Clannish

ROY SCOTT

STACKED packs have always a wide appeal but their main drawback is the difficulty of remembering the stack. When the stack is one of principle and not of a fixed sequence there is a greater chance of its being memorised and used, which is one of the reasons for the popularity of 'Out of this World.' The beauty of 4 Clannish' is that you can use the stacked pack you normally use or the cards can be in no recognisable sequence.

Preparation Should your pack be set up in the Si Stebbins, Hammond or Eight Kings stack, no other preparation is needed. If not, stack them as follows. The 1st and 27th cards must be of the same colour and value. Similarly the 2nd and 28th, the 3rd and 29th and so on throughout the pack until the 26th and 52nd are reached, i.e., the 1st, 2nd and 3rd being 6D, 5C, KC the 27th, 28th and 29th would be 6H, 5S, KS.

Presentation

The effect is self-working except for one well-known sleight in the final stages. This portion may be eliminated without detracting overmuch from the effect. Give the pack to a spectator and tell him what to do.

" Cut the pack as often as you wish. Now count off 26 cards into one face-down heap. Place the remainder of the cards face-down beside those you have just dealt and you now have two heaps, each containing the same number of cards." Due to the counting, the first 26 cards dealt have been reversed in the dealing. Thus the twin of the top card in one heap is the bottom card in the other pile and vice-versa.

" Push one pile aside for the moment and concentrate on the other. Pick up this pile. Cut off about half and drop them face-down on the table. Take the top card of those in your hand, show it around and place it face-up on top of those face-down cards you have just cut off on to the table. Drop the cards in your hand on top of the face-up card which is now sandwiched in the half of the pack."

Mathematicians may care to reason out the position here.

" Bring the discarded pile forward and place your two piles side by side. Now deal from the top of both piles simultaneously until you come to your face-up card—then stop. Now for the sympathy. Turn over the card still face-down at the top of the heap you previously placed aside. It matches—colour and value."

During this deal there are two alternatives— face-up or face-down. Either way is effective so don't lead. If they are dealt face-up, and the number cut is odd, you will find twins appearing halfway through. Use this as a strong point. If they are dealt face-down make sure that you turn over both sets as soon as they have been dealt to show that the faces do not match.

" Before we go further give me a small number—Five?—right. Pick up one of the undealt piles. Turn it face-up and deal off eight or nine cards in a row face-up. Now I'll take this other undealt pile and deal these cards singly on top of yours face-down. There are now eight pairs of cards, the bottom of each pair face-up and the top card face-down, you said five—we have dealt eight pairs. Let's turn over the cards. Notice that the last three pairs do not match but these five are pairs"

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This last deal is not quite automatic. The first deal, which is by the spectator, is fair, all his cards being face-up. Your deal is straight-forward for the first five—the number selected. Here you pause and make the pass before continuing the deal. There are so few cards it is easily done. Naturally the last three cards will not now match.

If you prefer, omit the asking for a number and have all the eight cards dealt out in identical pairs

—But make sure you show the remainder do not match. Again the pass will be useful in destroying the sequence.

Those who normally use the Nicola stack will be sorry that it is not suitable for this routine.

Note by John Howie

While trying out this effect (and I can vouch for its effectiveness), I evolved an al ernative ending which may be of interest. This alternative requires no skill and maintains the same general procedure established in the first part of the effect. The method follows:—

Perform the first phase exactly as described above up to the point where coincidence has been established between the card reversed by the spectator and the corresponding card in the other pile. At this point there will be four piles on the table: two face-up piles with matching cards showing and two undealt face-down piles.

Request the spectator to take one of the facedown piles, give it a complete cut and replace it. Have him repeat this with the other face-down pile. Now have him turn over the top card of each face-down pile. Obviously one of two things will happen, viz.:—

(1) These top cards will match, colour and value.

If this occurs, play up the coincidence strongly and turn over the next two or three pairs of cards to show that none of these match. This climax occurs more often than one would expect at first thought—since the piles are arranged in reverse sequence, a cut in the middle of each pile gives a high probability of matching cards being brought to the top.

(2) The top cards will not match.

When this occurs, a strong climax js still possible as follows: Take the top cards from the spectator as you remark that you will demonstrate an even more remarkable coincidence. Place these two cards face-up beside the face-up piles but place each card beside the pile opposite to that from which it came, as shown in the diagram.

Now ask the spectator to continue dealing cards from the face-down pile face-up on to the face-up piles but, for maximum effect, have him turn his left-hand card over before the right-hand one. After each deal point out that no relationship exists between any of the four face-up cards. A point will be reached, however, when his left-hand card will match, in colour and value, the card on the extreme left. Have him pause at this stage then turn over his right-hand card—it will match the card on the extreme right!

Thus, using the cards shown in the diagram, when the ace of spades is dealt from pile A, the corresponding card from pile B will be the five of hearts.

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