Blackjack Betting Systems

Easy Money Blackjack

This eBook teaches you the real secret to winning at Blackjack, and that secret is NOT counting cards. Counting cards actually does not give you any more than a 2% advantage AT MOST. There is a much better way to make money playing Blackjack, and this eBook outlines this carefully tested method. This system gives you a few basic rules to follow so that you will be able to have a Blackjack Sixth Sense. You will be able to identify the hot tables, and play with only a little bit of money. You will be able to tell what you should bet at any given time, according to different winning or losing streaks that you are having. You will also learn when you should just avoid the table where you are, and avoid losing money. This system focuses on giving you the best returns possible, while minimizing how much you can lose! Read more...

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Pick up the pile saying Youve both helped to mix these cards Now youre both going to help me find some blackjack hands

Transfer cards from top to bottom while spelling out the word BLACKJACK. Then deal the top two cards into a pile on the table. 4. Take the remaining cards and spread them face up on the table showing seven low value spot cards. Finally flip over the three pairs revealing three winning blackjack hands, each consisting of an Ace and a King.

The Specialist Blackjack Stud Push

Blackjack dealers, when dealing from the hand as in large money private games, often use a peculiar dealing action which is almost unique just to them. With the kind of money involved in games of this nature it was only a matter of time before the cheats and hustlers came up with a second deal to duplicate this dealing action. It is this very specialised second that we are to study here. It also makes a fine demonstration second for gambling expose lectures. Scaling Details For The Specialist Blackjack Stud Push Off You may be tempted to try to hop your first finger around early in the turn. Not only is this not needed but by doing so you will also be failing to duplicate the actual way Blackjack dealers deal They turn the card, give a pause to allow the card to be seen, then clip the card to scale it to the player. On a small table it the card can of course just be taken and laid in front of the player. If you haven't played a lot of Blackjack in private games then this deal may look...

Blackjack Aces

The black Jacks turn into Blackjacks and Aces. You need to begin with the Aces and black Jacks on the bottom of the deck in order from the face Jack - Ace - Ace - Jack - Ace - Ace. 2. We need the black Jacks for this trick.Spread the deck face-up, tilted slightly so the spectators can't yet see the faces. You're going to use a variation on the Jog Switch method of setting up for the Interlocked Principle. When you come to the first black Jack, upjog it, then push over the Ace and take it behind the right hand cards (Fig.2). Now move all the cards to the left of the Ace upwards until they align with the Jack (Fig.3). the process by tapping them against the remaining left-hand cards. A black Jack will show on the bottom of the lower step of the tabled cards (Fig.4). 3. Turn the stepped packet in the left hand face-down, turning sideways. Turn the left hand palm-down to display the black Jack one more time, then palm-up again. The right hand switches out the Jack as usual, this time...

Linear Blackjack

This is the game of blackjack played over the telephone. Though you never see the cards, never touch them and never ask a single question, you always win at this game. Call a friend and have him bring a deck of cards to the phone. Tell him you and he are going to play a little game of blackjack. He is to deal a jack to himself and a jack to you. These represent the hole cards.

Bughouse Blackjack

Two of the cards included were the 14 of Spades and the 15 of Diamonds. Haines also published a booklet entitled 36 Tricks with FA-KO cards. In this booklet they suggested a Blackjack Demonstration as a use for the two particular cards named above. After BUGHOUSE POKER was invented I decided that a perfect follow-up to it would be to use one of these cards in an effect and BUGHOUSE BLACKJACK was born.

Standard Card Manipulation

I'lie most direct method for a crooked blackjack dealer to help his agent win is to use the same card manipulations which in a bustout joint are used to help the house win. lie may peck and deal seconds to give his partner the card he needs or tc> bust his own hand. Or he may Hop the deck as explained m Chapter S. The only difference is that lie woulc stack the peifect hand to

CIRCl nViVknting Tiie Floorman

The prime deterrent to dealer cheating is supposed to be supervision by 1k Aoomian. However, each Hoorman is assigned two to four blackjack tables to watch and, in addition, has other duties such ns issuing and recording markers'' (credit). On a busy uighc he may spend only a small portion of his time watching the table action. The theory is that the control will still work because the dealer never knows when the floormari may be watching. Deal-era are not allowed to ever take their eyes off their tables. A dealer who looked back into die pit for even an install might lose his job. Therefore, in iheory, a dealer never knows whether he is being observed by a supervisor In practice, most of them become very good at covertly glancing down Sometimes when a player is winning heavily at blackjack, the floonnan or pithos.s will relieve the dealer and bring in anothei to Lake his place Some players jump to the conclusion that the house is bringing in a card mechanic to cheat them of their...

