Redemption

Ask the spectators which card was chosen. When they tell you it was die Nine of Clubs, look through die deck and shrug, acting as it you cant understand how the trick could possibly have gone wrong. Then square the cards and hold them face down in left-hand dealing position.

At this point, on the table you have the double-faced card, its Two of Diamonds side showing, a face-down Two of Clubs on top of this and a face-down Nine of Clubs (believed to be die Two of Hearts) on cop of all. The Two of I Iearts is on top of the deck and a court card is at the face.

Pick up the Nine of Clubs from the pile on the table and rub it against your left sleeve. Then peek at its face. ;tThe card was the Nine of..The spectators will help you: "Clubs."

"Ah yes, clubs." Rub the card a litde more on your sleeve, then show it to be the Nine of Clubs. By asking in this manner about the suit, you give the impression that you could have changed the card to whatever the spectators tell you. This implies that some real magic is happening now.

With this surprising change of the Two of Hearts to the chosen card, your audience begins to understand that your mistakes were deliberate. With this realization they relax. You arc out of trouble, the tension and embarrassment disappear, things are in control again, the correct card has been produced. The sudden relief and relaxation provide the perfect opportunity for you to execute another top change, switching the Nine of Clubs in your right hand for the Two of Hearts on the deck. Retain a left fourth-finger break under the Nine as you make the change.

Set the right hands card, the Two of Hearts, face down onto the table. At the same time, turn your left hand palm down with the pack, and with this hand pick up the next card of the pile, the Two of Clubs, drawing it face down and square under the deck. Turn your hand palm up again, displaying the face of the Two. You now secredv hold a left fourth-finger break under the top two cards. Execute a double lift, taking the cards into position for the snap change. Tliat is, your palm-down right Jiand grasps the two cards above the break at the inner end, thumb on the left corner, second fingertip on the right corner and forefinger resting lightly on the face of thelwo (Figure 5). You are holding theTwo of Clubs back to back with the Nine of Clubs.

Now perform die snap change as you rub the double caid under your left sleeve (an A1 Leech idea that makes this change appear more magical). The change is simple. Your forefinger merely presses lightly down on the double card as you let the right corner escape the sccond finger. The double snaps over automatically, and ends pinched tighdy by its right corner between the thumb and forefinger (Figure 6).

Without hesitation, drop the double card squarely onto the deck, displaying the face of the Nine there. Make some remark and use your right hand to gesture appropriately, giving some outward reason for placing the card on the deck; then take the Nine face up into your right hand. You are now going to perform HoEtinsers wild-card turnover switch. Your right hand uses the Nine it holds to scoop up the double-laced card on the table (Figure 7). It then smoothly rotatespaJm down, turning over borh cards. The fingers let the top card of the two (the normal Nine of Clubs) escape and slip face down onto the table (Figure 8).

Without hesitation, drop the double card squarely onto the deck, displaying the face of the Nine there. Make some remark and use your right hand to gesture appropriately, giving some outward reason for placing the card on the deck; then take the Nine face up into your right hand. You are now going to perform HoEtinsers wild-card turnover switch. Your right hand uses the Nine it holds to scoop up the double-faced card on the table (Figure 7). It then smoothly rotares paJm down, turning over borh cards. The fingers let the top card of the two (the normal Nine of Clubs) escape and slip face down onto the table (Figure 8).

forefinger around the outer end until its tip contacts the double-facer (Figure 9). Then, as the hands meet and the left hands turns palm up, bringing the deck momentarily below rhe right hand, the left forefinger pulls down and slightly forward, drawing the double-faccd card around the outer end of the pack. This causcs the inner end of the card to spring quickly upward, away from the deck and smack against the right palm where it can be taken direcdy into classic palm (Figure 10).

Without a pause, die right hand glides rightward, squaring the ends of the deck. The left fingers then Hip the deck sidewise and face up into dealing position.These actions must be performed smoothly and without hesitation.

The moment the deck is face up, wave your right hand over it and perform a classic color change. Here is where that court card we included in our setup earns its keep. It assures that the color change will be a distinct one, from court card to Nine of Clubs. The color change is particularly striking because it seems impossible that you could have stolen a card from the pack; there was no time to do so by traditional means. The deck is turned face up and the color change occurs a moment later!

Flip the deck face down in your left hand. You will next show that the entire deck has changed to Nines of Clubs. This is accomplished with the Hindu shuffle in the well-known manner: Shuffle off a few small packets and raise the deck in your right hand to expose the Nine of Clubs on the bottom to someone on your left. Then turn a bit rightward as you shuffle off a few more small packets, then show the bottom card to someone else. Shuffle some more as you turn farther to the right and show the Nine to another person. Repeat once more, if you like, with someone on your fa r right. I've found that by turning in this fashion,, keeping the deck in morion and showing the card to a different person each time, the shuffle display is more deceptive. Also, I limit the displays to three or four.

Having finished the shuffle, place the right hands packet under the lefts, retaining the double-faced card at the bottom. Turn the deck face up in your left hand and take the Nine into your right hand. Simultaneously turn your left hand palm down to conceal die court card now at the face of the pack.

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