The Weird Stop Trick

One highly obvious use of the second deal is that you can control a card to any position called for in a deck simply by having the chosen card on top of the deck and second dealing down to the position called for by a spectator.

This could be a number called for by a spectator or indeed could be used to spell the name of the card without the need to control it to a special position. The application of the second deal as a force instantly springs to mind. Just have the force card on top of the deck and deal until the spectator says, 'Stop'. Then hand them the freely chosen force card !

The Weird Stop Trick is a very simplistic extension of this idea ... it plays very well for the lay watcher. All you do is control a chosen card to the top of the deck (I'm assuming that if you have learnt something as complex as second dealing then you will be able to control a card to the top of the deck. If you can't then look at one of my other books such as Close Up Magic To Tap Dance To or indeed any of the numerous publications that will give you this information) and then false shuffle keeping the chosen card on top. Start to deal through the deck (second dealing of course here chaps !) and ask the spectator to say, 'Stop', anytime they like. When they do so flip over the top card to show that they have 'magically' stopped at their card. Flip the card face down saying, 'I'll do it again !'. Immediately start to second deal asking them to say, 'Stop', again. When they do so flip the top card to show that, in a very weird way, they have stopped at their card again ! You may get away with one more repeat before they snatch the dealt cards to see just how many duplicates of their card you have ! It's a real fooler when they discover none !

Don't be tempted to do this little quickie with a signed card. The whole premise must be to make them believe that you have lots of their card in the deck. This reads a little dry but in real life is a cute bit of fun that will be remembered a long time after those boring old complicated routines !

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