ELfFE-CT - The deck is cut into three stacks. Two of the stacks are face up. One stack is face down.

The face-down cards are shuffled into one of the face-up packets.

When the combined face-up/face-down packet is spread, the face-down cards are revealed to have vanished.

Where did they go?

The remaining face-up packet is spread. Interlaced between the face-up cards are the missing face-down cards, the face-down cards having jumped from the first face-up packet across the table to the second face-up packet -a veritable "Traveling Triumph."

But there's more!

At the routine's beginning, one of the facedown cards had been remembered by the audience.

The remembered card is not amongst the face-up cards spread upon the table's left side.

The remembered card is not amongst the face-up cards spread upon the table's right side.

Ergo: The remembered card must still be amongst the face-down cards of the right-hand spread.


The face-down cards have all been turned face up and the remembered card isn't there either

Where did the remembered card go?

The entire deck is gathered together and spread face down on the table. In the center of that spread is the face-up remembered card.

.i>T£LP - The following actions will secretly reverse the upper quarter of the deck beneath the top card, undercover of toying with the pack: Execute a double-lift, turning the top two cards face up onto the face-down deck as one Grasp the deck from above by its ends with your right fingers. Slide the upper quarter of the pack to the right, while your left thumb slides the top face-up card onto the left-hand packet (FIG. 1).

Obtain a left little-finger break below this card. Place your right-hand packet, which is apparently face up, square onto the left-hand portion of the deck. Use your right fingers to turn the packet of cards from above the break face down onto the deck. This will leave you with one-quarter of the deck face up beneath the top face-down card.

6TE-P T\V<? - Place the deck face down onto the table in preparation for a riffle shuffle. Cut off the upper half of the pack and table it to the left of the lower half. Riffle shuffle the cards together as evenly as possible, making sure that the top face-down cards of both halves end up on top. Take care not to expose the face-up cards of the left-hand half during the shuffle. Square the cards and hold them face down in your left hand. You should now have at least two face-down cards on top of the deck, followed by half the deck in an interlaced face-up/face-down condition, and the remaining half of the deck face down.

6TE.P T1-II2.E-E- - Grasp the deck from above by its ends with your right fingers. Riffle up from the back with your right thumb to locate the lowest back-to-back pair of cards (FIG. 2).

back cards with your left little finger.

Continue riffling up with your right thumb and remove a single face-down card from the top of the deck. Place this card face down onto the table to your left. In a continuing action, cut off about half of the cards above the break checking first to make sure you're cutting to a face-down card - place this packet square onto the single face-down card on the table. Without a pause cut off all of the cards above the break and place them square onto the tabled packet. Cut off three more small packets of cards (totaling not more than half of the remaining cards in your hand) onto the table to the right of the first packet, stacking them into a second single packet (FIG. 3).

Repeat with the remaining cards in your left hand, making a third stack of cards to the right of the other two tabled packets.

The audience has seen you convert a shuffled deck into three face-down tabled packets. When the applause dies down, notice that the two packets to the right consist of face-down cards. The packet on the left consists of interlaced face-up/face-down cards. At least one card on top of this packet and one card at the face of this packet is face down. (Try not to move your lips as you review these facts.)

±>JLP fOUE. - Pick up the center packet and hold it face up in your left hand. As you call attention to the card at the packet's face (let's say the Jack of Diamonds), obtain a left little-finger break below two cards from the face of the packet. You will now execute the Braue Reversal - secretly reversing two cards at the face of the packet undercover of turning the packet face down as follows:

Grasp the face-up packet from above by its ends with your right fingers. Your right thumb retains the two-card break. Cut off half of the cards from the back of the packet with your left fingers. Place these cut-off cards face down square onto the face of the right-hand packet. In a continuing action cut off the remaining cards from below the break with your left fingers and turn them face down onto the face-down cards in your right hand. Casually spread the top two-thirds of this packet, showing "all" the cards to be face down. Square the spread and hold the face-down packet in your left hand.

5TE-P flN/E. - With the packet still held in your left hand, use both hands to grasp the two tabled packets from above by their sides (FIG. 4).

Being careful not to expose the reversed cards in the left-hand packet, turn the two packets over toward yourself face up onto the table (FIG. 5).

As soon as these two face-up packets are being tabled, set the "face-down" packet still in your left hand onto the table between them (FIG 6i









The center packet should now be face up .vtr v.c *ace-dc%vn cards on top of it. The misdsection of turning the two end packets face 'jc co/ers the secret reversal of the center packet You "-ave just committed a subtlety.

¿"""LP - Adjust the center packet and cachet on the right end in preparation for a taoied r'ffte shuffle. As the two packets are snuffed together, make sure the face-up card cr :oc of the right-hand packet goes between tne r.vo face-down cards on top of the left-r.and s center packet (FIG. 7).

As the two packets are pushed together, let the top three or four cards spread, allowing your audience to see that the face-down cards really are being shuffled into the face-up cards (FIG, 8).

your left hand. As you casually spread the top three cards (displaying their face-up/face-down condition), obtain a left little-finger break below the top three cards of the packet. Square the cards. Use your right fingers to remove the top face-down card and place it face down on top of the tabled "face-up" packet. Grasp the left-hand's packet from above by its ends with your right fingers. As the packet is removed from your left hand, your right thumb and fingers move the two cards above the break, as one card, a quarter of an inch to the right (FIG. 9).

With your right hand make a wide face-up spread of the packet onto the right-hand side of the table. Thanks to the side-jogged double, the one face-down card will remain concealed.

As soon as the face-up packet is spread, spread through it with your left forefinger, starting below the double and pushing the individual cards to the right (FIG. 10) in order to conclusively show that "every single face-down card has vanished."

the spread, effectively camouflaging the double card on top. Make a wide spread of the left-hand packet, revealing that the face-down cards have traveled across.

6TE.P UqiiT - Openly remove all of the face-up cards from the left-hand spread - one at a time or in bunches—and drop them face up onto the right end of the right-hand spread. The Jack of Diamonds is not present among any of the face-up cards, so obviously it must be among the remaining face-down cards on the left.

Remove the face-down cards, one or two at a time. Turn them face up and then drop them onto the end of the expanding right-hand spread. Continue removing these cards until (ust one face-down card remains. "The odds card is the Jack of Diamonds." Turn this last card face up. It's an indifferent card - the Jack of Diamonds has completely vanished!

Use the face-up card to scoop up the faceup tabled spread. Square the cards, pause for dramatic effect, then re-spread them face down onto the table and there, face up in the center of the face-down spread, is the missing Jack of Diamonds, peacefully staring up into the eyes of your bewildered audience.

PR.E-6E-NITATI^N - Looy suggests presenting this routine as a "shuffling test" - administered by Las Vegas casinos to all dealers applying for jobs.

A remembered card is to be "the test card" used for checking up on the dealer's control of individual cards.

The face-up/face-down shuffle is a way of checking up on the accuracy of the dealer's shuffle.

A point is lost for every face-down card not properly interlaced. You create a mistake by "accidentally" dropping one card onto the other packet.

You discover that the mistake is bigger than you thought when the packet is spread to check the accuracy of your shuffle - you've "misplaced" every single face-down card.

After the missing face-down cards have been discovered in the wrong packet, you realize that the "test card" is missing. "Where is the test card? I haven't the Vegas idea."

Spread the deck, reveal the card, take a nap.


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