Sensitive Fingertips

Effect After the deck is cut into three piles, you reveal the top card of each heap by mere touch alone. Presentation False shuffle the deck and give it a couple of genuine cuts. Before placing it on the table, glimpse the reference card on the bottom. Now, have a spectator cut the deck into three piles. In most cases, the spectator will cut the deck to his right twice - placing the former top card of the deck to his far right and your far left, if you're facing him. At this point, that is the...

Switching The Deck

When performing with a pre-arranged deck, you have two options 1) You can start off using the pre-arranged deck right away or 2) You can begin with a regular deck and then, after a trick, switch the pre-arranged or cold deck into play. The choice is really yours and depends upon the situation more than anything else. Spreading the cards in clumps helps blur any perceptible pattern when showing the faces of a deck arranged in Si Stebbins order. See Photos 14 and 15. The most common way to switch...

Dream Poker Deal

Effect After shuffling and cutting the deck, you deal out four pat poker hands - each of which is better than the one preceding it. The effect culminates when you show your hand is a Royal Flush Properties Five of Diamonds cut short Presentation Shuffle the cards as you talk about how people always say never want to play cards with you. Say they have the wrong idea entirely and that you would never dream of cheating at cards. As you're talking, determine the current position of the short card....

Window Card

This gimmicked card box will enable you to have a card selected and the deck returned to its case with seeming abandon. The reason is, you have no immediate need to glimpse the bottom card, since the box lets you do that later This idea has been around for a while and is tailor-made for use with the Si Stebbins System. Mark Wilson described it in his magic course for the card trick, The Transferred Thought, and it was recently brought to life again in Darwin Ortiz's excellent book, Scams and...

Setting Up The Deck

The first step is to arrange a deck in Si Stebbins order, so you can follow the descriptions in this book with deck in hand. You'll find learning to use this system is much easier that way. The following timesaving method will enable you to assemble any deck in the correct sequence in minutes. If you're using a new deck, begin by throwing out any advertising cards and setting the jokers aside, which are not used in the Si Stebbins System. Next, separate the suits into their respective piles and...

Swami Gimmick

In case you're not familiar with this mentalist's aid, it is simply a secret accessory that you wear on your thumb, which enables you to continue writing after you've put away your pencil or other writing instrument. As a result, you can predict the card a spectator will choose far in advance of the event. There are several designs of swami gimmicks however, the most popular and readily available model on the market is the C-type Undernail Writer. This particular type of gimmick fits under the...

Brainwave

With a roughed Si Stebbins deck and different colored joker, you can perform a version of Dai Vernon's classic effect and still use the deck for other tricks afterward. Effect A thought of card is the only one in the deck with a different colored back. Properties Roughed Si Stebbins deck, Three of Hearts cut short, all four kings marked as indicator cards, joker from a different colored deck roughed on its face (only). Presentation For the sake of brevity, we'll assume you are using a...

An Introduction to the Si Stebbins System

According to Bill Kalush and Wesley James, the card system known to magicians worldwide as the Si Stebbins System first appeared in print in 1593 - about 200 years after the introduction of playing cards, as they are known today. It was published in GIOCCHIDI CARTE BELLISSIMI DI REGOLA E DI MEMORIA, an Italian book of mathematical card magic. Ten years later (1603), it was translated into French and nine years after that (1612), Portuguese. It was not until 1630, however, that some of the...

Table of Contents

Copyright 2003 by TRICKSHOP.COM INC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the express and prior written consent of the publisher. TRICKSHOP.COM INC. P.O. Box 68441 Schaumburg, IL 60168-0441 http www.trickshop.com sales trickshop.com AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SI STEBBINS HOW IT WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH SETTING UP THE BETWEEN AIDS & SHORT AND INDICATOR...

Group Countdeal

Keep in mind, that the process of dealing cards face down, singly from the deck in the customary manner, reverses their order. This, of course, upsets the Si Stebbins System. For that reason, whenever it is necessary to count off or deal a number of cards, you should use a Group Count or Deal. To do this, begin with the deck in the left hand dealer's grip and push the cards off one at a time with the left thumb into the right hand, where they gripped between the right thumb and fingers. See...

Overhand Cut Shuffle

There are a number of false shuffles, which do not disturb the order of the pack. The easiest of these to master is the Overhand Cut Shuffle. While it gives the impression of a regular shuffle, it is actually nothing more than a series of single cuts. Consequently, it does not alter the Si Stebbins order. Begin as you would for a regular overhand shuffle with your left side to the audience and the deck held in your right hand - thumb at the short end closest to you and your fingers with the...

Easy Speller

Most spelling tricks require a deck specially arranged to achieve that result alone. The stack serves no other purpose. This method, on the other hand, lets you perform an easy spelling trick using the Si Stebbins System that keeps the order intact even though the spectator handles the cards for the climax. Effect After failing to find a selected card, you decide to let the card find itself With the spectator's help, that's exactly what happens Presentation Start by having a card selected,...

