Double Card Lift

Chosen card is at top of deck, but you are going to prove that it is not there.

Hold deck in left hand, backs of cards up. With right thumb lift up lower left corner of "two" top cards, as illustrated in Figure 7.



Pick up the two top cards and show them as one. See Figure 8. To the audience it looks like you are holding only one card. And that card is not the selected card.

"By the way, the top card did not happen to be your card, did it? No? Then it has! been lost somewhere in the pack in the shuffle."

After showing card, return the two to the top of the deck.

Pick up card case and show it empty. You may give it to spectator for examination.

Place deck in case with face of cards toward flap of box, as illustrated in Figure 9.

Push down the two small side flaps of case, then bring large flap over cards, and insert it apparently enclosing whole deck in the case. This is what you really do. Place the tip of left index finger on top of selected card and pull it back about an eighth of an inch from rest of pack. See Figure 10. This allows enough space into which to force the flap of card case. Push flap down.

You now have chosen card between back of box and the flap. See Figure 11. As box and card are same color the box can be thrown about rather carelessly and can be shown hurriedly without fear of detection. The audience will not suspect that you have not enclosed all of the cards in the

You may show case at close range by holding thumb of left hand over part where card shows. See Figure 12. Show case freely to prove that cards are really enclosed in it.

"I should now like to borrow a handkerchief."

Ask spectator who lends handkerchief to roll it up rope fashion.

"Please roll the handkerchief rope fashion. Now will you please tie the deck of cards onto the palm of my right hand?"

Show right hand freely, both sides, spreading fingers wide apart. Also show both sides of case. Then place case on right palm with part showing selected card against the hand and toward tips of fingers, as in Figure 13.

"Tie it rather tight so that it will not slip."

Spectator ties handkerchief around case and hand, knotting it at the back, as illustrated in Figure 14.

"Let me convince you again that there are no cards in my hand or outside of the case."

With left hand lift up edge of case, covering selected card with first two fingers, to show audience that there is nothing between case and hand. Lift up lower end of case also.

"Now, sir, will you please tell me what card you selected? The Jack of Spades? Thank you. (We will assume here that the selected card was the Jack of Spades, but any other card would do just as well.) Well, the Jack of Spades is somewhere in this card jail. You know he is a slippery fellow. Would you mind calling him? Say, 'Here. Jack, here, Jack. Come here, Jack'"

When spectator calls, you place second finger of right hand against card in case and push card slowly out of case.

Push card out about three-quarters of an inch, then release it and return finger to top of case and push card up again a little way. Then repeat this motion. If it is done properly, card will appear to rise slowly out of box. Keep the motion smooth, not jerky and your effect will be good. See Figure 15.

"Prison walls do not a prison make -- and out comes the Jack."

When the Jack has risen almost entirely out of the box, as in Figure 16, take it out with left hand and give it to spectator or lay it on the table.

"This is your card, is it not? And the rest are still in the deck and snugly tucked into the box."

Slip case from hand and remove handkerchief. Show case on both sides. Open flap, remove deck, and fan deck (spread it out fanwise) to show cards freely. Return borrowed handkerchief.

"The moral of which is -- it is a wise card that does not sleep fifty-two in a bed."

FIG, 15
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