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An invisible organic "gimmick" is erected in full view of your audience who are bushwhacked into believing you're making a clever card puzzle. This natural "ungimmicked gimmick" (known in inner circles as a "smitchik") now enables you to do a semi-automatic penetration of one card through another over and over again directly under your spectator's watchful nose - even while the spectator is fondling one of the cards herself.

The nature of the smitchik creates a self-contained climax that is as spectacular as it is easy. You'll find yourself bushwhacking in front of a mirror for the sheer pleasure of watching the magic happen. Don't be selfish - share the experience with an audience. It's more meaningful when someone else is watching.

6TELP ONIt - Up-jog the Ace of Hearts, Two of Hearts, and Three of Hearts then turn the deck face down into left-hand dealing position so that the three up-jogged cards are face down sticking out of the front end of the deck.

STLP TW/O - Obtain a left little-finger break beneath the top card of the deck as your right fingers strip out the out-jogged cards. Place the stripped-out cards face up onto the deck.

5TE.P TJ-IR.ELE. - Remove the four cards which are above the break from above by their ends with your right fingers - while your left hand tables the rest of the deck face down to your left.

±>TLP FOUR. - Place the four-card packet (three face up on top of one face down) into left-hand dealing position. Push off the top card and grasp it between your right thumb from below, fingers on top. Turn the card face down and place it under the packet. Repeat with the other two Hearts - leaving all four cards face down in your left hand with the indifferent card on top.

±>JLP FlVEL - Turn the packet face up onto your left hand then grasp the packet from above by its ends with your right fingers. Construct a perfect square out of the "three" cards as follows:

Slide the top face-up card to the left with your left thumb so that the card pivots off your right first fingertip onto your palm-up left fingers - leaving the card in a horizontal position with a long side toward you (FIG. 1).

Position the upper left side of the right-hand packet square with the left end of the left-hand card - forming a right angle, or if you prefer, the letter "P" (FIG. 2). Press your left thumb onto the packet to keep the top card in place as your right fingers slide the two cards beneath it to the right as one card. Place this right-hand double face up beneath the "P" so that its upper right side is square with the right end of the card directly above it. Release your left-hand grip and display the successfully assembled square puzzle. (FIGS. 3,4).

6TE-P ¿IX - Tilt the face of the square toward the audience by turning your right palm toward yourself. Curl in your left second, third and little fingers and grasp the left side of the square between your left first finger in front and your left thumb from behind. Your left thumb goes directly onto the sandwiched card's exposed upper white margin. The position of your left thumb conceals this portion of white margin - and also holds the double in position. From your view point, you should see what appears to be two face down overlapped cards (FIG. 5). The audience still sees three cards at the face of the square.

5THP iEA/E-N - Release your right hand grip and pinch the upper-right corner of the square (the double) between your right thumb from the back and your first finger on the face.

6TE.P E-k^J-lT - Turn the square face down by turning both hands palm up. Just before the back of the square comes into audience view, use your right fingers to slide the upper right corner of its double under your left thumbtip -leaving the upper end of the double in-jogged, its outer end angled down to the right.

In a continuing action, as the square is turned down, slide the top card of the double to the right - away from the left-hand cards as in FIG. 6.

6TEP NlNE. - Openly slide the upper left corner of the face-down right-hand card (an indifferent card) between the "two" left-hand cards from their front end. The right-hand card will actually be going under the invisible crossed card - but keep this to yourself. (FIG. 7).

The audience will see two cards in your left hand and one card in your right hand. The square puzzle was an excuse to openly cross one of the cards. By hiding the exposed white border with your left thumb, and sliding the top card away as you turned the square face down, you altered your audience's perspective of the cards... putting you in exactly the right position to bushwhack your audience in the worst (or best) possible bushwhacking manner.

NOTE. - The upper left corner of the top left-hand card is visible. Your left thumb holds this card in position a little below this exposed corner.

The left end of the disguised sandwiched card is kept square with the left side of the bottom card by resting against the back of your curled left second finger. Take care that the tilted angle of the top card does not expose the right end of the crossed card.

This "Bushwhacker" grip is your secret weapon. Practice getting into it from the square formation so that the cards are "just right" upon being turned face down.

.i>TEP TE.N - Direct your audience's attention to the sandwiched right-hand card. Ram home the fact that the card in your right hand is between the other two cards. Slowly slide the right-hand card through the sandwich toward yourself. Just as the front end of the right-hand card disappears from view under the top card, the right-hand card's inner end appears under the bottom card revealing a slow-motion penetration. Slowly remove the right-hand card from the inner end of the sandwich, re-insert it at the front end, and repeat the penetration. Continue doing this until it no longer amuses you (FIG. 8).

NOTE. - I sometimes let a spectator hold the right side of the sandwiched card so that she can "feel" it penetrate. The spectator should keep her hand still as you move the other cards to cause the penetration. You may want to hold the spectator's wrist to make sure her card stays face down.

