The Experts Dunbury

I like this particular method because the cutting action of the pack in this version is logical and natural.

1. Have a card selected and control it to the fifth position from the top. The control should be one that gives the appearance of impossibility or a chance of possibly missing the card.

2. Show that top and bottom cards are not the selection but state that you will cut to three cards, one at a time, that will give you the color, denomination and position, in the deck, of the selected card.

3. Do a Slip Cut in the hands, either Mario Slip Cut or the Standard Slip Cut. Now turn over the top single card face up onto pack as you say, "This card tells me the value of your card." Assume it is a five. Turn the card face down and deal it off, face down onto the table.

4. Do another Slip Cut but this time turn over two cards as one thus actually showing the selection as you say, "This card tells me the color of your card." Assume it is red. Turn the cards, as one, face down and deal off the top indifferent card face down onto the table on top of the other one.

5. This time as you Slip Cut the deck, the left 4th finger gets a break beneath the slipped card or selection. The result is the selected card in the center with a break held below it.

6. Turn the top card face up as you say, "This card tells me how far down in the deck your card is." Here the face up card is tossed, still face up, to one side on the table, away from the other two. Let's say this card was a ten spot.

left 4th finger to the front end as required for the Center Deal. Deal off the top nine cards fairly and Center Deal the tenth.

8. Hold this card face down and ask for the selected card to be named. When it is called, look puzzled and say, "Didn't I see that card?" Someone is bound to point to the tabled cards and tell you 'It's over there." To this you reply, "That's funny, it should be here," and with this turn the card face up.

9. In my experience with the effect some people will look at the tabled cards and others will not, but take it for granted you have out-witted them. In this case I usually turn over the tabled cards myself as I remark, "You must have imagined you saw the card."

10. Performers of the Dunbury Delusion usually name suit, value and position. I have, in my versions disregarded suit to use color.

My reasons are these. Suppose the selection is a 5D. You turn over 5D saying, "The card is a Diamond." Now suppose you next turn over a 5 spot? Obviously, you are in an awkward situation as you practically have to name the selection. The effect would have to almost terminate here, although I have seen performers do this, making some sort of incoherent remarks as they went on to finish the effect.

Now let's say you turn over the 5D and say, "Your card is a red card." The next card you turn is a 5 spot. You merely continue by saying, "It is a red five." You will note that here the audience is led to believe that perhaps you mean the other red five or 5H not the 5D you just showed. Thus the logic is retained to enable one to smoothly continue with the effect.

Your only trouble will be if you should actually turn up the 5H. In this case quickly say, "I'm right, it is a red live.

The question is now which of the red fives. Ill find out by using this number to count down to a card that will positively denote the suit." Here you have turned the value card face up and dealt down to the number.

You hold the 5D face down and look at it yourself as you remark, "A Diamond, then there's no doubt but that your card is the five of Diamonds. Am I right?" When spectator affirms this you counter with, "Just as I thought, it was the 5D", and here you show the card in your hand.

Note how the Slip Cut seems to actually lose the selection, as far as another card man, who may know the original Dunbury, is concerned.

In case you are one of those who feel the Center Deal is just too much, then control your selection to 6th from the top. Just do a Triple Turn over on the second card you show, after the Slip. Now following the routine of Slip Cutting as outlined, the selection will end up on top of the deck. From here you can use the Second Deal or some other subtlety to get the card at the number.

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