Onecut Doublecontrol

Edward Marlo

Marlo devised this handy control of two peeked selections in 1954. Its immediacy and clarity make it ideal for two-selection effects in close-up situations. Even the sharpest observer will not expect both selections to be controlled by the handling observed.

Method: A shuffled pack is held in the Standard Peek position. The first spectator is approached as you riffle the outer right corner with your right forefinger. Once he says "stop," release his peeked selection to the lower portion and retain a left pinky break above the selection as the rest of the pack is riffled off. Time your riffling so that the first spectator's card is in the lower half of the deck.

Approach the second spectator and make him stop you on a card above your initial break. Release the second selection to the lower section and retain another break with the tip of your third finger. The rest of the pack is riffled off.

Move your right hand over the deck to perform a straight cut. When your right hand is in position with your second, third, and fourth fingers on the top end, your forefinger curled on top, and your thumb at the inner left corner, swing the cards above your third-finger break to the right with your fingers to angle this section. (Fig. 1 ) The pivot-point of this angling-action is the fleshy heel of your left thumb. Part of the second selection is now exposed.

When this position is reached, move your left third finger out and lose the break. Immediately move your left thumb onto the exposed selection at X, covering the entire angle-jogged condition. Pivot all the cards above your left pinky break, including the slightly angle-jogged portion, to the right in a Swing Cut. (Fig. 2)


2nd selection

2nd selection

Your left thumb simultaneously presses on the exposed selection at X. As the cards above your pinky swings clear, the second spectator's selection slips free and slides onto the top card of the lower half. This is the first spectator's selection.

Complete the straight cut and both selections are now on top of the deck in a 2-1 order. As the Swing Cut is made, the cards can be raised and slightly neck-tied, although this is not necessary. The x-ray view shows everything.

If his memory is good, both selections can be peeked by one spectator, although many spectators have trouble remembering one card.

Larry Jennings independently devised a similar control.

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