Most sandwich effects are glorified locations, changes, or transpositions. This approach adds a redeeming element of surprise, rescuing an apparent location from being another dull puzzlement. Cardmen have recently tried to create surprise climaxes. They make the trapped card change or reveal different colored backs. Sometimes the cards become blank. Robert Walker's approach is different, incorporating the notion of "magician's failure" as per the Dunbury Delusion. The result is dramatic. Walker came up with a couple of versions, but the most commercial handling was devised by Dave Solomon. Even magicians are caught off-guard by its surprise ending.
Effect: A card is selected. Two Kings are used to catch the selection. Eventually a reversed card appears between the Kings, but unfortunately it proves to be an indifferent card, not the selection. Instead of the selection, the Kings have caught a black Deuce. The unruffled magician then transforms the King sandwich into a Deuce sandwich, which unfailingly captures the actual selection.
Set-up: Secretly place the black Deuces second and third from the top of the deck with the Deuce at the second position face up underneath the top indifferent card.
Method: Cull the red Kings and toss them face down onto the table. Shuffle the deck and retain the top three-card stock. Have a spectator peek at a card and retain a left pinky break above the selection. Perform Marlo's Cover-up Cut, which brings the selection to the top while retaining the preset black Deuces at their original positions.53 False shuffle and cut.
Although the Cover-up Cut has been explained numerous times in various books and magazines, it is included here for the sake of completeness. The purpose of this technique, by the way, is to control a peeked selection to the top of the deck while concealing a reversed card or cards originally positioned under the top card.
Suppose you have a reversed card second from the top of the deck. Hold the deck in your left hand and raise it to Peek Position. Have a card peeked and retain a left pinky break under the selection. Grasp the ends of the deck in a right-hand (Open) Biddle Grip. Engage the inner end of the top card with your right thumb. Do not lift it, but lower the deck to obtain a thumb-break.
The next actions are similar to the Double Cut with an added feature, a Slip Cut. Undercut all the cards below your pinky break with your left hand and slide them onto the right-hand cards. Retain the thumb-break between the sections.
Tilt back the deck with both hands and perform two, simultaneous actions: (1) Cut away the section above the thumb-break with your right hand; (2) Hold back the top card with your left thumb, sliding it onto the left-hand section.
Place the right-hand section under the left-hand section and square-up. The selection is on top and the reversed card is still second from the top. The initial cut moves the selection to the top. The second cut retains the selection on the top and moves the reversed card back to the top. The Marlo Slip Cut covers the face-up card and keeps it concealed. The tilt-back helps hide the open slip cut.
(If you are not familiar with the Cover-up Cut, use Tilt instead. Briefly: Spread the cards for a free selection. Square-up the cards and set the top card into Tilt position. Insert the selection via Tilt and square up. Lose the top card and you are set.)
Pick up the tabled Kings with your right hand and hold them from above and by the ends. Say, "Before we started, I removed two trapper card, the red Kings." Square them against the top of
53 The Cover-up Cut was first published in Marlo's Unknown manuscript. (Magic Inc.)
the deck, then lift the top five cards. Peel off the top King with your left thumb, then slide it underneath the four-card packet in the usual ducking action; however, maintain a fine break at the back end between the King and the rest of the cards with your right thumb.
Raise the packet upwards to flash the face of the peeled King. Lower the packet again and repeat the Peel-and-Duck action just described. This time, place the second King underneath in a side-jogged position (to the left). Raise the packet upwards to flash both Kings. Lower the right-hand cards, maintaining your thumb break above the peeled Kings. Slide the packet against your left thumb to square the Kings(?) as you secretly unload the Kings onto the deck. Immediately raise the remaining three cards to your left fingers for the conventional side-squaring action.
Table the deck with your left hand. Buckle the bottom card of the three-card packet, side-jog it to the left and say, "Watch these two Kings trap your card!" Re-square the cards and immediately do a one-hand fan to reveal a face-up black Deuce between the two face-down Kings(?). Before the spectator can say anything, look mildly surprised and say: "Something is wrong here. This doesn't feel right. I know you didn't you choose a Deuce!"
The next move is tricky. Close the spread and quickly perform a Double-Turnover as you simultaneously turn your left hand palm down to execute a Through-the-Fist Flourish. (The action can be likened to an incomplete K.M. Move.) When the cards emerge from your "fist," a face-up black Deuce will be showing. Remove the emerging cards with your right hand and replace them face up in your left hand. Say, "I guess I'll have to change the Kings into Deuces!"
Spread the cards to show two face-up red Kings with a face-down card between them. Reveal the trapped selection and toss the cards cleanly onto the table.
September - 1977
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