Contrary Tossin

Two cards are selected and lost into the deck. The spectator picks up an invisible card and tosses it into the deck, whereupon a face-up card appears sticking out of the deck. The cards on either side of this card prove to be the two selections.


1. Begin by pretending to deal the top card onto the table in front a spectator, saying, "That's an invisible card. Don't lose it we'll look at it later."

2. Spread the deck face-down from hand to hand and have someone touch a card. Flip the card face-up then flip the next card face-up. Split the spread taking the upper face-up card at the bottom of this section. Ask a spectator to remember the card remaining on top of the left-hand half. Now ask a second spectator to remember the other face-up card in your right hand.

Flip the lower selection face-down then flip the remaining one face-down doing Robverse. Keep a break as you close the spread and square the deck.

Cut at the break and complete the cut, then Double Cut the top two cards to the bottom. This puts the reversed card at the bottom.

3. With the deck in dealing position, ask the spectator who has the invisible card to pick it up. As he does so, Buckle the bottom card by pushing/squeezing in diagonally with your left first finger on the outer right corner. This will cause the inner right corner to lower and allow you to see the index of the face-up card. Say it's the Jack of Hearts.

Now say, "Turn the card face-up so we can see it." After he mimes these actions, say, "Oh, it's the Jack of Hearts. That's a good card."

4. You will now make the face-up card appear using a production move of Eddie Taytelbaum's. This was the forerunner to Piet Forton's classic Pop-out Move and, in fact, you can use Forton's move here if you so wish.

However, the Taytelbaum move is easier and more logical in this instance.

Take the deck from above in your right hand, gripping it at the inner end with your thumb on one long side and your fingers on the other. Push down with your right thumb and create a break above the bottom card (Fig.1).

Pull the top half of the deck into your left hand as in a Hindu Shuffle (Fig.2).

Ask the spectator to toss the invisible card towards the deck. As he does this, move the upper half forward then down square onto the lower half—at the same time your right thumb releases the face-up card, which will shoot forward and appear protruding from the middle (Fig.3).

5. Finish by spreading the deck and removing the face-up card along with the cards on either side of it. These are the two selections.

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