First Method

Preparation and Requirements: (1) Cut-off the indices from a regular JC and coat their backs with wax. These indices are stuck onto a regular KC, making it to appear as a JC. (2) A regular JC is previously signed along its lower side margin.(3) A regular KC. (4) A felt-tipped pen.

Set-up: The pen is placed in the right side coat pocket. The top of the deck has an arrangement, from top: Signed JC, turned so that your signature is on the left side as the card lies facedown, the regular KC with the JC indices attached, and the regular KC. On the face of the deck place two red Jacks and two red Kings. Everything is placed in the card case.

Method: When you are ready to perform, remove the cards, holding the deck facing yourself. Thumb off the two, red Jacks, placing them face-up to the right, followed by the two red Kings, which are placed face down to the left. This procedure is used to conserve time; however, if your performance has no time-limit, by all means distribute the red Jacks and Kings throughout the deck and cull them after removing the pack from its case.

Turn the deck face down in your left hand. When doing this action, remember that your previously_signed JC must have its signature on the left side. Perform a Double Turnover onto the top of the deck, showing the disguised King of Clubs as the Jack of Clubs. Simultaneously keep moving your left hand as you say, "I will place the Jack of Clubs between the two red Jacks!" Figure 1 shows the disguised KC.

The crucial point is when you must bring the deck close enough for the spectator to sign the card: Say, "I want you to sign the Jack of Clubs, please!" Your left hand tilts slightly inward as your right hand removes the pen and hands it to the spectator. When your left hand moves down to show the JC again, your left thumb moves over and covers the fake index. As you then move the deck further towards the spectator, your right first finger is placed over the inner right corner's fake index as you simultaneously add, "Just sign the card right here!" This provides a logical excuse for the placement of your finger. Keep it in place while the spectator signs the card. The situation of the face-up card, as the spectator signs it, should look like Figure 2.

Move the deck away from the spectator as your right hand takes the pen, replacing it into the right side coat pocket. With the pack a reasonable distance away from the spectator, you can expose the fake JC indices as you perform another Double Turnover, bringing the card(s) face down. Deal off the top card (the previously signed JC) and slip it between the two face-up Jacks. At this point, your right hand picks up the three cards(slightly fanned), turns them over, actually showing a JC between the red Jacks. The signature will not show and everything looks copacetic.

The disguised KC is now on top of the deck and the fake indices must be removed. Take the top card by its outer right corner directly on the fake index between your right thumb (on top)and your first/second fingers (below). Use this card to flip the face-down Kings face up. Return the card in your right hand back onto the deck. Simultaneously, your right first and second fingers peel off the waxed, fake index. Do not try to clip the fake index between your fingers. Simply

JC index over each KC index

reach into the pocket for the pen and dump it in the pocket. Place the pen on the table and say, "I will also sign a card!"

Perform any kind of Double Turnover; however, the card(s) must be turned over end-for-end. This brings the regular KC into view, placing the remaining fake index at the outer end of the deck. Pick up the pen, duplicate the signature you put on the JC), placing it across the right side margin, then place the pen on the table.

Clearly show the signed KC and perform a Double Turnover (sideways), bringing the card(s) face down. This retains the fake index at the outer right corner. Take the top card at the outer right corner with your right hand and slide it between the face-up red Kings. Your left fingers hold the Kings in place during this sliding insertion. Naturally, your right first and second fingers peel off the fake index during the same action. (Fig. 3)

Your right hand picks up the pen on the table and replaces it into the right side coat pocket and disposes of the remaining fake index. Your left hand places the rest of the deck into the left coat pocket. Pick up the King-sandwich on the left, square it, turn it around, and say, "My card, the King of Clubs, is between the red Kings!" As an apparent afterthought, turn the sandwich over, showing the KC. The spectator's signature will not show. Be sure it is clear in the spectator's mind that he_signed the JC and you signed the KC. Explain that you will cause a transposition to occur. Snap your fingers, then show both fanned sandwiches, revealing that nothing has happened. Repeat the snapping, showing again that nothing has happened. On the third snap, ask the spectator if he thinks that the transposition has occurred. Regardless of his answer, show that he is right or wrong by this procedure:

If he says "no," add: "Oh yes it has! My signature is now on your card!" Spread the Jacksandwich to the left and turn it over onto the table, disclosing the JC with your signature, adding: "...and your signature has traveled over to my card!" Spread or fan these to the left, turning them over onto the table. If he says "yes," the procedure should be obvious. After showing the transposition and while the spectator is busy examining the cards on the table, your left hand removes the deck(minus the duplicate KC) from your pocket. You are now ready to continue with other effects using a regular pack.

Magicians are a peculiar breed. When they are fooled by an effect, they think the effect must be great. Once they know the modus operandi, however, they start to over-analyze and ask questions that begin with "What if...?". Many cardmen will disregard the First Method because

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Fundamentals of Magick

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