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performer hands out the completed cards, and the rest of the deck, for immediate examination.

PI2.LPAE.ATItfN - Neatly tear the Ace of Spades and the Jack of Hearts into two slightly larger off-center sections (FIG. 1).

Discard the two smaller sections and place the remaining two pieces in a convenient pocket. This is a one-time preparation. The rest of the routine is impromptu, requiring only a normal pack of cards containing a complete Jack of Hearts and Ace of Spades.

PLR-F^E-MANcX:

ÓTE-P ¿?NE. - Spread the deck in your hands (card backs to the audience) and comment that the deck seems to be a little short. This verbal misdirection allows you to secretly transfer the Ace of Spades and the Jack of Hearts to the face of the pack. The Ace of Spades is positioned second from the face, its center pip pointing up.

Table the deck face down to your left—the Spade pip now pointing toward the audience.

5TE.P ~[\J0 - Suddenly remember what happened to the missing cards as you explain, "A magic groupie at my last performance wanted something special to remember me by and attempted to steal a couple of my favorite cards. During the ensuing struggle the two cards ripped apart - the card thief running off with half of the pieces, leaving only two half-cards behind."

Bring out the two pieces from your pocket and hand them out for examination. Retrieve the "cards" and place them face down on the table as in FIG. 2.

The Jack is on the left, slightly overlapping the Ace on the right. The two pieces should be positioned to resemble a single card.

6TELP TJJE.E.E. - Pick the deck up from above with your left fingers and place it face down square onto the two pieces. Re-grip the deck from above by its sides with your left fingers, enabling you to pick up the deck, along with the two pieces, at its face. Turn the deck face up, displaying the two pieces to the audience (FIG. 3).

5TELP fOVR. - Square the ends of the pack with your right fingers as your right thumb obtains a break at the inner end of the deck below two cards (one half-card and one complete card). Revolve your right hand to the right so that the entire face of the pack is visible (FIG. 4).

and second finger. Your left fingers support the two pieces from the sides.

6TE.P FIN/EL - Announce that you will now cause the two pieces to regenerate themselves to their original "uncut version."

Slowly slide the single card and the half-Jack forward. The half-Ace remains stationary

The two half-cards visibly regenerate themselves and penetrate each other at the same time!

Release your right-hand grip when the cards have reached the position in FIG. 6.

6TELP 6IX - The following actions will allow you to pull the two full cards off the deck to complete the regeneration/penetration effect-while at the same time enabling your right fingers to secretly steal the two pieces and conceal them beneath the pack: Grasp the deck from above by its sides with your right fingers. Your right forefinger presses tightly on the face of the half-Ace, which now conceals most of the half-Jack (FIG. 7).

Your right thumb and forefinger keep the half-pieces in position from the sides at their inner corners. Position the back of your left hand flat toward the audience (FIG. 8).

Press the inside of your left forefinger flat against the outer end of the pack, as your left thumb is placed onto the half-Ace as in FIG. 9.

Tilt your left hand up, enabling your left forefinger tip to curl around the right side of the Jack and the half-cards (FIG. 10).

5TE.P 5E-VE.N - Your left forefinger now has the Jack and the two half-cards locked into position between the forefinger tip and thumb-crotch. Tilt the back of your left hand up as your left forefinger snaps the Jack and the two half-cards off the end of the deck as one unit (FIGS. 11, 12).

As the cards is pulled off, the left hand tilts forward immediately bringing the back of the Jack into the audience's view, which conceals the half-pieces. The complete Ace of Spades is now visible on the face of the pack. You have successfully pulled the Jack right through the Ace.

In a continuing action (that means no pausing!), revolve your left hand palm up directly under the pack (FIGS. 13, 14).

Only the front end of the Jack is visible—the rest of the card, and the two half-pieces, are concealed beneath the deck.

Your left thumb should now be positioned on the face of the Ace. Your right thumb and forefingers are in perfect position to grasp the sides of the half-pieces. Do so.

Slide the Ace off the face of the pack and the Jack off the back of the pack at the same time with your left fingertips (FIGS. 15, 16).

Your right fingers secretly retain the two half-cards below the pack.

5TE-P EJCj"J-lT - Drop the two cards from your left hand onto the table for examination -then transfer the deck to your left hand, positioning the deck so that the concealed pieces go into a left-hand finger-palm. Pause for a moment, then remove the deck with your right hand and place it on the table. The pieces are retained in the left finger-palm. Ditch these pieces at your convenience.

- If you're sitting at a table, you can simply lap the extra pieces directly off the face of the pack: the first card is pulled off and tossed to the audience. Tilt the deck toward yourself and lap the pieces. Continue by removing the genuine card off the face of the pack

Many years ago, before bread consumption had been legalized, there was a tremendous black market in yeast. Yeast was the key ingredient in the manufacture of homemade slices - an illegal by-product of wheat referred to in those days as "Bathtub Bread." The crusty little band of yeast smugglers who fulfilled this country's demand for the outlawed leavening agent were in constant danger of being apprehended by Y.U.T.S. (Yeast Undercover Tactics Squad). The most famous Y.U.T.S. yeast bust of that era occurred when a large shipment of "vinegar yeast" was about to be smuggled across the border to be used in the baking of pickled bread (an exotic variety of bread referred to as "dill dough.") Before shipping, the cakes of yeast had been carefully pressed into paper thin sheets, then expertly trimmed and painted to resemble an innocent pack of Bicycle brand playing cards. The daring smuggler was just about to cross the border carrying his contraband pack of yeast when disaster struck! A local Y.U.T.S. agent, moonlighting as a close-up entertainer, grabbed the deck out of the helpless smuggler's hand and insisted on performing a card trick.

