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5TE-P OblE. - Scoop up the red spread off the table and casually slip the bottom card into the packet as the cards are tabled face down. Take the black cards from the spectator and place them face down to the right of the other packet. Both hands simultaneously cut each packet in half - moving the two cut-off top sections to the left of the bottoms as in FIG. 1. (Note that the right-hand packet is placed to the left of the original left packet.) From right to left you should now have: a black packet, a red packet with a black card at its face, a black packet, and a red packet.

5TE.P J^/O - Turn the two packets on the right face up (apparently two black packets) and riffle shuffle them together (without squaring them) so that the back right-hand card falls first and the top right-hand card falls last. Note that one-third of the shuffled left-hand packet remains in view. When shuffling, try to make the shuffle as "complete" as possible. If you can faro the cards together from a tabled position (it doesn't have to be perfect) so much the better. Position the unsquared packet so that the end with the shuffled-in portion is toward yourself (FIG. 2).

Now gently ribbon-spread this packet toward yourself (start by lightly pressing down at the center of the unsquared packet) to display all black cards (FIG. 3). The red cards remain hidden behind the black cards due to the nature of the unsquared shuffle. A little practice will give you the proper soft, even touch. If your spread clumps up in areas because your touch was too light (which is safest). Then simply "tap" these areas with your fingertips to thin them out - exposing more of the black spread.

5TE.P Ti-lE-E-E. - Grasp the right face-down packet from above by its sides with your right fingers. Pick up this packet, decide that it's a few cards light, then add a card or two by holding it over the other face-down packet, using your right fingers to pick a card off the top of the tabled pack - adding it to the face of the right-hand packet. Turn both packets face up and riffle shuffle (or tabled faro) the two "red" packets together. The left-hand cards fall first and last, leaving the unsquared right-hand packet extending for about a third its length. Position the unsquared red cards so that the extended one-third is toward yourself. Ribbon spread these cards toward yourself in the same fashion as the black spread to display all red cards.

5TE.P fOVSL - Use both hands to scoop up and square the two spreads—then re-spread both packets to reveal the instant intermingling of the reds and blacks.

I originally devised and performed these three sequences as individual effects. Here's that handling if you want to do a solo.

PLRfLCTIOfsll^T - At the end simply scoop the spreads up and shuffle them back together, if you need to end up with two "clean" spreads, then continue to the point where the two spreads are turned down and the face cards are slipped to the top. Pick up one of the halves from above by its sides with your left fingers and obtain a left little-finger break above the bottom card. Add this card to the top of the other half as the left hand picks it up -adding the tabled half onto the face of the other first half. The left little finger still retains a break. Turn your left hand palm-up and grasp the cards above the break from above by their ends with your right fingers. Drag the face card onto the lower left-hand half as the right hand slides the half above the break away to the right.

MIXLD-UP PEJ2f E-CTI0NI6T - Open the same as Transposed Perfectionist with the Up-Jog Packet Switch. After dividing the cards into four face-down packets, pause a moment to let the discrepancy heal up, then turn the two center packets face up. They'll both appear to be the same color. Shuffle so that the top card of the left-hand packet falls last. Spread to show one color, then turn the two end packets face up for shuffling. They'll already be "set" to show the same colors. Shuffle so that the left-hand packet falls last. Spread to show one color and complete the effect.

pjJootNot^ - I hadn't thought about this sequence for about ten years when someone showed me an astonishing series of red/black transpositions. I begged him to tell me the source. It was from "Close-up Kinda Guy."

I couldn't hold out any longer. I had no choice but to read the book.

TRANI6P05E.D PLE.fLCTIONl5T -Separate the reds and blacks in the same fashion as in the "Perfectionist" except don't split the deck into two halves before the switch. Just do it with the entire deck. You can now go directly into the transposition effect by palming off the card at the face of one of the halves. If you need clean colors at the end, hold the tainted packet face up and double-undercut the two face cards to the back. Drop this packet face up onto the other face-up cards and you're set.

Paul Harris The Art of Astonishment in^tant replay

Two show-stopping flourishes where cards leap back and forth between the deck and the performer's fingers. Uninformed audiences will guess that you possess great talent and have dedicated hundreds of hours into perfecting your skills. In this case, your audience's guess will be correct.

I hate to admit it, but this single flourish is probably the highlight of my close-up performance. This either says a whole lot for this flourish, or some not-nice things about my act. Instant Replay is a combination of thoughts first thought by Daryl, Magic Juan, and Eddie Fechter.

An Ace or a selected card finds itself by leaping up off the deck into the performer's fingers. For an instant replay, the card suddenly leaps back to the deck and then instantly springs back up to the performer's fingers. I personally use this to produce the second Ace of "Tap Dancing Aces" (see Index). It literally stops the show. You'll have to spend a substantial amount of time to achieve accuracy and consistency with "Instant Replay." But if you don't think it's worth the effort - I won't feel bad at all.

Once you understand the action of this flourish; that is, how the cards are held, what direction they're supposed to go in, and what they're supposed to be doing on the way there - you'll pretty much be on your own. The "feel," the pressure adjustments, and the basic sense of how to put the pieces together can only be learned through studied practice; constantly re-evaluating what you think is the right way to do it, remembering how something feels when it works, and consciously weeding out the stuff that doesn't. Follow the illustrations to get an overall sense of the action, practice for awhile, then go over the checkpoints list for one last ray of hope.