Dealing Seconds One Handed

I begin with a deal that is not particularly difficult, but also not terribly practical. Not that it is a poor deal, far from it, the deal, when executed correctly is totally invisible. But rather, that it is a second deal, not easily adapted to function as a center or bottom deal (so much so that I will not even attempt to describe the process in this manuscript) and a stud deal at that. Thus, it's applications are primarily in blackjack and stud poker for all but the hole card. You may ask then why I am including it. The first reason is that I simply love it. The first time I saw a video of Marlo performing it I was under the illusion that the card virtually materialized at his fingertips and originated somewhere in the middle of the deck. Second, because I think it illustrates perhaps better than any other deal the need to and difficult in creating consistency between the false deal and the real deal. As I mentioned, the false deal itself is not terribly difficult, however, making...

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EFFECT - Paul begins by showing a Blackjack hand made up of a Jack and Six, for a total of sixteen. Commenting on how that would never do, he offers to demonstrate a method for creating a better hand. Paul then visibly erase the face of the Six, so it's completely BLANK. He then uses the blank to create an Ace, one pip at a time. The last pip is MISPRINTED off-center and backwards. He fixes the problem and finishes with a perfect Blackjack PRE-& LLACJJ - Arrange the following four-card setup, made up of the two red Aces, a black Six, and a black Jack. FIG. 1 shows the first step of the setup. The Ace of Hearts is on the face of the pack, and the Ace of Diamonds at a right angle to it. The forward long side of the Ace of Diamonds conforms to the front-narrow edge of the Ace of Hearts. Continue the setup, as in FIG. 2, by placing the Six on top of the Ace of Diamonds, but flush with the pack.

Spectator transfers THREE cards and spectator 4 transfers FOUR cards

After making the transfers each hand is replaced face down on the table. Ask each spectator in turn to turn over their top card to reveal four Aces. The Aces are placed face up on the table in front of the hand. Point out that four Aces make an excellent Poker hand, unfortunately this would not count because there is only one Ace in each hand, and of course the Aces would need to all be in the one hand. However, if we were to change the game to blackjack, things might improve.

The Long Stroke Stud Push

This particular deal is splendid for close up work making it ideal for small table games or for magical effects. Its one big disadvantage is that, without some overly flashy (and therefore suspicious especially at a card table) finger movements it is all but useless for scaling from. For this reason the deal is often used by Blackjack dealers in large private games. Its angle proof action combined with the smallness of the playing area make it perfect in this situation.

Heardfrom Prank Travers

Now speak of 21 or the game of Black Jack. Deal seven rounds. The dealer gets a natural. The hole card is handled exactly as in the Stud Poker deal on the pickup. For Black Jack, or Twenty-One, deal seven, including yourself, and then say, How can you ever expect to win against the combinations it is possible for me to find '' As you say this, openly second deal the next card face up on your hole card and turn it over to show a natural of 21.

Martin Gardner to Rubber Chickens

When the prediction is read, it is discovered that the mentalist has correctly predicted the casino, the amount of money bet, and the total of the two cards (for example, 20). Cheating at Blackjack Squared By Dustin D. Marks Mike This book came in right at deadline, but I wanted to get it into this column because the flood of books has subsided for a moment. This is the sequel to the author's first book, Cheating (and Advantage Play) at Blackjack, which received excellent reviews when it appeared a couple of years ago. This new book is also terrific, filled with moves, ploys, plays and fascinating (and funny) stories. There is information on distracting the dealer, disguises, the steer game, stacking for blackjack, card counting and tells. There is a chapter on high-tech cheating, and a wonderful chapter on stories from the road. In addition, the book has an extremely useful bibliography full of books that I intend to track down.

