Throughout this hook we've seen how many effects can be improved when done with a memorized deck. That's one of the favorite pastimes of many Mnemonicaddicts, who mad or learn a trick and then figure out a way of enhancing it with Mnemonics often with remarkable results. There are * > many opportunities for such improvements, which I leave the nadir the pleasure of finding for himself. Here are just a few more examples to illustrate the pomt
1. NEITHER BLIND NOR STUPID (VERSION FOR A HALF STACK)*
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1. The faces of the cards are seen at he beg« aUematfid). able arrangement (in the original versron^u do* ^ ^
2. Since you are performing with a half stack. F*
half the deck himself. , , card without touching one of
3. In the last phase you mentally divine . Cimis by running the packets (in the original version you local through the packets). whjch one of the selections
4. The faces of the cards in the packtt no ^ ^^ (jj) ,he orlginal is removed at the end may be seci . ^ ^ ^ , a ^ „, trick grew from ^Z^
(1934), P. 14, which relied on the befo« me. * Markid
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v«S** spectators looking over your shoulder would notice that all the cards are the same color except for the selection). 5. You finish with the half stack intact and are ready to proceed with other tricks using it.
To be fair, I should also point out the following disadvantages:
1. One of the packets is not shuffled by the spectators at the end (in the original version both packets are shuffled).
2. The location of the card in the packet you look at is not as fast as in the original version, where it is instantaneous. 3 Though you finish with the half stack intact, you won't have the colors separated, as in the original version, which would allow you to continue with "Out of This World" or to reveal the color separation as a final effect/
Now, on with the trick METHOD
Do a perfect faro shuffle to interlace the twenty-six stacked cards with the unstacked half. Leave the deck face down on the table and move well away from it. Have someone give the deck several complete cuts. Ask one spectator to take the top card and another to take the next one. Each looks at his card. The first spectator then replaces his card on top and the second puts his card on top of the first's. This reverses the order of those two cards (Annemann's idea). A spectator cuts the deck and completes the cut. With your back turned to the audience, the other spectator gives the deck another complete cut. One of them now deals the deck alternately into two face-down piles "separating the two selections/' you say (and it's true).
This process creates one pile that consists of the stacked portion plus one card from the unstacked portion, and another pile of unstacked cards plus one card from the stack. You identify which pile is which by glimpsing the bottom three cards of either one. (Three cards are necessary, to assure that the bottom card isn't one of the selections, which could lead to your misidenbfying the group.) Or, as you explain how the cards are to be dealt,
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You now name the wr.^4 packet. It's very slmDu fpGctator's c'1rd without even touching the other you've just revealed) M^T^™ °Ceapied by the fir5t SeleCti°n (wWdl
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For example, if running through the cards one by one, you see the 94,24,74 and 34, the 74 is the card that belongs neither in that position nor in that packet (Fig. 1). So you take it out and correctly name it as the first selection. The second selection is the card that belongs in that position, the Q* (which lies after the 24 and before the 34 in the stack). Name that card and have the second spectator take it out of his packet, which the spectator shuffled and you've never touched. By replacing the second selection where it belongs, the stack is reassembled, despite all the shuffling.
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