Analysis

There is a slight break in the video so that we can reset the stage with the table. Notice how I am standing while the rest of my spectators are sitting. I want to point out that in 99% of real-world working conditions that is the situation when doing walk-around performing.

I was talking to Jim Sisti about this recently and he confirmed that, like me, even if someone has you sit down at their table to talk awhile, when it comes time to perform, he, like me, stands! Also notice that even though there is a table present, I still do the false shuffle on my knee. This probably comes from years of performing table magic where, instead of a neat empty table, it is strewn with dishes, glasses, etc.

After choosing Janelle to help me, I explain that in a moment she is going to place the cards under the table. I do this because, in real life, when I perform this effect at dinners, that person sometimes has to adjust their chair, remove the napkin on their lap, adjust their purse on the floor, or whatever. I take care of that now so as not to delay the effect later.

Now here comes another reason for the superiority of the randomness of the Breakthrough Card System. I ask Janelle to look through the deck to make sure no cards are turned over. To do this, she has to fan through the entire deck. Not only does this add to the effect, but once again, it allows her to see the completely random order of the cards!

I have her cut the deck a couple of times above the table before she puts them underneath. Sometimes, when I am doing this routine, I mention that the reason I want them to practice cutting the cards is because, in a moment, they are going to be doing it under the table and I don't want to get down on my hands and knees picking up dropped cards!

Then I have her place the cards under the table for more cutting. Notice how many times I have her cut the deck. Here again, magicians think, "It doesn't matter. They are just cuts." That's not how a lay audience thinks. In their minds, it is, "The more they cut, the more mixed up they are!"

As mentioned in the previous chapter, I now give Janelle the choice of reversing either the top or bottom card. It doesn't matter, of course, but looks like I am giving her even more freedom. After she does this I ask her to turn over the whole deck, so "when you put them down, even if they slide, your card will be face down in a face up deck." Please notice how that sentence not only gives a reason for her actions, but also tells her what she will be doing in a moment and clearly illustrates that she will be putting the deck on the table face up. I am about to get a peek and I don't want her to do anything else except to place the deck that way on the table. If she knows what she is expected to do, when I ask her to do it, she will be mentally prepared and not fumble. This, in turn, will allow me to keep my timing in tune with her actions.

When I do tell her to put the cards on the table, look at how I am standing and where my gaze is. Notice how quickly I glance down at the face card and then look away. Also replay the video and watch where everyone else's eyes are at that moment! You will see them all looking down at the deck with absolutely no chance to see where I am looking! By the time anyone looks up, I am far away on the other side of the table. Also, by telling them to cover the cards with the case, it psychologically implies that I must not have seen the cards already and that is to prevent me from doing so in the future.

We are all set for the finish, but before I go there, I recap! I do so in this routine since I want to build up, once again, the complete impossibility of what has happened. In the previous effect with Brittany, I was lucky enough to see the face card without touching the deck. That sometimes happens, but you can't count on it. In this routine, however, it always happens that I do not touch the deck or go anywhere near it. I want to make the most out of it and always go over all the impossible conditions I have imposed on myself! You might also notice that, during this recap, I mention how Janelle had reversed any card of her choice and buried it upside down. Doesn't that sound like she just grabbed any card in the deck and reversed it? Again, it's these little things that add up to big things! I also go through the whole bit about being on the other side of the table and no one, certainly not me, could have seen the card. And, of course, I end with, "Is that fair?"

On a sidenote, you have to remember that we had reset the staging and some time had elapsed between this effect and the earlier routines. That's why I used the same line, "I wish I could do this one!" again. In truth, this is the effect where I normally use that line and where it plays best. I think, in retrospect, I used it during Challenge Mind Reading because I did catch that glimpse!

Sometimes actions speak much louder than words. Watch how after all the joking; I suddenly just hold my hand over the deck, pause, and just say, "Three of Clubs!" Please look at the audience reaction at that moment. They are stunned that I just named the card like that! They really weren't prepared for it and it catches them totally off guard. You can see it clearly in their facial expressions and their actions. It's almost as though they think I might be kidding! Then, when I tell Janelle to spread the cards and see, they know I am not!

When Janelle finally turns over that card, there is nothing left to do but smile!

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