This is the final polish on the polish of a classic that started with Mario and Jennings, then was simplified by Cervon. And then I obsessed over it for a couple of decades along with a bunch of my friends. Eric has been doing Mondo Nifty almost as long as I have (give or take ten years) and added a few nifties of his own. Here's Eric to do the honors:

The version of this routine that was published in The Paul Harris issue of the Magical Arts Journal was revolutionary. We've retained most of that structure and slightly streamlined the already-streamlined handling. And then I pointed out to Paul that any four cards could be used because the identities of the cards are unimportant— just like in Las Vegas Leaper. Paul was quiet for a long moment, slowly began to nod his head, then broke out into a big smile "Of course, that's the purest easiest way. No scrounging up the aces, no pointless displays of what card is where, just pick up a deck and do it."

E-fTE-CT - You remove any old four cards from the deck and boast that you can hide cards in your hand so well that they become naked to the visible eye. One card is clearly taken in the right hand and "forced into the folds of your flesh." Your hand is then shown empty, then the invisibly-palmed card is visibly extruded down onto the table. This is repeated twice more, growing more astonishing with each demonstration. A recent performance of Mondo-Nifty led one man to remark, "I think the S.O.B. is really doing it!"

5TE.P ¿?NlE_ - Verbally position the audience for this by chatting about gambling, magic, palming, and artifice. Offer to demonstrate the legendary invisible palm - a method for concealing cards in your hand so well that no one can detect it.

3JLP TWO - Hold the face-down deck in left-hand dealing position, obtain a left little-fin-ger break above the bottom two cards of the deck. Your left thumb should be on top of the deck.

Grasp the deck from above by its ends with your right fingers and slide the deck to your right, leaving the double card from the bottom on your left fingers. At the same time your left thumb hangs onto the top card and openly slips it down onto the double. You've apparently slid the top and bottom card onto your right fingers (FIG. 1).

Your right thumb goes back to the top of the deck and slides another card onto the left hand cards, and then slides off one more card from the deck onto the packet. The audience has seen you take four face-down cards. You actually have five.

6TE.P TJ-lE-LL - Table the deck to your left as your left fingers loosely square the small packet.

6TLP pOUE. - Take the packet from above by its ends (Biddle Grip) in your right hand. Use your left thumb to count off the top three cards into your left hand. Briefly flash the face of the remaining card (which is actually a double) and bow it down slightly in the middle by pressing down with your index finger.

ST LP FlVL - (The "Tabled Double") Gently press the bowed card onto the table directly in front of you and pin it down in the center with your index fingernail (FIG.2).

Release the ends, keeping slight pressure with your forefinger. Now lift your finger off the card(s) leaving the double perfectly aligned on the table. If you learn to do this correctly, you can set a double down on any table even without the luxury of a close-up mat. No emphasis or importance should be placed on this.

6TLP ¿IX - (The "Tent Vanish") Immediately draw attention to the three cards in your left hand. Fan them slightly so they can be seen clearly. Use your right fingers to remove the top card of the three. Prop the card up at a 60 degree angle from the other cards and hold it in place with your left thumb (FIG.3). Notice that the lower cards are slightly bowed up and the single card is bowed down just a little.

¿TLP 6LVLr\l - Move over the raised card with your right hand as if you were going to palm it (FIG. 4). This position is very important. Your fingers are tightly closed together except for a small window between your index and middle finger. Pretend to palm the upright card in your right hand as you close the window between your fingers. Stiffen your right hand and curl your fingers (FIG. 5).

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