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Amazer

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I was browsing through "Magician's Magic" by Paul Curry, the first book to explain the method for Out of This World, though it had of course been published in pamphlet form previously.  By way of introduction, he describes how this trick was performed for Winston Churchill, by a magician named Harry Green.  Churchill was so taken by the effect, that he insisted it be repeated.  And again and again, for a total of six times.  I thought it was an interesting story, how such a renowned head of state had been so distracted by a simple card trick, that it caused him to delay his arrival at an after dinner session of Parliament, until 2:00 AM.

Regarding the Turn Over Change, which is a move I have really enjoyed doing for a long time, Curry mentioned how Harry Lorayne had devoted an entire chapter to it in "Close Up Card Magic".  I had forgotten all about that.  Pulling out my copy of Harry's book and reviewing that chapter, I found my bookmark (one of several in this book!) on the effect, "Torn Corner Transposition", along with some detailed notes I had made in the margins, on beat (timing of actions) and some minor presentational changes.  I had also added a subtle "sell", using the Vernon Subtlety just prior to the corner tear, creating a persistence of vision type moment for the corner tear. I also use a card box instead of an envelope, and put the torn corner in the clip of a pen instead of under the spectator's finger.  I then touch the pen to the glass and then the box, creating that moment of magic and spectator expectation.  I think the slight tweaks really enhance the effect, and for me anyway, really make it pop. (Apologies to Harry. I think he usually advises that we shouldn't try to improve upon his tricks, but in this case, the changes really work for the better for me.  They don't make the effect over-complicated or hard to follow, which I think are the outcomes Harry rightly wants us to avoid.)  I think this is a great effect, and I'll be reacquainting myself with it this very evening.  For me, it's really a fun one to perform.


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Anybody else using Curry's turnover change, and especially, any of the Lorayne effects that make use of it?
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I think Marlo's Breakless Curry is the way to go. There's no get-ready and it looks better in a general sense. 

Another thought: The move will draw attention to itself unless the non-deck hand is engaged in doing something e.g. turning over a card etc. 

The new Marlo video from Vanishing Inc has a section toward the end where Ed is asked to demonstrate the move.

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   You missed my teaching all those decades ago, Mike, when I first taught Paul's Turnover Change in CLOSE-UP CARD MAGIC - about "engaging the non-deck hand" when doing the move -  I also taught to criss-cross the hands when doing the Turnover Change, which is the way I usually do it. Ya' gotta' start reading the good stuff!!  
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I didn't mean to imply that I "invented" the idea of the need for both hands to be engaged.

Close-Up Card Magic was one of my first books. Great stuff indeed. In fact "The Turnover Change" item in CUCM (p. 215) is marked with a red star in my book, as are quite a number of items. Thanks for all the great stuff Harry!

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By way of introduction, he describes how this trick was performed for Winston Churchill, by a magician named Harry Green.  Churchill was so taken by the effect, that he insisted it be repeated.  And again and again, for a total of six times.  I thought it was an interesting story, how such a renowned head of state had been so distracted by a simple card trick, that it caused him to delay his arrival at an after dinner session of Parliament, until 2:00 AM.

I use that story in my presentation every time I do the trick, with one small prevarication: I tell them Churchill put off making any decisions until having seen the trick 12 times, he gave up and went back to his wartime duties.

It was such a popular presentation when I was working a lot that some of my regular customers referred to it as "The Churchill Card Trick"

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