On "The Tonight Show" on Feb 8, 1974, Johnny Carson was talking about a recent Bob Hope special that included a sketch where Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon were playing cards. The sketch required Cannon to do some manipulative moves, and a hand model was brought in as a stand in. Carson mentioned that folks like John Scarne and other men had often done this, but it was unusual for a woman to perform that role. Tracy Newman
was her name, and she came out as a guest.
She said she had seen Ricky Jay perform at the Magic Castle, and while she liked his magic, she was really impressed with his manipulation skills, and started to learn various moves. She did a pressure spread, a one-hand cut (sort of a Charlier cut, except the steps were performed in reverse), a DeCourcey one-hand shuffle with a waterfall flourish, and a one-hand spring deal (thumb buckles the top card towards the rear, and it shoots off to the table).
Carson did a little as well, including a one hand cut (cards taken from the middle of the deck, and placed on top), and a well done diminishing cards (a fan gets successively smaller and smaller). He mentioned his own background in magic.
The well-known profile
of Ricky Jay mentions that Newman lived with Jay for a year. I've been told that Newman was the naked model in Cards as Weapons
, but she was clothed on the Carson show, so it's hard to say.
Tracy Newman is Laraine Newman's sister (Laraine Newman of Saturday Night Live