Super Mental Stab

Effect A thought of card is always above the face up indicator.

1. On getting back the shuffled deck, hold it faces toward the spectator. Spread the cards between both hands, using the Fan Spread Estimation as you ask him to think of a card.

2. Close up the spread getting a left 4 th fingertip break beneath those cards that could possibly have been seen by the spectator.

3. Overhand Shuffle to the break and continue the shuffle by first running a few cards for insurance, then shuffling off all the rest. Now run off six cards from top to bottom. Thus the possible mental selection is sandwiched by about 26 cards on top and six on the bottom.

4. Turn the top card of the deck face up. Taking it with the right hand jab this card, still face up, into several places in the deck as you comment


about placing the card face up into the deck but you will do it behind your back.

5. Behind your back, place the face up card about 20 cards from the top or anywhere that will insure this card being above those cards from which a mental selection was made. Square up and bring the deck forward face down.

6. Turn the deck faces towards yourself and as you start to spread them, ask the spectator what card he thought of. As you hear the name of the card the spread is still continued but now you watch for the card in question.

7. As soon as you spot the card the left fingers push this card under the spread and towards the right hand. In pushing the desired card under the spread, the left thumb drops on the card to the right of it. The left thumb then keeps this card in position while the left fingers from below, push the desired card beneath it and thus under the spread. The left thumb's position prevents more than one card going under the spread.

Continue spreading the cards to the right, but now all the cards ride above the selection or thought of card; however, as soon as the desired card is under the spread, both hands are lowered to bring the faces of the cards into the spectator'sview.

8. Continue the spread, with the desired card of course riding beneath the spread, till you reach the face down card. At this point the face down card is up-jogged while at the same time the desired card is in a position to be loaded under the up-jogged card. Figure 26 shows the face down card up-jogged and the thought of card, under the spread, ready to be loaded below the up-jogged card.

9. As soon as the face down card is up-jogged the spread is closed and the thought of card is automatically slid below this indicator card. Flip the deck over, face down into the left hand. The right hand comes over and above the deck. The right 2nd finger moves or pushes the up-jogged card to the left as the right hand grasps the deck in the conventional manner as shown in Figure 27.This also more or less squares the deck.

Figure 27

10. The actions, up to loading the selection under the up-jogged card plus the turning over of the deck and ending as in Figure 27, is all done during the patter lines of, "You recall I placed a reversed card into the deck but do you remember its name? It is the..." ,here you name the up-jogged card as you reach the position of Figure 27.

11. The deck is now held in the left hand alone for a moment as you say, "For the first time tell everyone what card you are thinking of." When he names it you say, "Look, right next to the card you thought of." As this is said

Figure 28

the left thumb drops onto the angled face up card as the right hand cuts off all the cards above it, then turns palm up to display the thought of card as shown in Figure 28.

12. Once you have reached the climax of the effect, replace the cards from the right hand back onto those in the left. The right hand removes the face up card and turns it face down on top of the deck.

For other and perhaps more detailed methods of getting a card or cards under a spread the student can refer to Chapter Two, The Action Palm under the Cull Palm. Other sources are The M.S. Deck:, several issues of the IBIDEM as well as the Spade book.

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