Fantasist at the card Table

Tins is a routine belonging to the genre of gambling demonstrations, as seen by a magician Unlike other routines of this type, it involves various carrl games that may or may not be familiar to your audience. IVe tested this routine in front of audiences, mostly European, whose knowledge of die rules of poker, blackjack and bridge was limited yet, they have all responded very favorably. IVe given up any feare tliat I might have had about the entertainment value of the routine, and 1 we made it a regular feature of my act for the public After showing some cani illusions, die magician says that he will demonstrate how card cheats connive to l> eat die laws of chance. His demonstration will address the games of draw poker, stud poker, blacKjack and bridge. With every deal, each player is given a good hand, but die performer's is always better. The Blackjack Demonstration Another game of rhanee in which enormous sums of money air put at stake is blackjack. The rule of this game is...

The Poker Demonstration

The Poker Demonstration is offered as a companion effect to the Blackjack Demonstration. It is similar in that it is meant to be done at the end of the night and built into an incredible closer The Blackjack Demonstration was designed to look just like a real demonstration of a single-deck version of that game and is what gives it its strength. The Poker Demonstration, likewise, is meant to look exactly like a real game of Draw Poker. It does not come across as contrived and has a feeling of complete fairness. Still, the incredible climax is all that you could want from such a routine.

Chapter Six Dramatic Structure

I open one of my effects by telling the audience that I'm about to teach them how to win at blackjack. You can be sure this guarantees their undivided attention. Of course, all I'm doing here is making use of substantive meaning as we discussed earlier. But I'm introducing the subject as early as possible. Whenever you have an effect with strong meaning, get that meaning out on the table as soon as you can if possible, in the first sentence. And make that sentence as striking and provocative as you can. If the effect gains its meaning from uncertainty, start by saying, I'm not sure if this is going to work. If the effect appears to involve physical danger, introduce it by

Weave Shuffling Controls

Here are some ideas for you of what types of stacks you might use and some general applications of the Gilbreath principle. If you were to remove all the face cards and all the tens, then place eight on the top of the deck and eight on the top of the second packet, you could immediately deal off at least four blackjack hands with a value of 20 following the shuffle by the spectator. To enhance this, you could place an ace on the bottom of the deck and another on the bottom of the other packet ensuring an ace would be on the bottom of the deck and allow you to bottom deal the ace off to make one particular hand a perfect hand. (A detailed description of bottom dealing follows in the third part of this work). In other words the stack would go (from the bottom of the deck up), an ace, some random cards, eight cards with a value of ten, another ace, some other random cards and finally an additional eight cards with a value of ten. To enhance that you could use two aces in each place where...

Does It Hurt the Magic

Another real-life analogy to my fictional example could be seen in the performances of Del Ray. Anyone who has seen him work knows that his performances came as close to real magic as that of any close-up magician. Yet he never failed to include such flourishes as Ian shuffles and ribbonspread turnovers as well as gambling routines. When, a moment later, a toy mouse emerged from it's house and made a beeline for the selected card, no one thought, Bah, mere sleight of hand. Anyone who can ribbonspread cards or deal himself a winning blackjack hand can make an inanimate object come to life. In fact, even when he performed more traditional card tricks such as Bro. Hamman's Final Ac& Routine, the prior displays of skill didn't keep the effect from coming across as pure magic.

Gaffed Shoes And Marked Cards

A casino can adopt or.ly one precaution to prevent Hashing the top card and that is to deal the game from a shoe. You will recall that shoes are the dealing boxes used when blackjack is played with several decks shuffled together. However, where there is a will, there is a way. In 197x an elaborately gaffed shoe was discovered in use in a Nevada casino. Dealing shoes are always constructed with he inside bottom of the shoe slanting downward toward the front so that the cards will keep sliding toward the opening, t his creates a gap between the slanting inside bottom of ti c shoe and tiat outside bottom. It was in this gap that the gaff was housed. The base of the shoe contained an intricate network of prissms, lenses, mirrors, and tiny light bulbs. When the light bu'.bs were lit, the effect was to reflect the. index corner of-lie top card in the shoe through a tiny window at the bottom rear corner of the shoe. This window was visible only from the first base seat. When the light bulbs...

Dealing Seconds Two Hands

This odd deal, has numerous uses, though personally, I use it somewhat rarely in gambling, favoring the bottom and Greek deals which will be explained in further detail later. In gambling, the basic use of a second deal is to use marked cards. As the marked cards become visible you will hold them back until you reach the player you are attempting to assist and then deal the card off to that player. Alternatively, you could cull an ace to the top of the deck and hold it back for the appropriate player giving that player an advantage in say a game of blackjack, or perhaps giving the player the high card and thereby allowing the player to make the game decisions, all depending on the game and the rules in effect. Additionally, in stacking, you could use the technique to simplify the stacking process as I will cover in detail towards the end of this final portion of the book. In magic, it can be used to perform a sort of color change, a force or a number of other effects. It is a great...

