PR.EL\/lEL\\/- We'll cut through the red tape of presentation and technique so that you can experience the forbidden pleasures of flap jacking right away. Do not flip through the next few pages to see what happens - it'll spoil the surprise.
You'll need a fifty-cent piece (or something heavy like a salt shaker), the four Jacks, a full deck of poker-size cards and the card case.
Place the card case, with its flap closed, onto the table. Place one of the Jacks face up square on top of the case. Position another Jack face down onto the first Jack so that its front end overlaps the outer end of the case (FIG. 1).
The distance that the face-down Jack overlaps the card case is crucial. The distance should be just a little less than the depth of the card case If. at the conclusion of the effect, your Jacks do not "flap" properly, then the distance of your overlap was incorrect.
Place the third Jack face down onto the card case so that its right side overlaps the right side of the case and position the remaining Jack so that its left side overlaps the case's left side (FIG. 2).
Once again, the overlapped distance of the three Jacks should be just a little less than the width of the card case.
Place your coin onto the center of the Jacks (FIG. 3).
Now divide the deck into three equal packets and lean them against the right, left and front edge of the three overlapped Jacks (FIG. 4).
Note that the three packets are not leaning against the case, but are positioned on the white borders of the overlapped Jacks.
Now for the fun part. Use your right thumb and forefinger to tilt the coin up on edge without losing its contact with the cards (FIG. 5).
Take a deep breath, hold it, then move the coin up away from the card case.
If at this point you are not jumping up and down in excitement, rubbing your tired old eyes in shocked disbelief as you stare down at four face-up flap Jacks (FIG. 6), then something isn't right in the world.
Even if it did work, you have my permission to go back to the beginning and do it all over again. After entertaining yourself in this fashion for six or seven hours, move on to
5TELP ¿?NlE. - The four Jacks are face down on top of the deck which is held face down in your left hand. Spread the deck between your hands and up-jog the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh card from the top. As you close the spread, obtain a left-little-finger break below the top three cards of the deck. Use your right fingers to place the up-jogged cards face up square onto the deck.
5TE-P ~[\Jo — Execute the Braue addition under cover of displaying the top four cards as follows: Grasp the seven-card packet above the break by its ends with your right fingers. Slide the top card of the packet to the left with your left thumb as the packet levers this card face down onto the deck. Continue by levering the second card of the packet face down onto the deck - followed by the third card which is also levered face down onto the deck. As this third card is turned down, drop the remainder of the right-hand packet onto the deck as a single face-up Jack. Spread this face-up Jack and the three face-down cards below it (which are also Jacks) into your right hand. Place the face-up Jack square on top of the card case, and complete the rest of the "Flap Jacks" sequence as described under "Preview."
PR.L6LÑTATI^H NíTE. - If you've got the nerve, you might give the following patter approach a shot:
Tell your novelty-starved audience that you've learned a great recipe for a new taste sensation known as "Cardboard Flap Jacks." The special ingredients (consisting of three indifferent cards and one Jack) are carefully mixed on top of the portable stove, which bears a suspicious resemblance to your card case. The Flap Jack batter is then covered by a small lid, the approximate size of a fifty-cent piece.
As this tasty treat is warming up, three stacks of "paper plates" are neatly arranged around the stove in preparation for the impromptu banquet. To complete your demonstration of cardboard cookery lift the lid off the stove, allowing the Flap Jack feast to serve itself!
• Make sure you do this with a full deck. You'll need the weight of all the cards to consistently flap your Jacks. It helps to put a few extra cards on the end card (the one that extends away from you.) to inspire it go the distance.
• When doing this on a mat make sure you position the case so you have room for all the packets.
• My current Flap Jacks setup guide is to extend each card beyond the edge of the box double the length of its white border (the white border hangs past the edge along with an additional portion of card that's equal to the width of the border.)
• Position the packets so they only cover the border
• New cards are slippery, and tend to slide when leaned on the other cards. This is not fun
• Make sure your card case is in decent condition If it's caved in or wrinkled your flaps might go flat.
• Instead of the add-on move to switch in the Jacks I often use the packet-switch from "A Subtle Poker Move" (see Index): You have a left little-finger break above three Jacks on the bottom of the deck. Your right fingers turn the three indifferent cards face down and hold them as a packet by its right side. Gesture with the packet toward the fourth Jack which is face up on the table, and tell your spectator to pick up the Jack and place it face up on top of the card box. As she reaches for the Jack, your right fingers take the deck (leaving the packet on top of the deck) revealing the three-card packet in the left fingers. The action of the right hand innocently moving the deck aside covers the big bluff of the packet switch. Make sure your right hand does the moving as your left hand remains still. It's hard to believe this works. Try it once with the proper misdirection. If you get busted you can always go back to the add-on move.
• My current presentation is about giving someone else the experience of doing fancy things with cards: The switched cards are on the case. Comment ( it's more soothing to comment than announce) that with the aid of a special card contraption the spectator will locate the rest of the Jacks in a skillful and entertaining fashion...by moving just one finger. Have her practice by putting the tip of her forefinger against the table top... keeping it very still, then when you say "up" she moves her finger straight up about a foot. Make her practice until she can do it without hesitating. No matter what happens, she's to move that finger straight up. (If you don't have a spectator with a steady finger who can follow directions don't even think about doing this.)
Have her gently press her finger onto the center of the case cards as you lean the three packets. Double check to make sure the cards are all in good flap position. You may have to make some adjustments due to the spectator's over-active finger. Remind her one last time that when you say "up" she's to pull her finger straight up into the air in one skillful non-stop action. Say "up" and pray. It's twitchy, but the experience for your magic buddy is one of primal delight...which is a close associate to the moment of astonishment.
Special thanks to Steve Blencoe of Santa Cruz for his major contribution to Flap Jacks' success.
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