EFFECT: Two freely selected cards are skillfully pulled from the deck with pasteboard "forceps/' only to suddenly change places.
COMMENTS: This is pretty straight-forward, with the deck never being cut or shuffled again after the spectator's initial mixing. What makes this possible is the use of the side-steal, and the side-steal with a top-card cover. (See SIDE-STEAL in the UTILITIES section.)
Another thing to watch for is the lead-in for having'a card peeked. You might find it useful in other areas as well
PROCEDURES: Begin by having any four-of-a-kind removed from the deck; the deck may then be shuffled. We will assume the jacks will be used. To the first spectator say,"Which would you rather have, the blackjacks or the red jacks?" We will assume the first spectator chooses the black jacks.
Place the two blackjacks face up on top of the deck, and hold the deck in the left hand in peek position. The deck faces the audience, and the right hand riffles the upper right corner to have the first spectator peek at a card. The left little finger gets a break under the peeked card. The presentation while doing this is very important:
"Some people, when thinking about this later, suspect that I might be using marked cards. If these were marked, I could read the value from the backs. As soon as you would remove your card from the deck I would know what it was. In order to ease your mind about this, I'll have you randomly select a card in such a way that I am not able to see the face or the back of it.
"In order to do that, I'll just riffle this edge of the cards, and when you say stop I'll let you just peek at a card while it's still in the center. That way only you know what your card is, and I don't see either the face or the back of it. Just say stop please...Fine. Would you like to see another card instead? Would you rather use the red jacks instead? No? Fine, we'll just place the blackjacks to one side for a minute."
Notice that you give a good, reasonable explanation for the peeking process, and how you sell it as being the fairest selection possible. If the first spectator says he would like to change his mind on his card, just get a break under the next card he picks.
As you ask the questions above, you side-steal the peeked card while using the top face-up jack as a cover. This idea is Mario's. I'll describe the move using text only; refer to the illustrated version for further details.
The deck is held in a very specific way. The left thumb is along the far left edge of the deck. This insures there is no visible break or step now, or later, when the left little finger starts to push upward against the selection. The pad of the left little finger is against the selection.
The pad of the right thumb is exactly at the inner left corner. Perfectly at the corner. This way, it serves as a gauge, keeping the upper half of the deck flush, while allowing the inner left corner of the selection to slip free when pushed to the right by the left little finger. The right fingers are curled naturally over the front edge of the deck, making sure no opening is visible from the front
The left little finger kicks out the selected card; it leaves the deck at an angle. When this point is reached, the left thumb can move from the side of the deck, and the right fingers can move to the right, away from their covering position at the front of the deck. Once the card has moved this far out, upward pressure by the left little finger is no longer needed. Pressure might cause the upper and lower packets to separate. The left thumb moves to the right, where it pinches the deck between itself and the base of the left index finger. Its hold is firm enough to support the deck as the right hand pulls the selected card to the right.
When the selected card is half-way out, the right little finger holds the upper index corner, and the thumb holds the lower index corner. These are the only two points by which the right hand holds the card.
As soon as the selected card is half-way out, the right index finger buckles the top card, insuring that only it and the selected card can move to the right. The right hand then moves to the right, with the selected card at a slight angle hidden underneath the top face-up jack.
The selected card is totally covered as the right index finger points to the face-up jack still on the deck It looks as if you are showing the top two faceup jacks. This is a very versatile move.
The right hand returns to the deck and takes the remaining face-up black jack under the jack it already holds and squares them up. This automatically (and undetectably) sandwiches the selected card between the two jacks; all three cards are returned to the table, squared and face up.
Turn to a second spectator and say,'That leaves you with the red jacks. Yd like you to peek at a card also please." Have the second card peeked-at and side-steal it to the top.
Some finesse is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. The card is pulled free from the deck by the right thumb and little finger, leaving the rest of the hand naturally curled (FIG. 1). The deck is supported only by the pinching thumb. Once the card is clear, the rest of the left fingers help support the deck, as the left thumb, still across the deck, lifts slightly, allowing the selection to be slipped under it (FIG. 2).
"Now we have two cards in two distinctly different parts of the deck; both were selected in the fairest way possible. What I have to do is try and remember the exact depth at which the first card was selected. To make it a little more interesting, 1 will use only my left little finger."
