Theodore Annemann

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

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I am giving good and useful changes for decks which will be very much needed when using special or prepared decks. All ofthese are good when switching to a stacked deck also.

95. I shall list under one heading, the single, double and three kind forcing decks which are pretty well known. The single force deck, of course, may be genuinely shuffled. With the two or three kind decks, it is wise to have the first card of each group marked.

96. This pack consists of only three different cards but they are arranged in sets of three, each set being the same. No matter where the pack may be cut, three cards taken together above or below cut will be the three different force cards.

96. Known as the Svengali deck this has been found very useful for a single force. It consists of 26 long and 26 short cards arranged alternately throughout pack. Bottom card is long, next above short, etc. leaving a short card on top. Each short card is the same, while the long cards are all different. Riffling at end from bottom up shows the cards all different. Finger can be inserted anywhere and card on top of lower half selected. It will be a force and a duplicate of card is on top of deck.

97. The Menetekel deck is not essentially a force deck, but gives command of a duplicate and may be used with more freedom than the last. The long and short cards are arranged the same but each long card and the short above it constitute a pair of cards alike. Cards shown different by riffling. One short card is withdrawn, performer cuts deck at this spot and brings duplicate of selected card to top.

98. To force two different cards and show the deck to be different, it is necessary to have three banks of cards. With back towards you No. I card of each bank is alike and trimmed short from center to left comer only. No, 2 card of each bank is different and trimmed short from center down to each side. No. 3 cards are all alike and trimmed from center to right side. The 18 cards of each bank are put together 1, 2, 3 throughout. Riffling at center of end is never done. Riffling at right comer shows cards different. A selection made here at any time forces one card. Riffling at opposite comer forces the other.

99. To force three cards in this manner one cannot show the cards to be different. The same procedure is gone through with but bank No. 2 cards are all alike instead of being different. However, when forcing from the right side, it is necessary, after the card below has been forced, to vary the next by saying that to show that they are selected in a haphazard manner, the next is to be taken from above the cut. The left comer forces same as before.

100. A combination Svengali and Menetekel is a good use. Cards are made up as above in the three banks. No. I bank is all alike, bank No. 2 is all different, and bank No. 3 are duplicates of those in No. 2 and in same order. Put banks together as before. Thus by riffling left comer it gives you a duplicate of any card selected. From right it forces whatever card you set deck for. This combination has unlimited possibilities.

101. Using a pack of longs and shorts. With the latter on top of each long card, have each pair alike. Riffle pack and when one is drawn (a short)cut deck which brings duplicate to top. Repeat with another party and this time slip top card of lower half to top before closing deck. Repeat once more. Now have the three cards openly pushed into the deck anywhere while deck is in their own hands. You take deck and instantly do the rising cards as you have the three duplicates on top. This is very neat.

102. Using an ordinary deck cut as above you can force either the red or black color or one of two suits as desired. Also odd or even numbers either by values or number of cards are arranged alternately long and short. By holding on hand with fingers and thumb at sides, spectator must cut deck at ends. He can never cut and look at a short card. The long cards govern the choice. By putting a long card on top from bottom, the top cut will always be an odd number. If a short is on top, number will be even. If longs are all black, this color is always forced, and vice versa.

103. A deck that can be shuffled overhand with faces to audience is made by gluing pairs together. End is riffled and finger inserted anywhere. Card peeked is forced. Cards are glued at bottom or rear end in pairs. Top card of each pair is short card and all short cards are alike. Operation is same as with other packs but overhand shuffle with faces out is real feature.

104. For those not liking cut cards or the riffle selection, use cards having a reverse mark on back at upper left comer such as Bicycle Rider backs. Cards are in pairs and each pair is duplicates. Such a deck can be riffled through and appears to be all different. Selection is made by fanning for a withdrawal of one. As the top card of each pair is reversed, you instantly know whether the top or bottom card of a pair has been selected, and by cutting deck at this point, duplicate is brought to top or bottom.

105. Instead of using reverse mark, use Ivory (smooth) finished cards and Air-Cushion (rough) finish with same back design. Make up in pairs, and you can instantly feel and see which card of a pair has been selected.

106. A pack called the Monte Cristo Deck used special reprinted cards. At one end the cards were all alike. At the other end they were all different. Bottom card ordinary. Pack riffled and fanned at one end to show ordinary. Rubber Land snapped around this end tightly and deck handed spectator to lift cards anywhere and note card peeked at.

107. The Anstro forcing deck forced two cards by peeking. Longs and shorts. Shorts were printed so upper half would be alike, and lower halves also alike. Riffling pack showed all different, riffling at one end allowed top card of lower heap to be peeked at. Turning end for end forced the other card in same manner.

108. After two cards are forced by any of the above, a switch (taken up later) is made to a deck of only these two cards arranged alternately throughout. Pack is wrapped in paper and a knife blade inserted anywhere. The cards above and below knife blade will always be different and the selected cards,

109. A deck is made up by using 26 different cards and 26 alike. Each different card is rubbed on the back with diachylon wax and one of the force cards is pressed to it. Such a deck can be fanned freely to show all different. Fanned faces down, spectator points to anyone and at this point, the upper card of the pair is separated by an easy sliding motion and given to party. Or any number can he named and counted to. Each card dealt is seen different and when number is reached, a hard push separates pair and force card is given out. Deck can even then be shown all different.

110. A trick deck for cutting is made by gluing together by a spot in the center of each card, about 20 of them. On top of this packet place about five loose cards and below the packet the force card. Riffle the lower half of deck and place it on table. Ask spectator to quickly cut into two piles and then take the top card of lower half. This is a marvelous method for quick sure work as spectator can never feel anything wrong and in cutting two piles side by side naturally pick them about even, but regardless of anything the glued packet makes the selection sure.

111. Use the above described force deck for three cards if needed for the rising cards etc. It makes a perfect force of three cards for any stage effect. Have them in order just below the glued packet. Now show deck by fanning the lower half well and the few top cards and then square and place on a tray. Have spectator person, etc. Will never fail.

112. A force not one hundred per cent perfect but with a very strong percentage is to have the four like values of the number to be forced cut as long cards. Just hand deck to someone to shuffle the overhand method and let him give it just about two of these. Stop him, ask him to turn his back and look at the top card. 80% of the time it will be one of the four cards as this kind of a shuffle will always bring the long cards directly to the top.

113. A certain magician who makes use of marked cards a great deal on his unsuspecting brothers worked a nice variation of the old ambiguous force by first having the deck shuffled and then having the spectator cut it into about a dozen or fifteen heaps. He followed the cutting carefully and then had various piles chosen and removed until one was left when he had the top card turned over and the number counted down to in the reassembled pack where the card was located. In the great numbers of heaps he easily found a top card of the value he wanted or one less (which would serve as well) and that was all he needed. He knew that the chosen card was on the very bottom of pack and therefore at the bottom of the last pile. As the piles were discarded he secured this and placed the card by carelessly shuffling while the last pile was being neared.

114. Use a two kind force deck and have a short card at the center of each set of 26 duplicated cards. Cut at a short card and hand deck directly to a person, asking him to merely cut and look at card cut at, then replace the cut. Take deck back, riffle near center and cut at the short card there, handing deck to second person to do the same. He gets the other card. The cutting put 26 cards alike in center of deck with the other set split on top and bottom out of the way. A perfect two card force.

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