Second Method

In this method, three spectators choose the same card.

Straddle the deck between your left first and fourth fingers. Spread the deck face down between your hands and ask the first spectator to tell you when to stop. Time your spreading action so that he stops you at the middle of the spread, although this is not absolutely essential.

When the first spectator says "stop," separate the deck at that point. Your right hand holds a spread of cards and your left hand also holds a slight spread of cards. Make sure that the left-hand spread has at least two cards, one in advance of the other and over the side of the left-hand talon. Stop and position your left fingers so that your left thumb contacts the top card, while the left fingers contact the second card.

Raise your left hand to display the top card of its section. As you raise the left-hand spread, your left thumb pulls back the top card while the left fingers keep the second card in place and projecting over the side. The spectator will note the second card from the top. 59 As you lower your left hand, your thumb pushes the top card forward again and deals this indifferent card face down to the table.

As the sections are put together, it is easy to obtain a break with the left pinky underneath the first spectator's selection. Square up as neatly as possible, maintaining the break. Peek Force the same card on the second spectator. Overhand shuffle into your right hand, by undercutting to the break and shuffling off, leaving the selection on the bottom of the deck.

Perform a Right-hand Reverse Pressure Fan and ask the third spectator to think of any card. He will see only one card. Close the fan and Overhand Shuffle, retaining the card at the bottom.

Perform the "Easy Glide Switch" as follows: Your right hand takes the deck from above and by the ends. It moves over to place the deck on the tabled card. In reality, it is placed onto but slightly to the left of the tabled card. Now when the card is picked up, it will be side-jogged to the left. (Fig. 1)

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With the deck still close to the table, your left fingers reach under the deck from the left side to apparently remove the picked-up card. The card second from the bottom is easily pulled out. (Fig. 2). Once it is glided out, toss it face down to the table. Your left hand grasps the sides of the deck and quickly pulls the jogged card flush as your right hand turns the deck end-for-end

59 This is the Allerton Move, which appeared in Hugard's Card Manipulation Series, Number IV, in an effect called "Magnetic Thought."

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remains on bottom and face up to the table. Patter: "Oh, make sure that you remember the card. Look at it again, then place it face down into the center of the face-up deck!" The spectator will follow your instructions. If he has any suspicions, they will be allayed once he sees the card he originally noted.

Ribbon spread the pack face up and say, "Let's keep an eye on the card." At this point, recapitulate if you like. Ask the second spectator which card he noted, then ask the third spectator to name his thought-card. When they name the same cards, turn to the first spectator and ask, "What was the first card you took and kept an eye on?" As he names it, remove the face-down card, toss it face up, and add, "Unbelievable!"

The climax of this routine permits many presentation possibilities. For example, after the two spectators name their cards, say, "That's impossible. That's the card this gentleman had all along!" as you reveal the face-down card. However, this detracts from the surprise of apparently not knowing the situation. You can also say that the spectators would make excellent witnesses since they saw the same thing. In the final analysis, only through experimentation will you discover the best course to follow.

March 18, 1970

March 27, 1970: In the "No Glide or Easy Glide Switch" bevel the deck. This way, when the deck is placed onto the tabled card, the bevel will hide the card's projection. (Fig. ??? ) This hides the card from above and from spectators on the left.

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