes a Vernon-inspired effect called "1, 2, 3." Marlo contributed an exceptional treatment in The New Tops called "The Promise," which he thought was the
Effect: A spectator is shown an Ace, Deuce and Three Clubs and decides which one of these three cards he wants to become his selected card. This is the same effect that originally appeared in The Phoenix #129 by Dai Vernon. First Method
Remove the Three of Spades from a deck and toss it face up on the table. Remove the Two of Spades and the Ace of Spades. Make no comment about them at this point, but simply leave them face up on your right.
Have a card selected and controlled to the top. Take the AS with your right hand and use it as a scoop to pick up the other two cards. During this scooping action, your left hand pushes over the top card of the deck and obtains a left pinky break below it. Fan the three cards face up in your right hand, then square them against the deck and simultaneously stealing the selected card beneath them.
Your left hand places the deck to the left side of the table. The three Spade cards are placed face up in your left hand. Say, "This uses three Spade cards!" Simultaneously take the face 2S in your right hand, turn it face down, and place it underneath the packet. Repeat this with the 3S. Flip the AS face down on top.
Situation Check: The order of the cards from the top should be: AS, selection, 2S, and 3S. The packet is held face down in your left hand.
Continue: "Think of the Ace, Two, or Three!" Show the three cards again by lifting up the AS by its inner right corner with your right hand. Show its face, then lower it face down again and take the Deuce alongside it. Your left fingers perform a Single Buckle to ensure a two-card lift, while your left hand moves up to snap the Three and places it against the face of the other two. Momentarily display the cards, then squared them again and hold them face down in your left hand.
With the aid of your right hand, fan the top two cards so that your left hand holds a fan of supposedly three cards. The last two cards are held as one. (Fig. 1) Ask the spectator which card he has chosen. The next handling is contingent.
If the Ace of Spades is chosen:
Square the cards with a right-hand Biddle Grip and take the top two as one. Immediately turn your left hand palm down and spread its two cards, to show the Deuce and Three. Say, "You could have chosen the Deuce or Three, but you picked the Ace!" Turn your left hand palm up and square the two cards in your left hand.
Ask the spectator to name his selection, then flip the right-hand card(s) face up onto the facedown packet. Lift the selection at its inner right corner with your right forefinger and deal it face best approach-handling extant. It was widely shunned by most cardmen, attesting to their inability to comprehend the meaning of this effect, how laymen think, and how subtlety really works.
up to the table. Your left hand simultaneously turns palm down to conceal the face-up Ace left on top. Deliberately places these left-hand cards onto the deck. This unloads the face-down Ace of Spades under the face-up Deuce and Three of Spades. Drop the selection face up on top of all.
Another alternative, if your angles of visibility are right, is to take the cards from your left hand with the right hand. The Deuce and Three of Spades will be face up. Perform the Miracle Change #1 from Marlo's Miracle Changes. The AS becomes Rear Palmed and the other two cards are casually tossed face up to the table. Your right hand, with Rear Palmed card, goes to the deck to scoop it off the table. The Rear Palmed card is cleanly and secretly added.
If the Deuce Of Spades is chosen:
This is the ideal situation. Simply remove the center card, ostensibly the Deuce, then turn Your left hand over to show the Ace and Three of Spades. Turn your left hand over again, square the cards using only your left hand, and place them on the talon. Point out that the spectator chose the Deuce, then turn the card face up to reveal the selection. Again, a Miracle Change can be used; however, toss out the AS first, then perform a Miracle Change as you toss out the 3S. Add to the deck or, if seated, lap it from a Rear Palm.
If the Three Of Spades is chosen:
The most direct procedure is to Bottom Cop the 3S into your left hand as you square the cards. Drop them face down to the table, look up and say, "Remember you chose a Three!" As you utter this line, take the top card (AS) with your right hand and use it as a scoop, placing it beneath the other two cards. Turn over all three cards as a unit.
Situation Check: The order of the cards from face-to-back should be: AS-2S-selection. Your right hand picks up the deck and places it in your left hand so the Copped card is added to the bottom of the deck.
Alternate Procedure: This handling is not as direct. With the cards in your left hand, say, "You don't want the Ace or Two. . . " As this line is uttered, your right hand displays the AS. In the meantime, your left thumb pulls the supposed Deuce flush onto its packet. under the 2S (really two cards) to display the Ace and Deuce. The Ace/ Deuce are now placed under the Three. Your right forefinger points to the top card as you continue, "...andyou chose the three."
Your right fingers immediately take the top two cards as one ( your left fingers Double Buckling to aid this) as your left hand turns over to fan the two remaining cards. Add: "Are you sure you don't want the Ace or Deuce?" Your left hand turns the cards face down again, then your right hand flips its card(s) over and face up onto the packet to disclose the selection
This method uses the Marlo-D'Amico Lapping Move while seated at a table. Arrange matters so that the selection becomes the central card
If the Ace is named, the cards are peeled off one-at-a-time into your left hand. The AS is disposed into your lap via the Lapping Move. The cards are dealt out to show a Deuce and a Three, then the Ace is apparently changed into the selection.
If the Deuce is chosen, peel off the AS into the left hand and place it on the bottom. Deal off the next card, apparently the Deuce, face down to the table. Peel off the next top card, apparently the Three, into your left hand, then square-up and get rid of the Deuce via the Lapping Move. Turn the remaining two cards face up to show the Ace and Three. Turn over the face-down card and reveal the selection.
If the Three is chosen, perform the Marlo-D'Amico Lapping Move without shifting any cards. Turn the cards face up towards yourself and toss out the AS and 2S. Snap the last card, showing it to be the selection. The last two methods have an advantage: ADDED
(Chicago-1958): The First Method of "Lasso-Due-Tre" can be used to kill three selected cards one-at-a-time instead of using the Ace-Deuce-Three. The cards are shown to three spectators one at a time in sequence. The cards are not "flashed" but are simply held in a fan towards each spectator. None of the three cards are their selection. All three cards later transform into the three selections as per "The General Card."
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