This method, while not difficult, gives the impression that the two cards are actually unlinked by sleight-of-hand.
L.ffL.CJ - The forefinger and little finger of the right hand are inserted through the centers of the two linked cards. As this hand is raised, and the fingers spread, the two cards separate.
ME-Ttl^P: The face-up linked card must be positioned at a right angle as in FIG. 20.
Curl the right second and third fingers into your palm leaving your thumb, forefinger and little finger extended. Insert your right forefinger through the face-down card, little finger through the face-up card and your right thumbtip pressed against the lower left corner of the folded card (FIG. 21).
Tilt your left hand up so that the back of your fingers are toward the audience. Raise the cards by spreading your right first and little finger while your right thumb presses the folded card into a finger-palm as in FIG. 22.
Slowly extend your right second and third fingers, moving the right hand with its cards away to the right (FIG. 23).
The two separate cards are dropped to the table as the left hand casually drops to your side and ditches the piece.
In this handling the two linked cards are held at the fingertips. From this position they are slowly pulled apart, disconnecting the two cards.
MC-Ttl09 - As in "Flash Disconnect," the face-up card must be positioned at right angles to the face-down card. Move the two cards out to your left fingertips as in FIG. 24.
Extra care must be taken with angles at this point. Place the right side of the folded card directly under your right thumb (FIG. 25). Turn the backs of your right fingers to the audience and release your grip with your left fingers. Turn your right hand so that the face-down card points to the left. Grasp the two cards where they cross between your left thumb and forefinger, pulling both cards to the left as in FIG. 26.
The folded card remains palmed in your right hand, your right thumb and forefinger are holding the lower right corner of the face-down card. In a continuing action, slowly pull the cards apart, leaving one in each hand. Toss the cards out for examination and ditch the folded card at your convenience.
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This method is the most magical appearing of the versions listed. Its main feature is a built in delay which convinces your audience that they've actually seen two cards unlink right at your fingertips.
E_ITE_CT - In a very open manner, one linked card is pulled through the hole of the other card. As the pull-through is completed, the two cards are seen to have separated.
ME-TLlOD - The two linked cards are held in the left hand as in FIG. 11. Your right thumb and forefinger then reach through the face-up card and pinch the unfolded face-down card just above the folded card (FIG. 27).
Your right thumb is pressing against the face of the face-down card. Your forefinger is directly above the thumb. As you tilt the back of your left fingers towards the audience, your right forefinger and thumb (still pinching the face-down card) slides both cards up and forward, leaving the folded card finger-palmed in the left hand (FIG. 28).
Once the folded card is finger-palmed, the lower left corner of the face-down card is gripped as it comes up by the left thumb and forefinger. The folded card remains finger-palmed in the left hand. In a continuing action, your right thumb and forefinger actually pull its face-down card through the face-up card (FIGS. 29,30).
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Looy has been playing around with another unlinking that makes the existence of a third card seem impossible. If you like back-palming, you'll like this. Hold the "linked" cards in position to thumb-palm the folded extra card.
Hold the folded card in this position as your right hand takes the unfolded, apparently linked pair and turns them over to place them back on the palm of the left hand.
Under cover of the right hand, back-palm the folded card behind your left hand. Finally, separate your hands, palms up, with an unlinked card on each palm.
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This final version, along with having a cute comedy angle, requires no palming or lapping. To be effective the two cards must be signed (see "Final Thoughts").
LffELCT ~ The performer announces that he will unlink the two cards behind his back. Without letting go of the linked cards, the magician places both hands behind his back. This gets an amazed chuckle since the cards were held in both hands, the cards would have to be unlinked before being placed behind the magician's back!
This gaping discrepancy may pass unnoticed before some of your less-discerning audiences. But most people will appreciate the impossibility of the above maneuver.
After an appropriate pause the two cards are brought into view where they are seen to be disconnected. The signatures placed on the cards at the beginning are intact proving that the cards were not switched and that a miracle has, in fact, been performed.
ME-TtlOV - The handling should be apparent from the description. Unlink the two cards as you start to place them behind your back. When the cards are out of sight, ditch the folded card in a back pocket or, for those who don't mind roughing it, down your shorts. Bring the two signed cards to the front and hand them out for examination.
You may want to have spectators sign the cards before you link them. Have two spectators choose cards. Get a left little-finger break under the top card of the deck. Have one of the cards placed face up on the deck (keep holding break). Hand its chooser a pen and have him mark the card's face near its outer edge. Turn that (single) card face down. Have the second choice similarly returned and marked. Leave it (face up) extending over the right side of the deck. Pick up the three cards above the break, apparently as a spread of two. Place the rest of the deck aside, square the spread, and proceed as in Step Two. Make sure that the marked flaps are the longer ones when the cards are folded.
If for some reason you can't bring yourself to destroy three cards for each performance, then you can do this: Simply pre-fold and pre-tear three cards, keeping them in your pocket until needed. Start the routine by unfolding the cards and showing them already linked. These same cards can be used quite a few times before breaking. A nice plus with this version is reduced handling since the add-on of the extra card and the folding/tearing sequence has been eliminated.
The title says it all. My own presentation concerns the odd business cards used by salesmen who specialize in chain link fences.
This is a real weirdie. You can actually perform the entire Cardboard Connection routine with the torn out centers. Treat this three piece center unit as three regular cards. The pieces have already been folded in half so to start you simply tear out the center of this folded mini-packet.
The small size of these rings make a very open fingertip handling possible as shown in FIG. 31.
I do the first "unlink" described then always follow-up with "Little link." (You can try it again with the teeny Little-Link centers but you probably won't get very far.)
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