The Tipoff

Effect: The Cardman removes some cards from his packet. When these are totaled, they coincide with the number of cards cut-off by spectator.

The title is called only because some may feel that doing this type of effect will give away the fact that you can estimate. As the principle of estimation however, is considered doubtful or impractical even by the majority of magicians, you are pretty safe in assuming that while laymen may consider other means of accomplishing the result, pure estimation will not be one of them.

Have the pack shuffled and tabled. The spectator cuts off a portion of the deck and shuffles this packet. Meantime, you have cut the remainder in half. By estimation you decide if both halves are equal or if one half has one more card than the other. If you wish to be absolutely sure, do a Faro Check.

2. At any rate you do not shuffle your cards but instead make the following statements: "I have cut off a packet of cards and you have cut off a packet. You do not know how many cards I have and I do not know how many cards you have. Of course, if either one of us had those cards," pointing to the tabled packet, "it would be easy to tell how many you or I have. But we do not have those cards so we could only guess as to how many cards you or I cut off. Ill turn around and count my cards and you count yours."

3. Turn your back or have both you and the spectator place your hands under the table so that each may count his cards secretly. Of course, once you have counted your cards, you naturally calculate the amount of cards being held by the spectator.

4. Look over the faces of your packet and remove any cards with values that will total up to the amount of cards held by the spectator. For example, if he has 14 cards, you would remove any two value cards that, when added together will total 14. Hold these total value cards face down in your right hand while your left hand tosses the rest of the cards onto the table.

5. Recapitulate the conditions and the impossibility of knowing exactly how many cards the spectator or yourself cut. Ask him to name the amount of cards he has cut. He says, "Fourteen" in this case. Very slowly turn your value cards, one at a time, as you add them up to show your total matches his amount.

If you know the Key Card Version as put out by Sandu, then use this as a follow-up. Notice that in this effect you again did not need to Run Shuffle the cards to determine the spectator's amount.

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