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    PublishedbyMILLION DOLLAR PRODUCTIONS

    NewYork, NewYork

    ( MilliONDOllARCARDSECRETS

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    FRANKGARCIA

    Edited.by GeorgeSchindler

    Illustrationsby Al Cooper

    CoverDesignby Paul Flayer

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    Copyright@1972by Frank GarciaID

    Affectionate/y dedicated to my

    13 year o/d son, Frank Nico/as,who makesit a// worthwhi/e.

    All RightsReserved:No partof thisbook,textor

    illustrationsmay be reproducedin any formwithoutpermissionin writingfromthepublisher.

    FIRST EDITION

  • Fromthemanwhogaveyou:

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    JGARCIA ON SPONGEBALLS

    GARCIA ON BILLIARD BALLS

    WILD CARD

    MARKED CARDS AND LOADED DICE

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    CONTENTS

    CHOICE OPENERS

    ChicagoOpener ..,... ,.. , ..,.........Double Lift .,.........Double Cut ... , .,.........

    Eye-Mazing ...... ..., ,.Perplexing. , .......Cut the Kings "

    STARTUNG EFFECTSWildCards ,..., .............................DanburyDelight , ,........ImpromptuCardRise ................................................Three in a Million ',"""""""""""""""""""""""""'"Switchcraft ','" .".......Million DollarTransposition ,........................Eight Card Brain-Wave "............................Razzle Dazzle """""""""'" , ......

    21 Force ,........

    Control Knockout ,. "...""""'" .............

    THE AMBITIOUS CARD(FiveSelectMoves). ...................

    FOUR ACE EFFECTSEasyAces , ...........AnytimeFourAces ...................................................Hide& SeekKings :,.............................TV Aces... ,. ......

    SELECT DISCOVERIESQuasi-Mental ...........DualDiscovery... , ......ClearVoyant """",,"""""""""""""""" .....................UncannyRevelation...................................................

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  • PeekabooRevelationMiracleStab ...............Stab-Mental ,.........OnceIn aKnife-time...................................................CaseCard ,..........................................................

    GAMBLING PLOYS & POKER DEALSHeadto HeadPoker ...................................................Shoot-OutPoker "Swift PokerDeal.........................................................Poker Dream ........................Just a "Second" .........................................................

    WinnipegFalseCut ...................................................Cooper'sCut ... ...Affas-GaffasFalseCut ................................................Gambler'sCut ...

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    FRANK GARCIA'S NOTEBOOKCullingtheAces 102WinningAces 104AddingaCard """"""... 1,05Secret-Reversal lOS

    Puzzling Color Change """"""""""""""""""""1"" 106CoughCover 106PeekKeyControl 107NotesontheZarrowShuffle lOHZarrowShuffle(Method2) 109

    CARD PRODUCTIONSMillion Dollar Production 11'

    EclipseProduction 11()

    DOING CLOSE-UP MAGIC ..........................................

    MAGICIAN'S RECIPE , ......

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    FOREWORD

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    The essentialingredient of successfulmagie issimplicity.Bearin mind thatanythingyou do mustbeneatlyexecutedandappearimportant!It is mycontentionthat all tricksshouldbepresentedin themostdirectandsimplemannerpossible.The averagepersonenjoysbeingentertainedby magie,but if theroutinesarecomplicated,the tricks will becomeproblemsinsteadof magie.Aroutine shouldneverbe clutteredwith technique.As amatterof fact,if atrickrequiresfOUTmovesit maybetooinvolvedand"sleighty"for it to bepracticalandeffective.If you cantakeawayoneof themovesit will belesstopheavy.Eliminateanothermoveby somecleversubtletytomake it only two movesand you enterthe realmofpracticability.Add somemisdirectionandmoresubtletyandeliminatethelastmove,andyouhaveamiracle!

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    ;jThisbookisprimarilyabookof subtletyandsleightof

    hand.Themoveshavebeen.cutdownto abareminimum.In mostof theeffectsI strivedfor the"no-move"miracleeffect suggestedabove.Someof the tricksareoriginal.Someareadaptationsof old ideasor newapplicationsofold principles.I do not alwaysclaimoriginalityfor thebasicideasinvolved,butdofor thefinaldressin whiehthetricksarepresented.In buyingthisbookyou canbesureto find severalideas,tricksor routineswhichyouwill use.Even if you find only one,your investmentis justified.Thesetricksaresuttablefor stagepresentation,someforsmallaudiences,somefor thedrawingroom,andotherstobe done seatedat a tablewith a few friends.It is mysincerehopethattheeffects,ideasandroutinesdescribedherewill pleasethemanycardbuffsthroughouttheworldwho,likemyself,haveadeeplovefor thepaste-boards.

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  • I wouldlike to thankper~onallyGeorgeSchindier,towhomI owea heavydebtof gratitudefor hismanyfinesuggestions,ideasand the editingthat makysthisa clearand morecomprehensivework. I alsowantto thankAlCooper,withoutwhomthis bookwouldhavebeensadlyincomplete.His expressiveanddearillustrationswill makeYOUflearninga greatdealeasier.AI's techniealabilitywithadeckof cardsisrapidlybecomingrecognized.

