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2. !)ee:nin::ly turn over the top car-r!

of the onckot ,
I have long been fascinate~ by such ~etamorphic card" Ii1 "ac t , .10 a Dcub Ie 'Iur-nover-, 'the joker- \",i11 nhow,
plots as the "General Card and the Universal Card. so 1111 f1PPCI'U'S to be fair.
Some tice ar,o, I devised an elaborately Gaffed ro~
tine, which met with enthusiastic response when de- 3. Sbat e t.ha t you \'si11 bury thcjo~ccr t'nce up \'Iithin
monstrated at various conventions around the world. the pocket. Openly transfer the bottom card to the
This most recent approach is a far more practical 'top; use an Blr.lSley Count to display the Joker- face
one, as it 1s totally impromptu. up among three face down cards. Square the packet.
Frankly, I did not intend to release this routine. 4. State, "The first duplication is produced tlith a
However, several close friends suggested that if I BMp of the finp.;crs. I' Snap , then l4.:lmsley Count the
did not put this into print myself, it would aurely car-ds , the last card {~oinr; to the bottom of the
be stolen. It is an unfortunate co~entary on the pncke t , The rnce up card will show o e the ace.
state of things that this warning struck me as
being extremely reasonable My paranoia is your :'. The ace is apparently flipped face down. In fact,
{;ain. I genuinely like this rout in,,;; I hope it perform a Triple Turnover~ (The order of the packet
pleases you. /' is now: joker, face up 2, A, 3.) The audience be-
ll lieveathe top face down card to be an ace. The
right hand takes away this top card. Simultaneously,
Phil oldstein the left wrist turns inward, to conceal the race up
Janus , 1980 deuce now atop the packet.
6. Say, "To turn the joker back to its original
form" all I do is blow n Blow on the card 1n the
right hand, then snap it face up. It 1s again the
7. The joker is replaced onto the left handstock,
face up. As the joker i13 returned to the packet, the
left wrist turns out, returning the packet to hori-
zontal position. The audience assumea you to be hold-
The routine begins with the observation, "Most peop~e ing a face up Joker on top or three face down cards.
have a favorite playing card. Let me show you mine.
Take the deck, and openly remove the joker. (If there 8. State that you w111 repeat the effect. The joker
is no joker, use a deuce or a one-eyed jack.) is again put face up within the face down packet
once again, transfer the bottom card. to the top.
Invite three spectator to each remove their favorite Elmsley Count to show the joker-: among three face
card. These three cards are arranged in a face up fan, down cards.
w~th the first selection at the back of the fan, the
second in the center; the third at the face. (FOr the 9. Sna~ your rin~erB. Elmsley Count, the last card
purposes of this explanation, we will assume that the going to the bottom. The face up card showing is
aelections are an ace, deuce and trey.) Drop the joker the deuce.
tace up onto the face of the fan.
10. To cause the deuce to revert back to joker con-
State, "I don I t know Why these three part1cular cards dition, proceed as follows: the packet is held in
are your favorites, but I can tell you wny the joker the left hand. The right hand grasps the cards from
is mine. You aee, in many card games, a joker can Bct above, fincers at the outer edge, thumb at the
BS a 'wild card l - - it cBn substitute for any other inner edGe. The right hRnd removes the center pair
card. In a moment, the joker will do precisely that: of cards, squared as one, using the basic action
it will substitute for each of your three selections, of a Partial Ascanio. Th!S is to.say, the left
in order." thumb retains the top card (face up 2), the left
fingers retain the bottom card (race down 3). The
1. Flip the packet face down. Call off the order of riGht hand strips away the SQuared center'pair
the cards -- ace, deuce, trey, and Joker -- as you (~ace down ace above face up joker).
(apparently) reverse their order. In fact, yo~ per-
form an Elmsley Count. (Refer to description at the (T~~ above action QaY be easIer for JOU if you
end of this manuscript.) The audience belleves the use'" Buclcle or Pull-Down action on the bottom
order to now be, from the top: joker, 3, 2, A. The car~ of the packet.)
actual order Is: A, joker, 2, 3.

