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 stacked deck. I use that material as well.

One of my favorite subterfuges with a deck of cards is the use of a corner short. The classic tome, The Fine Art of Magic by George Kaplan, contains some astounding material in the chapter entitled Tricks Employing the Corner Short. If you don't already own the above book, may I suggest that you obtain one as soon as possible. All the material in it is of the highest quality and the card work alone is well worth the price of the book. I always keep a corner short in my decks including those stacked in the Breakthrough Card System order. Should the cards be dropped, accidentally mixed up or if I just get the urge to do something different, I know I am always ready to go with material that matches my other effects in strength and deceptiveness. Because of the routine I am about to explain, my corner short is always the 8 of Spades.

While I am talking about the corner short, let me tell you about a helpful device known as a corner rounder. This is sold in craft stores and is used for cutting perfectly round corners on photos, etc. It is also tailor made for making a corner short card! You simply slide the card into the device, press the top down and you are done. You must, of course, trim the inner left corner of the face down card and the outer right corner which is diagonally opposite. This is thoroughly explained in The Fine Art of Magic and other card books.

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