Steel and Silver Video Series Volumes 2 and

The next three items are less earth-shaking. Blackjack is a card routine in which a busted blackjack hand turns into four aces. Snap Bounce Assembly is an extremely rapid Matrix routine which owes much to the Al Schneider's original. Spellbound Roll Reverse is a move which can be incorporated into other routines.

Variation Magical Table

The D'Amico One Hand Second Deal and One Hand Double Lift are closely allied, one stemming as a result of the other. When Carmen met Arthur Buckley he demonstrated both moves for him. Needless to say, he was impressed to the point of asking permission to include the moves in his book Card Control. D'Amico then said he could have several things of his but he did not want his One Hand Second published. Buckley must have wanted the move pretty badly because in the 1st edition he put in the One Hand Second, then to justify its inclusion without permission he claimed it was an old Black-Jack, or 21, method of Second Dealing. This was, of course, not true and when D'Amico saw his pet sleight in print, with no credit to boot, there was quite a scene at the Magic Round Table in Chicago.

Patter And Presentation

In blackjack or pontoon the performer continues, the player is trying to achieve a maximum score of 21. He turns over the top card of the first hand which proves to be an ace. In either of these games he remarks, an ace is an excellent card to hold since it has a value of either one or eleven. A seven (turning up the top card of the second hand) takes us to eight or eighteen and a three (turns up top card of the third hand) gives us the maximum score of twenty-one. The ace, seven, and three are discarded.

To Perform

Begin by removing the cards from their case and handing them to a spectator for shuffling. While he is doing this, snap open the paper bag and hand it to a second spectator for examination. When he's satisfied it's unprepared, have him place the open bag on the table so that it stands upright. Ask the first spectator to place the pack of shuffled cards face down inside the bag. Now, pick up the bag and place it on the palm of your left hand as you explain that the bag serves the same purpose as the shoe used by blackjack dealers in Las Vegas. It prevents any possibility of manipulating the cards. With your right hand, reach into the bag. The bottom of

Jog Switch Js

Let's illustrate this technique by assuming that you want to secretly bring the two black Jacks to the top of two piles. Spread the deck face-up from left hand to right, keeping it just slightly tilted, so that the spectators can't see the faces of the cards. When you come to a black Jack, you're going to downjog the card just before it-let's say it's the Ace of Spades then secretly add the Jack behind it. To do this c) When the right hand cards are once again level with the black Jack (and the remainder of the deck), they move to the left, squaring up and adding the black Jack behind all the cards, including the Ace of Spades. Your right hand then moves downward laying this packet on the table, with the Ace of Spades seemingly injogged on the bottom (Fig.3 - next page). come back to the deck and continue spreading until you come to the second black Jack, which again would be added behind a downjogged card. Once laid on the table, the remainder of the deck would be placed aside. The...

The Greek Deal

Still, the idea lingered in out minds bccausc such a move would have a number of valuable applications. For example, at blackjack il is customary to burn the top card of the deck by placing il face up on the bottom before starting to deal. A blackjack dealer in a sinele-deck game could cull a natural to the bottom and keep il there during the shuttle, lie could then hop the player's cut to keep the blackjack on die bottom and deal it to himself or a partner on the first round despite the obstruction of the face-up bun card on the bottom. Winning the fust hand ot each iew deal would give linn a substantial edge, and the fact that the burn card remained undisturbed on the bottom would prevent even the sharpest players from suspecting the truth.

Required

The inspiration for this effect came from Vegas Fling in an early issue of Magick. The presentation used two of the three casino games used here, namely Roulette and Craps. I changed the third game from Poker to Blackjack. Why Because the third game involves a force and the one used in the original wasn't to my liking. In fact, the mandatory force called for in most one ahead routines similar to this is usually the weakest point in the routine. However, I believe you'll positively love the variation I've conceived.

Variation

After the blackjack hand is selected, casually pick up the three predictions in the following fashion. Pick up the top two pieces of cardboard simultaneously with the right hand and casually transfer them to the left hand. Glance down and pretend to notice that you've left one piece of cardboard on the table. Casually pick it up with the right hand and place it on top of the two pieces in the left hand. Don't make a big deal out of this action. You've now innocently rearranged the three pieces of cardboard into a 3-2-1 order. Turn the three cards face up as you hand them to the spectator for the revelation of your three predictions.

