ostensibly look for the openly predicted 4S. At the finish of this action, the deck is face up with a side-jogged card projecting from the right side of the deck. (Fig. 3)
The 4S is also face down, about three or four cards above the side-jogged card. Your initial pushoff determines exactly how many cards above the side-jogged card lies the 4S. Pick up the tabled deck in a right-hand Biddle Grip. Your left palm is run against the left side of the deck to basically square it without disturbing the projection of the side-jogged card. Grasp the left side of the deck with your left fingers on the face of the deck, your thumb
below, and turn the deck to face the spectators. Your right hand lets go for a moment. The back of the side-jogged card should still face the spectators.
Your right hand re-grasps the deck from above and by the ends with the pack still facing the spectators. The back of your right hand conceals the side-jogged card on your side. All that remains is to ribbon spread the cards face down from left to right. The side-jogged card will automatically be hidden under the spread and the 4S will show as the face-up "prediction" against an unbroken ribbon of backs. The spectator can remove the card, since the hidden card is concealed several cards away and will not be exposed even if a few cards around the face-up 4S are disturbed as it is removed.
The reason for ribbon-spreading the deck face down is a matter of insurance. Some astute spectators may remember the card below the initially dealt face-down card, particularly since it was exposed during the openness of the initial side-jogging action. If the cards are spread face up, the remembered card is not next to the face-down card and this discrepancy suggests a switch. If you are not picayunish about such things, the effect is psychologically stronger if the deck is not picked up and turned face down. Immediately spread the cards face up. The side-jogged card is automatically concealed in both cases.
The number of cards loaded between the performer's card and the spectator's card determines the degree of insurance you have against exposure during the spectator's removal of the card. Double Lifting is also important. This method covers the lift or push-off and ensures a proper load of cards goes between the two reversed cards:
(A) Begin by having the prediction card sixth from the face of the deck; (B) After the initial deal by the spectator, take the rest of the deck, turning it face up into the left hand; (C) By lightly running your right-hand fingers and thumb over the ends of the deck, you can easily lift or break the cards at the natural break formed where the reversed card lies; (D) Get a break with the tip of the left pinky below these six cards; (E) Push over each card one at a time with your left thumb, taking them into your right hand, one card under the other; (F) Continue in this fashion, but on the fifth card push over two cards, immediately taking the next five cards under those in your right hand; (G) It should look like you have apparently thumbed through some face-up cards, looking for the prediction card. The right-hand cards are squared by tapping their left side against the face of the left-hand cards, one packet perpendicular to the other; (H) Your left fingers and thumb then hold these few cards so that your right hand can change and grasp the packet from above and by the ends, then deposit them face up onto the tabled packet; (I) Conclude by showing the rest of the cards, then finish the effect using the face-up or face-down ribbon-spread approach.
There was an intriguing problem posed in The Cardician where the spectator writes a prediction which turns out to be the card he eventually turns face down, using the Open Prediction procedure. One of Marlo's solutions utilized the Automatic Jog technique, couched in the Open Prediction Procedure. Obviously you must obtain the written information. There are many methods of doing this, but is easily accomplished via the torn corner, impression method (such as Ralph Read's Card Case method), a billet switch, or pencil reading.
Once the information is gained, the first problem is to maneuver the predicted card into a workable position to accomplish the effect. The psychological approach of the original Open Prediction can be used. Setting the card into the proper position from the top can done openly.
December 15, 1968
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