On A Course of Study

Old timers and polished magicians should excuse my presenting this "baby food." However, it is possible for those in the childhood of their magical development to present the "Sheriff." Now and then I must present an item that is suitable for their magical digestion. I also hope to be able to bring them, and you, closer to the beauty of mental magic. As for the rest of the booklet - it will require a fully developed digestive capability.

9 George Kirkendall of Columbus, Ohio, once showed me a Brainwave setup that I find to be very useful. I pass it on to you here with his permission.

Take all the red cards from a blue deck and all the black cards from a red deck. Apply roughing fluid to the faces of all cards. Now here comes the major difference. Arrange the cards as follows, from the face of the deck to the back of the deck:

Red backed cards: six of spades to king of spades, ace of clubs to king of clubs, ace of spades to five of spades.

Blue backed cards: six of hearts to king of hearts, ace of diamonds to king of diamonds, ace of hearts to five of hearts.

Place the blue backed cards, backs up on your table. Place the red backed cards, face up, next to them. Turn the top card of the blue backed packet face up and place it on the table. This should be the five of hearts. Take the face card of the red packet (six of spades) and place it face down on top of the card you have just placed on the table. Repeat this process with the next two cards - four of hearts and seven of spades - and continue until you run out of cards.

If you can do a perfect faro shuffle, you can simply faro shuffle the two halves together using a single "out shuffle." Either way, the end product is the same, a Brainwave Deck that starts with a six as the top card rather than an ace. To quote George, "It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the first card is an ace, a second card a two, and so forth."

In the U.S., aces are chosen fairly often for this kind of trick, and this puts the aces closer to the middle of the deck. Pencil dot the upper left corners of the cards above the aces. Remember that the hearts and spades, the "honors" start the series in either version of the Brainwave setup. BP

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