Effect

After showing some cani illusions, die magician says thai he will demonstrate how card cheats connive to l> eat die laws of chance. His demonstration will address the gzimes of draw poker, Stud poker, blackjack and bridge. With every deal, each player is given a good hand, but die performer's is always better.

Hashing Top Cards

Although it involves slightly more risk, a cheating dealer can increase his partner's chances of wiunirg still further by flashing the top card of the deck. 1 am Miie you would agree that you would do a lot better at blackjack if the dealer showed you the top card every time you had to decide whether to hit or .stand. Under such circumstances it's almost impossible to lose. I here are two standard methods of flashing the top card to an agent. BotJi are designed to let the player catch a i liu psc of the index corner of die card while making the move invisible fioi.i die dealers (and pitboss's) side of die table In one method, the dealer places Ins thumb en the left edge of the top card and pushes the outer comer to the right a fraction of ail inch. Remember that blackjack dealers are trained to keep the deck tilted upward to prevent cheats from reading any marks on the backs ol the cards. In this case, the tilting makes it easy lot the cheat to sec hc index corner of the top card as...

O Vf R Payment

Suppose a blackjack dealer has an agent playing at Ins table along with other players. Let's assume the agent lu-.s bet a stack of eight chips and wins. Lets also assume that the player to his left lias also bet a stack of chips and has lost. Proper casino procedure ealb for the dealer to collccl the losing player's bet and deposit it in the check rack, then break down the winning player's

Sandwiches

PROCEDURES Begin by having any four-of-a-kind removed from the deck the deck may then be shuffled. We will assume the jacks will be used. To the first spectator say,Which would you rather have, the blackjacks or the red jacks We will assume the first spectator chooses the black jacks. Place the two blackjacks face up on top of the deck, and hold the deck in the left hand in peek position. The deck faces the audience, and the right hand riffles the upper right corner to have the first spectator peek at a card. The left little finger gets a break under the peeked card. The presentation while doing this is very important In order to do that, I'll just riffle this edge of the cards, and when you say stop I'll let you just peek at a card while it's still in the center. That way only you know what your card is, and I don't see either the face or the back of it. Just say stop please Fine. Would you like to see another card instead Would you rather use the red jacks instead No Fine, we'll...

Pre6entati0n

5TE-P ONE. - Boy, are you in for a treat. Today's the day you're going to learn how to make big bucks at Blackjack. The secret is to get hold of one of these when no one's looking. 5TE-P Ti-lRLL - Now I'll take a sample Blackjack hand sixteen bummer. That's a bad hand. Boy, it's a good thing I had the foresight to obtain a spare Ace.

Analysis

You can see that after the Jumbo Card Calling and the joke about getting up a card game, I continue my talk about gambling. You can hear the murmuring in the background when I mention how good that ability (that I just demonstrated) would be in a game of Poker. Then I start to talk about Blackjack and how mindreading would be of no help there. Notice please how I have, after the fact, basically told them I just did mindreading without ever having it said it before and in such a way that it is just accepted I also tell the story about being banned from playing Blackjack in two casinos and mention one in Monte Carlo in an off-hand manner as though this were a place just down the street Again, this is all very prestige building and gives the feeling I move in Bond-type environments As I talk about the game of Blackjack, I make it clear that reading someone's mind wouldn't help in any way (again reinforcing what I said earlier) and then explain that I seem to have this ability to win at...

The Setup

The 10 means any 10 value cards i.e. 10, Jack, Queen or King. In the game of Blackjack all tens and face cards have a value of 10. I am assuming that the reader is at least somewhat familiar with the game of Blackjack or 21 as it is played in casinos and homes around the world.

Performance

6TEP OhJE - As you talk about your least favorite Blackjack hand, start to spread the deck between your hands, backs to the audience, and use your left thumb to secretly swivel the Ace of Hearts so it lays across the spread (FIGS. 1, 2). Note that the inner left corner of the Ace is the part that swivels up so the Heart bumps are pointing toward the left. The spread deck gives you complete cover for this action. position as you continue spreading, looking for a bad Blackjack hand. This can be a Four, Five or Six plus any face card or Ten spot. You need a pair where the small card is on the LEFT. When you locate the bad hand, break the spread so the pair is on the face of the left-hand spread. 6TEP TLlREE - Slide the right-hand carcf (including the crossed Ace) under the left-hand pair to put the Blackjack hand onto the face of the deck, on top of the crossed card (FIG. 3). Your right fingers then grip the loose mess from above by its ends while your left fingers tidy things up (FIG....

