## Mixtant

This trick is the reverse of the "Oil and Water" effect. Here, two separate color groups instantly mix. This plot first surfaced in a trick by Leslie Guest that appeared in the October 1929 issue of Linking Ring. "Mixtant" was first published in Scattershot.

The previous routine apparently used eight cards. This sequence actually uses eight: four black cards and four reds. If you steal away the extra card after the previous routine, you can continue with this effect.

Begin with die cards in face-up groups. The reds are in die left hand and the blacks in the right hand. Fan both packets to display the cards, then square them again in the hands.

Buckle the lowermost card of each packet and bring the hands together, apparendy placing the right hand's cards onto the left hand's. Actually, the buckled bottom card of the right hand's packet is fed into the break above the buckled bottom card of the left hand's packct, as shown in figure 55.

The order of die combined packet is now, from the face: black, black, black, red, red, red, black, red.

Flip the cards face-down and spread the top four cards of the packet. Say that you will place the reds on the table. Square up the spread cards and apparently lift away the top four. In fact, remove only three. Turn this three-card packet face-up. A red card shows at the face, so everything looks fair. (The order of the group is actually red-black-red.) Table this face-up packet.

Flip the remaining five-card group face-up in your hand. The order of these cards is, from the face: black, black, black, red, red. Perform a Jordan Count, displaying four blacks, and say, "I can work widi the cards face-up, or I can work with die cards face-down."

With this latter statement, flip the packet face-down and count the cards again. This time, perform a Push-Off Count: The top card is taken into the right hand. The next card is taken onto that. Now die left thumb does a Block Push-Off of the top two cards of its group, and those two cards (squared as one) are taken onto the right-hand group. The final card from the left hand is taken on top of all.

Flip the packet face-up. A black card shows on the face, so everything looks fair. Ask the spectator whether you should work with the cards faceup or face-down. Also, ask if the black cards should go on top of the reds, or the reds on top of the blacks.

Whatever the spectator answers, do as instructed. For example, if die spectator says to work with the cards face-up, and to put the reds on top of the blacks, simply pick up the tabled "red" pile and place it face-up onto the face-up "black" group.

Make a magical gesture. Then slowly spread the eight cards face-up, showing that the colors have instantly mixed.