This routine can be utili~:ed ae the closing
phase cf R lon~er routine. Have three cards chosen
The St.~~1.pp'"!~ ('ut pnLr , t~(;U::'l~ to by RS many spectators. The, selections are returned,
be f1 o Ln--Lc ~~C~ ,;0\"10 car-d, :.8 i controlled, and revealed in three different ways.
p Inced onto t:iC le~t hand s t.ock, Now, introduce the Joker, And ~o into the routine.
dOim-jo,--;cec. for half ita len;til.
(Refer to the illustration.) You T. A. Waters has sUBgested that you can start by
ar-e now in poai.t Ion for a PAint- openly removing the joker. Have three cards se-
brush ChAnr;e: the ri;;ht hand con- lected and returned. Now, use the Joker to "find"
tnc t a the down-joi;ced card(n) the selections (there are many such effects in
with ttie t.huab At ~he Inner ed-;e , print). Thisestabl1shea a "link" between -the
t:le iJidlUC fin':ern resting on the joker and the selections, paving the way ~he the
center of the CRrl1(s). The r'i,;),t follow-up routine.
~,Rthl .,10'Jes its (lair ror... .ar-d , until
the dO\'II1-jo-,-'en. pa Lr- lines up l-l1t1'~ Another presentational angle would be to place the
the car-de b~low ::.t. Immediately, the ton 3in l; l e 'joker aside tace down# calling it a prediction.
car-d t e dr-awn back to;r,ed post tion l,y the Have three cards selected. Display the joker, and
rl~ht hand. The deuce instantly chanxea to the explain that, because it is 8 ltwild card", it will
joker. !\s thl0 change 1s ade , blow on the carde . technically be able to serve a8 a prediction for
(as per the actions of the prp.vlouschanf~e). any of the selections. The spectators WillA of
course,. be dissatisfied with'th1s statement - 80
11 Transfer the tv)') a:l.nl11o oprtl (ti\Q tll,mn- go into this routine, to "validate" the joker as
Jo~"~ed nee} to the bot tom 01' the
packet. Bxp Ia Ln a "flexible prediction."
th~'t you will cause the joker to duplicate the 3,
under "teat conditions"... Flip the top pair of' John Thompson haa suggested that the final trans-
cards, squared as one, face down. (You have ap- position phase (steps 12 through 14) can be done
parently just .flipped the jolcer face down.) ,.De~l 'in the manner of the classic Scarne transposition;
the top single card off t~ the right. Say, We 11 the (supposed) 3 is tabled beneath a drinking
keep things easy to follow -- the Joker ntays glaas; the (supposed) Joker placed on top of the
here. glase. At the finish,. the two are round to have
changed placeB.
12. Apparently turn ever the top card of the three- The routtne can be done without a table. Simply
card pRcket. In fact, perfonn a Dou~le Turnover. use the spectators I outstretched hands to hold
The 3 will thus be displayed. Say, Here is the 3 the dealt-out carda ~ur1ng the final phase.
which the joker- must dUf,llcate. To avoid confusion,
'we'll put it over here.' Flip the double face down,
and deal the top sin~le card off to the left. A
spectator 1s instructed to place hls/her hand over
the (supposed) 3, "for safekeeping." copyright > 1980 by Phil Goldstein
13. Pick up the (supposed) joker from the right,
and droP it onto the packet. Snap your fingers.
Perform a Double Turnover. The (apparent) top card
is now seen to be a 3. (The spectators assume the
tabled card to also be a 3.) TIlE EU'lSJZY. cotnn' 11 I 11-. .-11
eount Uled to concell the Clrd
14. Flip the double face down, then transfer the third tr~ the top of I four-
Clres picket. 'nM handUne ia
top two cards 8sone to the bottom of the packet. the al&le tor count1~ r _la_II.
(This restores the selections to their original Nold the pICket . . Ihown It
rt,ht. The rilht hind l"u11a
A-2-3 order.) Blow on the packet. Ask the specta- the t(lP Clrd; oft to the r1eht
tors if they know what this has sccomplished. They 0" tn. count or 1. !he hIInda
will say that it chan~ed the 3 back into the joker. COIN tolether. Ind thl rollow-
1~ Ictlonl tIkI pllee: the
Say, "Yes, that I B true - but since th1s is the end rlrat Clrd; co.ea below the pICket. and 1. taken tr:J the left
of the routine, I did it the hard way. !his three f1ncerl. Aa thil hlpPlnl. thl lett tbu.b puahlla the top two
'didn't cbange (turn up the three cards your rn (or tbrle. i f rln clnla are lnnrhed) clrd;a of ita C"'UP
to the rlcht. The r111iht blM takel the.e two carda, aquared!.
hand, spreadil'16 to display the selections) !n!! 0" tbl OOW'It ot ~2~ (IPPlnnU, OU',.I I1111Pl:J taken off flnt
one did1" (Point to the card being held by the thl top card; ot thl plcklt, tn." the MKt elrd on top at tt).
Po110111nc thll. JOU eenl,ll"e17 take the neltt cud 0" the count
spectator.) The spectator looks snd finds the of "3", tlMn tb. flnll1 card on top ot ell for the collnt of
held card to be the joker. Finis. """. The clrd WhIch w on top at the lun hili be'en IIbo1m
twlol. tbe urdCI) blUMn the HCOnd and bote- poIIUona
at tIM ltart OI_t bI _ dal'l~ thl count.
MASQUE is a new packet approach to the
"Universal Card" plot: a joker takes on
the appearance of three freely selected
cards, one at a time. Between changes,
the card reverts to its joker identity.
There is a surprise transposition for
the climax -- taking place in th~ spec-
tator's own hands.
There are no gimmicks, no duplicates,
not even any extra cards. You start and
end clean. No advance set-up required -
a ~ruly impromptu routin~ which can be
done with a borrowed deck under any


"MASQUE is a wonderful routine, that is

destined to become a classic of card
magic. I'll be using this."
-- John Thompson