The Phantom

EFFECT:

Performer shows a Three of Spades on bottom of deck. He reaches up with right hand and apparently removes the center pip, leaving the Two of Spades. He snaps invisible pip into the air and shows right hand empty. Then he reaches into air again, gets invisible pip and puts it on the Two of Spades -- and behold, the Two changes back to the Three of Spades again.

To Perform:

Place the Two of Spades on the "Top" of the deck and the Three of Spades on the "Bottom."

Hold deck in left hand with Three of Spades facing audience. Have your right side slightly turned to audience, Figure 44.

"A very peculiar thing about the Three of Spades is that if you pass your hand over it in this direction, nothing happens to the card."

Pass right hand across deck from right to left. When hand gets to position shown in Figure 45, push the rear card, the Two of Spades, forward into the right hand so that it can be grasped between thumb and second joint of little finger.

Figure 46 shows the way the card is held in the right hand.

Figure 46 shows the way the card is held in the right hand.

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Figure 46A is the view from above as you see card in hand.

Figure 47 shows the way the left hand pushes card into right hand where only the two upper corners are gripped between right fingers.

The right hand must pass the deck in a continuous motion while it picks up the card. There must be no hesitation. Continue moving right hand to the left about 12 inches, raising it to show the Three of Spades again.

"But if you run your hand over the card in this direction."

Bring hand back across the deck and without stopping movement, place the Two of Spades over the Three. The moment card is in place pretend to pick off center pip of the Three spot. Remove right hand and show that center pip has been taken off and a Two spot is there instead of a Three. Toss invisible pip into the air.

"You can pick one of the pips off!"

With right forefinger point to place where pip was and push card up about a quarter of an inch to get a jog at the top, Figure 48.

Reach up into air to pretend to catch pip. Bring hand down over pack. Press down on jogged end of the Two of Spades. This forces the card into right hand where it is palmed.

Figure 49 shows view from above as you see hands, but not as the audience sees them.

Bring right hand away to show the Three spot. The pip has apparently reappeared.

As you bring right hand toward your body, curve fingers inward until edge A can be held by thumb, Figure 50.

Then bring right hand up to deck to point to center pip of the Three spot with fingers, Figure 51.

Release edge A from thumb. This causes card to spring up behind deck. Hold it in place with rest of cards in left hand, Figure 52.

Remove right hand from deck and show it empty. A good. natural move is to snap card into place under cover of transferring deck from left to right hand.

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This last move of causing a palmed card to spring up behind the deck was given to me by Paul Fuchs, whom I mentioned earlier in this lesson. In his hands it is a beautiful piece of deception. It may be used in effects when you want to add one or more palmed cards to the back of the deck while the front is exposed.

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