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The idea for the plot for the following trick comes from Karl Fulves who published a similar effect called "Near Future" in "The New Pentagram" some years ago, but the use of the special envelope removes the need for sleights and illogical moves.

EFFECT: A card is chosen and placed sight unseen into a pay envelope which is left in view on the table. A second card is then selected and having been merely peeked at, is cut and lost in the pack.

Immediately the pack is turned face up and the cards run through in order that the spectator can look for his card. Strangely, however, every card in the pack is seen but the spectator's card is not among them. The magician reminds the spectator that before he selected this missing card, he chose another one which had been placed in the pay envelope. And when the card is removed from the envelope, it is seen to be the one the spectator thought he saw afterwards in the pack!

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A Utility Switch Envelope. 2. A pack of cards. 3. A hinged card. This is simply made by attaching two cards together at one short end with sellotape. Fig. 29. Trim the short end opposite the hinge of the front card so that it becomes a short card.

PREPARATION: From the pack remove the duplicate of the rear card of the hinged pair. Let's say the 7H. Put this 7H face down into the genuine pocket of the Utility Switch Envelope. Remove and discard the duplicate of the front card of the hinged pair. Place the hinged card itself on top of the face down deck, the open end of the hinged pair towards the audience.

Fig. 29

Fig. 29

PRESENTATION: Show the cards face up and then give them a shuffle, making sure that the hinged card stays in position on top of the pack.

Spread the cards face down between the hands and request that a spectator touch the back of any one of them. Drop out his selection face down onto the table. Square the rest of the pack and hold in the left hand dealing position.

Your right hand picks up the fake envelope and places it on top of the pack, flap towards the audience. Fig. 30. The right hand is then free to pick up the tabled card and without showing its face, insert it into the mouth of the envelope.

As you do so, push down slightly with the end of the card so that the flap end of the envelope is bent down a small way. Continue with this

light pressure as you push the card into the envelope, and you should find that the card will be automatically fed below the card already inside and through the slit in the rear of the envelope. There should be no pause until the card is two thirds of the way inside. Fig. 31.

At this point the right hand removes the envelope, shows it back and front to emphasise that the card really is going inside, and then replaces it on the pack as before. The open flap of the envelope hides the card face from the audience.

As soon as the envelope is held again by the left hand, the right hand pushes the card right down into the envelope and in fact continues to push it right out the other side. Fig. 32.

The left hand turns the top of the pack towards you slightly to mask the fact that the card is reappearing at the base of the envelope.

Fig. 33

Once the card is square with the top of the pack, the left little finger curls round the right edge of the deck and rests on the protruding card. Fig. 33.

Meanwhile the right hand has closed the envelope flap and now pulls the envelope away from the left hand, the left little finger ensuring that the selected card is held in position on top of the pack and is therefore slid out from inside the envelope.

As soon as the envelope is slid clear of the pack, it is casually shown both sides and the left flap side up on the table. This subtle method of obtaining the chosen card can obviously be used in many other effects as you will no doubt quickly realise.

Give the cards a quick overhand shuffle and then cut the hinged card back to the top of the pack. This is easy because of its thickness.

Spread the deck between your two hands again for the spectator to touch the back of another card. When he does so, transfer it to the top of the pack and then square the deck.

With the cards held firmly in the left hand, the right fingers come to the front short edge of the pack and apparently pull back the top card for the spectator to peek its value. However, because the front card of the hinged pair is a short card, when the right fingers pull up on the front edge of the pack, the cards will automatically split below the top TWO cards i.e. the real selected card and the hinged 7H below it. This means that the spectator sees the 7H face as his selected card. This easy automatic double lift is most convincing.

Once the face of the 7H has been seen, release it and cut the pack completing the cut and sending the hinged card to the centre of the deck.

Turn the pack over end for end and push off groups of three or four cards in small fans, asking the spectator to look for the peeked card. As soon as each group of cards has been quickly scanned, drop them casually in a fan on the table. Because the 7H is attached to the rear of its fellow hinged card, it passes through unnoticed and appears not to be in the pack.

So, the card is not in the pack. The reason, you explain, is that it was never there! Pick up the envelope and opening the flap, squeeze the sides so that it arches open and allow the card within to slide out. Because the envelope is arched open, the slit will be closed on the inside and so you can quickly flash the inside of the envelope to show it is empty.

The tabled card has now only to be turned over to reveal that it is the very card the spectator thought he saw in the pack.

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