First Method

Suppose you are using a borrowed deck and have just removed it from its card case. Place the closed card case onto the table to your left with it flap-side uppermost. Place a felt-tipped pen on the table.

Locate and remove the Ace of Spades and Clubs, then turn the deck face down. Insert the AC face up into the lower section of the deck and the face-up AS into the upper section. Your patter excuse is, "I want you to select a card, but I don't want you to select either black Ace. Therefore, they are placed face up in the deck."

Spread the deck face up between your hands and ask a spectator to freely select a card. In re-squaring the deck, get a left pinky break below the lowermost Ace of Clubs. Remove the cards above the break with your right hand and use them to gestures at the pen. Say, "Take the pen and sign your card!" Your right hand casually returns its cards under those in your left hand. This maneuvers the AC to the bottom of the pack.

Table the deck, have a spectator place his card on top, then cut the deck. Pick up the deck and cut about ten cards from the bottom to the top. These cuts are to re-position the face-up Aces to their original relative positions: the AS is in the upper half and the AC is in the lower half.

Spread the deck between your hands and say that you will now remove the Aces. When you come to the first Ace(AS), your right fingers take it and all the cards already in your right hand, ostensibly to place the AS face up on the table. Place the AS face up on the table.

Your right hand comes back with its cards. Continue to spread the rest of the cards until you reach the face-up AC. Your right fingers again take the AC and the cards it already has and moves the AC towards the tabled AS. At this stage, the selection is the top card of the remaining left-hand cards. As your right hand moves forward to place the AC face up onto the face-up AS, your left pinky gets a break under the top card. Almost immediately move your left hand palm down to pick up the tabled card case. (Fig. 1)

84 In the "Reference Shelf," p. 283, it is mentioned that a similar approach is taken in "The Traveling Phoenix" from Genial Improbabilities. Alex Elmsley's "Between Your Palms" and Karl Fulves' "Stealing Diamonds" also have similar approaches.

85 Do not use a StickTack. Use the scrapings of a StickTack instead.

Say, "Examine the two Aces and place them in any order." While the spectator is busy with the Aces, your right hand places its cards to the left as your left hand simultaneously (still holding its card case) turns palm up. (Fig. 2)

Having deposited its cards, your right hand comes back to grasp the card case and the selection above the break. Your left hand meanwhile moves away to deposit its cards face down onto those already tabled. (Fig. 3) Your left hand comes back palm down to grasp the card case by the sides. (Fig. 4)

Your right second finger flips open the card case's flap, but not before your left fingers glide back the hidden card so that it will not show at the circular opening at the top of the card case. Pull back the flap until your left forefinger comes onto it and holds it in place. (Fig. 5) An exposed view of the bottom of the card case reveals how the card is held and other subsequent positions. (Fig. 6)

Hold the card case low and have the spectator insert the Aces face up into the case. Grasp the two Aces at the circular opening with your thumb (top) and fingers (below). Your right fingers underneath also pull and align the selection with the Aces. Remove all three cards from the case. The patter excuse for this action is: "Would look at the card case?" The card case never leaves your left hand, but it casually show both sides of the case and turn it down to its original position. Your right hand returns the Aces (plus the secretly added selection) inside the case. Close and placed the case flap-side down to the table.

Hand the deck to the spectator and tell him to riffle the front end of the deck towards the case. Pick up the card case by its sides with your left hand. The case is still flap-side down. Flip open the flap with your right hand and let it hang down. With your right thumb on top and fingers below, pull out the first face-up Ace. Place it face up on the table. Take out the lowermost selection, which comes out face down, with your right fingers. (Fig. 7)

Hand the deck to the spectator and tell him to riffle the front end of the deck towards the case. Pick up the card case by its sides with your left hand. The case is still flap-side down. Flip open the flap with your right hand and let it hang down. With your right thumb on top and fingers below, pull out the first face-up Ace. Place it face up on the table. Take out the lowermost selection, which comes out face down, with your right fingers. (Fig. 7)

Place it onto the face-up Ace, then remove the last face-up Ace and place it onto the other two, making a card-sandwich. All that remains is to have the spectator name his card, then show it to be the face-down card between the Aces. If the spectator starts looking through the deck, stop him and add: "Look! I'll do it again!" Proceed to perform Method Two and leave the signed card on the table.

Before going into Method Two, check Arthur Buckley's Card Control and Dai Vernon's Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic. Each book explains a method for secretly adding a card to the outside of card case; however, their methods require handling the whole deck and turning it face up to get the requisite condition for this effect.

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