I demonstrated this for the 'Pabular' backroom boys, who liked it, so here it is.
Playing around with Roy Walton's "Obsolete Prediction", (see Pabular No.4), I came across a method for repeating this effect. By the way, when performing rhe original, I ask a spectator to place a coin on any heap (using any sort of unusual coin for this purpose) which can be referred to as a lucky coin. We shall assume that you have performed the original effect as explained by Roy Walton. You then patter along the lines that assisting spectator may think that everybody chooses that particular pile, so you will do it again, but slightly differently. (This gives you your excuse for repeating the effect). State that you will rearrange all the piles in a different order. You do so. All you have to do is ensure that all the piles are in Black-Red-Red-Black order. You then adjust the prediction pile to Red-Black-Black-Red order (the exact opposite so far as colours are concerned). You then tell the spectator that all the piles are in the same order this time, except for one pile. You say that his job is to place the coin on the odd pile. Put your prediction pile within his reach. Say you won't touch your prediction pile this time (making a virtue out of a necessity) and ask him to turn the prediction pile face up. Pick up the chosen pile, holding a break under the two top cards, and make the pass in turning this pile face up. The net result is that prediction pile and chosen pile now match, and remaining piles are shown to be as you stated at the beginning in opposite colour order.
In a world fast losing individuality there is one tradition that shows no sign of waning — the British Pub. For magicians visiting London there is one Pub that is unique; it is called 'The Marlborough Arms' and is at Torrington Place just off Tottenham Road near Goodge Street Tube Station.
Every Monday evening Magic Circle members drift into the Blenheim Bar before, during or after their meeting. Laymen find it a curious and uncanny place to be; introduce yourself as a Magician and you will be welcomed at once. In this bar Close-up Magic is performed, talked about and sometimes created. At the drop of a hat Bob Read will produce a bottle of wine and then do a trick with the hat or anything else that happens to be around. You may see Devano with his famous matchbox effect, Pat Conway with something new or Alex Elmsley with his latest miracle. You could watch Frank Monaghan place a coin on his wrist and make it jump 6 or more inches in the air.
Here Derek Dingle was 'held over' after closing-time to entertain friends of 'Mine Host'. Here also, Ricky Jay performed a routine needing a perfect Faro Shuffle and was asked if he could guarantee it every time. "No, but I can get it when I want it."
Many others will be there too, making this ordinary pub extraordinary: there is always something new or something to talk about. Perhaps, if you look through the beer-glasses, packs of cards and cigarette smoke you will see three men huddled in a corner over sheets of paper, one idly performing a riffle pass, another saying that they should try and have a 'proper meeting'. It will be your Editors, planning another issue of this magazine, and they will be delighted to meet you — especially if you are a proof reader
There are, of course, other pubs. In one of them last New Year's Eve, we were present when Fred Kaps was asked by the Landlord to 'do some tricks'. Fred agreed and without fuss or preparation sat down at the nearest table and proceeded to entertain a roomful of people who had, moments before, been quite happy to entertain themselves. Behind this fifteen or so minutes we saw the experience of thousands of performances, hours of rehearsal and intelligent practice that enabled him to gain and hold the attention of comparative strangers who had no idea what to expect and no special interest in magic tricks. Of the many lessons to be learned probably the most important was that the necessary authority to hold an audience cannot be achieved unless you and your magic command respect.
Another pub in which the period between opening and closing times seems shorter than others, is one in which we occasionally meet Walt Lees. Misdirection, presentation, communication, the merits of Zarrow and Shank Shuffles and other subjects of global importance are discussed.In between all this he usually fools us with a routine that we have previously shown. Magic Circle members were recently treated to a lecture in which Walt showed his flair for evolving routines — some of which will be seen in Pabular. Another who sometimes joins in is Dave Carre who impressed Circle members with far from self-working close-up effects.
There is a barman here who does one trick only, a story effect with a stacked deck. He cannot understand why it still worked one night after someone had shuffled the pack.
Sweet are the uses of the Zarrow Shuffle.
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