Harveys Harvest

A spectator selects a card which is returned to the middle of the deck. A second spectator touches any four cards but none prove to be the selection. These four cards are given to the first spectator, who now spells the value and suit of his card. When he turns over the top card he is surprised to find his selection, which might be the Six of Clubs. "I knew you picked a six," you say, "I just didn't know which one," as you turn over the remaining three cards revealing the other three Sixes!

This uses a simplified handling of Harvey Rosenthal's "Overload Move" that appeared in his one-man issue of Trapdoor (issue 34). As it turned out, the version used here was Harvey's first handling which led to the modified method that appeared in Trapdoor. The four-of-a-kind finish was inspired by Steve Hamilton's "Hofzinser for a Change" (Shades of Close-up, lecture notes - early 80's).

A six card set-up is required as follows, from the top down: 7D-6C-6-6-6-8D (reversed) - rest of deck. The Seven and Eight of Diamonds can be any two cards that look similar.


1. Give the deck a Jog Shuffle then hold it face-down in dealing grip. Obtain a break under the top card then bring your right hand over and grasp the deck from above in a Biddle grip—the right thumb taking over the break. With your left hand cut the bottom half to the top and regain the break at the middle with your left little finger as the deck settles back into dealing grip.

2. Riffle down the outer left corner and invite a spectator to call stop. Riffle slowly so you don't run past the break and expose the face-up card. When he calls stop, lift off all the cards above the break (standard Riffle Force) and offer him the top card of the lower section, which he takes and looks at. Tell him not to show it to spectator B whom you nominate at this point.

Have the card returned to the top of the left hand section then replace the upper half keeping a break. Double Cut to the break, or execute a Pass to bring the selection back to the top.

3. Turn the deck face-up and invite spectator B to participate, saying, "I want you to try to pick out his card by intuition alone. Ill give you four chances."

As you're talking obtain a break above the face-down card which is fifth from the bottom/rear. Now start to spread the cards from hand to hand and ask him to touch any four. Outjog each card as he touches it and name it out loud. Once four cards are outjogged, ask spectator A if any of them is his card. He'll say no.

Continue, saying, "Well, do any of them bear a resemblance to your card? Same value perhaps?"

Again he'll say no.

You now strip out the four cards adding the five cards below the break as per the Vernon Add-on (Fig.1), but you then place your left thumb below the packet and lever it face-down and onto the face of the deck (Fig.2).

Ask spectator A to hold out his hand—push off the upper four face-down cards and place them on his hand. A face-up card now shows and everything appears as it should. That was the Rosenthal switch.

Place the deck on the table out of the way. The reversed cards can be corrected later.

4. Say, "OK. So far this has been a complete failure. Let's try something else. What was the VALUE of your card?" He'll say it was a Six. Tell him to spell S-I-X by transferring cards from top to bottom as he spells—three cards in all.

Now, say, "And what was the suit?" He'll say it was Clubs. He spells C-L-U-B-S transferring five more cards.

Now ask him to turn over the top card of the packet and he should be surprised to find his card, the Six of Clubs.

Pause for effect, then say, "Actually I knew you had picked a Six I just wasn't sure which one so I magically changed all the cards into Sixes!" At that, reach forward and take the other three cards and turn them over in a fan revealing the other three Sixes.

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