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ACE PLACE MAGIC

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Alan Shaxon's
CONFABULATION
The presentation you are about to study is a regular feature in the professional act of 'Alan Shaxon & Anne'
No sleight of hand is required. The working is simple to say the least but we would ask you to do yourself
justice and rehearse the handling until you can perform it without thought to what you are doing. By doing
so, you will enhance your own reputation and will encourage others to release more oftheir pet items.
The artistic hands of 'Ken Perks' are responsible for the art work. His meticulous style makes the
understanding of these instuctions complete. We are most grateful to him for his expert help and advice on
layout design. His kindness adds a great deal of pleasure to my magical days.
The quality of the apparatus will speak for itself. Couple this with what it will enable yO'.J to bring about
Price a similar wallet next time you are in a leather store, we think you will get rather a shock.

YOU WILL RECEIVEThe wallet, the feed pad, carbon paper, and a supply of

velopes and paper.

You will also require a small pair of blunt nose scissors.


The feed pad will be prepared with a sample envelope on receipt. As one such envelope is used at every
performance let's explain how they are prepared.

SETIING THE ENVELOPE INTO THE FEED PAD.


Cut a piece of black carbon to the size shown in Fig. 1. Attach a small piece of sellotape to each end. Take
one of the envelopes aond hold in tne ieft hand with address sloe down. Sqeeze tne siues. With the right
hand, slide the taped carbon down into the envelope, when it is correctly seated press the envelope flat so
that the carbon is attached to the inside of the envelope.

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Make certain that the impression side of the carbon paper is

PREPARING THE PREDICTION PAPER


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You will receive a supply of what is known as Bank Paper already cut to the size shown in Fig. 2. Write the
text (or similar) in your own handwriting. Note carefully the design of the lay-out. Apart from your own
signature and the short continuation lines, the lower right quarter of the sheet is blank.

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Fold the paper as shown in Fig. 2. Insert it into the envelope so that the blank area of the prediction
sheet comes into contact with the impression side of the carbon. Seal the envelope.

You can, if yOU so wish, sian it across the flap or use sealinq wax.A note aboutthis later.

SETIING THE ENVELOPE IN THE FEED PAD.


On receipt, the feed pad will have a sample envelope loaded into it in the correct position. Take a careful
look at it now and you will see that it slips between the back cover and a thin sheet of paper which is a
fixture to the inside of the pad.
- Look at the second illustration in Fig. 3. The prepared envelope slides between the back cover and sheet of
paper. It will fit snugly and neatly. Make certain that the address side of envelope is uppermost and that
the flap is nearest the hinged section of the feed pad.
You then take one of the narrow strips of paper and lightly attach this over the top of the fixed sheet. Use
only a touch of glue, paste or even a spot of sellotape. This sheet will be torn out of the pad and handed to a
spectator during the presentation.
Take a look now at the top illustration in Fig. 4. It shows how the wallet sits in the inside pocket of the coat.
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Put the wallet in the pocket as shown in the picture and with a ball pen and scissors handy you are all set to
go but before proceeding may I offer a further word of advice. Use a good quality ball point, don't bring out
the type used by every Tom, Dick and Harry. Last Christmas, Roy Johnson and family made me a present of
a gold 'Papermate' and when I get time to get around to this presentation, that pen is going to add a lot to
its sight value. These are little things I know but they increase selling power. You have bought a very good
trick, why not treat vourself to a really nice penJ
-Alan suggests that you make three marks on the top sheet of the pad so that they line up with the
continuation lines on the prediction paper. The easy way to do this is after the folding is completed, prior to
its insertion into the envelope. Simply rest the folded paper on the top of the sheet (which you later tear off
and hand to a spectator) and put lines across using the short lines as your guide. Do this in the same colour
pen as that used for the actual writing.
Before I describe the presentation it might be as well that I explain a ruse which was shown by the late, Dr
Jaks. It can be employed to good effect when a suitable occasion presents itself.

Slip the prepared envelcpe .nto the zippered section of the wallet, On arrival at the f'jnction, approach the
President or some other prominent guest. State that you are performing that night and would he mind
placing his initials or signature on this envelope.
So saying, remove the wallet from your pocket. Open the zip and remove the envelope. Have him sign the
flap with a coloured felt pen so that it will be visible to all when later produced under what appears to be
the same conditions which he witnessed earlier. Replace the envelope in the wallet, retire and then set the
trick as above described.
When, in the presentation, you ask the person to verify his signature it makes it very strong indeed. Suitable
patter for use when employing this ruse will be given later.
I should add that Alan Shaxon uses red biro for the writing on the sheet which, as you will shortly find out,
is handed to the spectator.
THE PRESENTATION
"1 need the assistance of a wealthy member of the audience., sir, (indicate some person seated) would you
mind? That's fine. No need to leave your seat, just remain where you arel"
"In your pocket you have some loose change, correct? Without looking, can you tell me exactly how much?
No. Well please take it out, don't bother about the fivers or tenners. Just count your loose change for usl"
"Another gentlemen, here. Sir, imagine that you are about to be presented with a new car, you'd like thatl
Think of any car that you would fancy...You have one? Please tell us what make it is"
Remove the feed pad from your inside pocket. Position it in your left hand as shown in Fig.5. The left fingers
rest over the cut out section. You can, if you so wish, bend the cover over the back for added support.

