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To the audience it should look as though you simply placed the folded bill into the deck - while in fact the folded bill now contains the selected card.

6TLP F^UR. - Adjust the bill so its two protruding ends are equal. Hold the deck by its ends between your left fingers and thumb. The back of the deck is toward the audience. The loose ends of the bill are sticking out from the top. Insert the face-down tabled card halfway into the lower side of the deck (FIG. 11).

Keep your right fingers on this card as you direct a spectator to grasp one end of the bill in each hand. Slowly push the card into the deck as the spectator pulls the bill apart (FIG. 12).

ly penetrate the bill as it slowly rises from the deck.

The test conditions of this signed card-to-wallet effect should be impossible to meet but that's why we're here. There's no palming, lapping, duplicates, stooges or gaffs. A face-up signed card is pushed through the deck and openly transforms into another card. The wallet is immediately removed from your back pocket by a spectator. Your empty hands open the wallet to reveal the original signed card!

PR-LPAE-ATI^N - Place one card face down into your wallet - outside of the bill section (FIG. 1). Keep the wallet in your back pants pocket until you're ready for "Guts."

5TE-P ONE. - Direct a spectator to sign her name across the face of a selected card. The signature must extend from one end of the card to the other. You can usually accomplish this by saying, "Sign your name really big so we can all see it." If one end of the card still remains unsigned, tell her to sign the card a few more times to insure that her signature's not a forgery. Have the signed card returned to the pack and control it to the top.

Hold the face-down deck firmly in your left hand. Place both hands behind your back and announce that you'll locate the selected card by sense of touch.

¿TE.P T\Vt9 - As soon as the deck is out of sight, push off the top card and tear it approximately in half (FIG. 2).

The tear can be made with a minimum of noise by keeping the thumb and forefinger of both hands pressed together as the card is torn. Tear the card a little bit at a time. After each tear slide your thumb and forefinger down the card to muffle the sound of the next tear. Insert the right-hand piece face down all of the way into the bill compartment of your pocketed wallet (FIG. 3).

Note that this piece is positioned so that the rough edge goes into the wallet first. As your right fingers have been busy with the wallet, your left thumb has positioned the other facedown torn piece so that it extends beyond the front end of the deck (FIG. 4).

Your right fingers now remove the exposed card from below the piece and place it square on top of the out-jogged piece (FIG. 5).

As you perform these necessary actions patter about the tremendous sensitivity required to "feel" a signature.

5TE-P TJJR.E.E. - Bring out the deck in your left hand with its up-jogged one-and-a-half card and tilt your left palm toward yourself to display the signed card as in FIG. 5. Tilt the deck back down and use your right fingers to cut off the lower half of the deck (from the inner end). Place these cards on the top of the deck, leaving the card-and-a-half out-jogged in the center (FIG. 6).

Grasp the end of the extended double between your right thumb, first and second fingers. This grip insures that the cards remain squared. Swivel the double to the right so that it extends from the right side of the deck (FIG. 7).

Grasp the lower corner of the deck between your right thumb, first and second fingers to allow your left fingers to re-grip the deck from above by its ends (FIG. 8).

Note that the left forefinger is curled down against the top of the pack. Turn your left hand palm up so the signed card is once again visible. Hold the double by its ends between your right thumb and second finger (FIG. 9).

through the deck - causing it to cleanly transform itself into an indifferent card (Figs. 10,11).

Remove the indifferent card by grasping its end between your right thumb and forefinger — and pulling up on the card as it is removed (FIG. 12).

This upward pull insures that the half piece stays concealed inside the deck. Place this card on the face of the pack. Pick up the deck from above by its sides with your right fingers and make a wide-end spread of the deck onto the table (FIG. 13).

The half-card will remain out of sight. Sell the signed card vanish by poking through all the cards (FIG. 14), proving that the signed card is really gone.

6TE-P flVE- - Scoop up the spread and table the deck face down. The concealed half card should be at the inner end of the deck. Make a big display out of showing your hands empty, then bring out the wallet with your right hand or allow an accomodating spectator to pick your pocket and hand you the wallet. Open the wallet to reveal the complete facedown card.

Grip the outer end of this card, and the concealed half card, between your right thumb and fingers (FIG. 15).

As the wallet is closed with your left hand, your right fingers pull the half-card part of the way out of the wallet (FIG. 16).

Suddenly remember that you forgot to show the face of the signed card and tilt the wallet up for the big bluff display (FIG. 17).

Push the signed card back into the wallet, pocket the deck and leave the building.

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This was inspired from seeing Frank Garcia do the signed-card-to-wallet at a trade show. He always revealed the card by pulling it half way out of the wallet...just enough to show part of the signature. He never showed the rest of the card. The audience always gasped and applauded and seemed quite content. So I felt our species should be rewarded for taking such a creative perceptual shortcut.

• Or then again - you could just palm the signed card off the deck and load it into your wallet - but where's the sport in that?

• For another impossible signed-card-to-pocket that requires almost no guts try "Backlash." (See Index.)

Originally published by Tannen's Magic Manuscript

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