Five Star Countdown Selection

This process mirrors the selection of a card in Al Koran's Five Star Prediction. You ask a spectator to stop you at any point as you deal the cards, face down, one at a time into a pile. After he says stop, you tell him he may take either the card just dealt or the card on the deck. See Photo 31. Whichever card he decides upon, before he takes it, you show him the other card to reinforce that he had an absolutely free choice. See Photo 32. In doing so, you are able to count forward or backward,...

The Memorized Deck

This is without a doubt one of the hottest plots in card magic. While various systems and stacks have been developed to achieve this result, you can attain the same outcome using the Si Stebbins System. The time it takes to memorize the formulas will be well rewarded. Effect You prove your ability to memorize a deck of cards instantly by naming cards at random throughout the pack. Presentation This effect combines several of the techniques and formulas already covered. Before attempting to...

Tricks Using the Si Stebbins System

Now that you're familiar with the basic Si Stebbins concepts and techniques, you will find little difficulty in mastering the effects that follow. While these effects are not technically demanding, they do require practice to assure a smooth presentation. Please give them the time and attention they deserve. Remember that whenever you have a card selected and it is NOT returned to the same location, you will need to correct the order before performing additional tricks that rely on the Si...

Card On Mind

The Si Stebbins System makes this commercial card effect extremely easy to do. A favorite of restaurant workers, it lets you reveal a selected card in a highly entertaining and surprising fashion. Effect After you fail to find a freely selected card in the deck, the spectators look up to see it stuck to your forehead Presentation Have a card selected, remembered and returned to the pack. During this process, glimpse the reference card to determine the identity of the card selected. Give the...

Do As I Do

In this version of this classic two-pack trick, you can let the spectator shuffle his deck after selecting a card - something not possible with the traditional key card method. Effect You and a spectator each select a card from different packs. You then exchange decks and each take out the card previously selected. When the two cards are compared - they match Properties Two decks with different back colors, one in Si Stebbins sequence. Presentation Remove the two decks from their cases. Have...

By Thought And Deed Revisited

This trick is based upon the powerful Leslie May effect, By Thought and Deed, as published in Peter Warlock's Pentagram Magazine. While the presentation and general handling remains faithful to the original, this method utilizes the Window Card Box instead of gim-micked window envelopes to glimpse the reference card. Effect You select a card, as do two spectators. These are each sealed into envelopes. After you use your own clairvoyant abilities to reveal the spectators' cards, a third...

Encore Card Stab

Al Koran used this effect as an encore to his regular act, hence the title. What sets this card stab apart from others is you can perform it under almost any conditions - even on the cabaret or banquet floor, since no table is required. This routine was originally published in Al Koran's Professional Presentations written with Hugh Miller. Effect A spectator selects a card and places it in his pocket. You then find the opposite of the chosen card by plunging a knife into the deck.

Premonition Outdone

Effect A card merely thought of by a spectator vanishes from the deck - only to reappear a moment later, reversed in the deck. Properties Roughed Si Stebbins deck, Three of Hearts cut short, and all four kings marked as indicator cards. Presentation We'll assume you are using the recommended short card and have marked the four kings as indicator cards. Cut the King of Clubs to the bottom using the short Three of Hearts. This gives you a known starting point. You must now determine the position...

Assembling an Invisible Deck

An Invisible Deck enables you to show any card REVERSED in the deck. As a result, it is a very useful device when used with a second deck in Si Stebbins order. Here's how it works. The deck is arranged in 26 back-to-back, roughed, odd even pairs. This gives the deck two sides - one side with all even cards as shown in Photo 9, the other with all odd. When a spectator names a card or you covertly ascertain the identity of a freely selected card from another deck arranged in Si Stebbins order,...

Properties Dinner knife

Presentation Ask for the assistance of a member of the audience and position him at your left. As you remove the deck from your pocket, say Good evening, Sir. Do you play cards Regardless of his answer, you continue, Don't worry. All you have to do is cut the pack. Just like this. Al Koran would demonstrate THE EXACT WAY TO CUT THE PACK two or three times. He believed you must leave no room for error on the spectator's part, since this is the ONLY part of the trick that can go wrong. Holding...

Between The Lines Book Test

What follows is the basic handling for Theo Annemann's book test, Between the Lines. First published in The Jinx and later reprinted in his classic book, Practical Mental Effects, it eliminates the weaknesses found in many other book test methods that use playing cards as a method of forcing. Even if you already have a favorite book test method, knowing a good alternative enables you to repeat this classic effect later for the same audience. Effect A spectator deals out three cards from a...

Thats The

Effect An indifferent card is transformed into the selected one by rubbing it on the table. Presentation Have a card selected, remembered and returned to the pack. During this process, glimpse the reference card to determine the identity of the card selected. Give the deck a false shuffle and one or two legitimate single cuts. Tell the spectator you will try to locate his card. Spread the faces of the cards toward you and when you spot the selected card, cut the deck bringing it second from the...