To Perform

Remove the packet of ten cards (actually 11). Spread the face up designs and show them to the spectator. You can even spread beyond the top 5 face up cards so the spectator can see there are several face down cards. Now, turn the entire packet over and show that there are 5 duplicate designs. The fact that there is an extra card will not be apparent because it is a double backed card. As the packet is turned over it merely becomes one of the face down cards and is therefore invisible to the spectator who has clearly seen that you have but ten cards. State that as you revolve the packet over and over...the spectator can call stop at any time. The face up set of cards at that point will be his to use. This little subterfuge means nothing as far as the working is concerned since both sets of design cards are marked...yet, it seems to add to the fairness of the experiment. As soon as the spectator calls stop, hand him the five face up design cards and tell him to turn them face down. He is then instructed to shuffle his selected packet of cards. You do the same, performing two complete overhand shuffles which automatically returns the packet to its original order. Be sure to shuffle carefully so as not to get the cards out of order.

Now, place your packet of cards behind your back and instruct the spectator to do the same. State that you will place one of your cards face down on the table. . .first. Be sure to emphasize the fact that you are placing one of your cards down before the spectator follows suit. Actually, you place the double backed card down first. As soon as the spectator places one of his cards down in front of himself.. check the back of his card for your secret mark. As you are doing this, arrange the balance of the five cards behind your back in the well known piano position to help you keep better track of the cards. the circle and the cross go between the pointer and middle fingers. the wavy lines and the square go between the middle finger and the ring finger. the fifth design card, the star goes between the ring finger and the little finger. Now, thinking of the five designs as numbers...(the CIRCLE is made of ONE continuous line...the CROSS is made up of TWO lines...the THREE WAVY LINES...the FOUR sides of the SQUARE... and the FIVE points of the STAR) it's a simple matter to not only quickly reach for any on the five designs. . .it's also a simple matter to remember which cards are left after some have been removed.

Now that you know the identity of the spectator's first card...simply remove its mate from behind your back and place it down as your second selection. Emphasize once again that you are placing your card down first. Instruct the spectator to place any one of his cards down on his pile. Once again, note the marking on his card and remove its mate as your next selection. When you have two cards left behind your back... the spectator will also have two cards, but he will think that you have but one. When he places his fourth card down you will have two cards to his one. Note the identity of his fourth selection, the one on top of his tabled packet. Behind your back, quickly place the mate of his fourth selection under the remaining card. Bring both cards out aligned as one and place it (them) on top of your pile, apparently as your final card. The spectator will then drop his fifth card on top of his pile.

Pick up your pile of cards and have the spectator do the same. Turn your top card face up and have the spectator follow suit. Both designs will match. Tell the spectator to place the card aside and pick up his next selection. As he does this, turn your first card face down, and place it under the packet of cards you are holding. Remove the top card of your packet and turn it face up. Tell the spectator to do the same. Once again the designs match. Repeat with the remaining three cards...remembering to turn each card face down before you place it under the cards you're holding. When you've matched the final pair (you can tell without counting since the spectator's cards have been dropped on the table and he will be out of cards)...the top card of your packet will be the double backed card. The miracle match-up is over. Gather up and pocket the cards and take a well deserved bow.

I have made ESPITOME up in jumbo cards for stage work. In this version I use two poker hands...a straight flush in spades and clubs. The working is practically the same with just a slight adjustment in the handling due to the size of the cards.

Make this up and give it a try. It's a beautiful effect and easy to perform. Practice holding the cards in the piano position as this is the only part of the routine that requires work. Since the cards are divided up into sets 1 and 2...3 and 4...and 5...it's easy to keep track of the cards. For instance, if you place the 2 card down, the remaining card between those two fingers has to be the 1 when you require the 1. Sounds complicated, but one or two trials and it will come to you. Honest.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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