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Tony Miller thinks that the Flap Jacks revelation is too good to reveal by openly setting up in full view of the audience. If you are familiar with Flap Jacks you'll know what Tony's talking about. If you're not familiar with Flap Jacks then I doubt that you and Tony could ever become really good friends.

In either case, Tony's thought is worth thinking about. He's taken the Flap Jack's open setup and transformed it into a quickie, Ascanio-spread type of flourish that effectively camouflages the "real work." Here's Tony's description:

6TE-P - Have the four Jacks on top of the deck. Spread the cards face down between your hands and out-joq the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh cards. Close the spread into the left hand keeping the four cards out-jogged. Remove the four out-jogged cards with the right hand - at the same time obtain a left little-finger break below the third card of the deck. This is simple because when you pull out the four out-jogged cards a natural break forms. Turn the four cards you've taken out of the deck face up and place them on top of the deck while still retaining the little finger break.

t>TLP T\\/0 - Now pick up the top seven caras .vith the right hand from above. The audience should think that there are only four face-uo cards. You will now perform a Braue Addition/Change move: Holding the seven cards n the right hand from above (while the left nana ^oids the deck in dealing position) use me teft thumb to pull off the top face-up card 'ro^ t^e right hand packet to the left. Before trie card is completely off the right-hand packet use the packet to flip the card face dcv.^ c^ too of the left-hand's deck.

Dc tnis with the next two face-up cards of the '.gnt-hand packet. The last "card" (actually fc j' cards) will be a face-up Jack. Right after :ne rd card is levered over simply place this last 'card" on top of the pack. Now spread the tcc four cards and take them off the deck. The audience should think that you have a face-up Jack and three indifferent cards face down below The three face-down cards are actually Jacks. The left hand tables down the deck.

Now, instead of openly laying out the Jacks, as in the original Flap Jacks, use the following "move" to magically set it up:

Paul Harris The 5TE.P TilR.E.E. - Hold the four cards squared with the face-up Jack on top in the left-hand dealing position. Take the top face-up jack and place it (keeping its face up) square on the bottom of the packet. Now grab the back end of the packet with the right hand and move this end straight up 90 degrees. With the help of the right hand reposition the packet so you are holding it in the left hand as in FIG. 1.

Now move your right hand up about half of an inch, until the Jack that was pulled down is aligned with the front two Jacks. As this is done, the Jack whose face is exposed to you becomes out-jogged at the top of the packet by about half of an inch. This is due to the fact that the left second finger pushes it up when it moves along with the card that was pushed up by the left thumb. Keeping the cards perpendicular to the floor, re-grip the packet with the left thumb and fingertips as if you were going to do an Elmsley Count. The left thumb pushes the top three cards about half of an inch to the right, being sure that they stay square. The backs of the cards are still towards the audience. This exposes the face of another Jack to you (FIG. 3).

Your left thumb should be on the left long edge of the packet, while your left fingers are on the right long-edge of the packet. The backs of the three "face-down" cards should be towards the audience while the back of the one reversed Jack is toward you.

6TE-P FOUE. - With the right second finger, push the reversed Jack down about half of an inch. This will expose the face of a Jack to you. Your right thumb should be at the bottom edge of the pulled-down Jack. Your right second finger should be touching both the pulled-down Jack and the Jack that is exposed to you. See FIG. 2.

While still holding the cards in the left hand, the right second finger, with the aid of the thumb, pulls the last "face-down" Jack to the right about half of an inch. All three of the "face-down" cards should be sticking out from the packet, as in FIG. 4.

6TE.P FIVE. - Your right hand now grasps the cards with the thumb and first finger at the top of the packet, while the left hand grips the packet at the bottom (FIG. 5).

Revolve the packet so that the three Jacks that are stuck out have their faces facing the table. Let go with one of the hands and place this packet on top of the closed card-case. Place a fifty-cent piece on top of the cards. See FIG. 6.

