Working

Hand the pack to a spectator and have him give it a few cuts then a Riffle Shuffle, followed by a couple more cuts Take the pack and spread it face up between the hands to show the mix. Check if top and bottom cards are the same colour, if they are move on to the next step. If not, look for a matching pair and cut between them and complete the cut. 2. Hold the pack face down and push off twenty-six cards by pushing over eight groups of three plus two. Place both halves face down on the table....

Lose the top 5 cards then deal off eight

You can give the packet as many Reverse Faro's as you please, then a quick Overhand Shuffle by running four cards then throwing the balance on top. This takes you out of Stay Stack into a rotation stack. Hand the packet to the spectator. 3. Explain that the packet of cards represent the bank's ledger. Ask the spectator to cut the packet a few times then to remove either the top or bottom card and turn it face up on the table. Whatever the value is explain that this represents the balance in the...

Hummerism

Bob Hummer was one of magic's rare geniuses. He developed some of the most off-beat principles in card magic. What follows is one of those principles with an added ingredient. 1. Hold the pack face up and run through upjogging the first twelve odd valued cards that you come to , then continue up-jogging twelve even valued cards Strip out all the upjogged cards, retaining them and place the balance aside. If you happen to run out of cards, strip out what you have then add the few more that you...

Sense of Freedom

This is based on a number prediction by Shigeo Futagawa using four pieces of cardboard (See Stunumbers in Karl Fulves' Self-Working Number Magic, Dover). The only weak point was that the prediction couldn't be written until an advanced stage in the proceedings. The following effect uses playing cards and there is no need to worry about the prediction because everything works out automatically. Set the top twenty cards in the following sequence from top down, the suits being irrelevant 1. False...

Thought Up

The Jack McMillen Plunger Rising Card is still one of the most effective methods for causing a card to rise out of the pack without preparation or gimmicks. What follows is a different way of arriving at the position prior to the actual rise At this stage I will pre-warn you that the ability to execute a perfect Faro shuffle is required, so now may be the time to move on to the next trick, which requires only a Centre Deal, or is it a Double Lift I can't remember. Since publishing this in 1992,...

Mixed Reaction

Stewart James' Miraskill is one of those simple tricks that has stood the test of time. The following effect begins with the first stage of Miraskill but then moves into a second phase which employs a totally different principle of Gene Finnell's. Before commencing secretly steal out any two black cards from the pack and place them out of sight as they are not used. 1. Hand the pack to a spectator for shuffling. As he is doing this take a piece of paper and write THERE WILL BE TWO MORE REDS...

J Q K Clubs J Q K Hearts Q J K Diamonds J Q K Spades

*** Note that the three diamonds are not in order *** 2. Pick up the packet and hold it face down in the left hand. You now display each set of three cards as follows a) Push over the top three cards, without reversing the order, and flip them face up to show the three Royal Spades. Then take the three cards and place them face up on the bottom. b) Flip over the next three cards to show the three Royal Diamonds, then place them face up on the bottom, but as you do so, your left fingers Buckle...

Gilbreath Principle

To understand it, set the pack in alternating red black order then give the pack a Riffle Shuffle and a couple of cuts. Turn the pack face up and note if the top and bottom cards are of the same colour if they are move on to the next step. If not, spread and look for a matching pair anywhere in the pack and cut between them and complete the cut a Tom Ransom idea for reconfiguring the deck into Gilbreath . 2. Hold the pack face up in dealing position with the faces towards you. Your excuse...