The Quickness Of The Hand

EFFECT: A pack is shuffled and a spectator chooses a card. A sticker is put on the face of the card by the spectator who then initials it. He is then given an empty pay envelope and his card goes inside for him to look after.

The spectator then chooses a card for the magician who puts a sticker on the face and initials it. This is placed in a second envelope.

The magician claims that he can move his hand so quickly, that he can exchange the two cards in the envelopes without the spectators seeing.

After a moment of apparent inactivity, the magician claims he has done it. The spectator opens his envelope and removes his card. He sees that he now has the magician's initialled card. The magician in turn tips out the card in his envelope and it is seen to be the spectator's initialled card, the envelope being otherwise empty.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A Double Flap 'Straight Through' Envelope. 2. Two ordinary pay envelopes. 3. A pack of cards. 4. One double faced card with different cards on each side. 5. A thick double backed card (made by sticking two cards face to face.) 6. Some self adhesive round stickers. 7. A pen.

PREPARATION: Take one of the ordinary envelopes and cut out some of the flap side. Fig. 9. Cut off the flap of the second envelope and then cut away the flap side as in Fig. 10.

With the address side of the second envelope facing outwards, stick it onto the first envelope. Fig. 11. This will give you an ordinary envelope which looks identical on the flap side (i.e.: no visible joins) to your fake envelope.

Now to deal with the double faced card. We will assume that the two faces are the KH and the 8S. Remove the normal 8S from the pack and put a sticker on its face, initialling the sticker afterwards.

Then set up the deck as follows, reading from the top down: - thick double backed card, normal 8S face down, double faced KH/8S card, with the KH side down. The stickers are used because they should peel off your cards without any damage, and therefore save you from having to have a spectator sign on the actual card face and thus ruin the pack!

The two envelopes are on the table, the fake one under the normal one. Next to them are the stickers and the pen. The set up deck is in its card case.

PRESENTATION: Remove the cards from the case and shuffle keeping the top three cards in place. Finally cut them to the middle of the pack. You patter about how people believe that magicians can move their hands faster than the eye can see, and you are going to give a demonstration to try and prove it.

Riffle down the top left corner of the pack with the left thumb until you feel the thick card spring past, then with the right hand lift all the cards above it slightly so that you can get a left little finger break below the think card.

You now do a riffle force, a force that I find particularly clean and effective. With the pack held in the left hand, the left little finger holding the break, raise the faces of the cards towards the audience. With the right fingers start to riffle from the front of the pack to the rear, asking a spectator to call "stop".

When he does so, hold the pack open at the top short edge with the right fingers, lower the pack to just below horizontal and cut the deck, not at the chosen spot but at the left little finger break. Complete the cut. The illusion, if timed correctly, should be that you cut the deck at the selected place.

To return to the effect. With the finger break held, do the riffle force, but instead of placing the cut off cards underneath, place them onto the table.

Double lift the top two cards of the lower half, turning them right over and holding them squared with the rest of the pack. The KH side of the double faced card will show.

You ask the spectator who chose the card to remove a sticker and put it anywhere he likes on the face of the KH. Hold out the cards in the left hand for him to do so. Then hand him the pen and putting the cards on the table ask him to put his initials on the sticker. Hold the pack square while he writes. Alternatively, the spectator could initial the sticker before placing it on the card if you prefer.

Having taken the pen back, pick up the deck again in the left hand dealing position and hand the spectator the un-faked envelope to examine. While he is doing this, get a left little finger break under the top two cards.

When he has looked at the envelope, you apparently hand him his KH, but in reality you do a sort of second deal.

The pack is held in the left hand with the finger break under the top two cards. The right index finger slips under the top two cards at the bottom right corner (where the break is held) and slides a third of the way up the right long side. Your left hand turns the cards towards you, at the same time the right index finger pulls out the lower of the two cards, the left thumb holding the top one back. Fig. 12. The right hand

pulls the second card right away from the pack and because only a card back is showing, it will appear to be the KH.

Place the pack face up on the table so that the double faced card is hidden under the rest of the pack. Slip the card held in the right hand into the spectator's envelope and tell him to guard his card. In reality he now has your previously initialled 8S in his envelope.

You can now pick up the face up half of the pack again with the left hand while the right hand picks up the face down half. The two are brought together so that the face up KH is covered by the thick double backed card which is on the bottom of the face down half.

With the faces of the cards towards the audience, give the pack a quick overhand shuffle, ensuring that the thick card and the card below it are not separated, and try to end up with the thick card near the centre.

Get a break above the thick card and do the riffle force again. This is to apparently choose a card for you. Having cut the pack at the thick card and completed the cut, double lift to show the 8S side of the double faced card. Put a sticker onto it (in the same position as you put it on the 8S unknowingly held by the spectator) and initial it.

Slide off the top card onto the table, pick up the fake envelope and open it. Show the inside to be empty. Because the other flap is held closed by the fingers underneath, the envelope appears to be normal. Slip the 8S into the envelope and close the flap.

You will now attempt, you patter, to change over the two cards by moving your hands quicker than the eye can see. You ask the spectator to place his envelope down on the table. As he does so, transfer your envelope to your other hand turning it over secretly as you do so. Then place your envelope onto the table as well.

At this point you have to act as if you really are going to attempt this impossible feat, although very much tongue in cheek. Eventually you announce that the two cards have been swapped, even though you do not appear to have done anything!

The spectator is asked to remove his card, and he finds your initialled 8S. You open your envelope and tip out the double faced card which will have the KH side showing with the spectator's initials on it! Maybe the quickness of the hand does deceive the eye!

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