BLRnKJHCK

The performer introduces the notion of Psychic Blackjack. He deals five hands of blackjack on the working surface and one hand is selected by a member of the audience the discarded hands are gather and set to one side on the table. The selected hand is turned face up to reveal they have amazingly chosen a perfect blackjack dead on 21

Ill HI JI3llllflY[im

1) Introduce the notion of psychic blackjack You see often psychics have used their skills to beat the dealer in major casinos in the world. Ask yourself, how many of you would do the same with such a gift Well I am sure someone of deflated morals would jump at the chance. However this game of Psychic Blackjack can also be played to develop your intuitive skills. That's what we are going to attempt.

Combined Handling

Your patter there is about saving some time so you begin to deal cards in small groups onto the two piles. You must now take the now top 4 cards as a group (this is your Blackjack set-up cards) and deal them onto the left most of the two packets (position B). As I was preparing to leave, one of the inmates came over to me and said. I see that you're good at Poker but how are you at Blackjack

Iukii JqrillflY[ll3

4) Turn the blackjack hand over to reveal it. Personally I do not like this version of the effect as much as the normal version. It happens very rarely thanks to the way we stacked and dealt the deck in the first place. 6) However you actually will switch out the blackjack hands for the blank cards resting on top of the deck above your pinky break, which you are still holding from the very beginning will leave the blank hand on the table. When you reach this point you will perform a multiple top change to exchange the blackjack hands for the blank hands on top of the deck. These switched cards are then dropped onto tabled hand and pushed aside. This switch appears very fair due to the lasting image of you dropping the gathered cards on top of the tabled hand that you have not touched. it is amazing. You have never played this game before but I think you're a natural. You see you have a perfect 21 Blackjack. Actually you really have accomplished more than you might think. You see in...

Additional Notes

An additional kicker can be added if * desired, by having the backs or faces of the four Black Jack hands change at the end. This can done by having the switch packet on the right thigh. Use Gene Maze's Unit Grip Switch. This can be found in Appocalyse Vol.4 page 45. Alternatively use Mario's Kick or Switch from Kabbala VoLl No.9 page 67.

Jacks Wild

Did you see the second deal you inquire. I gave you three jacks. Turn his cards face up on the table, showing two blackjacks on top of a red jack. Slide the top black jack under the other two, pick up all three, and place them face downwards on the pack. 3. I'll do it again. Repeat the deal, and he will again have two black jacks and a red jack. Since the red jack is below the two blacks each time, it is not noticed that it is the other red jack. Again slide the top black jack under the other two, and replace them face down on the pack.

Too Perfect Theory

The title character is a man named Brian Zembic, better known as The Wiz The Wiz is a shuffle-tracking blackjack player, a Backgammon expert, and a master at hustling proposition bets. In 1996 he agreed to the following bet for 100,000 he would get breast implants and keep them for a year. He did so, kept them, and won the bet. (According to some local sources, he still has them.) In addition to Mr. Zembic, you'll meet Ron, an expert card counter, Max Rubin (author of Comp City A Guide to Free Las Vegas Vacations), Archie Karas (who drove into Vegas with 50 and ran it up to 17 million), golf hustler Terrance Leon Jr., David James (who operated a sports-pick hotline, with his four-year old son picking the teams), and world-class poker players Johnny Moss, Phil Hellmuth Jr., and Huck Seed.

Almost Famous

Dustin Marks is the author of Cheating at Blackjack and Cheating at Blackjack Squared. CAB 2000 contains material from both books, plus new and updated information. You receive a hybrid CD-ROM that is playable on a Mac or a PC. When you put the disc in your CD-ROM drive it autoplays, bringing up an introductory menu. This menu allows you to install a codec that is needed to play the video clips. (Make sure you install this codec, it has no negative effects on your system.) After installing the codec, click on the Skip Intro option. You're not going to miss anything. This brings you to the main menu, offering two choices, Moves and Mockery. The Moves section will be of most interest to magicians. Included are methods of getting cards out of play, hand mucking moves, methods for stacking cards, hole card moves, methods for ringing in coolers, methods for returning cards to play, and miscellaneous moves. The information is presented in Adobe Acrobat format, which provides both text and...