As the close-up YU.T.S. attempted to obtain a left little-finger break, moisture from his palm activated the deck's dormant yeast cells, causing the entire upper half of the pack to float out of his hand and into the air! The ever-alert YUTS agent realizing that this was a yeast-induced levitation. immediately arrested the smuggler for illegal possession of a deck that gets hign

The above presentation can be applied to the following, but probably shouldn't.

LffLCT - The entire upper half of a borrowed deck is magically caused to levitate approximately two inches into the air. There are no gimmicks used, and the performer's fingers are in full view before, during and after the levitation.

- To obtain maximum effectiveness out of the "Floating Deck," you must perform the routine in front of a mirror. No amount of written description can come close to what you'll learn during just a few minutes of mirror study. (Try to ignore that unresolved hair thing.)

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6TE-P ¿?|\|E_ - You must position one card crosswise in the center of the deck, as in FIG. 1. You can get this ready in between effects while attention is off the deck - or you can openly obtain the set-up as follows: Hold the deck face down in your left hand. Riffle half-way down the upper-left corner of the deck with your left thumb. Insert all of your right fingers into the break as your right thumb presses down on top of the pack (FIG. 2).

deck between your right thumb and fingers. Slide your right thumb up and to the left, loosely fanning this upper half (FIG. 3).

As the cards are being fanned, turn your right hand to the right, so that your right thumb is pointing directly toward the audience, and the outer ends of the fanned cards are pointing to your left (FIG. 4).

action, obtain a left little-finger break below the top card of the left-hand packet. Place your right hand directly onto the left-hand packet (FIG. 5).

As the fan is lowered, secretly slide your right first and second fingers beneath the top card of the left-hand packet, pressing the top card against the face of the face-down fan. (You may have to extend your right forefinger slightly in order to reach the card.) Use your right forefinger to draw this card a bit to the right - to make sure that it's completely concealed beneath the right-hand fan (FIG. 6).

Use the end of the fan to lever the top card off the left-hand packet face up (FIG. 7). As you do this, make a comment about the special properties of the cards.

6TLP TJ-lE.LL - Turn your right hand inward so that your right thumb points to the left, and the outer edges of the fan are toward yourself (FIG. 8).

Place the right-hand fan onto the left-hand packet by pressing the left side of the fan, and the left end of the concealed card, against the inside of your left thumb. What was once a fan should now be a loose straight spread on top of the left-hand packet (FIG. 9).

Press down on top of the spread with your right thumb as you disengage your right fingers from the deck. Take care not to disturb the loosely spread cards (FIG. 10). Once your right fingers are in the clear, your right thumb can also be moved away.

F0UIZ - The loose spread of cards on :zc conceals the crossed card in the deck's center Tne inner long side of this crossed card s^cjid be flush with the rear end of the deck. Squeeze the ends of the deck from above with ,'Cur right fingers and thumb, and push the deck forward in order to obtain the above position (FIG. 11;

The right end of the crossed card is pressed up against the second, third, and little fingers of your left hand. Your left thumb is firmly positioned on the left end of the crossed card at its upper left corner (FIG. 12).The slightly spread condition of the upper half still conceals the presence of the crossed card.

ally fanned the cards to display the deck, flipped a card in the center face up, then replaced the fan onto the pack. You are now ready for the lévitation of the upper packet. (Once again, mirror practice is essential in order to learn the proper angles.) Using a slow, even pressure, squeeze the ends of the concealed crossed card between the heel of your left thumb and left second, third and little fingers. The crossed card will bow at its center, pushing the cards above it up (FIG. 13).

From the spectators' view, the entire upper half of the deck will appear to be floating above the face-up card - without any visible means of support! (This levitation principle is similar to a commercially marketed floating bill effect using a hidden piece of plastic as "the riser.")

A few trial runs will teach you how high of a rise you can get away with before inadvertently exposing the buckled card or losing control of the deck.

After the upper half of the deck has reached maximum height, reach around to the front and remove the face-up card from under the floating half. Put this card on top of everything and comment on how "the added weight will cause the packet to gradually sink back onto the deck." Relax the pressure from your fingers allowing the floating packet to sink back down.

6TE-P 6IX - To clean up, straighten the crossed card as follows: Grasp the deck from above by its ends with your right fingers. Push the left side of the deck against your left thumb, squaring the left end of the crossed card with the left side of the deck. Place your left second finger against the outer edge of the crossed card (FIG. 14).

Press back on the edge of the crossed card with your left second finger, pivoting the card around your right thumb and causing the crossed card to straighten out (FIG. 15).

Complete your squaring actions on the card under cover of squaring the rest of the deck. Flip the face-up card over. Stay in your seat until the aircraft comes to a complete stop.

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