All that remains is to cut the deck into three equal sections as in the original Flap Jacks. Place a pile on the white border of each card. See FIG. 7.

When the coin is removed, if everything is done properly, the Jacks will flap and a impressive display will be enjoyed by all. See FIG. 8.

Check out the original (previous effect) for the fine points of Flap Jacking.

ig Tony currently manages the "Gold Strike L^ Inn Casino and Escort Service" in Boulder City, Nevada near Hoover Dam. In the short time Big Tony's been in charge he's managed to double its number of customers by the deceptively simple practice of putting mirrors on the walls.

Big's business career started small when he first began selling stale doughnuts to midgets for use as toilet seats. From there he took a shot at show biz by performing the world's first pickpocket act without the aid of audience participation. Big Tony was able to accomplish this remarkable feat by cleverly stealing his own watch - then acting amazed when he discovered it missing.

From this point on it was only a matter of time before Big Tony tried his hand at magic. After trying his hand he then progressed to the more interesting parts of his anatomy.

Tony was now qualified to take a shot at being a big time magic guy, so Big Tony turned to Small Paul and said, "Small Paul, if you want me to pick up the check for this meal, you'll mention me in your next book." A brilliant strategy, but of course, my integrity would never allow for such a thing.

LfFt-CT - The close-up pro slides a red dec* Out of a blue card case. "Must have been a m.j-uc at the factory," mutters the magician. T^e cose-uD artist's cultured tastes are, of rc^se. 3^endea by this blatant lack of color cocd ^atc^ But Derng a real trooper he brave-, crt^.es A card is selected and returned to fe 'eo cac* Suddenly the performer stops the v :< oeers ns.de the card case and claims re can see the missing blue deck nS,ae the card case "way back in cc^er" Apparently some over-eager e^acvee a* tne card factory stuffed two decks "tc *re card case instead of the traditionally-accected one deck.

Tc set matters straight, the performer places red deck into the card case and then "mediately slides out a blue deck from the same case! The card case is examined by a sc-ectator. but not a trace of the red deck can ce found. "It takes a trained eye to locate a deck when it's crammed way back inside the card case like that," explains the magician. The original effect is continued.

The blue deck (which now matches the blue case) is riffled and the previously-selected card is revealed to be on top. The performer cautions the audience to "hold their applause" because, technically, he has not yet found the same card selected by the spectator. "The performer's card has a blue back, while the spectator's original selection had a red back. In order to set things straight, the performer slides the blue-backed card into the obviously empty case and immediately removes the matching red-backed selection. The empty case and the cards can then either be handed out for examination, or sold as souvenirs - depending upon the performer's popularity.

PELELPAELATIONl - Place a blue-backed card face up into an empty blue card case. Fold the entire flap into the card case so that it covers the card (FIG. 1). Note that the two side flaps are folded in.

Place a red-backed card (say the Seven of Clubs) face down on top of a blue-backed deck. Locate and discard the matching blue-backed Seven of Clubs.

Place the deck into the card case so that the red-backed card is visible through the half-moon cutout. This leaves the face of the deck positioned against the folded-in flap. This simple setup is kept in your pocket until the magic groupies surrounding your close-up pad demand a performance.

PLE.FOE.MANCE -

6TE.P ¿?l\lEL - Hold the case by its sides from above using your right fingers, with the half-moon cutout on the underside of the case. Pull the deck half-way out of the card case with your left fingers. Release your left-hand grip as your right hand (which keeps the protruding pack in position by applying pressure to the sides of the case) tilts up to expose the "red" deck coming out of the blue card case (FIG. 2). Comment that there's something not quite right about the deck. Tilt the case back down to its original position so that the face card of the protruding deck is on top.

card case with your right fingers. Insert your left second and third fingers into the case and pull out the flap (FIG. 3). Your right hand then tables the case (which conceals an extra blue-backed card held against the "roof" of the case thanks to the two folded inside flaps).

