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Hartman, Jerry K.: Packet Magic
©1980 Tannen Magic, Inc.
Transcribed February 1972
Softcover, Perfect-bound, 8.5x11", 68 pages
Packet Magic
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Comments: This manuscript is not heavily diagrammed; there are only a couple of line drawings. This is not a beginner's book! In general, a move is described, and then some routines using that move are provided. Many moves are not described, such as faro in-shuffles, Braue Reversals, and so forth, although in many cases references are provided as to where you can find them.


1 Chapter I: Deceiving Appearances
1 Uppercuts - Uppercutting the Aces: the uppercut used to cut to the four Aces. Also describes variation as found in Lorayne's Decksterity
2 Popovers: sudden appearance of a face up card from the middle of the deck
3 Out and Out: simple example of a quick discovery using Popover

4 Chapter II: Switchcraft
4 1. Multiple Count Change: switches all but one card of a packet for other cards
5 Four Eyes: Two Aces placed in lower deck, Two in upper deck. Deck is cut and spectator takes half. Spectator and performer each take a card from each half, and they turn out to be the four Aces
6 Three On A Match: Another effect using the Multiple count. Magician picks a card, then spectator, and so forth until 4 cards chosen; they match!
7 2. Secret Subtraction Supplement - Full Packet Switches
7 New Faces #3: Aces to Kings. Also utilizes Push-In Change from Expert Card Technique.
7 Full Packet Switch: one method
8 3. Bototo Switch: switches selections for a known set
8 Off Color: Bototo used in a variation of LePaul's Deceptive Perception
9 Set Up for Cardician Makes Good: a different start for Marlo's effect found in The New Tops, July 1963. The routine is not described.
9 4. Covered Top Transfer: transfer card or cards from packet to packet or deck to/from packet
10 Four a Change: Aces and Kings transpose
11 Update: another approach to the same effect

12 Chapter III: A Bank of Elevators - based on the Elevator concept; a card moving up or down through the deck
12 Triple Lift: "attempts to add a logical and consistent climax to the original Marlo premise (Penetration, The Cardician)
13 One Way or the Other: Ace, Two, and Three "elevate" through the packet, then the Four blushes (turns red)
14 Penetration: Ace through Five elevation; introduces an add-on move
15 EscalACEtion: evolved from Vic Torsberg's Aces From the War. Aces transferred from the table to a small packet elevate one at a time, the last revealed by the spectator

17 Chapter IV: A Collection of Collectors - based on Roy Walton's multiple sandwich theme
17 For Collectors Only: selections are collected between the Aces, uses Tilt approach
18 For (Embarrassed) Collectors Only: variation suggested by Father Cyprian's Embarrassed Collectors; using faro shuffle approach
19 Card Carriers: yet another variation
21 Triple Trap: The Aces are the hunters that find the "hunted" in the deck.

23 Chapter V: Five Four Ace Tricks - where the Aces travel to the Ace pile
23 Fourfeathers: using a packet of 16 cards
24 The Three Indifferent Card Trick: selected cards end up on the bottom of the piles, the Aces assemble
25 Ace-embly: described as a "so-called 'perfect' version of the classic theme", with reference to Ed Marlo's Adverse Aces.
26 Four By One By One: the Ace of Spades is shown to influence the other suits...
28 Tripsters: variation of Larry Jenning's Open Travelers

31 Chapter VI: Hof Zingers
31 Hotfinger: selected card is lost in deck. An Ace reverses itself, revealing the suit, then the selection ends up on the table
33 Face Lift: another variation
34 Ringer: shortened version of Larry Jennings' Tell Tale Aces
35 Final Solution: another version, in two phases and with an alternate approach to phase I.

38 Chapter VII: Choice Cuts - where the spectator cuts the cards
38 A Cut Above: Spectator shuffles each half of a deck and gives one to magician. Each cut sections into 4 packets, and find they have cut to Aces and Kings of matching suits.Uses Braue Reversal.
39 Overskill: spectator cuts to the Aces, then the magician out-does him
40 Cut-Ups: opener routine based on ideas by Neal Elias
41 Ace Placer: no cutting in this one, but concerns the spectator's ability to "control the Aces"; adaptation of The Psychic Stop in Expert Card Technique.

44 Chapter VIII: Making a Short Story Long
44 Sandwitchery: series of four transportation and transposition "sandwich" routines performed with any four of a kind. Derived from Al Leech's The Casino Trick and Double Deuces, Roy Walton's Mission Accomplished, Harvey Rosenthal's Instant Sandwich, and Hartman's DisplAced.
47 Ace Chaser: 4 Aces are produced in a remarkable manner
49 Treblesome: a single 3 of Hearts between two Black 3's reverses itself, then turns into a 3 of Diamonds, and then there are 2 reds and only one black 3

51 Chapter IX: Tintellations - color based routines
51 Color Over: Black and Red Aces split into each half of the deck per the Spectator's command
51 People Game: a follow the leader routine; uses shuffle principle found in Self-Duplicating Set-ups, Epilogue #3.
54 Guess Hue: variation of Karl Fulve's Even Money Proposition
56 Mix Nix: an Oil and Water routine devised as a lead-in to Robin Robertson's Handle With Care.

58 Chapter X: Packet Pool
58 Ace de Triomphe: Face up and face down cards right themselves with the exception of the 4 Aces
59 Finding Fourthers: Selection is found between two Aces, either red or black, as selected by the spectator
60 Four-gone Delusion (II): a second ending for a routine described in Odd Lifts.
61 All or None: Four Jokers change one by one into Aces
63 Looking Glass Queens: version of Karl Fulves' The Looking Glass Aces.
65 Numbers Up: a two packet transposition routine

67 Chapter XI: To Clean Up
67 Center Swing Cut: swing cut
67 Multiple Overcut: alternative for Reverse Double Undercut
67 Four-as-Four Count: little finger action