Card Matrix

EFFECT: The performer very fairly places four coins at the four corners of his mat Taking the deck, he openly removes the four aces and places the deck onto the middle of the mat. After placing the cards, one over each coin, the hands are unmistakably empty. However, after waving over the cards, the cards themselves are seen to collect, one at a time, in the upper left corner in true matrix fashion.

COMMENTS: There is no denying the fact that this was designed for, and is most effec tive for magicians. A large part of the routine hinges on the preconceived notion that the coins will travel instead of the cards. Since magicians are deceived as to what the effect itself is going to be, you are far more thanjust a card ahead. By the time they realize they've been suckered the effectis almost over, and if s obviously too late to reconstruct at that point.

This routine was part of the act that I used to win First Place in the close-up competition at the national S.A.M. convention held in Hartford, Connecticut in 1979.

PROCEDURES: Begin by openly displaying the four coins, and placing them onto the four corners of the mat. Face down on the deck, from the top down, are three aces, an indifferent card, and the fifth card is the ace of spades.

' .1 i us next effect requires only four coins; one for ensh corner ofthe-Ht.!, and four cards. One ace for each coin, they will serve as guardians. One at a time the cards will cover each of the coins used."

As this is being said, pick up the deck and obtain a break under the ace of spades (five cards down) (FIG. 1). Place the aces one at a time face up onto the mat. After the third ace, pick up a double to show the ace of spades, and use it as a scoop to pickup the other three aces as the left hand places the deck in the center of the mat (FIG. 2). This is done casually because the cards at this pointare unimportant. Make a big thing of this and you could tip the fact that the cards themselves play a crucial role in the effect.

Take the ace packet in the right hand and obtain a break over the bottom two aces. FIG. 3 exaggerates the break. Show this ace and place two aces as one in the upper left corner over that coin. Flash another ace and let it drop from the packet to cover the lower left coin (FIG. 4). Repeat this for the lower right coin. The last card is an indifferent card. Don't flash its face. Merely place it over the

upper right coin. "Despite the fact the coins are unquestionably guarded by each of i/it- pur aces, all I need do is wave my hands and they will visibly join, one at a time, in the upper left corner."

As this is said, the hands wave over each of the cards, until at one point the left hand covers the upper left corner, and the right hand covers the lower right corner. The left hand spreads the two cards apart as the right hand palms the card it covers (FIG. 5). FIG 6 shows how the right little finger takes advantage of the 'give' in the mat. By pressing the upper right edge of the card with the little finger, it will pop up enough to be easily palmed. Lift the left hand an instant before the right to reveal the passage of the first card.

The left hand moves to the lower left as the right hand moves to the upper left with its palmed card. ''Wu;ia second, oh my gosh! It's the cards that are going instead of the coins!"

Repeat the palming process with the left hand as the right hand sets down its palmed ace (FIG. 7). Immediately the right hand moves to the upper right corner to palm the indifferent card in that position, as the left hand places its palmed ace on the upper left packet.

Obviously, timing and rhythm are the crucial factors here. As the last ace is seen to travel, both hands lift straight up. When they come down the right hand places its palmed card directly onto the deck FIG 8 has the left hand higher than the right as it replaces its card. Actually, the left hand is picking up the four aces as the drop-off occurs.

Timed correctly, the unloading of the extra card is 100% effective. Don't let up on the pace as the left hand immediately picks up the four aces. After the drop-off the right hand comes up to help display the four aces as you say, "Theacesivent insteadof the coins!" (FIG. 9)

The concept of the com/card matrix is so strongly ingrained in magicians' minds that they cannot help but fall for this routine. They all look for an extra coin or for a pick-up move, so they are thrown off track at the very beginning.

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