History

I explained the history of the first Breakthrough Card System book in the last chapter. When I was writing it up to send to Jeff Busby, I wanted to send along an effect. I had begun to do the one found in Corinda's 13 Steps called Some More Tricks Using the Eight Kings Stack, as already mentioned. It is interesting to see how the routine progressed over the years. If you look up the effect in your copy (that would be page 75), you will see the effect is nothing more than a mere paragraph. The deck is placed behind the spectator's back, a card reversed and the face-up deck placed on the table.

In my original manuscript to Busby, I had already come up with the idea of catching a peek at the face card as the spectator brings the deck forward and then had him cover the deck with his hands. So, you can see, right from the beginning, I was adding to the effect, trying to make it stronger.

I can't actually tell you where along the 20+ year history I began to do the effect at a table. I really can't remember when I didn't, so it must have been a long time ago. In thinking back, I realize it must have been during the six-year stint doing close-up magic at the Farmington, Connecticut Marriott's elaborate Sunday brunch. Many of my present ideas had their start there.

I used the card case to have the deck covered on the videos. In truth, when I do this at live shows, there is usually a napkin or a menu sitting on the table that can be used. That looks more impressive and more natural.

Somewhere along the line, I also came up with the idea of having the person turn over either the top or bottom card. This may seem like a minor point, but again, that is magician's thinking. It is a big point to a lay audience and seems as though you really don't care what card they turn over. Since they repeat edly cut the deck themselves, offering the top or bottom card is just like offering any card in the deck. Don't leave out this subtlety!

This routine really does play strong. I don't do it all the time anymore. Most of my close-up work uses the Radar Deck and the Test Conditions (Challenge Mind Reading) effect. I only use this one for that really special person, perhaps the CEO of the company, and his table. That way it becomes really special.

As a bit of a sidenote to that, I remember when I first performed this routine for Governor Lowell Weicker of Connecticut. Up to that time, he seemed to be taking me with a grain of salt. I did a few things and then did this effect. When I named the card, he looked at me and said, "No way!"I just smiled and motioned for him to turn over the card. When he did, what he said can't be printed here! Governor Weicker never minced words! After that, I was a regular performer at the Governor's Mansion!

May this effect do the same for you!

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