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Write the name of the car model in red biro in the top space. Write firmly and with bold strokes. This done,
and with the pad still in the left hand, turn to a lady.
"Madam. Please imagine that you are going to drive around in this car. What colour would YOl) like it to
be?"
Write the colour in the second space.
"How Is our cashier getting on? Sir, you have a total please?.....That must come as a terrible shock (or great
surprise) to you!"
Write the total of his cash in the third space . Tear off the page from the pad, approach a nearby member of
the audience and hand the sheet to him. During this, close the pad and hold it in your left hand as shown in
the top illustration in FIG. 4. As you approach the person to whom you are going to hand the sheet, the
left hand goes to the inside pocket to apparently put the pad away but what really happens is thisAs the left hand goes to the pocket the little finger enters and eases the slotopeD.. ~nd the fingers and thumb
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wallet at this stage - As soon as the pad has entered the slot the left hand comes away from the coat as
you continue "These three items have been quite freely suggested by three different members of the audience, believe
me, we have not arranged anything earlier and I know you will be asking them about it afterwards."
"Before I arrived here tonight, just for a bit of fun I wrote something on a piece of paper. isealed it in an
envelope, which is locked away in the zip compartment of my wallet!"
Write the total of his cash in the third space. Tear off the page from the pad, approach a nearby member of
the audience and hand the sheet to him. During this, close the pad and hold it in your left hand as shown in
the top illustration in FIG. 4. As you approach the person to whom you are going to hand the sheet, the
left hand goes to the inside pocket to apparently put the pad away but what really happens is this ---:
As th~ left hand goes to the pocket the little finger enters and eases the slot'opeD~d the fingers and thumb
guide epa mto the s 0 - ONOT - R
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wallet at this stage - As soon as the pad has entered the slot the left hand comes away from the coat as
you continue "These three items have been quite freely suggested by three different members of the audience, believe
me, we have not arranged anything earlier and I know you will be asking them about it afterwards."
"Before I arrived here tonight, just for a bit of fun I wrote something on a piece of paper.isealed it in an
envelope, which is locked away in the zip compartment of my wallet!"
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As these lines are spoken, the left hand again goes to the pocket, the fingers push the feed pad down into
the wallet via the slot and the wallet is removed with the left hand which holds it as shown in Fig. 6. This is
how the audience would see the hand and the wallet at this stage.
Pass the wallet into the right hand and gesture with the hand whilst you talk finally passing it back into the
left prior to opening the wallet and in turn, the zip.
With the zip open and the wallet resting on the left hand, the right fingers and thumb enter the opening, the
thumb rest on top of the feed pad whilst the second finger goes under the cut out and pulls the envelope
clear and out of the pad itself. The left fingers apply pressure to the pad which is retained inside the wallet
as the right fingers and thumb draw the envelope clear. As attention is called to the envelope, the left hand
flips the wallet closed and returns it to the pocket.
You can now call attention to the signature across the flap or to the wax seal. The right hand removes the
scissors which are used.to cut a thin strip from the flap BOg EO.c:.open the env6IQR~.IThe right hand partly
withdraws the prediction slip as you approach a spectator and say - ,
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"May I ask someone to come up and take charge of this please? Thank you sir, 'want you to read this
through to yourself, but not aloud for the moment."
You now recapitulate very rapidly on the three items with the person holding the pad paper, then take it
from him.
Then have the letter read out, finally taking this back from him and no evidence remains.
Alan has performed this item hundreds of times before the paying public. In the manuscript we bought
from him he adds the following notes.
Have no fears about the impression sometimes not looking too brilliant in the letter. Only one person sees it

