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This variation could actually utilize many techniques since its underlying idea is a card switch. You soon realize that the switch itself must be special You cannot use any switch since the presentation requires an exceptionally clean and quick switch, executed at an opportune time. A quick review of Marlo's Card Switches shows that most of its switches are inappropriate. The basic problem of an Open Prediction Switch is that it is made after the "moment of commitment" when spectator's attention is most focused.

Marlo's initial solutions concentrated on these conditions: (1) The card to be switched could not be initially palmed and the hands had to be free; (2) The fundamental presentation was the same. The only change being that the face-down card dealt by the spectator is dealt aside, preferably forwards and toward the performer, who is sitting across from the spectator; (3) The switch must occur after the card is dealt but before it is shown. That is, it cannot be switched as it is shown (with one exception) or just prior to being shown.

Method: The Switch Card is in the performer's lap. Once the card is dealt face down and aside, the performer palms the card from his lap, its back against his palm, then he performs one of the "One-Hand Card Switches" from The New Tops (June, 1967) as he peeks at the dealt card, then pushes it back toward the spectator for its subsequent disclosure. Patter: "This is the card you want? Okay, we'll place it over here in a safe place. Deal the rest of the cards face up and let's see if the predicted card is among them."

This approach is workable, but is not the best. Marlo later experimented with Slydini's "Imp Pass," which led to using the Hung Card technique, namely the "No Palm Switch"(Notes of February 15, 1966). This, by the way, is the exception just mentioned because the switch occurs as the card is shown. This switch is also discussed in Marlo's "Ultra Torn and Restored Card" notes. Once you these notes, the exact technique and procedure should be self-evident.

23 Check out The Tabled Palm from the Revolutionary Card Technique series, pages 31-33.

In "No Palm Switch," Marlo wrote: "While the actual switch and then a later denouement is the most effective approach, there are times when a direct turning of the card fits the circumstances." The subtle aspect of the "No Palm Switch" is that the hand making the switch is clean before and after the switch, coupled with the naturalness and boldness of the action itself. Regardless, the next variation used the Hung Card. The switch occurs quickly, under strong misdirection. Spectators will swear that the card was never out of their sight!

A Stik-Tack will do, but there are other means of adhesion.24 Except for the actual switch, the presentation is basically the same as in the Third Variation. Once the spectator has dealt all the cards, pick up the face-down card with your left hand. (Fig.2 ,which shows the action from the spectator's view.)

Once this is done, your right hand comes across to the left and picks up the deck of face-up cards. The entire length of your right arm momentarily covers your left hand, holding its card. (Fig.3 ) Your right hand is about to spread the cards from left to right.

When you reach this stage, momentarily pause and look directly at the spectator, establishing eye contact prior to talking. During this two or three second pause, your left hand executes the switch: Your left hand releases the indifferent card, which falls into your lap, then your left fingertips instantaneously dip down and pulls up the Hung Card (predicted 8H). (Fig.4 )

24 Students should study the Second Method of Mario's "Ultra Torn & Restored Card" from The New Tops: May, 1967.

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