    Thebeliefthatarduouspractieeandexceptionalskillisnecessaryin the performanceof dose-up magie iserroneous.In fact, some of the deverestand mostbewilderingtricks are madepossiblethroughtheuseofsubtleprinciplesanduniquemethodsthatcaneasilybelearnedbyanyonewithafairamountof practice.Sucharethemethodsin thisbook.

    FrankGarciaFebruary,1972

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    INTRODUCTION

    I am proud to say that Frank Gareiahasbeenmyfriendfor morethantwentyyears.Weoriginallymetand1aterworkedtogetherat MaxHo1den'smagieshopin NewYork around1950.It wastherethatI first sawthetalentof themanwho 1aterbeeamethe"Manwith theMillion

    Dollar Hands."He is probablybestknownasa GamblingExpert. I preferto think of hitp asan entertainer.Hissparklingsenseof humorand eherubiesmile enhaneeeverythinghetouches.Frank'sgeniusforanalyzingmovesand ereatingsubtletieshas nevereeasedto amazeme.From stagemanipulatorto close-upperformer,hisversa-tility seemsend1ess.I amgratefulfar theeneouragementandadvieehegavemewhenI neededthegent1e"push"intherightdireetionasI wentintoshowbusiness.

    In editingthis book I foundout whatmakeshirnsosueeessful.He is eommercialandentertainingat thesametime.Everymoveis an importantone.Everytrickhasapowerfuleffeeton theaudienee.I'm sureyou'llagreethatthisbookisava1uab1eadditionto yourlibrary.

    GeorgeSehindler

    In all my yearsin Magie,I h~venevermetanyonewhoeou1dpresentall phasesof magiewith the ability andingenuityof FrankGarcia.

    In writingthisbookGardahasletusin onhiscloselyguardedpetseerets.I amsurethattheloversof eardmagiewill find thisaninva1uab1eeornueopiaof sleights,routinesandtricksfor hiscollection.Not on1ydoI reeommendthebook,butI findit aMUSTforallmagieians.

    MikeTannenFebruary,1972

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    .u ChicagoOpener.~

    lEf.3 This is oneof myfavoriteopeners.I learnedthismanyyearsago in Chicago.It is a strongeffectandone thatalwaysleavestheaudiencebewitchedandbewildered.Theaction is fast and it will establishyou as a greatcardmanipulator...' fa

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    back(redcardin abluedeck,etc.).I alwayspreferto useacourtcardsuchas the King of Diam.onds.PlacetherealKing of Diamondson the bottomof thedeck.Now addthe "stranger"underneaththe realKing. (You nowhavethetwo Kingson thebottom.)Ask thespectatorto takeacard from the centerof the pack.He doesso andyoubeginto "hindushuffle"asyou talk.Theselectedcardisnow placedon top of the lefthandgroupof cards.Addtherighthand"stranger"pack.Merelydropit ontopandsquarethe deck.This insuresthatthe"stranger"goesontop of theselectedcard.Botharenowin thecenterof thedeck.

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    CHOICE

    OPENERS

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    ~-"Your cardis themostinterestingcardin thedeck."

    As you patter,looselyspreadthecardssothatthe"odd"backedcardis visiblein thecenter.Cut thedeck.atthat

    point so that the "odd" cardis on top of thedeck.Thisbringsthe duplicateKing to thebottomandtheselectedcardsecondfromthetop.

    'Tm not goingto askyou to nameyour card,but ifthis were your card, would you agreethat this is a

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  • miracle.. .?Doublelift andturnthetwotopcardsfaceupon the deckasone."Is thisyourcard?"After heagrees,turnbothfacedownanddealoff the"stranger,"leavingitfacedownon thetable."Let'sseei[ wecanaccomplishadouble miracle!" Begin to hindu shuffleand ask thespectatorto say "stop"at any time.Whenhedoesthis,you turnup thebottomcardof therighthandstack.Thiswill be theduplicateKing of Diamonds."Westoppedatthiscard, theKingo[Diamonds.I[ mymiracleworkedtorthe(namethefirstcardselected),it shouldalsoworktortheKing." Drop thefaceup Kingon thetable.Useit toscoopup thetabledcard.Neatlysquarebothof them,rubthemtogetherandveryslowlyexposebothcards,showingthemto bethesame.

    Re-readthis effect with a deckin handandyou'll findthat onceyou try it, it will becomeyour favoritetoo.

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    LiftTherearemanyvariationsof thissleight.I feelthatI

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    shouldinc1udethismethodsinceit is usedinmanyof theeffectsin this book.The Double-Liftallowsyou to turntwo cardsfaceup on top of thedeckasthoughtheywereonlyasinglecard.Themostimportantpartof theactionisin keepingthetwocardsaligned.

    Hold the packin the left hand,neatlysquared.Therighthandliftsthebackof thetoptwocardswiththeedgeof the thumb.The left pinky keepsa smallbreakunderboth cards.This is a set-upmotion.Pauseto talkbeforedoingtherestof themove.

    Therightforefingergoesinto thebreakunderthetwocards,atthe right inner corn