Setting Up A Packet Exchange

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

Get Instant Access

Edward Marlo repeated two more times as your right hand takes 4-5-6, 7-8-9, and places each fan-of-three onto the preceding group.

When taking off the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth cards, slightly injog the twelfth card as you drop them onto the face-down and tabled packet. The third card from the to is now injogged. Place the deck aside with your left hand, as your right hand picks up the tabled packet by its right side only.

Your right hand flips this packet face up and sideways into your left hand. Your right hand quickly comes over from above to square the ends of the cards. Your right thumb at the back end presses down on the injogged card as your left pinky moves in to hold a break at this inner left corner and above the three bottom cards.

During this action, say: "I want you to see that there are no extra Aces among these cards!" After you utter this remark, your right hand takes the face card, which your left thumb has dealt over the side, with your right first and second fingers on top of the outer right corner. Your right thumb is below to turn the card face down. It is apparently ducked underneath the face-up cards.

Because of a Pull Down Move, the card is really inserted above the three bottom cards. Without any pause, turn over the next face card in the same manner, but this time actually place it beneath the packet. Continue in this fashion, placing each successive card face down and under the face-up cards, until a face-down card appears, apparently indicating that you have dealt through the entire packet. You have also shown that the packet does not contain any Aces and since you have not called attention to the number of cards in the packet, no one notices that all twelve cards were not shown.

Turn the packet face down into your left hand. You now have three face-up cards under a facedown card on top of the packet. Suppose that the Aces were arranged in the S-C-H-D order from face. They are now picked up and spread between your hands. Finally, only your right holds the fan of Aces, which is shown on both sides.

Apparently flip over three of the face-up Aces (D-C-H) face down on the top of the deck. Your right hand retains the face-up AS. Then your right hand moves the fan of Aces towards the top of the deck so that the bottom AD is aligned and flush with the top of the deck. The rest of the Aces are still fanned.

Under the cover of this fan, your right first and second fingers lift at the natural separation between the back-to-back cards. Your right first and second fingers move in further, grasping these cards while the AD-AC-AH are simultaneously pulled inwards by your left thumb and away from the AS held in place by your right thumb.

With the face-up AS in your right hand, your right fingers pick off the top card of the left-hand packet so that it goes under the AS. Your left thumb pushes the top card over very slightly so that your right first and second fingers can pick off this top card, putting it under the AS. (Fig. 1)

Your right hand carries both cards to the table, leaving only the face-down card as your right hand comes back to pick off the next card. The next card is taken under the AS and handled in the same way. For the third card, use your first finger to pick off the top card to expose the faceup card beneath it. As your right fingers remove this third card, your left hand Wrist Turns downward to conceal the face-up card. Again, leave the face-down card on the table and on top of the preceding two as your right hand retains the AS.

Your right hand then returns its AS face up and under the left-hand packet as follows: Your right hand turns its AS face down. Your left hand is still palm down and your left fingers reach for the face-down AS to take it onto its packet. When the AS is flush with this packet, your left hand turns palm up to display the AS. There are now two face-up cards. To complete the exchange, simply perform a Double Turnover and deal the top indifferent card onto the previously dealt cards on the table.

If you require an exchange of only three Aces, leaving the Ace of Spades as a leader Ace, then proceed by tossing the AS face up from your right hand. Reach under the left-hand packet with your right hand to remove the face-up card, which will come out face down. Tap the Ace of Spades with this card and say, "This will be the leader Ace." Continue by turning your left hand palm up, then return the right-hand card face down on top of the packet. In either case, you are set for any Ace Assembly.

Some cardmen may find that obtaining a break under the top four cards makes the entire action easier. In this case, a better procedure is to get the break at the base of your left thumb. As your right hand then approaches the left with its Aces, the base of your left thumb is pressed against the four top cards of the left-hand packet and moves them to the right, forming a step at the inner right corner. This step is easily picked up by your right first and second fingers in readiness for the Turnover Exchange. This stepping action can also be used when doing the action of apparently turning the face card face down and under the face-up packet. The face cards above the break are stepped to the right at the inner right corner. As your right hand, turning its card face down, feeds this card's inner left corner beneath the stepped portion and above the three bottom cards.

An easy substitute for the Pull Down action is to merely hold the break at the base of the thumb as your right hand inserts its first face-down card directly into the break from the back end. This looks like the Tilt insertion. Without any hesitation, the next face-up cards are now turned face down one-at-a-time and are dealt under the packet in the usual manner. The first action is somewhat excused as you tap the face of the packet with the face-down card in your right hand, near the inner left corner. The face-down cards outer right corner is tapped against the face of the packet near the inner left corner. Say, "Notice that there are no other Aces in this packet."

April 19, 1970

Was this article helpful?

0 0

Post a comment