Selfcorrecting Sandwich

When the wrong card appears between the two black Jacks, the magician reveals the deck's "self-correcting" feature.

1. Spread the deck face-up and outjog the two black Jacks. Flip the deck face-down and catch a break under the top card, then pull out the Jacks and turn them face-up on top of the deck. Lift off the top three cards, as two, in a Biddle grip. Count the top Jack onto the deck then place the remaining double on top, then place the three cards square on the table.

2. Have a card selected and controlled to the top of the deck.

3. State that you will cause the chosen card to leave the deck and appear in an unexpected place. Riffle the deck then reach down and spread the Jacks revealing a face-down card between them. Flip over the three cards revealing the card, the spectator denies it's his. Failure!

4. Explain that the deck is programmed to fix all your failures. Get a break under the top card as you pick up the three cards. The Jacks are face-up with a face-down card between. Do the Kosky Switch but do not remove the packet—leave it outjogged for half a card length.

Now undercut the lower half of the deck (pulling it inwards) and place it on top. The packet remains outjogged from the middle of the deck.

5. This is how the deck makes the correction: Turn the deck face-up (sideways) and hold it so it's tilted downwards so the audience gets a good view of what happens.

Finally turn your left hand and spread the deck face-down across the table revealing the two face-up Jacks with a new card between them. The spectator names his card and you now reveal it between the Jacks.


With your left first finger, push the packet flush—this causes a card to pop out the rear due to the Plunger Principle (Fig.1). This is the card that was between the Jacks. Remove this card and toss it onto the table—the Jacks have ejected the wrong card. This is again based on Gavin Ross's "Auto-Plunger."

Now let's look at some variations on this theme.


When the wrong card appears between the two black Jacks, the magician reveals the deck's "self-correcting" feature, but the two red Jacks appear. They then instantly locate the chosen card.

As you're taking out the black Jacks, cull the red Jacks to the top, then any other card on top of them. In other words, from the top down:

1. Have a card chosen and controlled to the bottom in any way that keeps the red Jacks on top. For example, you can use the Final Control (see Vol.1, p.15).

2. Proceed as in the previous effect, showing the chosen card has arrived between the Jacks. Failure!

3. Then use the Kosky Switch, but pick up the top two cards instead of one. Proceed as above, with the deck kicking out the wrong card, then when you spread there are two cards between the black Jacks. Cut them to the top and show these to be the red Jacks. The chosen card will be back on the bottom.

"It's a three-step process: First get rid of the wrong card, then second, find the cards that can find your card."

4. Now do Reinhard Muller's "3 Card Catch." (See Chapter 26)

In short, place one red Jack face-up on top of the deck, one face-up sidejogged left on the bottom. The left fingers contact both the face-up Jack and the chosen card. Toss the pack from left to right hand, holding the top card and the two bottom cards. The chosen card will appear facedown between the two face-up red Jacks.


1. To begin get the chosen card fourth from the top (below the red Jacks and an X card). Tilt or the Bluff Pass would do, but you might also try the

Concealed Allerton Control (see chapter 2 in vol.1). Do exactly as above up to the point where you've cut the sandwich to the top.

2. Spread over the top four cards and catch a break under the fifth (selection), then lift off all five cards in right hand Biddle grip—the rest of the deck is placed face-down on the table. Pull off the top face-up Jack into your left hand—pull off the two face-down cards but outjog them—then place the remaining double on top of the injogged Jack (Fig.2). Pull out the two outjogged cards turning them face-up to reveal the red Jacks. Casually place the black Jacks aside as they have been rejected in favor of the reds—same patter as above.

3. Now cut the red Jacks into the deck and spread. But nothing happens. No card is caught. Play this out as long as you want, then say, "Hmm maybe the black Jacks weren't so bad after all...," as you reach down and spread them, revealing the face-down card, which is the selection.


Cull the red Jacks, one to the bottom and the other second from the top, while removing the black Jacks.

1. Load the top card between the black Jacks as in the original handling, then lay the packet on the table.

2. Spread the deck to have a card freely chosen. Close the spread, then Swing-Cut the top half into your left hand and have the chosen card replaced on top. Place the right half on top, keeping a break between the halves.

Riffle the deck for effect, then spread the black Jacks to show a card has appeared between the Jacks. Flip it over and it's . . . the wrong card!

3. Casually Double Cut to the break, then pick up a break under the top card as you talk about the deck's self-correcting mechanism. Do the Kosky Switch, etc., as in the original, up to the point of ribbon-spreading the deck face-down to reveal a face-down card between the two face-up black Jacks.

Push out, not only the sandwich, but also the face-down cards below and above the sandwich (Fig.3).

Push these five cards completely out of the spread. Now you have a pretty display for the climax. Your right hand takes the rightmost facedown card as the left takes the leftmost card and uses it to flip the sandwich over, revealing the chosen card (Fig.4). Put the left card on top, spread to the left, and the right card underneath, spread to the right.

Ask if this is the chosen card. When the spectator says it is, flip the ribbon-spread packet face-up as you say, "Jackpot!"


When you've done the Kosky Switch and are ready to undercut the bottom half to the top, instead you do a display showing the face-down card still between the face-up Jacks.

Go back to the original "Self-Correcting Sandwich," then do it this way:

1. After you've aligned the top face-up Jack (with the chosen card hidden beneath) with the outjogged face-up Jack, pull them out a little further from the deck. Then pull back the top face-up Jack about half an inch, exposing the face-down card. Then pull both back another half inch, so that all three cards show as a sandwich. There should still be a portion of the top card of the deck showing (Fig.5).

2. Undercut the bottom half to the top. The tiered sandwich will still show all three cards. Turn the deck over sideways as you continue your explanation about the self-correcting feature of the deck, then do the plunger effect, which works just as well now as before.

The card will start plunging out when the faceup Jack meets the face-down chosen card. Of course, all is hidden from the spectators.

You can even lay the cards down on the table showing the sandwich out sticking from the middle of the deck.


Here's another variation on the Kosky Switch. In this case, the self-correcting feature isn't used.

1. Proceed as above, except that the relative distances are such that the top face-up Jack ends up squared with the deck, with the face-down card and the other face-up Jack each protruding a little from the front of the deck to display the tiered sandwich (Fig.6).

2. When you undercut the bottom half to the top, injog it so that as much of the top Jack is showing as of the other two cards (Fig.7 - next page). Now, without turning the deck over, do the plunger, simply pushing in the two outermost cards until they square with the bottom half of the deck (Fig.8 - next page). The plunged card will secretly move in and become the bottom card of the upper half.

Pull the top half away with the right hand, which loads the plunged card underneath, as you remark, "One last look," then lay the half back on top, square, covering the Jack. The deck can be spread and the card is switched.


Here, the card is made to appear instantly on the top of the deck. This is accomplished by concealing the injogged card from the audience and using a Leipzig double turn-over of the top and middle cards.

1. Proceed as in the first version up to the point when you are about to push the outjogged cards flush for the Plunger—but the deck remains face-down. As you do it—your right hand slides the top card inwards and your thumb contacts the plunged card (Fig.9).

Both cards are now turned end for end, face-up together, and onto the deck (Fig. 10). It's actually easier if you do the plunger first by tilting your left hand slightly so the injogged card isn't seen, then casually do the Leipzig Center Double Turn-over.

In fact you can do this without the top card—using a slight neck-tie—and an end-for-end turn-over of the injogged card only.

The effect is that the rejected card is sent to the top. Flip the double (or single) face-down and finish as normal.

Chapter 16

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