Concealed Allerton Control
In Bert Allerton's classic book The Close-up Magician (Ireland, 1958), he included an unusual way of controlling a card to second from the top of the deck while seemingly simply turning it face-down in the middle of the deck ("The Eye Popper", pp. 24-6). We made a slight change in the handling to eliminate a weak point. First let's learn the Allerton move.
a) Push the top card of the deck about half an inch to the right. Cut off the top half with the right hand, concealing the sidejogged top card (Fig.1) (more on this in a moment). Push a card off with the left thumb.
b) Use the bottom right side of the right hand cards to flip the card face-up (Fig.2). That feels a little odd, since it's just backwards from the way you normally do it, but bear with us for a moment.
c) Push the face-up card over to seemingly flip it face-down again. Here's where the strange move comes in. The right hand cards should be at a right angle to the left packet.
The face-up card hits the sidejogged card and slides between it and the rest of the deck (Fig.3). It's turned over in the process and ends up face-down, second from the top.
The only problem is dealing with the angles. You'll find that you have no trouble concealing the sidejogged card with the right hand. And the faceup card scoots under it as slick as a whistle. But it's nearly impossible to conceal the left side of the top card, where the top card is clearly seen to be pushed over to the right. The solution is simple:
Secretly push the top two cards over to the right an inch, then pull the top card back square with the deck (Fig.4).
Now there are no angle problems. This set-up can be done casually without looking at the deck.
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