TThir Squeeze

In your right hand you hold the miniature case opening outward, with the left thumb pulling the top flap back onto the case; and in your left hand you hold the gimmicked deck in dealing position. From the front end the deck looks perfectly normal, and your thumb and fingers, resting along the sides, aid in screening from view the odd shape of the gimmick lying under the covering card. (See page 129 for more information on concealing the nature of the gimmick.)

Begin to insert the inner right corner of the covering card into the mouth of die box; then stop and hold the pose. Figure 8 shows this position, with the fingers moved aside to clarify the situation. In performance the fingers cover the edge of the single card as much as possible, while the left hand twists at the wrist to angle this edge in toward your body and out of sight. The length of the thumb protects the opposite edge from view.

Stare at the deck and case, and wait for the audience to comprehend your problem. Your predicament is amusing, and the sight of the normal deck and little case is naturally humorous. When you sense that you have everyone's attention, look up and say, "This is a problem I always have."

Raise your right hand, displaying the front of the case. With the top flap pulled back, the case looks even smaller than it is, thanks to its shortened height. "Well, die cards came out ol die box, so diey should go back in/

Raise your left: hand with the gimmicked deck and apparently push the deck down into the case. Your real actions are these: Slip the bottom right corner of the covering card between the front of the case and the tip of your right forefinger. Then push down on the deck, collapsing the covering card into a folded condition. Thanks to the scoring, the card will fold Z-tashion with almost no effort on your part (Figure 9), until it lies in diirds behind die wedge-gimrnick.

With your left thumb, push rightward on the left corner of the folded card, swiveling it ninety degrees clockwise to a vertical angle behind the wedge gimmick. Then smoothly insert the lower end of the card inside the case and settle the waist of the gimmick neatly into the mouth of the case (Figure 10). All this takes only a second or two.

Remove your left hand and let die audience see the situation (Figure 1 l).The bottom portion of the deck appears to be compressed into the case. This sight is simultaneously surprising, astonishing and funny, so be sure to pause here for the full cffcct to register. An added aspcct of this pose is that the case already looks too small to hold the part of the deck it appears to—yet the case is, in reality, nearly empty!

Everything is secure, since the folded card is trapped inside the case, preventing die folds from springing open; and at the same time die folded card braces the gimmick in the mouth of the case, so that it can't fell out (Figure 12).

Bring your left hand back to the deck and squeeze the rest of the pack into the case. To do this, momentarily conceal the deck behind the left fingers as your thumb turns the wedge-gimmick ninety degrees clockwise (Figure 13) and slips the gimmick

down into the case (Figure 14). Move the hand aside, letting it be seen empty while you show that the deck is now completely in the case.

Close the top flap over die deck and toss the cased dcck nonchalantly into the air, letting all sides be observed as It spins. At the same time the hands are seen empty. Catch the deck and put it away. The card tricks are over.

This trick, although very effective, has one drawback: It doesn't reset itself. Perhaps you can find a way to make it resetting, thus making it more practical for professional dose-up performance.

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UMM • • • a cute t'kk interesting method, easy to do too—but will it be effective? I'd better look at it. ■gxMrJ It doesn't have much meaning. How can I add meaning? Perhaps if I bor-rowed the object and...yeah, if I borrow the object, then add a story-line like... that would suggest much more meaning and make it more appealing. Yes, that storyline—that will work just right with this trick.

Still, I have the problem of getting rid of the gimmick at the end. There isn't much to capnire their attention while I do that, is there Ah, wait! If at that point 1 tell that joke, they'll laugh. That will give me plenty of cover.

Yes, that's all fine, especially if I add a couple ol jokes in the beginning to liven up the opening procedure. And oh... that's a good idea! If I ler the audience hold the envelope, it will seem as if the trick happened in their own hands. That's good. That's a proven ploy for increasing impact. Surefire stuff.

This thing is really getting somewhere!

