Traveling Queen

A transposition and color-change with a story to support it. You need two decks, one red and one blue, no prior set-up.

WORKING

1. Take the red deck and casually cut the Queen of Spades to the back of the deck, then openly upjog four red spot cards. Use the Vernon Add-on to add the Queen of Spades to the rear of the cards. Lay the deck aside. Fan the packet face-up, holding the last two cards as one. Show the cards front and back then leave the packet face-up on the table.

"Four red spot cards with red backs."

2. Pick up the blue deck and openly upjog four black spot cards and the Queen of Spades. Remove them fairly, while emulating the Vernon Addon. Lay the deck aside. Fan the packet face-up and openly move the Queen of Spades to the middle. Show the cards front and back, then lay these cards face-up on top of the red pile.

"Four black spot cards and the Queen of Spades, all with blue backs."

3. Pick up the combined packet and get a little finger break over the bottom card (the red Queen of Spades). Transfer the packet to Biddle grip and begin to count the black cards into the left hand. Count the first two fairly, then drop the red Queen of Spades as you count the black Queen of Spades, and get a break under the black Queen of Spades. Biddle it back as you count the fourth black card. Then count the fifth black card. Lay the red packet aside face-up briefly and fan the blacks face-up to show five blacks with the Queen of Spades in the middle. Square and turn face-down.

"Let's imagine that this is the Queen from a cold, dark, Northern country. Perhaps some place you might see in an Ingmar Bergman film."

4. Pick up the red packet face-up and do a modified Ascanio count in order to show four reds only, and then move the Queen of Spades to the middle of the packet. Simply draw off the face card with the left thumb, then the next card fanned on top of it. As you pull off the third, just do so enough that the fourth can be pushed into the middle of the fan (Fig .1), thus displaying four red cards. Square the packet and turn it face-down.

"She had always wondered what it would be like to spend time in the sunnier Mediterranean climes."

5. Butt the two packets together, then do an Anti-Shuffle—which is: a Push-through False Riffle Shuffle—but done openly. Pick up the blue backed packet and do a normal face-up Ascanio, and finish by shoving the double card into the middle of the packet. Square the cards and lay them face-down on the table.

"So she decided to take a little vacation from the cold.

6. Openly spread the red packet on the table. A blue card will show in the middle. Flip it over to show that the Queen of Spades is in the middle. This should be quite a surprise as the spectators saw the Queen of Spades in the middle of the blue packet only moments before.

" . . . and visit sunny Spain. Here she is having a high old time."

7. Square the packet and turn it face-down, then repeat the Anti-Shuffle. Afterwards, pick up the red packet, turn it face-up and do the Ascanio again, keeping the Queen of Spades hid d en in the mid d le. To emphasize that it's gone, take the right two cards fanned in the right hand and brush the cards in the right and left hand against each other (Fig.2). Finally put the right hand cards under the left (thus putting the blue Queen of Spades on the back of the packet and lay them face-up on the table.

"You've heard the expression that 'it's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.' Well, the Queen soon got lonely for 'home, sweet, home.'"

8. Turn the right hand packet face-up and spread to show that the Queen of Spades is back in the middle. Upjog it a bit, then flip the pile face-down to show that the Queen of Spades is now red-backed.

"So she came back home, but she had one souvenir of her trip...a bad sunburn."

To clean-up: Pick up the face-up red packet in the left hand and the facedown blue packet in the right. Turn the right hand palm-down and pull off the now red Queen of Spades onto the face of the red cards, then put the blue cards to the back of the full packet. Fan the cards toward yourself so the spectators can't see the faces. Take the Queen of Spades on the face, plus the red cards off and lay them on the red pack. The remaining cards go face-down on the blue pack.

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