Hocus Poker

By David Solomon

This is a card routine which is within the abilities of the average card worker, and which packs quite a visual wallop. Here's the effect: The magician tells the story of a showdown between two legendary card cheats: Chicago Eddie and Detroit Fats. Each of the cheats is given four cards - a pair of aces and a pair of eights. (This, of course, is the legendary Dead Man's Hand.) The object is for each cheat to improve his hand by any means possible. Eddie's hand is shown. It now contains all four aces. Fat's hand is shown and it has turned into a straight flush in clubs, which beats four aces. Eddie's hand is shown again, and it has now changed into a Royal Flush in Hearts, which beats the straight flush.

This is a pretty amazing trick, and it would be difficult (if not impossible) for another magician to reconstruct. There are two ways to get into the trick: you could simply remove the cards from a plastic wallet (which is provided) or you could apparently remove the cards from the deck you are using (this approach is not explained in the instructions, but would be easy to work out). The downside of this trick is that at the end you are left with a whole lot of gaffed cards, and (if you do this trick for a lay audience) you will have to construct appropriate audience management in order to keep the cards away from grabbing hands.

However, if you're looking for a trick to fool your pals at the magic club, this is a good one.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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