How the World Works

The performance tape features such routines as Timely Card to Wallet (a routine that may cause you to throw away all your fancy gimmicked wallets), Busted Transpo, Blackjack (a pseudo-gambling demo with a funny ending), A Psychological Trick (a very clever two-deck routine that features a bold use of the face-up classic force), and The Four and a Half Trick, which has been Mr. Tullock's closer for many years. In addition to the routines, Mr. Tullock also discusses the Classic Force, the Top Change, some simple card controls, an excellent method for an in-the-hands false riffle shuffle, and offers some good work on the venerable Slop Shuffle. What you will immediately notice is that there is nothing fancy going on here. The plots of the routines are easy to understand, and the methods are simple and direct. (Please note that simple does not necessarily mean easy.) Because the plots are simple, Mr. Tullock has plenty of opportunities to drop in his commercial messages (in this case he...

Progressive Jacks

A sandwich routine in which the red Jacks find the black Jacks and the black Jacks find the selected card. 2. As you patter display the Jacks face up and arrange them so that the red Jacks are on top of the black Jacks. However, because the usual switch is made on the second card counted you will actually have one red and one black Jack in each hand. Keep the pair of Jacks in each hand square so that you don't expose the real situation to the spectators. 4. Place the deck on the table and cut it into two heaps. Now the red Jacks are already busy looking for your card. Here's where the black Jacks come in. Because their job is to find the red Jacks and bring them back. Watch 5. Place the apparent pair of black Jacks face up on top of what was the upper packet. Leave the pair of Jacks overhanging the front narrow edge of the packet (Fig.1). Take the remaining packet and place it on top of the Jacks but square with the rest of the deck (Fig.2). Okay, watch closely. Because the black...

Allen Lang

He then turns up the top card of the deck. Say it is the JS. The magician says, One of the cards in the row matches the Jack of Spades. In other words, it is a black Jack. I'd like you to guess which card will produce a match. The other version was to upjog 4 Aces and a Jack. The Aces are placed in a row on the table, face-down. The Jack is face-up. Spectator is asked to choose a card from the row such that this card, plus the Jack, will produce a Blackjack or 21. The spectator thinks you're crazy since any card in the row will produce a 21.

Centrifugal Elevator

Run through the deck, remove the two black Jacks and place them face down on top of the face down deck, saying, These are my assistants they will do the magic in this trick. I'll leave them on top so we know where they are. 3. So, your cards came from the middle of the deck. As you say this, tilt the deck downwards and riffle up the inner end with your right thumb - as if to emphasise where the cards came from - and stop when you see the first black Jack (4th from the top). Establish a break under it. My assistants will now take over. Lift off all four cards above the break and turn then face up onto the deck, keeping a break below them. Push over the uppermost Jack to display both black Jacks. Flip the packet face down again then push over the top two cards, without reversing their order, and take them with your right hand. Casually place the deck face down to the left of the two tabled cards to form a row. However, do not comment here about the position of the deck. Just lay it down...

Past posting

Card counters are aiurher type* of payer who appreciates being iguoied. Counters are professional blackjack players who have the ability to keep track of every card that has been dealt and therefore determine what cards are still available for play. Through their mastery of the mathematics of the game, they can use that information to vary the size of their bets and determine the play of each hand. This gives them a mathematical edge over the house. Siitcc the card counter is only using his intellectual skill to win, lie is doing nothing dishonest. However, counting and cheating have two things in common first, if you play long enough, you arc sure of winning second, if the casino catches you, they will throw you out. 1 liese two factors are why card counters sometimes become involved in c asino conspiracies. It a blackjack Moorman conspires with a card counter, he will instruct the counter to conic into the casino during his shift and play at one of the tables assigned to In Chapter...

Larry Becker MHF

IBM BRITISH RING CONVENTION (Review of International Stage Show) Mentalism unless well presented can die in front of magicians. That, is a fact Larry Becker of the USA is an entertaining mentalist. That too is a fact With a puzzling prediction, a lady volunteer won a cuddly Teddy Bear. A Blackjack prediction provided another winner and an item involving five pound notes was clever. But, it's the personality, style and attack which wins with mentalists and Larry has all that, proved as he faced the hand of Jeff Atkins who was holding a selected pistol in a dangerous game of Russian Roulette. Larry won the dayr.

