# Variations

Here are other ideas I've devised for this wonderful effect.

1. Instead of having the spectator call out the number, you can ask him to write it down. You learn it secretly through the center tear, carbon paper, pencil reading or whatever.

2. You could also use a Svengali Deck instead of the memorized deck. Do an honest dovetail shuffle, but manage it without splitting the long-short pairs. Let the indifferent faces of the cards be seen and put the deck into its case. Ask a spectator to put the cased deck into his pocket. Using the second deck, force the card that matches the one duplicated twenty-six times in the Svengali Deck. A spectator now calls a number from one to fifty-two. If he names an odd number, have the count made to that number in the cased deck. If he names an even number, have that many cards counted off and the next card turned up to reveal the match. Alternatively, have the count done from the bottom of the deck, he cards being drawn from there until the named number is reached.

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Lower your left hand slightly with the supposedly blue-backed deck and turn over both hands, offering the one in your right hand (now the red-backed deck) to Mr. Red: "But, before that, will you please put the red deck into its case?" This creates more misdirection, since you haven't yet brought the case into play. "Oops! Sorry—I've got it here." Put your left hand, holding the supposedly blue-backed deck, into your left pocket, ditching that deck and bringing out an empty red case and a genuine blue-backed deck. Give the case to Mr. Red, and the blue-backed deck to Mrs. Blue to shuffle. Although each of them has shuffled a different deck, the red-backed deck is stacked!