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"f^aul Harris has discovered something I mighty peculiar about the way card cases are made that he thinks you ought to know about. A peculiarity built into every case currently being manufactured that transforms a borrowed pack of cards into a powerful weapon of deception."

E-fTE-CT - No gimmicks...just a normal deck and box. The deck INSIDE the box visibly penetrates up through the box and ends up resting on top. A moment later you slowly press the deck back down through to the inside of the box. Everything can be immediately examined.

TJJE-OI2.Y - The deck is always inside of the box. By shifting the position of the folded flap on the card case you make it appear that the deck penetrates to the top. Reversing the procedure makes the deck sink back into the case.

PREPARATION - The single most important factor in the success of this trick is the advance "breaking-in" of the flap on the card case. If you have any trouble it's probably because you haven't properly conditioned your flap.

Begin by putting the deck into the box and placing the flap under the deck (FIG. 1). Slowly press the flap up as in FIG. 2, causing the flap to curl around the deck.

This is difficult at first, but after a hundred presses the flap will start gliding over the pack easily. When it slides smoothly both up and down over the end of the deck you're ready to break through.

5TLP ¿?!\lL - Put the case on the table with the flap tucked under the box. The deck goes face up on top of the box. Spend some time talking about trap doors or optical illusions or something as you display the deck on the box (FIG. 3). You want to spent a couple of moments here to imprint the image of the deck on the box into your spectator's semi-per-

and place it on the table. Put the rest of the deck into the case. Tip the case slightly toward yourself and pretend to close the flap. Instead, you actually fold the flap under the pack and into the "penetrating position" referred to in FIG. 1. The front end of the box should now appear closed - so the folded flap completely covers the deck. Don't sweat this, no one really cares about card box closing technique.

ÔTE.P TJ-I12.E-EL - Place the single face-up card on top of the box and display it with the grip shown in FIG. 4. Tip front end of the case up and down slowly, allowing the spectators to see the condition of things. It should look like

±>JLP fOUR. - Tip things up one last time, and as you lower the box your second fingers press the flap down like it has been trained to do (FIG. 5 third and fourth fingers moved for clarity). The deck will seem to slowly and visibly penetrate up through the top of the box. If your hands are held just like FIG. 4 you are covered from all angles and the illusion is perfect. Be sure to press the flap FLAT against the deck-end during the action.

table (without letting go) and very slowly slide the flap over the end of the deck for its visible penetration back into the box. Remove the face-up card from the box and open the flap (secretly unfolding it). Again, this is no biggie. Just unfold everything as you pretend to untuck the open flap.

6TELP ¿IX - Dump the cards out of the case to finish clean.

pjJOOTNote -

• If anything is not happy and glad go back to the flap and give it another massage. It should be so flexible and curved that it effortlessly glides over the end of the pack.

• Ken Krenzel handles the first "going up" penetration from Step FOUR WITHOUT tilting the case. He holds the box so the front end is in full view the entire time so the deck visibly penetrates up through the top of the box. The tips of your first and second fingers are the unsung heroes here, keeping the flapped-deck steady and in position.

• The reason for the loose card on top? It acts as a trap door into the fourth and occas-sionally fifth dimension.

• One of the great unsolved mysteries is why some Bicycle cases have shorter flaps than others. While pondering this make sure you do "Breakthrough" with one of the long-flap cases.

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