I enjoyed Rick Merrill's offerings in this month's issue. However, there seems to be a glaring discrepancy in his handling of "Poor Man's Metamorphosis." The problem arises on page 80.
The participant places their signed selection on top of the deck. The performer then (discretely?) executes a Reverse Double Undercut. After these two cuts, the performer announces, "So we'll use your card.", and executes a Double Turnover to display the selection still on top of the deck!
How can this be? If the participant believes that the two cuts were legitimate, then their card should not still be on top of the deck. But their card is still on top, forcing the participant to conclude that the cuts were false. And we don't want them knowing about false cuts, do we?
The participant must wonder why the performer bothered to cut the cards, given that nothing has ostensibly changed. This must cause them to realize that something fishy has occured, which puts heat on the subsequent Double Turnover.
Am I missing something? Rick? Anyone?