Superior Lick

I have had amazing results with this Arthur Finley technique. During the spectator's cutting and shuffling, I watch for someone who, when riffle shuffling, usually leaves the top card on top. A force card is brought to the top and this person is asked to shuffle. The card will most often stay on top for a shuffle or two. Whenever some cards are shuffled onto the force card, I stop the person halfway and ribbon spread the cards face down in their interwoven, half-shuffled condition figure I)....

Fine Howdy Do

h is has been one of my favorite strolling openers for over three years now. You'll see how it flows easily out of the approach we just looked at. If I tell you this is simply a collection of standard sleight-of-hand moves and a refined handling of the classic Copper and Silver transposition in a spectator s hand, would you stop reading and turn to the next trick You'll be passing up a routine that has been on my A list for a long time. It's a friend of mine. Essentially, this is the work of...

The Situation Arrives

Lets see, if you can scrounge up three quarters, I'll try something. 1 clear a little space to the left of the paper napkin, but I don't touch it. It just sits there. As the quarters are offered, I set them down in a vertical row7, with the one nearest me about two inches from the edge of the napkin figure 1), With my right hand, I pick up the coin farthest from me by pressing down on the far edge with my fingers and sliding my thumb underneath the coin. It is momentarily hidden behind my...

Milking Aronson

I've tried to avoid being specific about the stack number of cards in my descriptions, because the material to this point is stack independent. The principles hold and the procedures will work with any stack. This next one is different. If you do not use the Aronson stack, as I do, you'll have to adapt the principles to your own stack. That may I have a good selection of four-ace routines I love to perform. In stack work, it's a good idea to do packet tricks using cards from the deck, because...

Formula Lick

Earlier I admonished that having a set procedure is not desirable. Licks like this one fall somewhere between being straight sleight-of-hand effects and being equivocal. This sequence can be plugged into your set at any time and will lead you to more improvisational magic. This is another version of a Stabbed in the Pack effect, and shouldn't be used if that was your opening gambit. If you opened with a direct hit, and have jazzed your way through another, this is a hot lick. It allows you to...

The Walkout

At the Tower Comedy Magic Bar where I performed regularly for years, it looked out was whispered to me one night by Bob Sheets. Bob either discovered this for himself or nicked it from Heba Iiaba Al. Bob doesn't remember. The walkout is a simple yet potent strategy for the restaurant or bar performer. It's a way to give special treatment to those select persons you really want to make a lasting impression on. In my experience, it virtually guarantees a repeat visit from whomever you...

Favorite Lick

Lets say I know that the King of Spades is on top of the tabled blue deck, and the Two of Hearts is on the bottom. The red deck is in play, and Im going to use it to work toward one of the two cards I know in the blue deck. The red deck is being shuffled. I have the red deck tabled face up. Maybe the card on the face is a hit. If not, V11 have the deck cut once to increase my opportunities. No Fine, here we go Now cut off about half of the deck, and hand it to me. (The card cut to is another...

Tips and Tools

Assuming you already have some facility with equivoque, you should be able to see how this structure and these effects combine with it. It's more as if they surround it, giving you every opportunity for miracle situations, while providing a safety net of reliable material with a similar feel. None of this could be considered improvised in any sense of the word. This material instead acts as a catalyst for equivoque, allowing freedom to explore and time to think. Whenever I handle either deck I...

Last Word

The mnemonic deck is a powerful tool for creating strong magic effects. It is worth every effort to conceal and obfuscate the underlying structure of the deck, because the illusion (and sensation) of magic evaporates the instant the idea of order is entertained. Just remember that every moment you handle the cards either adds to or detracts from the illusion of a random order. If you succeed in convincing your audiences that the cards are constantly mixed, they will be left with no explanation...

Info

I ask someone to reach in, stir the coins around a little, and take one out without looking at it. I make sure they reach into the secret opening, giving them access only to my force set. (You have used more than one value of coin because people will sometimes feel around in the handkerchief. If they do this, they must be able to feel different sized coins.) I turn away and follow the presentation outlined in the description above. The only thing I must determine is whether they have removed a...

Preface

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Three Piece Combo

Cutting to the four Aces, under the title Minimal Aces see my Mumbles lecture notes . Simple work, but it really looked impressive, even to jaded cardmen, because the cuts were genuine and there were no moves to speak of. That little ditty has evolved over time into a very strong three-phase routine that you, oh lucky one, are about to explore with me. This is based on existing principles and known sequences therefore some intermediate knowledge of card technique will be assumed in this...

Dealing Counting and Spelling

Many standard effects with a mnemonic deck require cards to be dealt into piles during counting or spelling. To keep the stack intact, the usual approach is to turn the cards over as they are dealt. Hace-down cards are dealt into a face-up pile, and viceversa. This is fine if you begin the dealing from a spot other than the top or bottom of the deck, and the cards are therefore different each time. However, take a case like Weighing the Cards in which each count begins from the top of the deck....