The Two Card Trick

EFFECT: Using the most economic of procedures, two random cards from amongst the pack are noted, and then lost. The deck is openly turned end-for-end, and with no shuffles, cuts, or visible movements of any kind to cause the effect to take place, the first selected card appears, projecting face up from the front of the pack- The second spectator then names his card, and by merely turning the first card over, it changes into the second selection.

COMMENTS: The plot is definite, and the procedures are textbook examples of economy. Originally, this move for producing the double cards was developed when I was trying to duplicate a move Howie Schwartzman had shown me. As it turns out, it is completely backwards from Howie's move, if you can imagine what that would look like! If you should ever run into him, you might ask him to do the original for you, as you just might like his better!

I have done this effect myself for years, using it to work both sides of a room during stand-up shows. It doesn't require people to come up on stage, and yet iriless than a minute, it can create the impression you can do absolutely anything you want with a pack of cards. Look at the title of the effect, andyou can tell it was named The Two Card Trick in order for me to be able to recall my own performance material, and not so it would sound impressive in a Table of Contents.

The cards are dribbled from the right hand into left for the selection. Notice the left hand completely straddles its cards, keeping them squared.

The right hand continues to dribble its packet, but notice the left hand has removed its straddle grip, allowing the new portion, with the selected card, to become ■;.■

The cards are dribbled from the right hand into left for the selection. Notice the left hand completely straddles its cards, keeping them squared.

The right hand continues to dribble its packet, but notice the left hand has removed its straddle grip, allowing the new portion, with the selected card, to become ■;.■

As the dribbled cards are squared, the left little finger kicks the bottom card of the lop portion out. Important: Notice the position of the right thumb, It is at the exact lower left comer, acting as a gauge, which allows only the selection to move to the right.

This is an exposed view of the tide stcsJ taking place. Notice the card never gi>es into the right palm. The Upper right and lower left torners are merely gripped between the right little thumb, which pulls it to the right just enough to clear the deck. Then, during • squaring action, it is dropped back Mt the deck.

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The right hand is moved out of the way this drawing. The top two cards are levered up and away from the deck by the little fingets of both hands.

As soon as the cards clear the deck, the middle and third fingers push the cards into the right palm. This is the Top Palm. You w-'ii! end up with the twi se.

lected cards palmed in the right hand.

As soon as the cards clear the deck, the middle and third fingers push the cards into the right palm. This is the Top Palm. You w-'ii! end up with the twi se.

lected cards palmed in the right hand.

The left thumb riffles the upper left of the deck. At the same tiiw, the right hand moves the upper left corner of the two palmed cards into the gap provided. The face of the palmed cards go in against the faces of the cards in the deck.

The left thumb riffles the upper left of the deck. At the same tiiw, the right hand moves the upper left corner of the two palmed cards into the gap provided. The face of the palmed cards go in against the faces of the cards in the deck.

'.s as the ü¡.¡.-iL ■:■■.■■:■■■■'•.■:of Uie palmed cards are in the deck, the left thumb moves to the face of the deck in order Eo pivot it face up. "¡Iiis pulls the spirit:- out of classic palm position. The left hand continues to tum the deck face down v -.J s/m'-i ;:-;:.. revealing the first selection.

The left hand has re-gripped the face-down deck, as the right hand makes sure the two cards are squared as one. The right hand then takes tile two cards from the deck; with the fingers on the face of the cards, and the thumb on

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