As this is said, the right hand picks up the face-up blackjacks with the first selection secretly sandwiched face down between them. The right fingers are on the bottom of a narrow end with the thumb on top. The right thumb presses forward at the very edge, moving the top two cards forward. Due to the natural curve of the cards, the face-down selection will move forward, perfectly aligned with its covering jack (FIG. 3). The left hand holds the deck securely while its little finger riffles down the inner right corner, stopping about half-way down.
You are about to reveal the first selected card, utilizing Harry Lorayne's "Instant Card Catch," from the first issue of APOCALYPSE. I believe the basic idea goes back to Mario and D'Amico in Volume One of KABBALA.
With a flick of the right wrist, run the two face-up jacks (with the first selection concealed between them) rapidly through the deck at the wide little finger break (FIGS. 4 and 5).
The pressure of the deck will spread the cards and reveal a face-down card, apparently snatched from the center of the deck. As you ask what the first person's card was, the left little finger secures a break under the second selection, the top card of the deck. Turn the right hand over to reveal the first selection sandwiched between the jacks. Done with proper acting, this will make you look very skillful; take credit for it.
As the first spectator confirms that you have caught his card, turn the three-card sandwich over again. Return the three cards to the deck, secretly adding the top card (second selection) underneath them. Now comes a switch of a sandwiched card that I learned from a Ken Krenzel routine in KABBALA called, "Kung Fu Cards."
The right hand takes the four cards (from top down; face-up jack, face-down first selection, faceup jack, and the face-down second selection) and the left thumb pulls the first jack onto the deck, outjogged an inch. Then pull the first selection over, square onto the deck, and finally, the right hand holds the remaining two cards flush and places them onto the deckinjogged an inch (FIG. 6).
The right thumb slightly lifts the back two cards (to avoid contacting the first selection, which is the second card from the top) and pushes them forward until they are flush with the outjogged card. The right hand then removes these from the deck, leaving the first selected card clipped behind on the deck by the left thumb (FIG. 7). The right fingers casually spread the black jacks and the second selected card (thought to be the first) as they are tossed to the table, supposedly finished with (FIG. 8).
Now pick up the red jacks and place them face up on top of the deck, picking up the top card underneath the bottom jack. The right hand moves to the right, holding the second jack with the originally-dis-covered card hidden beneath, while the left thumb holds the top jack back on the deck. You are supposedly just showing the two face-up jacks. The right hand returns and takes the top-of-the-deck jack squarely underneath its card. This sandwiches the first selected card face down between the jacks.
"J found the first card, but sytne of you probably thought that since the jacks were face up that they had a chance to look for the card. To eliminate that possibility, I'll turn the jacks face down (do so) and I'll turn the deck face up. That makes it easier for me and harder on the jacks! Once again, I'll estimate the exact depth of the second selection and use these two jacks to pluck it instantly from the deck to reveal the second card!"
Repeat the little finger riffle and with the right thumb push over two cards as one (the top jack with the selected card hidden behind) before running the cards through the deck. This makes things look very fair. Everything is turned over so that the kicker can be quickly and effectively reached. Watchers can immediately see that the second card caught is not only the wrong card, but the one supposedly sandwiched between the black jacks and sitting on the table the whole time.
I'll give you the red jacks the hard way." And proceed from there exactly as described. At the end, when the change does occur, it will look like you tailor made the magic for them, which makes you look good.
"Wait! That's not your card (said to the second spectator). That's yours (said to the first spectator). What was the second selected card? How about that? I've had that card all along." To finish, reveal the sandwiched card on the table to be the second selection.
One last point: Near the beginning of the routine, as you are side-stealing the first card under the cover of a black jack, remember to give the first spectator the option of choosing the other color jacks. If the option is taken, say, "Ok,
COMMENTS: This is a very open tear and restoration. It goes well alone or when coupled with restoration number^two. A little acting is necessary, along with a smooth, confident handling.
PROCEDURES: An extra piece of cigarette, slightly more than an inch in length, is concealed in the right hand, held along the length of the right middle finger (FIG. 1). This piece will be referred to as the "stub." It's a little less than half of a cigarette, and very easy to conceal. In the illustrations, the stub is the dotted piece.
The cigarette is held vertically in the right hand with the filter up, as the left thumb and middle finger come over to take it at about it's center (FIG. 2). The cigarette is then pivoted to the left, becoming horizontal, then the left fingers conceal the filter end.
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