Hidden Agenda | Laughing Trojan Horse
By Roberto Giobbi - Friday, June 21, 2019
Here is a practical way of adding one or several cards to a deck in use.
Anytime you are ready to add the card(s), dribble or spring the deck from one hand into the other, using the old gag of apparently counting the cards: “A deck of fifty-two cards. 1, 2…26…51…wait a minute.… 1, 2…26…51…one card is missing. Oh, that’s where it is!” Look into the card case, find the card and then simply add it to the deck.
This has a very innocent air to it and looks as if you had accidentally left a card in the box when you initially took out the deck.
To leave one or several cards back in the card case as you take out the deck, simply place the flap of the card case between the cards to be added and the balance of the deck. When you later take out the deck, place the tip of your right forefinger on the upper end of the broken card(s) and pull upward, as the left thumb opens the flap (photo 1). The right forefinger keeps pulling onto the separated card(s), as the left hand extracts the deck proper (photo 2).
Instead of in the card case, you can have the cards to be added in the breast pocket of your jacket or shirt.
Or you could ask, “Do you believe that I can produce the four Aces even though you shuffled the deck?” Take back the shuffled deck, hold it in dealing position and then extract the four Aces face up from the card case or from your pocket. Put them face up on top of the deck and immediately deal them onto the table. Being a Trojan Horse, the Aces hid one or several intruders underneath…
All entries from this series come from Roberto Giobbi's Hidden Agenda book.
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