EFFECT: A card is selected and lost in the deck. The performer cuts a card from the deck, which proves to be the wrong card. Waving his hand, he causes the card changes into the selection. With another wave, the back of the selection changes color.
PROCEDURES: This is a variation on a Barry Price color change. The set up is that you have an odd-colored card in the center of the deck, with a left little finger break below it. The right index finger is on the upper left corner of the deck, acting as if it will pick up exactly where the spectator calls "stop" as you riffle down the cards with your left thumb.
Stop exactly when they call, and apparently break the pack at that point. To create the impression of lifting where they call, clearly insert the pad of the right index finger at the riffled stopping point (FIG. 1). However, the right thumb picks up the entire upper packet, starting at the break in the back (FIG. 2).
Raise the face of the right hand packet to show the "selected" card (the odd-backed card). As this is done, obtain a left little finger break under the top card of the left-hand packet. The right hand then places its packet on top of the left-hand packet. Double cut to the break so the odd-backed card ends up second from the bottom of the deck.
The right thumb gets a large break above the bottom two cards. The right index finger swing cuts half of the deck into the left hand (FIGS. 3 and 4). You are doing the J.K. Hartman double lift from the bottom.
The left hand takes the upper portion (refer to FIG. 4) and the right hand brings its cards over the left-hand cards, the right thumb pushing down on the bottom two cards, bending them away (FIG. 5.).
The right hand allows the upper packet to slide off the buckled double, as the right index finger pivots the double face up on top. It looks as if you have given the deck a fancy cut, pivoting out a card as you do (FIGS. 5 and 6).
You now have the odd-backed card face up on the face-down deck, with the indifferent card (the three of hearts in this case), face up on top of the face-up odd-backed card. If you turned these two cards over, the spectators would see the odd-backed card.
The left thumb and index finger now grip the upper right corner of the double card, while the thumb and index finger of the right hand take the cards by the lower right corner (FIG. 7). The right hand then circles forward, turning the cards between the left thumb and index finger (FIG. 8).
As the right hand pulls the three of hearts back to its original position, the right fingers keep the odd-backed card by sliding it out from under the three and into a Tenicai-type palm position. This action is completely hidden by the right hand. The odd-backed card can be seen under the right hand in FIG. 9.
The right hand then pivots forward, this time allowing the jack to ride above the three (FIG. 10). In order to help the two cards line up, the left hand can switch positions, gripping the cards by their long edges. The right hand simulates a waving action over the cards, and as it does, the base of the fingers brush against the short ends of the cards, squaring them as they are revealed (FIG. 11).
Turn the double card face down. Repeat the color change action to cause the back of the selection to change color (FIG. 12). The right hand then takes the card from the left fingertips, tosses it on the table, allowing the extra card to secretly fall flush with the deck.
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EFFECT: A half dollar, placed in the hand, magically changes into a key.
COMMENTS: This is Michael's updated handling of a J.B. Bobo effect that appeared in both MODERN COINMAGIC and MYBEST.
PROPS: You need a half dollar and a silver key that has a round head.
PROCEDURES: When you are ready to perform this routine, secretly obtain the key and clip its head between the tips of your right first and second fingers. The key is concealed along the length of your right second finger (FIG. 1).
Introduce the half dollar and hand it to a spectator. Ask the spectator to try and bend the coin. Naturally, they cannot. Take back the coin and place it directly over the head of the key; then immediately slide both coin and key to the left so you end up displaying the coin by its edges between the forefingers and thumbs. The shaft of the key is concealed under your right thumb (FIG. 2).
Say, "1 can bend thecom. Watch." You now do the old soft coin trick, wherein you pretend to bend the sides of the coin up and down. There's nothing to it really; simply flex your hands back and forth and it appears as though you are bending the coin.
Hold the coin (and key) with your right hand as your left hand turns palm-up. Move the coin (and key) onto the center of your left palm and close your left third and fourth fingers around it (FIG. 3). The coin extends past the third finger, still visible to the audience.
Close your left first and second fingers around the coin. Begin to turn your right hand palm-down, withdrawing the right fingers from the left hand, but leaving the thumb still trapped by the left fingers (FIG. 4).
Draw your right hand slowly away from your left, removing your right thumb in the process. Move the right thumb suspiciously behind the right fingers, as though you are concealing something (FIG. 5).
While all of the attention is on your right hand, you silently maneuver the coin into a heel clip position. This is done as follows: Turn your left hand palm-down. Hold the key in place against your palm with your fourth finger as your second and third fingers open slightly, allowing the coin to silently fall to a fingertip rest position (FIG. 6).
The second and third fingers now carry the coin back to the heel of the hand, where it is clipped by its edge. Nearly all of the coin is outside of your hand (FIG. 7).
As the coin is transferred into heel clip position, turn your right hand palm-up and show it to be empty. Say, "Nope, Ihaveni done anything yet." You now do a move by Roger Klause. Move your right hand, with its palm facing you, over to your left fist Extend your right forefinger to touch the back of the left hand as you say, "The coin is still in there."
Your right fourth extends under your left fist and contacts the underside of the heel-clipped coin, whereupon the coin is easily clipped and stolen between the right third and fourth fingers. The right fingers then curl into the palm as you complete the pointing gesture (FIG. 8). The steal takes only an instant to execute. It is quite easy to do, and when done right, is totally invisible. FIG. 9 shows an audience view at this point.
Lower your right hand to a natural position at your side. Your left hand is still palm-down. Say, "The coin is still there, but the key difference is thatbyjust wavingmyksttd over it, the coin becomes the key!" Snap your right fingers over your left fist. As this is done, maneuver the key so the shaft extends past your left fingertips (FIG. 10).
Turn your left hand palm-up, revealing the shaft of the key exlending past your fingertips. Now open your hand to completely display the key. The coin is ditched at an opportune moment.
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