A funny thing about old books…

… is that although you regularly discover hidden gems, occasionally you find something obscure:

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"Accidental" Misdirection

In Al Leech’s excellent book on misdirection “Don’t Look Now” he talks about misdirection which occurs as the result of an apparent accident.

There can be not stronger misdirection than a carefully planned accident.

Leech talks about how a card can “accidently” fall to the floor or it can fail to appear in a pocket which provides cover to transfer the deck to another hand with the card ready to produce from another pocket. Of course this should not be done in ever trick as  Leech also wisely states; overuse would make the spectator think you were simply inept. In fact in most cases it should never be done at all, however there may be special circumstances when this can be an effective ploy and is worth keeping in the back of your mind for such an occasion.

Anyways I found an excellent example of this which I’d failed to spot several times before realizing what was going on – it comes from the one and only Tom Mullica – see if you can spot it during the card sections.

This originally appeared in “Stuff the White Rabbit”.

Thanks to Leech

Just wanted to give the heads up to a brilliant effect by Al Leech from “For Card Men Only”, 1949.

The trick, called “A Transposition” is brilliant. The seven of clubs is placed in your pocket and the two red twos removed from the pack. Spectator selects a card which is sandwiched face down between the red twos. With a snap of the fingers you remove the selected card from your pocket and the card between the twos is now the seven of clubs.

The handling is very efficient and there’s a cleanness to the trick – the spectators see the back of a face down card between the twos the whole time and it seems like there’s no way the card could have changed.

Another gem from the book is “Elusive Jacks” which is a nice trick where the black and red jacks keep changing places. This is a book which is definitely worth tracking down if you can find it.