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ELFfE-CT - A spectator sits on a card and it changes to a mini-card or a coin or what-ever.

N/|E-TJ-l0P - A spot of "stick-tack" (little portable dots of glue found at stationary stores) is secretly stuck on to the card. The card, with its concealed mini-card or whatever beneath it. is placed on a chair. A spectator is invited to sit on the card - in classic rear-palm position. The spectator, upon standing up, will discover the card on the chair has metamorphosed into the mini-playing card - or a coin - or whatever.

PE.O&LE.M - Your spectator has a playing card rear-palmed

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E-fTELCT - You openly fold a signed card between two other cards, making an impromptu "blow gun." You've been terminally fair in letting everyone see the signed card as it was slowly bent and creased into the other two. A spectator blows through the gun, unfolds the three cards, but discovers only two. Her signed card has impossibly vanished. You spread the facedown deck. The missing signed card is face up in the center. And yes, its wrinkles are gone.

TLt 6UPEE. .i>ELTUP - Fold the end of one card so it's just below the small pip. Place this card on the face of the deck so that the face-up portion of the card is square with the outer end of the deck. Place a matching card (same value and color) face up onto the folded card (FIG.1).

Square the deck and hold it face down m your left hand, still keeping the folded card (now second from the face) square with the front end of the deck.

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6TEP ¿?NC. - Hang onto the deck as you direct a spectator to cut off about half the cards and place them on the table. Your right fingers remove the cut-to card from the top of your left-hand half and place it face up on the table where you can have it signed or not depending upon your mood.

6TE.P TWto - Your right fingers grasp the right side of the left-hand half and turn it face up onto your left hand. Stroke the sides of the cards with your left fingers to insure the concealed folded card is SQUARE with the front end of the packet.

Grasp the face-up packet from above by its ends with your right fingers so that your right thumb can pry up the top two cards, where you retain a left little-finger break (its actually a THREE card break if you count the folded card, but your thumb only pries up two cards to get the break).

Openly slide the top card toward yourself to reveal the matching card below. DO NOT slide the card far enough to expose the folded card, people will laugh at you and walk away.

6TE-P TtlE-EL - Place the tip of your right forefinger on the top card (Three of Diamonds in our example), the tips of your second and third fingers on the second card (Three of Hearts) and your right thumb against the inner edge of the top three.

Slide the two cards forward as ONE UNIT until your thumb hits the inner end of the deck (FIG. 2). This squares the top Three with the deck and jogs the second three forward so it hangs over the front of the deck. Your left little finger still retains its three-card break.

6TE-P F0UR. - Pick up the selected card from the table hold it face down with your right fingers and insert it into the break so that a third of the card remains in view as in FIG. 3. Release your left finger break.

between the two Threes while, in fact, it's the fourth card from the top.

5TE-P FlVEL - You are now going to openly switch the face-down selected card for the face-down folded portion: Place your right fingertips on the top Three and your right thumb on the inner edge of the in-jogged selection and simply SQUARE the in-jogged card with the end of the deck while your right fingers SIMULTANEOUSLY slide back the top card to expose the folded portion (FIGS. 4, 5). It will look exactly like the face-down selection is trapped between the face-up pair.

5TE-P -i>IX - Press your left thumb onto the "three-card" sandwich to keep it in position as your right forefinger pries up the upper right corner of the second Three, allowing your other right fingers to slide under the right side of the card so that the entire "three-card" unit can be FIRMLY gripped between the right fingers and thumb. Firm so the two cards won't slide and expose the fold (FIG. 6).

iTtP - Pull the bogus sand wich off of the deck (FIG. 7) then turn your right fingers toward your body so that the left side of the fake is toward you. away from the aud;ence's view. The real selection is concealed face down beneath the face card of the packet. Casually place this packet face down onto the tabled half to complete the squared deck.

6TE.P E-lCi"lJT - Grasp the sandwich in your left hand (FIG. 8). Direct all attention to the trapped face-down selection and use your right fingers to SLOWLY slide the top Three up so that it covers the face-down "selection" (FIG. 9).

•5TELP [sIlNE. - Grip the sides with your right fingers. Press your right thumbtip against the top Three to keep the cards together as your left fingers bend the lower end of the top Three in half, around the folded card and up against the back, where the fingers of both hands help to crease the cards flat. Pry up the top fold of the card to reveal that the face-down selection is "still there" (FIG. 10) then let the top fold drop back down.

6TEP TLNJ - Your left fingers fold the back two layers of card as ONE UNIT over on top of the first fold. The part you just folded is folded over and creased one more time to create a thin "blow gun" (FIG. 11). Have someone peer inside the tube to verify the signed card is "still inside." There's not much to see, but most folks will convince themselves that they can sort of see it because there's nowhere else it can be.

6TE.P E.LLVLN - Direct a spectator to place the three-card blow gun to her lips and blow toward the deck. When she unfolds the cards, she'll automatically unfold the secret fold to discover her selection has vanished. Spread the deck to reveal the face up selection...and the wrinkles are gone!

