The Poker Demonstration

Like the Blackjack Demonstration, this routine should be used at the end of the night for the finale. You must get a clear table with five chairs around it. You will, in fact, be acting as the dealer in a five-handed game of Draw Poker. The deck is stacked in the Breakthrough Card System order and should have been used for other routines as demonstrated on Mind Mysteries. By the time you begin this routine, there should be no question that the deck is unprepared and thoroughly mixed. The only...

The Corner Short

I have been using the Breakthrough Card System constantly from the day I devised it. I have always felt that the effects possible with a stacked deck were staggering and I hope that those I have demonstrated on the Mind Mysteries video series and discussed in these pages show that to be true. In all honesty, I often use nothing but the BCS for my professional performances and never feel lacking in suitable material. I do, however, know a wealth of other card magic that is not dependent upon a...

History

As I stated in the explanation section of the DVD, I first saw Ronnie Gann do this in his stage show. For those of you who don't know who Ronnie was, outside of seeing his picture in Corinda's 13 Steps (and perhaps own his only book, The Wizard of Odds), let me tell you from first-hand knowledge that he was a magnificent entertainer Ronnie was the epitome of a real worker and spent many years doing his act on the Playboy Club circuit. This resulted in a show that was totally polished and...

Analysis

I called Brittany - Cassandra That was foolish and it was a mistake. A person on one of the forums attacked me for doing the same thing on a later video. His take was that any person who could the things I do should never forget a person's name as it blows the whole image If I can offer the tiniest of excuses, the order of the effects on Mind Mysteries Volume 2 is not what I would normally do in a show. As mentioned in the first guide book, we wanted to keep all...

The Use of Cards in Mentalism

I find this a strange subject to be writing about. The use of cards in mentalism was never even questioned when I was going through my formative years. I have a Tannen's Magic Catalog in hand as I write this. It is Catalog number 10 from the year 1973. Turning to the mentalism section, I find Dr. Jaks' Supersonic Card Prediction, Supreme Control Deck, Perfected Mental Masterpiece, Vantastic, Menta-Match, X-Credible, etc. Other catalogs I remember, such as Abbott's and Hank Lee's, had the same...

The Breakthrough Card System

The first copies of the Breakthrough Card System were published 23 years ago in 1983. Over the years, there have been reprints of the original, the 25th Anniversary edition, The Memorized Breakthrough Card System, articles in magazines, as well as the performances and explanations on this video. The system itself is thoroughly explained on the DVD with all the shortcuts and other handling tips. It is the intention of this series of guide books to present new ideas and not repeat what has...

Guide Book

VOLUME 2 THE OSTERLIND BREAKTHROUGH CARD SYSTEM All rights reserved. Reproduction or utilization of this work in any form by any means now known or hereinafter invented, including, but not limited to, xerography, photocopying and recording, and in any information storage and retrieval system, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Breakthrough Card System - 20th Anniv. Edition The Memorized Breakthrough Card System The Very Modern Mindreader The Perfected Center Tear...