Method and Handling

Hand the deck to a spectator to shuffle. As he does so, empty your right front pants pocket and turn the pocket inside out to show it empty. Leave it hanging out.

Retrieve the deck and take it in dealing position. Explain that you're going to riffle down the side of the deck with your left thumb until the spectator tells you to stop. Do so and make a point of stopping exactly where the spectator says. (This is just like a riffle force except that there is no force.) Verify that this where the spectator wanted you to stop. If he has any reservations, repeat the process. When the spectator is satisfied, insert your right thumb into the break. Make sure the audience can see that you're reaching in at the point the spectator stopped you. (The point is that this effect will be much stronger if the audience appreciates that it's a free selection.)

You will now apparently extract the stopped-at card. In reality, you're going to perform Dr. Daley's center double lift. Your left thumb releases one card. When this card strikes your right thumb, your right forefinger and thumb start to converge on it to pinch it. Under this cover, your left thumb releases another card. (The position of the right forefinger and thumb hide this from every angle.) Your right forefinger and thumb pinch the two cards and pull them forward out of the deck. Your left second finger and thumb should slide along the sides of the two cards, ensuring that they remain in alignment. Pivot the double back onto the top of the deck, the left fourth finger taking a break under it.

Hand the spectator a marking pen and have him initial the face of the card. Turn the double face down and toss the top card on the table. Take the deck in your right hand with all four fingers at the front and the thumb at the inner left corner, in position for a one-hand top palm. Explain that in a moment you will place the deck in your pocket. As you say this, point to your pocket with your left hand or, if wearing a jacket, use your left hand to push the jacket aside and expose the pocket. At the same time, glance down and "notice" that your pocket is still reversed.

Under this misdirection, execute a one-hand top palm. The tip of your fourth finger presses down on the outer right corner of the top card and pushes the card straight forward. As soon as the corner of the card overhangs the deck, press down on it with the fourth finger. At the same time, your thumb pulls the deck to the left, away from the top card. This combined action will lever the top card into your palm. Curl the fingers as needed to complete the palm.

Take the deck in the left hand and push the pocket in with your right hand, leaving the palmed card behind. (You can generate some misdirection here by applying the Slydini/Tamariz 'crossing the gaze" concept exacdy as explained in The Quick & the Dead.)

Take about half the deck in your right hand in Biddle grip. Slide the lower half of the deck below the tabled card as you slide the upper half above it, leaving the card jutting out of the center of the pack. Instruct the spectator to push his card square into the deck. Immediately hand him the deck to shuffle.

While the spectator is shuffling, point out that it would be easy for you to find his card by looking through the faces of the cards. But as long as you don't see the faces there is no way you can find the spectator's card in die deck. To ensure that you can't see any faces, you 11 place the deck in your pocket. Pocket the deck but place it on its side so that it's cross-wise to the previously loaded card. (See illustration 5 in The Quick & The Dead.)

Explain that you will ask the spectator to count to three and that when he does so you will plunge your hand in your pocket and go through the deck card by card until you find his selection. When he finishes counting, rapidly reach into your pocket, grab the card that is sticking out beyond the deck, and pull it out as fast as possible. Finish by revealing it to be the signed selection.


As with the previous item, this effect was inspired by an effect of Andrew Wimhurst's called Dirty Harry that appears in his lecture notes Low Down Dirty Tricks. Andrew's effect was, in turn, partly inspired by my own Harry in Your Pochsfc from Cardshark.

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