and I have never once had it questioned, he is to busy having to read aloud in front of an audience.
-The deposit available line ends the effect on a certain laugh, and it has taken many years to get that
Without the laugh, they tend to slrsurnewliat sped-bound, -""""~
-Re-setting the pad, letter and envelope is not a very big job once you get used to it and I hope you will
consider the effect is worth this little trouble.
I mentioned earlier about a ruse shown to me by the late, Dr Jaks. I remember the tremendous weight
which it carried when he performed in London many years ago.
On entering the room early in the evening he sorted out that wonderful old timer 'Billy O'Connor' and had
him sign an envelope. When he later presented the effect and prior to having the envelope opened, he
asked Billy if he would confirm the statement he was about to make. The good doc's patter then ran
somewhat along the following lines --.
"Before most of you arrived this evening I had this gentleman sign this sealed envelope. Sir, did I say
anything about its contents or ask you any questions prior to asking you to sign?"
The answer could not be other than - "Nol"
Billy was then asked to confirm his signature and the effect was then brought to a successful conclusion
When the right occasion presents itself you can use this method to build the climax
Might I also draw your attention to Alan's advice about the 'DEPOSIT LINE' It is advice which is VERY
VALUABLE INDEEDI
Being a professional he knows all too well that to leave an audience thinking at the climax of a presentation
will stun them and in doing so, prevent them from putting their hands together. As stated, it took him some
years to find the right answer. He developed a situation by asking the person to count his loose change.
NOTE CAREFULLY that he made no mention of the word DEPOSIT. The spectator reading the letter
links the cash with the written wordand so creates AN AMUSING SITUATION. A vital demand in show
business of today. Apply the teaching to everything you do. Note the difference in audience reaction and,
if you perform for cash, the difference the plan will have on your bank balance.

ADDITONAL NOTES ON CONFABULATION


THE WALLET SENT TO YOU WITH CONFABULATION IS THE 'DE LUXE' VERSION, AND AS SUCH THE
LOADING OF THE NOTE PAD INTO THE WALLET DIFFERS FROM THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS.
YOU WILL NOTICE THE SLIT IS NOT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE WALLET AS PER THE ORIGINAL;
IT IS FOUND ON THE (INSIDE) LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE WALLET. THE 'FEEDING' PRINCIPLE IS
THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL, THE ADVANTAGE IS THAT THE WALLET CAN.BE SHOWN MORE
FREELY WITHOUT FEAR OF EXPOSURE.

The world copyright for theseinstructions & routines areexclusiveto Ace Place Magic, Formby, England

ACE PLACE MAGIC


Fred Kaps
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WHAT YOU RECEIVE


Is a fine Grain Leather wallet with a zip running up the centre anda specially made "feel guide". This is the
HEART of the method which makes it hundreds of ti-nes easier AND QUICKER to do the necessary.
Fred told us the idea of a guide to load a card into a "'allet dates back to an idea of Ed Balducci's that
appeared in Hugard's Magic Monthly years ago. The entry into the wallet is a slit, cut into the wallet
under the flaps on the left side, near the top. The plastic slide of the guide is placed into the slit. You will
note this is a snug fit. This is important, as you do nut push the guide all the way down. You should
leave about 1% inches of the guide sticking up, out 01 t!IC wallet when folded shut. You need to stick
an envelope onto the card which is attached to the plastic slide. An envelope which has been addressed
to you looks best, although it serves only to disguise the slide, so it is up to you. Perhaps a photograph
would do just as well. You should add a few other pieces, like stamps or notes. In fact . you should just
use this as your regular wallet.
THE WORKING
To set, put slide into wallet leaving about 1% inches 0; it sticking up. Make sure the zip is closed, fold
the wallet shut and place into your inside coat pocket with the plastic side of the guide towards your
body. That's it, you're ready. When you are performing and have the card palmed, vou will find the
entry into the wallet so fast, thanks to the guide, you c;an practically reach in and bring the wallet out in
one motion. When you do this, insert the card and ur: vour middle finger to push the card deep dil'''''!)
b~a the weller iild AT THE SAil/it: TiME your Illdexlinger pushes the feed guide down and into the slit.
Do not re-adjust your grip. Your middle finger is inside the wallet, now just grip through from the outside
with your thumb and immediately bring the wallet out. Now as the wallet comes into view, the index
finger moves away from your body and your thumb ar.d index finger take the grip as the middle finger
slips 'out' of the wallet. Now all that's left to do is flip the wallet open, unzip it, and bring the card out
into view.
THE ADVANTAGE: This is perfect for the pro working a party where you move from group to group
repeating the same magic, or when you work from table to table. All you need do to 're-set' is to pull
the feed guide back into the 'up' position as you replace the wallet into your pocket. You can use this as
a running gag with the ambitious card, having the card repeatedly re-appearing in your wallet.
This is a top quality wallet that sells in stores on its own for more money than we supply it to you.

The world copyright for these instructions and routines are exclusive to Ace Place Magic, Formby, England.

36b Chapel Lane. Formby. Merseyslde L37 4DU

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