Lofayne's VOL 10 NO. 1
pocalypse ISSUE NO. 109
KEN KRENZEL SLOWED UP
â€˘Sflen always liked Bob McAllister's "insideout" idea - even before it appeared as The Fastest Trick In The Universe (in the November, 1985 issue of Apocalypse). It's a topological concept, and Bob presents it as a fast inside-out effect utilizing a $1 bill. Ken wanted a "slowed-up" version, and he didn't want to use a bill. So; this is Bob's idea, Ken's handling, my writing. It will be much easier for you to follow if you are familiar with Bob's handling. If you aren't, check it out in the November, 1985 Apocalypse. A picture (court) card is prepared with one cut of an Exacto razor blade, or any razor blade. Cut from exact center of an end to center of the card. (Fig. 1 - the dark line represents the cut.) You can pre-fold the card into quarters, if you like (to make the folding during performance easier), but it isn't really necessary. That's up to you. To Perform: Remove the prepared card from your deck or from your pocket. Hold it at the cut edge with your right hand; thumbtip on the card's face, forefingertip on the card's back. You can flash front and back of the card; the cut can't be seen - not on a picture card. Fold the card into quarters, like this: Your palm-up left hand grasps the free end of the card its palm toward the card's face. Your left thumbtip and second fingertip are each at one of the corners of that end. Those two fingers will fold the Card in half lengthwise - along the slit. (Fig. 2 shows this just starting. Incidentally, this figure in the November, 1985 issue is incorrect - it shows the forefinger at one corner.)
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Fold that outer end in half; your right forefingertip remains on, and presses down on, the slit. Your right second fingertip moves onto its side of the folded end and your right thumbtip moves onto its side. Your right forefingertip, pressing down on the slit, is what keeps the slit from spreading and/or being seen. If that slit is off center, pressure from that forefingertip will center it. Your right thumbtip and second fingertip press against each other, keeping the inner cut end (the two separated long halves) stationary. Your left fingers haven't creased their fold yet. (Fig. 3; the dark line is the slit. I'm showing it for teaching purposes, of course.) Okay; crease the outer end's fold with the left fingers.
along the length of the hand. The single (hidden) quarter should go right into finger-palm position. The outer left corner of the package should "lock in" to the fleshy base of the left thumb. (Fig. 6. In performance, the tips of the left fingers would be toward your spectator. I've raised the right fingers so that you can see the single quarter card.) Slightly curl your left fingers, grasping the single quarter card in finger palm (as you remove your right hand). The point here is to flash the package to your spectator. (Fig. 7 is how it should look to him; Fig. 8 is the true situation.) Hold that position for only a beat or so. Then close your left fingers - that will automatically fold down the single (now) faceup loose quarter card! Its outer left corner should butt into your thumb base -- and hold. (Fig. 9 is an exposed view. During performance, your fingers cover the face-up situation.)
\ At this point, the right end of the card is folded differently than in Bob's handling. It is folded to the left, toward you. (In Bob's handling, it's folded away from you.) Simple really - you want one of the "loose" quarters toward you, and this does it. The left end of that quarter will be slightly "short." That's just about automatic. So, it's easy to let it riffle off your left thumbtip. Do that - let it riffle off. As it does, your right thumb moves to the top of the "package," to the slit, actually, and starts to open that single quarter. You're leaving three quarters/layers. (Fig. 4 shows that single quarter just starting to unfold. Your fingers shade all from the front.)
8 Pause for a beat. Do a magical gesture over your left hand with your right hand. Then, slowly open your left hand to show the face-up package! Unfold the card slowly and carefully to show that the entire card has turned itself inside out - it's all face-up. (The top two layers will fold to your right.) Obviously, you have to keep the slit hidden - keep those two quarter cards together. The handling here will "fall into Dlace" for vou as vou work with the idea.
Unfold the quarter card all the way. And at the same time, your left hand moves its portion upward/right so that the package is at almost right angle to your right hand. (Fig. 5.) From the front, it appears only as if you are still holding the completely folded (into quarters, and back-out) card.
Second Handling: I like this one better. It's only the end handling that's a bit different. Fold the card exactly as explained; the loose quarter is secretly opened, also as explained. Hold the package in your right hand except that it is not tilted to a right angle. The three-layer part of the card points straight out of your fingertips.
Now - turn your right hand palm down and place the package onto your palm-up left hand -
Published on Dec 19, 2013