Econd bealii

Standard Take, Stud Takes (both Overhand and Underhand) and No Take or One-Handed are all as useful to the Second Dealer as to the Bottom Dealer. In addition, End Take and Snap-Over Deals are fairly common for the Second Deal (see LePaul's Improved Method in The Card Magic of LePaul, 1959, page 85, and the Joe Berg Second Deal in Volume 2 of The Tarbell Course in Magic, page 192, as examples). It is also worth mention that there are a number of more flourishy Takes, including the Shooting Second Deal (see A Rapid One-Hand Second Deal, The Card Magic ofLe Paul, page 89), the Chinese Second Deal (Dai Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic, 1959, page 71) and the unattributed D'Amico Blackjack Second Deal (Buckley's Card Control, 1946, page 119), to name a few. The most important point to make here is that, as much as in the Bottom Deal, the Take grows from application and drives method.

Dedication

The performer correctly (and cleanly) predicts the outcome of three games of chance, Roulette, Black Jack and Craps. An unpublished effect inspired by David Copperfield's Blackboard Illusion. The performer without ever touching a large, covered display board, correctly predicts which casino a spectator will visit, how much he'll wager on a game of chance, and the outcome of a Black Jack hand freely dealt by the spectator.

Cnerchez La Lady

Three playing cards, a black jack, a black king, and a red queen, are handed a spectator. He mixes them well and then holds them in front of him fan-wise with the backs facing you. Tip to now you have stood ten or fifteen feet in front of him. Walk towards him, look into his eyes, and say, I am going to guess which is the queen. Exactly in front of the person yon reach up, hesitate, and then grab a card out as if impulsively it IS the card.

Jijio join i s

Blackjack The Single-Deck Game It would be difficult to hr.d a card game easier for a dealer to cheat at than blackjack It is played with cards provided by the house which are shuffled and dealt by a house dealer. In most card games, a mechanic would have to locate and control several cards to construct a strong hand. Even if he were only trying to fill a hand, he would have lo gain aeeebs to a card o a particular value or suit. For a blackjack dealer, however, it generally comes down to just one card. If he can draw the right card whenever he hits, the rest will take care of itself. Finding that one card is not a ueedle-in-the-haystack affair either. Usually, anywhere from one-third to one-half the cards m the deck can do die job. If a dealer can draw a high card every time he needs a high one and draw- a low card every time he reeds a low one, he can break any player. In underground gambling houses, there is an additional factor that facilitates cheating. If a crooked dealer is...

The Acrobatic Jacks

I shall select the four Jacks for the purpose of illustrating how an original athletic tendency that was early manifested by them has been developed by a system of training, until they have acquired a degree of skill in acrobatic feats that is truly remarkable. I wish two ladies or gentlemen in the audience to assist me, by each holding two of the Jacks. (Give two red Jacks to spectator, whom we shall designate as A., and two black Jacks to second spectator, whom we shall call B. Then to A.) Will you, sir, place one of the red Jacks on top of the deck Thank you. And will you (to B.) place one of the black Jacks in the middle of the deck (Open pack with left thumb bookwise, ready for the Charlier Shift, and when Jack is inserted shift packets.) Now, ladies and gentlemen, we have a red Jack on top, and a black Jack in the middle, and as a first display of their intelligence and training, I shall order them to change places. Ready. Go (Click deck with little finger and show change has...

The Ultimate Ripoff

Break is obtained below the top card. The jacks are held face-up from above by the short ends in the right fingers. The order of the jacks from the face should be a red jack, two black jacks, followed by the other red jack. Revolve the packet face-up, holding the cards from their left side by your left finger tips. Grasp the right side of the cards in a similar position with your right finger tips. Push off the two face cards as one with your left thumb into your right fingers. This will leave you with a single faceup jack in your left fingers and another jack with an ace concealed behind it in your right fingers. Snap the jacks against each other then lay the single card onto the face of the double cards. Place these two cards (actually three) face-down onto the two tabled jacks (actually aces) on your right. Pick up the right hand packet and hold them face-down in your left hand. To the audience you have magically changed four aces into four jacks. The position of the face-down...

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