SPECTATOR? CUTS TO LOCATE AC^y
A deck of cards is shuffled and then cut several times by the spectator. Now the spectator cuts the deck into four packets. The top card of each packet is turned over and whatever the value of the card, it is used to count down to that number in the packet. This is repeated for each of the other three packets. On turning over the four cards arrived at, they are shown to be the Ac£s. All can be examined.
1. The method is very simple consisting of a deck in order of King to Ace, but not in any particular suit or colour order — just values.
2. The effect takes on astounding proportions if you use a deck switch, after the spectator's shuffle of a matching deck, especially since the now stacked deck can be freely cut by the spectator as often as he wishes. It is best if you spot the bottom card and stop when the value of the bottom card is somewhere about a six, seven or eight. The top card will be one less in value than the bottom card.
3. Now have the spectator cut the deck in equal halves. Follow by having him cut the two halves into equal quarters. He does not have to be exact since you have plenty of leeway to make the effect work.
4. Turn over the top card of the first packet on the left. Whatever its value, turn the card face down onto the packet, and count down to that number and remove the card at that number. Place it face down in front of this packet. Repeat the same procedure with the other three packets.
5. Gather the packets as you request the spectator to turn over the four tabled cards. During this time you casually riffle shuffle the remainder of the deck to destroy the arrangement, thus the deck and all can be examined.
6. If you can't make a deck switch, then simply give the stacked deck one or two reverse In Faros so that when you are about to start the effect you can give the deck seemingly fair shuffles (two In-Faro Shuffles) after which the spectator's fair cutting sells the rest.
7. If you haven't fooled your wife for a long time this should do it.
Mario Note: In the event of the spectator actually cutting even packets the top cards will be of like value. In this case, assuming you feel he has cut even packets, first check to yourself the top card of each packet as you patter, "You freely cut to this card, then this card, etc ".
If the top cards are of the same value conclude the effect at this point by simply showing the top card of each packet. In the event of being one card off, by one value either higher or lower, in any packet you can palm out from its adjacent packet the required card and add it to the top of the other packet during the handling of the said packet or packets.
In a recent issue of Pabular you asked your readers for snag removers. I hope you will find this of interest.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the audience during Alex Elmsley's lecture in New York. That was a while ago but I'm still digesting the wealth of material he presented, not just effects, but theory and presentation.
Among the gems was his card stab. While I loved the effect, the method, involving a "Faro" took it out of my type of presentation. While thinking about how I could adopt it another deck
stab came out. Ricardo's "Stabbed In The Pack". This is another very strong effect but the method did not suit me.
I finally found a solution. There are no new ingredients in this magical stew but judging from the response I've received in some fifty performances it is an epicurean delight.
Two spectators each choose a card and sign or make an identifying mark on the faces. The cards are returned to the pack and the deck is shuffled, squared and placed face down on the table. The magician removes a business card from his wallet and scales it into the deck. The cards are ribbon spread and a spectator removes the business card along with the two cards on either side of it. The magician gives a brief recount of what has taken place and the spectator turns the cards over. They are the signed cards.
Any deck may be used and shuffled by a spectator if you wish. Holding the cards in the left hand face down, riffle the front corner asking a spectator to call stop. Break the deck at that point and lift off all the cards above the break with the right hand and hold them face out toward the spectator. While holding the cards, have him sign the card on the face and then hand the marking pen to a second spectator. While the pen is changing hands you replace the cards in the right hand back on top of the cards in the left hand. In doing this you perform Ovette's "Master Move", or "The Kelly Bottom Placement" bringing the signed card to the bottom.
Repeat all the moves with the second spectator. You should now have both signed cards on the bottom of the deck. Now do a slip shuffle keeping the bottom card on the bottom and shuffling off the second from the bottom card to the top. Square the deck being careful not to flash the bottom card and place it face down on the table. Now one signed card should be on the bottom and the other on the top of the deck. Take the business card from your wallet and scale it into the deck. (More about the card and the scaling below.)
Now comes the dirty work. Push the business card completely into the deck. Because it is smaller it will become lost in the deck. Pick up the cards and fan them between your hands until you come to the business card. Now you perform a Bill Simon move that is in Scarne's book on card tricks. When you come to the business card make a comment about it saying that on the other side is a prediction. Flip the business card over onto the cards in your right hand, let the spectators just get a glimpse of the writing then drop the cards in the left hand on top of it. What you have done is placed your business card between the two signed cards. All that remains is to square the deck, place it face down and ribbon spread it. Let the spectator remove the cards. Just sit back and enjoy the ohh's and ahhs.
I know that in print it may seem that I added snags rather than removed them but the three moves needed for this presentation are all quite easy. About the business card, I've experimented and have found that by themself they haven't enough body and if you glue two together that the edges fray and will not scale into the deck smoothly. I've even tried to laminate the card in plastic but it still didn't work well. What seems to work best is a playing card. I use a bridge size blank on both sides card. One side is printed with my name and on the other side I use an old Senator Crandall gag. If you do this effect with bridge size cards then Vour "business" card should be trimmed smaller.
On the scaling of the card, if you don't do it, about all I can say is that it is something you have to play with. It will help if you aim at a spot about six inches in front of the deck. What should happen is the card will hit the table and bounce up into the deck. For the best effect the card should enter the deck somewhere around the centre. All of this should be done on a flat smooth surface. I think that that covers all the details. While the explaining seems to go on forever, it is really a simple and fast moving effect that is easy enough to do. You can put all your work into the presentation. I hope you cam use it.
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