Aldo Colombini – What's Up Deck?

Aldo Colombili

Here you have a very interesting and strong piece of magic. This routine was inspired by a move that, I think, belongs to Darwin Ortiz. You’ll need a gaff card (which can be used over and over again), but please don’t be put off by this and read further. Harry Lorayne in APOCALYPSE said, “I like it, it’s good magic.


Some magic happens with the four Tens of the deck!


A deck of cards and a special card that you make by gluing two cards that match your deck face to face, giving you a thick double backed card.


Keep the gaffed card on top of the face down deck. Openly take out the four Tens (I use Tens because they have the biggest display of black and red having so many pips) and leave them face up on the table, the reds together and the blacks together. Have a left little fingertip break below the top card of the deck (double backed). The right hand picks up the two black Tens and drops them face up onto the face down deck. Hold the top three card block from above with the right hand. Peel the top face up card onto the deck (figure 1) and immediately the right hand turns its black Ten (really the Ten spot and the double card) face down onto the first Ten. The Tens are now face to face with the double backed card on top of them

The right hand from above picks up the double backed card and shows it on both sides, apparently showing the face-to-face condition of the Tens. Leave this card on the table. Obtain a left little fingertip break under the top two cards of the deck. The right hand picks up the two red Tens from the table and drops them face up onto the face down deck. Square and you have a break under the top four cards. With the right hand, from above, lift the four card packet as the left thumb peels the top red Ten onto the deck (similar to figure 1). Now turn the other red Ten (really three cards) face down onto the first face up Ten. It looks as it did with the black Tens.

Now for a startling change. Move the top card to the eight (figure 2) and turn it over to show the two black Tens (one in the right hand, the other on top of the deck). Drop them face up onto the table as you point to the double backed card on the table.

Ask the spectator to pick up the double backed card. He will discover that the two cards are stuck face to face. At the same time take a little finger break under the top two cards of the deck (the face to face red Tens.)


Take the double backed card from the spectator and drop it onto the deck. Flip it over on the deck to show the other side but really do a Triple Turnover (turning over three cards.) All looks fair since another back is seen. Pick up the top two cards (the face to face red Tens) as one with the right hand. This is easy to do because of the double card; just riffle up at the inner end with the right thumb and you’ll have an automatic stop that allows you to perform an automatic double lift. Table the deck and hold the two red Tens as one card.

Show both sides of the (apparent) double card, then hold it with one short end up and its lower end resting on the second and third fingers of the right hand between the forefingers, thumbs on the upper end (figure 3). Blow on the upper end and start to split the cards apart with the thumbs (figure 4). A short sharp blow just as the thumbs start splitting creates a good splitting sound. Separate and display the two red Tens face up, one on each hand.