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This floating deck handling incorporates Srechko Howard's startling visual of a self-producing gaff. Srechko's ending was first published in Ben Harris' "Killer Close-up." So since I'm printing it again it's probably pretty good (Yes, Howard is a real name).

ELffELCT ~ A chosen card goes into the deck. The upper-half of the pack slowly rises into the air, and indecisively hovers there for a moment. Suddenly, the chosen card pops out from under the floating half as the rest of the cards plop back down. A spectator immediately grabs the cards and is surprised to find it to be a yeast-free deck.

- This requires a little playtime to find just the right positions for your fingers. It's the nature of cards and hands and things that float.

6TE.P ¿?NE- - Spread the face-down deck so that the middle cards are widely separated and have one of them touched by a spectator. Make sure that the cards directly above the chosen card are widely spread. Take all of the cards above the selection away with your right hand...keeping that wide spread.

6TLP TNN/tf - Use the right-hand spread to flip the selected card face up onto the left-hand packet. As the chosen card falls face up. follow it down and lightly tap it with the right-hand cards. This sets you for Tony Kardyro's classy add-on move.

t>TLP TJB.ELL - You'll now repeat the above actions to flip the card over again, but as t^e card lands face down you'll secretly add a card onto t as follows:

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The bottom card of the right-hand spread should hit perfectly squared with the chosen card as it taps. Use your left thumb to pinch the upper left corner of that card against the chosen card, and pull the rest of the spread away with the right hand. Don't do it fast. Just be casual and flow.

6TE-P fOUR. - Use your left thumb to spread off the top two cards a little. Your right hand (still holding the spread) openly out-jogs the left hand's first spread-off card...which your viewer believes is the selection.

5TE-P riN/E. - Gently lay the right-hand spread onto the left-hand cards so you don't disturb the up-jogged card or the spread-off card beneath it. Square the right-hand packet a little but leave it sloppily spread to the right.

6TELP 5IX - Your right-hand grip on the deck provides cover for the following: Straighten out your left index finger and pinky and use them to grip the chosen (side-jogged) card by its two corners at the right long edge (FIG. 3).

5TE.P 5EL\/lLN - Once you're sure you have a good grip, square the out-jogged card into the middle of the deck with your right fingers. The entire upper half is still loosely spread. Take your right hand away, and flatten out your left hand as much as you can without losing your grip.

5TE.P □ÇJ-lT " Slowly start to squeeze the chosen card between your left index and pinky. The card will bulge up in the middle causing the upper half of the deck to slowly float up an inch (FIG. 4). As it rises, you may need to make slight adjustments with your left hand so the cards don't get unbalanced and slide off. If you fall down you probably over-compensated. Pay attention to your angles, so no one sees under the not-really-floating cards.

5TE.P NllNlEL - After about three seconds of floating, jerk your left index finger down and in toward the pinky, causing the chosen card to spring off. This plops the upper half back down to the rest of the deck and pops the chosen card out of the deck!


EFFECT PRL5LNTATI0N - You take a walk down memory lane to reminisce about the nifty little gadgets you used to buy from advertisements in the comic book: The Whoopee Cushion - "When an unsuspecting victim sits upon the cushion it gives forth noises that are better imagined than described." X-Ray Specs - "Is that really your friend's body that you see beneath her clothes?" But your very favorite comic book novelty was a small piece of cardboard which sold for twenty-five cents and modestly advertised itself as "The World's Smallest Time Machine."

"Travel to the past, the present and the future while lounging in the comfort of your living room chair. No danger, but it frightens the girls."

You remove a small square of black cardboard and hand it out for examination. "I've kept this twenty-five cent time machine with me all these years to remind myself that it's still possible to have a good time for a quarter'

You explain, however, that the fun you can have with the time machine is limited because it can only be set for ten seconds. As if to illustrate this point, the time machine vanishes from your hands, travels ten seconds into the past, and arrives in your pocket from which it had originally been removed ten seconds ago. "I know going a mere ten seconds back into the past isn't very impressive, but what do you expect for a quarter?"

You then set up a more dramatic demonstration of the time machine's abilities. Three Kings are openly placed face up in a face-down borrowed deck. The fourth King is placed on the table. "This arrangement represents the present. Not very exciting, is it? Let's move right along into the future."

You openly place the King on the table and the three Kings from the deck onto the time machine The audience's eyes are glued to the Kings as the four cards prepare for their incredible journey back into the past.

Not a single false move. Yet when ten seconds have ticked by you are holding just one t-ventY-fix-e cent time machine and a single playing card! You spread the face-down deck to reveal three face-up Kings in its center. Everything is as it was - ten seconds ago...

PREPARATION - You'll require a small sheet of black paper, a pair of scissors, a red King, two black Kings and some glue. If you don't happen to have good quality construction paper around the house, you can fake it for right now using any paper that's available.

Cut the three cards as in FIG. 1.

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Take the three short "index ends" and glue them together as in FIG. 2.

Be sure to round off the corners of the piece at the face. Use this "index gaff" as a guide to trim one of the extra pieces of card (FIG. 3).

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