Ed Marlo Adbanced Fingertip Control

Effect: Four spectators peek at a card, then these selections are produced from four different pockets.

This effect is accomplished with a borrowed deck, the selections are made from a Fingertip Peek, and no palming is involved.

Requirements: This uses a special Double-Face card where four different cards can be partially shown. When the card is constructed, any four cards can be used; however, for purposes of this description assume that the cards are the 8C /KH and 3S / 10D. Figure 1 shows Side-A and Figure 2 shows Side-B. All four corners of this gaff must be cut short.

Method: At an opportune moment remove the regular 8C - KH - 3D - 10D from the borrowed deck and place them into different pockets. The gaffed card is secretly loaded on the bottom of the deck. Shuffle the gaffed card to a position slightly below center from the top of the deck.

Hold the pack at the lower left corner with your left fingers. Riffle the outer right corner in a forward direction with your right thumb as per Marlo's "Reverse Fingertip Control" from Advanced Fingertip Control (1970). It helps if the pack is slightly beveled to facilitate this action and the riffling action should be "soft" to avoid an audible click when the gaffed card is passed during the timed force.

Perform an All-Around Square to turn the deck end-for-end. Repeat the above riffle-action to force the gaffed card again. This time the second spectator will see a different card. At this stage you must secretly reverse the gaffed card. Use a Center Reverse or maneuver it to the bottom and subsequently reverse it, then cut the deck to centralize it.

Use the standard Fingertip Peek Force with a backward riffling action to make the third and fourth spectators choose the remaining two cards of the gaff. Do not forget the All Around Square each time.

Cut the gaffed card to the bottom and retain it during some false shuffles and cuts. Pick up the deck with your left hand, holding it by the sides, and say, "I will cause the chosen cards to fly into four different pockets!" As your right and left hands indicate different pockets, your left hand actually enters the left (side) coat pocket and thumbs off the gaffed card. After getting rid of the double-face card and making indicative gestures, place the deck face down on the table.

All that remains is to produce each regular card from different pockets as each is named aloud. (Note: Those having Advanced Fingertip Control can actually have four free selections made. These are controlled to the top, then are palmed off into one pocket. Use the procedure from Marlo's "New Aces To Pocket" to produce the selections from different pockets. The ideal situation is to have the cards peeked, controlled to the top, then let them "go south" via Danny Korem's Upside-Down Topit. Finish with the Marlo procedure from "New Aces To Pocket".)

November 24, 1970

Continuing on this same theme, we bring you a routine that Marlo devised after reading Larry Jennings' "Challenge Cards To Pocket," which appeared in Genii (May-1970). Marlo originally worked out a no-palm method, but many magicians argued that Marlo's procedure lacked logic. In fact, many thought that there was no logic in the original method described by Jennings. Not wanting to abandon the effect, Marlo worked out a logical method that avoids the crucial palm. (The palm is crucial because the selected cards must be placed back in the pocket when the audience's attention is expectantly directed to this place.) Two special conditions are also retained: (1) The coat pocket is thoroughly examined by the spectator; (2) The performer's hands are shown empty before reaching into the previously examined pocket.

This effect can be done with a borrowed deck.

Set-up: Place two cards face outwards under a pen clip. (Fig. 1) This can be easily accomplished before you start performing by secretly stealing two cards and placing them under the clip.

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