Tenth Method

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This method is a personal favorite. In capable hands it is difficult to surpass and is completely deceptive. When Marlo demonstrated this method, everyone was completely baffled. Not only is everything natural-looking, the handling is very direct.

This handling is dependent upon one technique, repeated four times. 90After reading about the technique, you may be leery about repeating it four times. Actually, the repetition adds to the effect and leads fast company away from considering such techniques as possibilities. It must be practiced until it is absolutely sure-fire, quick, natural, and easy.

Get the four Queens to the bottom of the deck, then have the spectator go through all the preliminary business of "The Good Number." Once the four Kings or value-cards are inserted face up into different parts of the deck, square the deck and pick it up, placing it in your left hand. Ask, "Are you satisfied that you've placed your four cards into freely determined positions in the deck?" When the spectator affirms, say: "Let's remove the four cards you placed the indicator cards next to..."

Making sure that your left hand is in the Master Grip position, spread the deck until you come to the first face-up indicator card. (Fig. ) When you reach it, your left thumb pushes it and the next face-down card to the right. Then move your left thumb slightly to the right so that its tip contacts the face-up card, with its ball on the face-down card below it. Your right second and third fingertips lightly touch the right long edge of the face-up indicator card. Your left fingers under

90 The technique itself stems from unpublished notes on Marlo's Open Double Deal and Effects, particularly an item called "Directly From The Spread."

cover of the spread execute the usual loosening process of the bottom card (a Queen) as when Bottom Dealing. 91

Simultaneous to the loosening action, your right and left hands separate in what ostensibly appears to be the normal action for dropping a face-up and the face-down card below it to the table. They seem to directly drop from the spread. (Fig. 1)

To successfully achieve this situation, your left hand actually releases the bottom card as your left thumb pulls back the original face-down card that was below the face-up indicator card. The action is covered by the simultaneous separation of both hands, moving slightly and quickly apart, as well as the downward, dropping action of your hands.

This action should not be exaggerated without a full Wrist Turn action. In fact, your hands separate, move forward slightly, then drop downward slightly. It is a bomb-door action that is casual, yet quick. Both cards should fall flat. If they do not fall flat and side-by-side, perhaps you are touching the face-up card with the tips of your right fingers during the separation-action? You may also be beginning the action too far above the table's surface. Bottom Dealers should have no trouble perfecting this technique after a few practice sessions. It requires some experimentation. But when you understand the concept and the mechanics, the rest is a matter of time and practice. To conclude the effect, perform the technique four times, followed by picking up the fan of eight cards and disclosing the four Queens.

June 15, 1960

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