What am I doing! Am I making the dull interesting? Adorning the unadorned by fidgeting around, adding tinsel and glitter?

Does beauty need to be made more interesting?

Does beauty need spangles?

If what I do does need rhe tinsel, is what I'm doing beautiful?

Or is the source of beauty the tinsel and glitter—and the tricks just vehicles for them?

What am I doing?

WISH the plot of this charming trick were mine, but it is inspired by an effect of Billy McComb's, which he contributed to Magic Circle iMagic (1963; see "Williamized Spider of Mr. Collins", p. 151), and there, right from the tide, he makes it dear that he too borrowed the plot, the originator of which is Stanley Collins ("The Spider" in Collins s Original Magical Creations, 1915, p. 67; also his Conjuring Mélange, 1947, p. 79). The method I worked out was done specifically to suit my tastes. The trick, though, owes much to Misters Collins and McComb.

The performer rolls up a small square of tissue, forming a ball around the end of a length of thread. 'This," he explains as he hangs it over his arm, "is a pip-eating spider, a rare species whose diet consists stricdyofthe pips from playing cards. i'll feed liim ii you're interested. " Most people are.

He removes a spot card from the pack and proceeds to feed the spider the pips from the card, until only the indiccs arc left! Pip by pip the card has become otherwise blank. When the tissue is unrolled, the pips from the card are found inside this paper spider!

Several items are required besides a deck of cards. You will need:

1) A piece of tissue, three to four inches square.

2) About two feet of heavy white thread.

3) Six diamond pips cut from thick red paper.

4) A Six of Diamonds with its large pips missing (Figure 1). This can be made by erasing the pips with fine steel wool, or you can apply press-on pips (made by l^etraset and sold by magic suppliers) to a blank-faced card to create the indices.

5) A half-card feke made from a second Six of Diamonds. The Six is cut in half, but the cut is made diagonally. To determine the angle and position of the cut, hold the Six face up in left-hand dealing grip and lay your thumb diagonally across die card, with its tip covering rhe right

cut the card on. Do so, but cut carefully around the left-hand center pip, leaving it intact. Then erase the right center pip with fine steel wool. Finally, cut a second card in half along the same diagonal line (ignoring the projecting diamond pip), and hinge this half card and the half Six together with a strip of white silk, glued to both pieces at their top edges. The completed feke is shown in Figure 3.

To prepare for performance, insert the Six of Diamonds sans pips into the feke, and place these together in the center of your pack, widi die leke turned outward. (If you wish to perform this trick in the middle oi a card set, you can palm the special card and feke into the deck, or you can use my card holdout, described in "Falling Pips", p. 127.)

Place all six of the cut-out diamonds on one corner of the tissue, fold the corner over them and crumble it a bit to retain the pips in their hiding place. You are ready.

Bring forth the tissue square and display it, holding it by the crumpled corner to conceal the stash of pips. Then roll it into a ball while openly engaging one end of the thread inside. In doing diis, pull open the crumpled corner, sccrcdy releasing the pips into the center of the ball. When the ball Is formed, loosely wrap the other end of the thread once or twice around your left wrist, suspending the crumpled tissue from it (see Figure 4). As you make this preparation, reveal that the ball is a pip-eating spider and explain how the creature got its name. Fortunately it is feeding time, so you offer to show your companions how this is managed, if they wish to watch.

Run through the face-up pack looking for a particularly toothsome card. Settle on the Six of Diamonds (spccial card and feke) and upjog it about three-quarters of an inch. Lower the pack while you close the spread, leaving the Six outjogged, so that its end can be clearly seen. Then, with your right hand, turn the deck ninety degrees counterclockwise, rotating the Six to your left. Bringing your left hand palm down over die protruding Six, strip it (the feke and its enclosed card) from the deck and take it into dealing grip with the feke resting at the inner end. Place your thumb across the card until it completely covers the spot where the left center pip of the Six should be (Figure 4). In making this arrangement, keep

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