5TE-P LLLVLN - Place the right-hand card face down onto the deck. Direct a spectator to press one finger onto the top of the deck.

5TE-P TW/E.LN/E. - Position your left hand so that its cards "cross" the deck - then stroke the cards across the spectator's finger a few times. As you slide away from her finger on the last stroke, use your left thumb to pull the top left-hand card against your curled left fingers. A third card will instantly pop into view, sticking out of the right side of the other two cards (FIG. 9). Direct the spectator to look under her finger. Her heart is gone.

piIootNotl - The effectiveness of the Bushwhacker Fake depends on an over-all back design. Since some designs are more over-all than others, you run the risk with certain brands of being nailed on a discrepancy with the design - like having a little angel riding a bicycle sideways. It's up to you whether you avoid these brands, use them and hope no one notices, or use them and present the discrepancy as a bonus effect.

official noticl Of appreciation -

For Bob Ostin, Bruce Cervon, and Larry Jennings - My initial contact with an effect of this nature was through Bob Ostin's Submarine Card - which used a card with a slit. The world-famous Bushwhacking team of Bruce Cervon and Larry Jennings later published other handlings of the penetration principle with a slit card.


6TLP ONL - "Hey - do you like puzzles? Oh. I'll show you one anyways."

Remove the Three of Hearts and add the extra card.

6TLP T- "The puzzle is to form a perfect square using just three cards - the Ace, Two and Three of Hearts. Yes, they're my favorite cards too."

NOTL - You can hand the spectator three single cards, let them try to make the puzzle, then add the extra card afterwards.

6TLP TL1R.LL - "I couldn't figure it out myself until I read the solution on the back of a cereal box. The secret's alphabetical. You have to make an "L" (from the audience's perspective), then a "U." And you get a perfect square, similar to the person holding it. The initials "LU" stand for Largely Useless."

Make the square puzzle so that the sides are squared.

6TLP FOUR. - "Look it even comes with a bonus pocket size square in the corner."

Tilt the face of the puzzle toward the audience and display the little square-within-a-square at the upper right corner. Get "set" for the turn-down action.

6TLP FlVL - "But what they don't tell you is that you can make a third puzzle by rearranging the three cards."

Turn the square face down as you slide off the top card. Make adjustments if necessary.

•5TLP ¿IX - "The puzzle is to get one card down from the middle to the bottom like this."

Perform the penetration phase.

5TLP 6LN/LN - "When I first tried this I figured that there had to be a hole in the bottom card. The only way to test out this theory is to place the card on the deck, and your finger on the card and my cards on your fingers."

"Do you know what this does?" It makes my two cards very happy it also pushes the card from under your finger right up through the hole."

Do final penetration.

5TEP tl^tlT - "The only part of the puzzle that still puzzles me is — exactly where is it that the hole hides?"

Turn the three cards face up and hand them out for examination.

• The effect is more compelling when the card that penetrates is face-up. To do this, slide out the second card from the top of the "square" to use for the face-up penetration. For the finish, turn this card face down and openly exchange it for the top card - ("Let's see what happens with a different card") and drop the new card (the extra indifferent one) on top of the deck for your clean-up-finale.

"I I e stumbles into the last club on the

■I—I strip - and drops his last business card onto the bar. It lands on a wet spot.

The barmaid's glistening chapsticked lips slowly move as she reads the card to herself. "Close-up Matt - I fool people while they eat." She looks up at Matt's lint-free face "Sorry honey - we only serve drinks here."

Matt's undernourished yet still-active mind riffles into action. With the daring of one who has nothing to lose, Matt leans past his soggy business card, reaches over the bar, and boldly snatches a firmly-wedged pen from out of the barmaid's partially exposed organic desk organizer. Matt uses the still-warm pen to cross out "eat" on his business card to replace it with "drink."

The unpenned wench behind the bar looks at Matt - her ruby-red eyes filled with equal amounts of admiration and Murine as she thinks to herself "The kid has spunk, he also has my only pen."

As Matt uses a cocktail napkin to blot the dampness from his limp business card, the determined beer-mistress clasps her hands behind her back, athletically bends forward at the waist, then skillfully maneuvers the front of her chest across the glass top of the bar and with an almost imperceptable squeak re-wedges her pen.

Close-up Matt stops his blotting and looks up at her with new respect. "Wow - what a woman." He whispers under his breath. "Now if only I had a card trick that could show her how I really feel."


You're romantic future depends upon you wowing the waitress with your wonderfulness. What to do? You can accidentally drop a wad of hundred-dollar bills on her shoe to convince her of your self-worth - or cause a borrowed coin and the sweet stuff in a sugar packet to spectacularly change places.

Of course, the wad-of-bills maneuver would be your first choice.

PREPARATION - Sneak a sugar packet off the table and use a fork to tear a slit along one of the packet's long sides near the top (FIG. 1). Fold the portion of packet that's above the slit over onto the slit. (If that fold isn't clear you have my permission to sneak ahead to FIG. 2 and peek at the folded sugar packet.)

