Working

Now to the method. Bear in mind that the really strong point about this trick is that it actually involves several persons in the presentation. Using three (or more) persons gets a group dynamic going, which can be very positive. It is direct, mystifying and easy to do.

The solution is simple: so simple that most readers will never try it. This is a great pity, as the impact of the presentation is enormous.

The pack is stacked. I use the 3-ahead (S. Stebbins) system, but the eight kings or any other stack, where looking at one card tells you the identity of the next will do. The stack is unimportant. What is important is the subtle way that it is used, a way which will throw even the knowledgeable off the scent.

Start by giving the pack a false shuffle, or failing that a few cuts then spread the cards in a wide, untidy ribbon across the table. Illustrate to the spectators what is required of them by taking a block of cards from the spread. Allow the spectators to do likewise. They do not have to take all the blocks from the same point in the spread, provided that each just grabs a handful of consecutive cards from somewhere.

When you have each spectator cut his cards in order to bring a random one to the top of his packet, the face card of the packet will tell you the identity of the one on the top.

To sight the face cards you simply follow the presentation outlined above and have each spectator hold his packet face out, close to his eyes while he quickly turns over the top card and turns it back. This is a beautiful subtlety as it is the very act, which the audience believe makes it impossible for you to see the cards, which in fact enables you to do just that.

Do not worry about anyone noticing the red, black sequence. They do not if you keep them busy.

The same effect can be done with large cards — close-up as well as for a large group. For some reason it seems to be more entertaining with big cards.

If you know some mnemonics, you can have six different persons take a packet.

Finally the trick can be done completely impromptu without stacking the cards. You must be able to memorise about 25 cards. You need not remember the order — all you have to do is remember which card follows the preceding one. This, believe it or not, is not difficult. Certainly it is much easier to do than Fred Robinson's "Invisible Pass".

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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