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Doug causes the selected card to make a sudden,


surprise appearance in this mystery from his new
book, 'Brass Knuckles.'

RUBBER BANDIT
By Doug Edwards
The search for good impromptu endings for pick a card tricks goes on and on. I don't think that
search will end because of this effect, but it sure is a large step forward. The basic
ending/revelation goes back to Charles T. Jordan. What I've contributed is the up to that
ending handling. I've eliminated any and all possible "looks like he did something" moves.

Besides the deck of cards you'll need a small, thin, round rubber band. The rubber band has to
be small enough to fit snugly, but not too tightly, around the width of the deck. Try to avoid
using a flat band. If you have to, be sure that it lies flat on the deck during performance, don't
let it twist. It's best to use a thin band that has a bit of body. It's not crucial, but you should be
familiar with how the band will behave during performance.

Have a card freely selected. When it is returned to the deck control it to the top using a double
undercut procedure. Hold the break above the selected card. Cut half the cards below that
break to the top. Now cut all the card remaining below the break to the top.

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Show the rubber band, perhaps calling it a magic rubber band. (Or, "My elastic assistant.")
Wrap it around the deck, as shown. This is where a move is usually necessary. Not here, not
now. Really wrap the deck.

Hold the banded deck on your left palm. Say that it would be a bit difficult for a card to escape,
or for you to remove one. As you say this, match your actions to the words. Riffle up at the
rear end with the right thumb and stop when only the top two cards are unriffled. Pull the
double card out, toward you, acting as if takes some effort to do it.

Pull the double all the way out, turning it face up onto the deck. Leave it on the deck. This is a
good turnover, and the next action locks it in.

Say, "This isn't your card, is it?" And, as you talk, turn your hand palm down, deck face up, as
your left thumb pushes out the displayed card. Your right hand is there, ready to take it. Note
that the entire deck is really wrapped by the band. There's no move or hesitation because the
rubber band automatically holds back, keeping the selection, the rear card of the double, in
position.
You don't have to do anything but push out the displayed card. Friction does it. Try it, you'll
see.

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Don't pause. As you're saying "This isn't your card, is it?" flip it face up with the right fingers
and insert it into the center of the deck. The left fingers keep the loose, rear, card in place.
You're in the required position for the ending. The wrapped deck is face up and the unwrapped
selected card is face down at the rear. And you got there in a natural, not the least bit
suspicious, way.
The right fingers and thumb hold the deck as the left hand turns palm up and takes the deck
into dealing position. The right hand, from above, cuts/moves the top half of the deck to the
right until it just clears the lower half.

The left fingers keep the loose, rear, card in place throughout. Turn that upper, moved, half
deck face down, end for end, putting a twist in the rubber band between the halves. And turn it
face up (moving the outer long side down, under, and to the left) to beneath the left-hand
portion. This centers the selected card. It's all done in a continuous, fluid, action.

You're ready to end. Turn the deck face down, holding it fairly firmly, you don't want the
selected card to move out prematurely. Place it on the table and keep your finger on it,
applying a bit of pressure. Ask for the name of the card ... and remove your hand. Magic
happens. The top of the deck will twirl around and the face-up selected card shoots halfway out
of the deck!

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Try using this to reveal the last Ace in your favorite Four Ace routine. It's a goodie!
Rubber Bandit Doug Edwards. Photographs by Richard Robinson.
Magic Show is 2006 by Robinson Wizard, Inc.

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