Seven Jokers

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I believe this is an original routine, from beginning to end. The handling is to the point and quite mystifying.

WHAT THE AUDIENCE SEES: Three cards are selected and shuffled into the deck. The magician removes seven Jokers from his wallet. Three of the Jokers are placed reversed among the other four Jokers. These three Jokers magically turn into the three selected cards. For a finale, the selections cleanly turn back into Jokers.

SET-UP: Have four Jokers followed by three cards (say 10S, AH and KD) in your pocket. The order from the face should be 4 Jokers, followed by three selections. All seven of these cards should have the same back design, which contrasts with the deck you are using (see illustration #1).

You also need a deck with the 10S, AH and KD on top. If you want to perform this routine impromptu, simply cull these cards to the top when you want to do the routine.

TO PERFORM: It will be necessary to force the top three cards on three different spectators. You can use the Slip Force, or Bruce Cervon's One-Handed Flip Over Force, or the Riffle Force. Have the spectators memorize their cards and insert them back into the deck.

Place the deck aside, and remove the seven-card packet from your pocket or wallet. Remove the cards with their backs showing and drop them on the table.

Say, "I have seven cards." Suiting actions to words, spread the cards on the table, using your forefinger to touch each card as you count it. It is important to emphasize that you have only seven cards.

Square the cards and flip them face-up in your left hand. Say, "The seven cards are all Jokers. Each deck comes with a Joker in case you happen to lose a card." Here you perform the Hamman Count to show seven jokers. If you are not familiar with the count, here is a quick description.

The Hamman Count: your right hand holds the packet in a Biddle Grip, thumb at inner end (at inner right corner) second finger at outer end (at outer right corner). Your left thumb moves onto the Joker at the face and, as your hands separate, the Joker is peeled onto your left palm. Repeat this action two more times, each time peeling another Joker onto your left hand.

As you go to peel the fourth Joker, a natural-looking switch of the packets occurs as follows: your hands move closer together, so the packet in your right hand is farther to the left than the cards already in your left hand. Your left thumb descends on this packet near the outer left corner, clipping it to the base of the left forefinger. At this point, your right third finger will be touching the outer right corner of the lower packet. By pressing inward with this finger, the lower packet will press against your right thumb. Once this happens, separate the hands, and the switch will be completed.

Continue to peel the Jokers into the left hand, counting aloud as you do so. The audience will think they see seven Jokers. The key here is timing. Count to yourself (or aloud) while practicing the count, and you will soon get the hang of it.

Back to the routine. You have now shown seven Jokers to the audience. Deal three Jokers off the face of the packet to the table. Flip the four remaining cards in your left hand face-down, and reverse count them in the hand. When you are finished, their order from the top down will be Joker, three selected cards.

Fan these four cards, and interlace the face-up Jokers between them. Push the Jokers flush and spread the seven cards in your hands. Close the spread and secretly perform a half-pass of all cards below the top card.

Flip the packet face-up and fan it with the right hand. Your audience will see four faceup Jokers with three face-down cards interlaced between them. Your audience will assume these cards are the Jokers they saw a moment ago.

Magically pass the fan over the deck on the table, then slowly turn it over in your hand. The three interlaced cards have magically turned into the selections!

Now for your finale. Upjog the three selections for approximately 1/2 their length, confirming that they are the selected cards. After upjogging the third selection, close the spread, and secretly reverse the bottom Joker of the spread using the half-pass. The upjogged cards will provide plenty of cover for this reversal.

Now hold the seven card packet securely in dealing position in the left hand, your left thumb pressed against the Joker at the face. If you take your left forefinger and deliberately press the outjogged cards flush with the packet, two cards will pop out from the bottom of the packet. This is exactly what you are about to do, while at the same time performing Vernon's Through the Fist Flourish to reverse the packet. Simply press the left forefinger firmly down as you perform the reverse Through the First Flourish. The end result is that the packet will emerge from your fist looking exactly the same as when you started.

Take the packet with your right hand, thumb on top, fingers beneath as it emerges from your left fist. Drop the packet back into the left hand in dealing position. With your left pinky, obtain a break above the bottom card. Your right hand now enters this break from the rear, thumb on top, fingers beneath, and pinches the packet as the left palm moves forward and strips out the two outjogged cards while adding the bottom card in the process. You will now have three face-down cards in your left hand which your audience assumes are the three selections they saw a moment ago. In fact, these three cards are Jokers.

With your right hand, carefully place the four cards it holds onto the table, being sure not to expose the three selections hidden beneath the face Joker.

Now make a magic gesture over the three face-down cards in your left hand, then turn them over one-at-a-time to show they have transformed back into Jokers! Put all seven cards back into your pocket or wallet to clean up.

FINAL NOTES: The switch of the cards at the end of the routine was inspired by Harry Lorayne's Four Card Switch, which can be found in Vernon's Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic.

The Hamman Count is described in many available tricks, including Peter Kane's "Wild Card". An excellent description can also be found in The Secrets of Brother Tohn Hamman.

Sevcen Jokers Illustration 1

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