Put the prepared packet into a left-hand pocket.

6TE.P ONE. - Finger-palm the prepared packet in your left hand so that the folded slit side is against the fingers - the slit pointing toward the "little finger side" of your hand. The fold keeps the sugar from spilling out - give or take a few granules.

5TELP J\JO - Borrow a bill from the audience and place it directly onto the finger-palmed sugar packet so that the left end of the bill goes into the crotch of your left thumb.

5TE-P TliREL - Grip the packet and the bill with your right thumb from below against the packet, and your right first finger on top of the bill. Lift the bill along with the packet concealed beneath it so that the bill faces the audience. The packet should now be near the upper left corner of the bill with the folded part of the packet on top facing toward you (FIG. 2).

5TE.P FOUR. - Grasp the left end of the bill, along with the sugar packet, with your left fingers. Fold the bill in half by placing the back of your right thumb against the outer right side of the bill, then using your thumb to push that end of the bill over onto the left side of the bill so that the folded right side of the bill ends up held between your right thumb and finger (FIG. 3).

The sugar packet and your left thumb are now sandwiched inside the folded bill. Hold the sugar packet in position with pressure from your right thumb and fingers while your left thumb moves out of the bill by sliding up. On the way up your thumb slides up under the sugar packet's fold - automatically unfolding it. Transfer the bill-covered sugar to your left hand by grasping the bill's left ends together between your left thumb and fingers. Left finger pressure holds the sugar packet in place.

.5TE_P p\/EL - Use your right fingers to fold the bottom half-inch of the bill up on the audience side of the bill - to seal off the bill's bot-

6TE.P ¿IX - Borrow a nickel or a quarter from a spectator and have her remember the coin's date or any distinguishing blemish before handing it to you. While this action is taking place, tilt the bill to the left, to cause some of the sugar to slide to the left of the packet - leaving a space at the right of the packet for the coin.

5TE.P 5EVE.N - Take the coin with your right fingers and place it into the bill, directly into the sugar packet through its slit - in the space left by the shifted sugar.

5TE.P □¿¡TIT - Transfer the bill to your right hand by clipping the right side of the bill's bottom flap between your first and second fingers. The right thumb goes to the back of the bill so that the packet is held secure through the bill between the right thumb and first finger.

5TE.P NllNlE. - Your left hand takes seven or eight sugar packets out from their container and drops them on the table to your left. Direct a spectator to pick up one of the packets and place it on the palm of your left hand.

5TE.P TE.Nl - Adjust the left hand sugar packet with your left fingers so that one of the packet's ends can be thumb clipped.

5TE.P ELEVEN - Make the following speech if you're so inclined: "To make sleight-of-hand improbable I've insulated the coin in a dollar bill. The sugar is already protected by the package around it. At this point it would be difficult to get to the coin and impossible to get to the sugar. But if it were possible to secretly palm thousands of individual grains of sugar..." then close your left hand over its packet.

5TE.P TWELVE. - Tilt the bill and pour out the sugar - while pressure from your right thumb and first finger keeps the coin inside. A slight rubbing motion of the right thumb and first finger will help the sugar pour.

Do not attempt to get all of the sugar to pour out of the packet. The audience only has to see one good shot of the sugar pouring out of the bill to get the effect (FIG. 5).

5TE.P TJ-llR.TE-E.Nl - Open your left hand to show a flash of its packet, then perform a Han Ping Chien maneuver by thumb-clipping the left end of the packet as you turn your left hand down to apparently place its packet onto the table. As your left hand turns palm down, relax the pressure from your right thumb and first finger so that the bill is held only by the fold clipped between your right first and second fingers (FIG. 6).

As the left palm comes down, tilt the left open end of the bill down and move the bill to the right, so that the bill's sugar packet slides out of the left side of the bill and ends up under your left palm - in classic Han Ping Chien style as in FIGS. 7, 8, 9.

Han Ping Chien

NOTE- - Make sure that all pressure on the bill's packet has been released just before the Han Ping Chien move.

¿TEP FOURTEEN - As you lean forward to return the bill to your spectator, your left hand is in perfect position to unload its clipped packet onto the visible bunch of sugar packets

•5TEP FIFTEEN - Let your hands be seen to be empty, pick up the transposed sugar packet (its slit will be against the table), so that the secret slit is toward yourself. Rip off the top of the packet along the secret tear. Hand the ripped-open sugar packet to your spectator where she'll discover her coin among the rest of the sweet stuff (FIG. 11).

Hands Tearing Packet

official Notice of appreciation - For

Patrick Snowden...for helping work out the fine points of handling and for not getting too upset when I spilled sugar all over his cat.

official Notice of appreciation - For

Patrick Snowden...for helping work out the fine points of handling and for not getting too upset when I spilled sugar all over his cat.


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