Discuss your favorite close-up tricks and methods.
This one's for Jim Riser
In the Black Museum at Scotland Yard, there is a gadget we captured on a Flying Squad raid on a gambling party. It is a delicate instrument of wires, springs, and pulleys, almost as small as the works of a watch. It fits the forearm, and strings run down to the left foot.
A card-sharp can, by a slight movement of his foot, under the table, operate this devicecalled a "hold-out" and whisk a chosen card out of sight up his sleeve, at a speed the eye cannot possibly follow. When he wants to play this "stolen" card, he moves his foot, and the card is flipped into his hand.
London After Dark
(Panther Books no. 826 )
By Robert Fabian, London, 1958
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