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3. Everything in Order—an Ol tsiandinc; Climax

Picture this; you have been performing tricks with Mnemónica or with the stay-stack and you're about to close the session. You suddenly say. "To finish, I will now ask each ami every cant of the fifty-two that are in the deck to get ready; we re going home- -get hack in order. Lei's see- that's it, very good. All the sfHides over here: Ace, Two, Three...and King; the hearts too: Ace, Two.. and King. And over here, in perfect order the clubs and the diamond*...(!!!)" And you show just that—without switching the deck, of course

Let me assure you that this is one of the most powerful climaxes possible for a card routine. The spectators will be dumbfounded. They won't believe it. All fifty-two cards in order! And they have seen the deck shuffled again and again; they have seen trick after trick, poker deals, etc

Naturally, due to the structure of the deck, the method is very simple. All you have to do is go from Mnemónica order to stay-stack (p 19), and do an antifaro-4 (dealing the deck into sixteen piles and picking them up as indicated on p. 16, and in Appendix V, p. 322).

To motivate these actions, ask a spectator to think of any card in the deck. You deal the whole deck into piles "to get a feeling of which one contain* the card she thought of." You pick up the piles and say, "I've got it Will you please name the card?" The spectator names it and you look for it (very easy, as they are in Ace-to-King order). Cut at that card, palm it from the deck and produce it from your pocket (or simply reveal it on the top or bottom, as you like).

Now cut between the black Aces (which are together in the center) and spread both halves on the table in parallel, facedown ribbons. When you turn them over you have a dramatic and wonderful ending (Fig. 4).

4. A Grand Bridge Deal

Here is another magnificent climax for a routine. Once you are in stay-stack, after the fourth out-faro, steal the A* or let it drop secretly to the floor or into one of your pockets. Deal the remaining fifty-one cards face down into four bridge hands (of thirteen cards each) as you explain that in bridge, when you have all the cards of a single suit, you win everything, and this is called a grand slam.

As you finish dealing, notice that one card «missing (the last one f0r » ' '«h olaver). Hesitate and appear puzzled. Then look at the floor and f^Zr take it out of your pocket if you ditched it there). Toss it 1 , lhc fourth player's hand and, perhaps flashing the faces of the mixed °;rds in the hands as you pick them up, reassemble the deck by dropping ,h it Pile onto the third one, then the combined packet onto the second and all finally onto the first hand, all face down.

"It's no good if the deck isn't complete. I'll shuffle again and repeat the deal:

False shuffle and deal again rapidly, as if you are concerned about wasting the audience's time. Turn over your hand slowly to show the Ace, the Two, the Three...the Queen and the King of Spades for a grand slam, all in order. Let the effect sink in; then say suddenly, ' But, since bridge is played with a partner mine also has—the whole suit, and it is also in order!' Turn over the second hand to show the diamonds in order. After more applause, pause again and say, "But since this is an exhibition, for the sake of completeness I would like to close this session with the clubs and hearts in order." With those words, turn over the other two hands to show the named suits in order (Fig. 5). You have managed to sort all fifty-two cards in an absolutely incredible way. The effect will leave your spectators totally flabbergasted (at least).

5. Othkr Tricks

1 have collected several other tricks with stay-stack, which I'll save for < hapter Seven. At the end of that chapter you will find a version of "KHeof a routine bV Garcia Soutullo, which includes all the tricks ot that chapter. Refer to the bibliography (p. 365) for many more possible tncks using stay-stack. K

Tricks Specific to Mnemónica tt Wit/; t!)c Mnemonic Order

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