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...

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...

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,...

What to use and how to apply

If you're making up your own deck, you can use actual Roughing Spray sold by many magic dealers, artist's protective spray, or even some of the cheaper brands of women's hair spray In the U.S., Krylon manufactures Matte Finish No. 1311 in an aerosol spray, which does a very good job. It is available through most art or craft shops, as well as at through most of the office warehouse type suppliers. Keep in mind you can do a lot of decks with even a small can of spray. See Photo 8. To prepare...