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i – Introduction (Ross Bertram)
iii – Forward (Minch)
3 Chapter 1: Relaxed Miracles
3 Soft Cards: Visual
penetration of one card through another, simple to make gaff. Topological
6 Bust-Out Aces: one-at-a-time production of the 4 aces using the
same gimmick from the previous trick, EZ.
8 Second method: ungimmicked
version of B-O Aces, not so EZ.
10 Thrust and Parry: variation of classic
"U-Find-It". Spec selects card, loses it in pack, then behind his
thrusts a 2nd card, face up, into the deck. Ribbon spread to find the
face up card next to the selection.
Magi doesn't touch deck once it's in the
12 Double S'Entendre: Two specs, each with her own deck; each
selects and loses a card in her own deck,
then cuts to the other spec's
selection. Simple, and effective.
15 The Haunted Jacket: strange things
happen to a deck when dropped into the magi's jacket pocket. An
version of Krenzel's "Half-Passed Histed" from _NY Magic Symposium, Vol 4._
20 The Shifting Sands of Tutankhamen: Clever (but over-long)
25 Chapter 2: A Matched Pair
25 The Matchbook
Dervish: An ordinary book of matches comes to life in your hands, is then
28 Turn-Tail Match: impromptu; wooden matchstick is pushed
through a tunnel formed from fingers of your hand.
En route, it does a
33 Chapter 3: Pasteboard and Silver
33 An Estranged Exchange:
in-the-hands exchange of card and coin, a la Harris' "Very Strange Exchange"
_Close Up Fantasies Finale_. (Krenzel kicked-thru vanish; Goldin
36 The Hollow Card: vanish/production of coin from single card; uses
same gaff from Soft Cards (p.3)
38 The Coin of Mycroft: Borrowed, marked coin
vanishes, reappears next to spec's selected card – with the
deck in the card
43 Chapter 4: Ace Effects and Other Tricks for the Shelf
Condensed Aces: two handlings of Paul Harris' "Las Vegas Split" – one impromptu,
the other utilizing
gaffed cards and Krenzel's Subterranean Shelf (variant of
Marlo's shelf, closer to Scott's Bug).
49 Subterranean Shelf and Related
Ideas: as a packet switch; in the Curry Open Prediction effect; Joint
spec cuts to mates of two predictions.
52 Krenzel on the
Cavorting Aces: K's handling of the Herrmann Pass and Dr. Daley's plot from
_Stars of Magic_.
57 Passe-Deux Aces: 4-ace production a la "Passe-Passe
Aces" (_Expert Card Technique_), two at a time. Nifty.
59 There and Back
Again: Progressive 4-ace trick + aces instantly return to their starting piles.
64 Penthouse Progression (With a Foreclosure): ungimmicked
version (Benzais cop).
71 Chapter 5: Mental
71 Open and Shut Case:
any-card-at-any-number, clever and feasible, but not simple. Easy to
gimmicked card case helps.
74 Case of the Missing Link: a thought-of
card is found missing from an otherwise normal deck. Card is
wallet, pocket, whatever. Uses same gimmicked case as previous effect +
76 Ruse et Noir: 8 card version of Curry's Out of this World
plus thoughts on Fulves' Vector Switch.
80 Milk Run: psychological stop trick
with an out using Max Katz's switch when you miss.
82 Reversed Decision: Spec
thinks of a card he sees in a shuffled, fanned deck. Magi openly reverses
card, which later proves to be the thought-of card. Uses Henry Christ's
spread switch (from Vernon _Inner Secrets_).
85 Naturalized Brainwave: Magi
inserts unseen red back card reversed in a blue deck. Spec names any
which is found to match the odd backed card. Ungimmicked(!)
Thought Bridge: Rubber-banded deck, tossed out, you find the peeked card behind
95 Chapter 6: Physical
95 Going Up: Ambitious card
98 Bouncer: Ambitious card move for banded deck.
Another banded deck ambitious move.
102 The Doppelgänger Deck: Benzais cop
107 Chapter 7: Visual
107 Up She Rises: three
ungimmicked handlings for ACNR (any-card-named-rises). None particularly
113 Protean Rise: a fourth ACNR, this one using the gaffed case from
114 Cardapult: flourishy revelation – card flies from the
face-down deck, lands face up.
115 Royal Headache: cute amorous story for an
extended version of Krenzel's eerie spin-out (from Card Classics of KK).
Witch's Spit: similar animated card effect, different story (no sexual
120 Inversion Revision: Two-phased version of "Inversion" — face
up card left protruding from face down deck, deck
instantly reverses to
124 The Profoundly Flippant Reverse: (one-handed!) Spectator's
peeked card instantly appears face up on top,
then turned face-down on top,
vanishes to appear face up in center.
127 The Hammock Change: Another
one-handed color change.
128 Two in a Hammock: X card changes to one
selection, then to a second selection, then both vanish.
133 The Organic
Tunnel Change: an away-from-the-deck color change
139 Chapter 8:
139 Tunnel Visions: five-phase extended version of "The Card
148 Tubemogrification: Packet of four queens passed at right angles
through the deck, one named by spectator
reverses and has odd-colored back;
other three Queens change to Aces
152 The Thought Stealers: Two jokers
inserted into the deck emerge having captured a thought-of card.
Cul-de-Sac: A card is inserted at right angles between two cards; instead of
emerging, it vanishes, then
reappears on the other side of the tunnel. Two
versions, one improptu.
161 Appendix: Original Card Sleights and Their
161 The Relativity Two Step: A two-card push-off double
163 The Finger Servante: (stand-up) Vanish of a small item (e.g. cased
deck) being tossed in the air.
167 Chopper: An Overhand False Shuffle.
False Dovetail Shuffle: in-the-hands full-deck false shuffle, akin to Marlo's
171 The Fan Lift Addition: Use of the Vernon
double-lift-from-fan to secretly add cards to a packet.
173 The Non-Contact
Optical Toss: Tossing two cards to the table, one is secretly switched
175 The Dorsal Cull: Spread cull that puts culled cards to the top of
the deck (or 2nd, 3rd, 4th)
instead of the bottom. Akin to Marlo's moveable
177 Free-form Peek Control: A scrupulously fair looking control
for spectator peek.
180 Slide Steal: fast handling of the side-steal, akin to
a couple of Marlo handlings among others.
183 The Top-Card Middle Pass:
Secretly passing cards from top to center of the deck, with
186 The Flexi-Deal: false deal handling for 2nds or
188 The Gravity Bottom Deal: a bottom deal in which gravity helps
keep the deck aligned, thus avoiding
the need for a complicated LH grip.
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