Bughouse Blackjack

This is the only effect in the book that employs a gimmicked card. The effect is humorous, gets a good reaction and can be a great follow-up to BUGHOUSE POKER. It can of course also be performed separately. Most magicians own one or more gimmicked cards. There are many different types. Years ago a deck of cards was produced by Haines House of Cards called a FA-KO deck. This deck was an assortment of many different misprinted cards. Two of the cards included were the 14 of Spades and the 15 of...

No False Counts False Deals Multiple Lifts Passes Shifts or Palming Required

I have tried to make these effects different by the incorporation of new techniques designed to disguise or seemingly eliminate the possibility of the end result having been accomplished by means of a stacked deck. A couple of ideas that I had many years ago concerning the handling of a stacked deck are taught here. I have never seen these ideas in print or utilized anywhere or by anyone else prior to this work. There are no false counts, false deals, multiple lifts, passes, shifts or palming...

The Performance The Runup

The set-up should be somewhere near the bottom of the deck but not necessarily the actual bottom cards. You are going to do a run-up demo first and you want these cards to stay out of the way until needed later. Begin by pattering along the following lines. Tell the spectators how some people (cheaters) have the ability to actually stack the deck while shuffling. Tell them that this is called running-up a hand. Tell them that you would like to give them a demonstration. Say that you will need...

The 4 Second Stack

Many years ago I witnessed the legendary John Scarne perform an effect that fascinated and intrigued me for quite some time. I saw him perform this effect on a couple of occasions. Here is the effect as I saw it John would explain that he had developed the ability to stack a hand of four-of-a-kind to himself in a 3,4,5, or 6 handed Poker game using the overhand shuffle method and that he could do it in only 2 or 3 seconds. He said that he was the only one that had ever been able to accomplish...