5TE-P TWlO - The face-up deck in the left hand is in a natural position for a "Hindu Shuffle." Grasp the bottom end of the deck by its sides from above with your right fingers and thumb as your left fingers strip a few cards off of the face of the deck. The stripped-off cards are immediately dropped from the left fingers and onto the palm-up left hand. Repeat the above actions by stripping off another small packet. Flash the back of the right-hand cards to the audience revealing a red back (FIG. 4).

Continue the Hindu Shuffle until you've gone through about half of the deck and flashed the red backs three or four times. As you show the red backs, comment that someone made a mistake and put the wrong deck into the card case. Even though the deck and its case are not color-coordinated, you'll still attempt a trick.

At this point you continue the Hindu Shuffle without flashing the red back as you request a spectator to say stop (in preparation for a force). When you've stopped, place the packet that remains in your right fingers up-jogged onto the face of the left-hand packet. Spread the up-jogged cards into your right hand, leaving only the Seven of Clubs (the force card) up-jogged on the face of the left-hand packet (FIG. 5).

Place the face-up cards from your right hand square onto the left-hand face-up cards. Remove the protruding Seven with your right fingers, flash the back of the card, then place it square on the face of the pack. The spectator has "freely" selected the Seven of Clubs. As the seven is placed onto the pack, obtain a break below it with your left little finger.

6TE-P TLIR.ELC. - Cut off the back third of the pack with your right fingers and place it onto the face of the deck (burying the Seven). Cut to the break with your right fingers and thumb and turn your right palm up as your right forefinger points to the face of the "cut-to" card on the left-hand packet. This action gives the audience a flash of the red back as you point out that "any one of the cards could have been selected - a Jack, Nine, etc." Replace the right-hand packet face up onto the left-hand packet retaining a left little-finger break. Double undercut the red-backed seven to the back of the pack Turn the pack face down in your left hand.

¿TE.P fOlXZ. - Pretend to see something inside the card case and say. "Now I see what the problem is someone accidentally placed two decks in the same case. The original blue deck is crammed down way back in a corner." As you talk, pick up the case in your right hand and peer inside. Note how your right thumb and forefinger grip the sides of the case to prevent exposing the concealed card (FIG. 6).

"It's just a simple matter of exchanging decks." Slowly slide the face-down "red" deck into the case (the deck goes below the concealed card). As soon as the deck is square in the case, remove the face-down deck (along with the extra card) with your left fingers. Your right hand tables the case with its open mouth pointing to the left. You have visibly exchanged the red deck for the blue deck that was "crammed in the corner." Spread the blue deck between your hands (making sure not to expose the red-backed card second from the top) as you comment, "Now I can finish this trick in style."

6TE-P Fl\/L - Riffle the deck and execute a double-lift, turning the top two cards face up onto the deck as one. The face-up double should be in-jogged (FIG. 7).

Clubs, technically I haven't located your card because this one has a blue back while the seven you originally selected had a red back. As you say "blue back," turn the double face down showing its blue back. The double is replaced in-jogged as it is turned down.

Turn your left hand palm-down - which leaves the deck face up. Grasp the right end of the deck with your right thumb on top and your fingers below. The sides of the in-jogged double are lightly gripped between the tip of the left little finger and the base of the thumb (FIG. 8).

As your right hand removes the deck from the left, the right fingers secretly slide the top card of the double square with the right end of the pack - leaving the single face-up Seven in the left hand and the deck in your right. Without pausing, table the deck face down to your right. Allow the pack to spread slightly showing all blue backs.

5TE-P 6IX - "To make you really believe in magic, I'll have to exchange this blue-backed Seven for the other Seven you chose from the red-backed deck." Follow through with your statement by picking the card case up from above with your right fingers while your left hand places the face-up Seven into the case. Turn the case over by turning your right hand palm up and remove the face-down red-backed Seven from the case with your left fingers. The "Double Decker" exchange has been completed!

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