## Compression Agents

This was inspired by Roy Walton's "Pair Dance" (Connoisseur Conjuring web site, July 27, 2000) and Duffie/Robertson's "Co-Sign" (Abracadabra). It uses both the methodology and the idea of "compression agents" from "Co-sign" to accomplish a different effect compressing two cards into a single card which combines the value of one with the suit of the other. And it does so twice!

Note the top two cards. As long at they're different values and suits, you're ready to proceed. Cull their mates to the top, above them. That is, if the top two are the Jack of Hearts and Five of Clubs, cull the Five of Hearts and Jack of Clubs to the top, in any order. If you have time to set up in advance, have one of the two cards a picture card and the other a spot card—as in the example—for better contrast.

### WORKING

1. Shuffle the deck, keeping the four-card stack on top. Now run through the deck and upjog the two black Kings, saying, "These two black Kings are the compression agents in the deck."Strip them out adding a card via the Vernon Add-on then place the deck on top. Turn the deck face-down and deal the top two cards (reversing their order) into a pile on the table to your right.

2. Casually spread the top cards of the deck, in order to get a break

"I imagine you're wondering what I mean by compression agents. Let's take the top two cards and I'll show you what I mean."

Push the top card over to the right, so two cards are seen (Fig. 1), then turn all four cards over the break face-up on top. Immediately square, then push off the top card to display two face-up cards. In our example, they are the Five of Clubs and the Jack of Hearts.

under the top four cards. 1

under the top four cards. 1

"If we were to compress these two cards into a single card, it would have the value of one card and the suit of the other. For example, it would be a five [pointing to the Five of Clubs] and a Heart [pointing to the Jack of Hearts]: the Five of Hearts. But notice it might also be a Jack [pointing to the Jack of Hearts] and a Club [pointing to the Jack of Clubs]: You get to choose."

3. Turn the four cards face-down again and deal the top two cards onto the table (reversing their order). Set the deck down so that you can slide the two cards between the two "Compression Agents" on the table, lifting the upper card to assist, and flashing the face of this upper card, which is a King.

4. Pick up the four cards and place them on top of the deck. Hit the deck with your fist, saying, "Now I'll let you see what the compression agents can do."

Lift off the top card (King) and toss it face-up onto the table. Pick off the next card and drop it face-down, spread on top of the King. Then pick off the third card (King) and toss it face-up onto the face-down card, so that there is a single face-down card between two face-up Kings. A card seems to have vanished from between the Kings. Finally turn over the three-card spread to reveal that the two cards have compressed into a single card.

5. There are now two possibilities, equally good. If the card seen is the card chosen by the spectator, say, "The compression agents seem to have done their job very well." If not, say "Sometimes that happens. They compress the card, but they don't get the right one."

6. While you're saying this, get a break under the top card, in preparation for doing a variation o the Kosky Switch.

Sandwich

Pick up the three cards and turn them over on top of the deck, so that the Kings are face-up again. Pick up the card from the break, then go through the movements of the Kosky Switch, up to the point where the three cards are outjogged on top of the deck (Fig.2).

If the card was the correct one, say "But you might have chosen the other card. That would have been alright, too, since the compression agents can handle any eventuality." If the card was incorrect, say "Don't worry about it, the compression agents have a self-correcting feature."

Undercut half the deck and place it on top (Fig.3). You now turn the sandwich so that it protrudes from the left side of the deck, at right angles to the deck (Fig.4). Then push it through the deck until it protrudes from the right side (Fig.5). Finally remove the sandwich from the deck. During this process, there is a tendency for the plunger principle to make the original card move as well. It's easy, however, to use right or left fingers at appropriate times to ensure that only the sandwich moves.

Finally, turn over the three-card spread to reveal that the sandwiched card has changed to either (a) the original card named by the spectator (if it was wrong originally), or (b) the card that they didn't choose (if it was right originally).

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