PART ONE. - The top card of the deck held in the left hand springs off the deck, does a half-turn, then lands face up between the right


1. Deck held flat against left palm.

2. Forefinger pushes up on center of the up-jogged (just a hair) card's end.

3. Tension (very light) created by card being pressed up against pads of fingers and thumb.

4. Left side of card released "first" (from thumb).

5. Right side of card pivots off the right fingers - causing it to turn face up.

6. Both hands positioned so that neither hand has to move when card jumps.

7. Left forefinger pushed straight out to spring card.

8. The flight of the card should be instantaneous, like a paper clip suddenly being attracted to a magnet - one moment on the deck -the next moment it's in the right fingers.

PART T\V<? - A card held in the right fingers suddenly shoots back onto the deck as though attracted by a powerful magnet (FIGS. 3, 4).


1. Deck held in same position from conclusion of part one - with the exception of the left forefinger which has moved away from the end of the deck.

2. The back of the right-hand card and the back of the deck must be on the same plane.

3. The right forefinger pushes out to spring the card a little below center.

4. Thumb side of the card moves "first," allowing lower side of card to pivot off of fingers.

5. Card should hit the deck flat - and stop instantly.

6. Only a small amount of tension is required to spring the card.

PRL6LNTATIOIsI - A selected card or one of the Aces in a series of Ace productions is face down on top of the deck. Shoot the card off the deck into your right hand. Regrip the card for part two by sliding your right thumb and forefinger - moving the lower side of the card into position at your right fingertips. Pause for a moment to say, "And now for an instant replay." Wait a beat - then shoot the card onto the deck so that it's slightly up-jogged. The instant the card hits the deck, your right forefinger shoots the card back into your right hand. Practice so that your right finger moves reflex-ively the moment it feels the card land. Hold your pose until the cheers subside.

LFftCT - The Splatt Change: A card visibly changes as it files through the air and hits the deck.

N/|E-Ttl^P - Perform part two of "Instant Replay" with two cards held back-to-back disguised as one.

- Janet Sue Harris, my very favorite Close-Up Kinda Sister, has recently mastered "Instant Replay. "Janet's semi-annual attempt at card tricks makes me glad that she still has her Ping-Pong career to fall back on. I mention this note not to make it tougher for Janet to hustle unsuspecting tourists at Ping-Pong but to make you feel really lousy, in case you give up on Instant Replay. Could you really live with yourself knowing that someone's little sister could whip your butt with a deck of cards?

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"^L imple Switch" may very well be the most

✓ difficult flourish to perfect next to the Perpetual Motion Coin Myth. But there's one big difference. "Simple Switch" is not a myth. Even though it's right on the edge of impossible "Simple Switch" can be performed and mastered. If you turn out to be one of those rare individuals who has the willingness and determination to pay the price for achieving the almost impossible, you'll have acquired the ability to cause the top card of the deck and a card held in your other hand to simultaneously somersault through the air, fly past each other in mid-flight, where the card from the hand then lands on the deck, while the card from the deck lands back in the right hand.

LPITi?E.'6 N^TL - This is not a joke. If you haven't personally seen Paul do this - ask around. It can be done - but you won't believe it.

6TE.P ¿'ME- - Completely master "Instant Replay." (Previous effect.)

¿TLP TW/O - Follow the illustrations to get an overall sense of the action. Practice for awhile. Go over the checkpoints, then decide if you're willing to give up the next six months of your life to learn a "Simple Switch."

The card from the hand and the card from the deck leave their starting positions at exactly the same time and switch places (FIGS. 1. 2).


1. The card that leaves the deck makes one more revolution than in Instant Replay, it starts face down and finishes face down. Master this before going on.

2. Keep your elbows at your sides to achieve a consistent distance.

3. The card and the deck are angled slightly away from each other.

4. Focus your attention on the card that's going to the deck - let the card traveling from the deck take care of itself.

5. The card from the deck is caught with the right hand between the thumb, second, third and little fingers.

6. If the two cards are colliding in mid-flight, raise your right hand slightly. Note that the card from the right hand flies over the card from the deck - but not by much (see FIG. 2).

7. The right hand drops down about an inch as soon as its card is released in order to be in position to catch the card from the deck.

8. "Locking in" the various angles, distances, timing and pressures will be a gradual process. Don't lose faith. If you're willing to pay the price, you'll have demonstrable proof that you're a genuine solid-gold Close-Up Kinda Guy.

PlWTNtfTL - "Simple Switch" can also be used as shock-therapy to help someone get over the urge to know your secrets:

Offer to reveal how you do one of your easier illusions. First the effect: Double lift to display an "Ace." Turn the double down and push off the face-down single into your right fingers. Comment that the Ace and the top card of the deck will change places. Hold the face-down "Ace" and the deck just as though you were about to do the Simple Switch...but just twitch your fingers to mime the action. Reveal an indifferent card in your right fingers while the Ace is now on top of the deck.

Then "expose the simple secret" by making the two cards change places in slow-motion, by doing the Simple Switch for real. People believe this. Keep a straight face and be kind.

To master any or all of the above requires deep practice. You have to enjoy the art of licking honey from the blade...where slicing up your tongue is all part of the fun.

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