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Paul Hallas

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Not sure where this appeared in print (it's not it the first 2 volumes of the Roy Walton books) but I came across it on Aldo's DVD "Crazy for Cards" (2008). 

I happened to be watching the DVD again yesterday to refresh my memory on something else and on seeing this again it occurred to me it could be done with an odd backed joker, not revealed until the conclusion to give that little bit extra.

Those familiar with the routine might want to give it a go. The odd joker could be in the deck and removed initially without flashing the back. Other routines can be done then go into the Walton effect.

I did come up with some convincing initial handlings before deciding they were not needed as all the backs appear to be seen during the routine anyway. 

My personal favorite version of the plot, of course, is in "Small But Deadly"  and my second fave is Max Maven's "Masque" but this Walton version is very simple.
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Hi Paul,

the original was published in Epilogue, Issue No. 2, March 1968!! There are two versions: Universal Ghost (you guess what...) and Universal Mexican..., it is in the bound L&L book on page 11/12

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Axel
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Hi Paul,

the original was published in Epilogue, Issue No. 2, March 1968!! There are two versions: Universal Ghost (you guess what...) and Universal Mexican..., it is in the bound L&L book on page 11/12

All the best,

Axel


Thanks for a print reference Axel. I'm guessing it may also appear in "The Complete Walton" Vol. 3 .
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...nope, it is not in Vol. 3, but in Vol. 2 there is a routine called "Universal Aces"! It refers to the Epilogue "Universals" but with issue 10...I´ll check this..besides: cool effect! I have tried it, thank you for pointing this out!
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Hi Paul,

I just went through your routine from Small But Deadly. Very nice! Love how the discrepancy in the Elmsley Count becomes an asset. 

Mike
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Thanks Mike, glad you like it. I used to use it a lot in varying performance situations. For bigger groups just widely spread the cards on the table and have three people come forward and draw cards from the spread. In walk around, just had the three selections looked at and placed on someone's outstretched palm momentarily. Whilst I prefer the 'universal' card to appear in the deck as I think it adds a little extra magic, in my restaurant magic I sometimes pull it from my pocket as there is more flexibility with what I decide to do with the deck beforehand. 
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