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, you remove the Invisible Deck from the opposite side. Thus, if it is an even card, you take out the deck on its odd side. If it's an odd card, you remove and show the even side of the deck. You then slowly spread the pairs - exerting pressure to keep all of them together, until you reach the card that is paired with the selected card. At this point, you release the pressure and allow those two cards to separate -exposing the back of the selected card. The rest of the cards are now spread out to show they are all face up with the exception of that one card, which you now remove and show to be the selected one.

In addition, you should also add a normal joker, face down, to one side of the deck. See Photo 10. This is used to conceal the fact that there are no backs showing underneath when the deck is held squared up. See Photo 11. If you need to remove the pack from the side where the joker is face down, unceremoniously turn it face up and place it under the deck. No one will give it a second thought.

Now that you understand how it works, here's how to set up your own deck. As already mentioned, the cards are divided into odd and even pairs. Each pair with the exception of the kings, adds up to 13. Thus, aces (1) are paired with queens (12), jacks (11) with twos, tens with threes, and so on. As you can see, the value of each card is the same as in the Si Stebbins System. For the suits, match hearts with spades and clubs with diamonds. This means the Seven of Clubs is paired with the Six of Diamonds, the Nine of Spades with the Four of Hearts, etc. The only exceptions to this rule, as mentioned earlier, are the kings that already total 13. In this scheme, the Red Kings are considered odd and the Black Kings even.

The set-up

The Invisible Deck has two sides - one odd, one even. The "even side" of an Invisible Deck is shown in Photo 9.

Photo 11
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