Keep an eye on the spectator as she unfolds the cards. If she starts to unfold them in a way that will reveal the folded end, simply take the cards from her and finish unfolding them yourself.


6teve has evolved Tenkai's Pennies and Eddie Joseph's Match Vanish into an impeccable moment of pure "poof" that swirls one's flow of attention into a single mathematical point of focused astonishment.

ELFpE-CT - Ten fingers and two matches. Five fingers close around one match. Five fingers close around the second match. You open one hand, its match is gone. You open your other hand expecting to see two matches, but that hand is empty too! You reach into empty space and catch two invisible floating matches. You toss the two sticks of primal nothing toward a ring on your finger and reveal the two real matches wedged under the ring.

You need a finger ring on the third finger of your right hand. It should fit the finger loose enough so that a couple of matches can be easily slid under it. You also need two small wooden stick matches. Steve uses Diamond brand matches. This is fine with me.

T0 E>Ej^II\I - Hold one match in each hand (FIG. 1). Both wrists turn palm up (so that if both thumbs release their grip on their match each match will be resting on the fingertips of each hand). By tilting the fingers up or by raising the palm up, the matches can be made to roll back and forth from the palm to the fingertips. This is a way of clearly showing that there is nothing in the hands except the two matches.

¿TLP ¿Ttsfc - Start with the match resting on your open left fingertips. Tilt the fingers up and the match will roll toward the palm

Then your right hand closes, openly "finger-palming" its match as you extend your right index finger, which pushes the left hand's match into an open "finger-palm" position to display the match as in FIG. 3. (The open "fin-ger-palm" is just the curled fingers loosely hanging onto the match. These fingers hold the match while your extended forefinger nudges the other match.)

The left hand openly finger-palms the left match then turns over and extends its left index finger toward the right hand, which opens and tilts up so its match rolls back onto its palm, where your extended left forefinger pushes it to the base (finger-palm position) of the right fingers to display the other match (FIG. 4).

Nothing tricky has happened yet. This rolling and pushing of the matches back and forth to casually show the matches sets the stage and the pacing for an action that will have you secretly slide a match under your ring. The pacing of the display should be casual and unhurried so when you do it again with the move you'll have plenty of breathing room.

5TLP TW/O - Be careful not to rush this part. Your right index finger and thumb curl in to grip the head of its match, while your right third and fourth fingers bend close to their palm so the match extends behind the fingers.

As the right hand approaches the left (so its right forefinger can nudge the left hand match again) your right fingers secretly push the END of its match under the ring, behind the finger (FIG. 5). (Steve has an inside tip on this move: "Practice.") In this position the match is hidden by the right thumb and fingers. The back of your right hand is held a little more toward the floor to hide the wedged match. In almost the same instant, your left fingers tilt up to roll the remaining loose match toward its palm, where your extended right index finger then pushes this match toward the left fingers to again display it, and at the same time your right thumb secretly pushes the wedged match the rest of the way under the ring.

6TLP Ti-lR-EIL - Close your left fingers over its loose match then turn it palm down as you extend your left forefinger on its way to nudge the "match" in your right hand.

As you open the clenched fingers of your palm-up right hand (to again display its "match.") Your clenched left fingers secretly drop their loose match onto the right palm (FIG. 6) as your extended left forefinger nudges it toward the right fingers (your left fingers drop and nudge the match at the same instant) thus showing the same match twice.

Be sure to keep the back of your right hand towards the floor so you don't flash the match under the ring on the back of the hand (FIG. 7) and keep the left hand closed when you drop the match.

IN A NUT-i>JJE-LL - The audience has seen you display two matches, one in each hand. You've shown each match twice by nudging it with the extended forefinger of the other hand During this second round of displays you secretly wedged your right hand match behind a finger under its ring. You then secretly dropped the left-hand match into the right hand so you could again show a loose match in your right hand. Your audience believes the other match is in your empty left fist.

6TE-P fOVM. - Your right forefinger and thumb curl in and openly grasp the loose match by its head, and as your other right fingers curl into the palm, your right thumb secretly pushes the end of the match under the ring next to the other match. This movement is covered by a gentle massaging motion of your right thumb as you attempt to make the match vanish. The massage action allows you to secretly push the match all of the way under the ring,

Open your right hand to reveal the first match has vanished. Give it a beat, let people realize that the missing match has to be in your closed left hand, along with the first match.

Inquiring minds will now know that two matches are in your left hand. In fact, there are none. You've just won a free ride on the Happyland Express.

5TLP FIVE. - Open the left hand. Both matches are gone. Pause for the effect to sink in. Linger. Let the moment resonate...then comment about the two matches floating in the air. Pluck the invisible matches out of the sky with your left fingers and toss them toward your right hand, turning your right hand to reveal the two matches wedged under the ring. Remove the two matches. Burn something you don't need.

N/|ATCtl TIP - If the matches seem sharp when slipping them under the ring, a couple of turns in fine sandpaper will smooth them out.

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