Multiple Visual Retention Change

This follows the same actions used for single cards, except that it is applied to several cards.


Effect: A spectator removes ten cards from different parts of a face-down deck, shuffles them, and finally deals them into two hands of Poker. The performer gets one hand, the spectator deals himself the other. When the performer's hand is shown it's a Royal Flush.

Set-up: The Royal Flush of your choice, of course, is set-up on top of the deck.

Method: False shuffle and cut, retaining this top stock. Ribbon-spread the deck face down across the table or close-up pad. With both hands more or less cover each end of the spread and ask a spectator to remove ten cards from different parts. After the cards are removed, scoop up the spread while simultaneously getting a break with your left pinky under the top five cards. Keep the separation at the back end.

Hold the deck face down in a left-hand Mechanic's Grip. Have the spectator shuffles the ten cards he has removed and then deal them in the conventional way to form two poker hands. Take the top card of the five-card packet you have been dealt and use it to scoop up the other four cards. Your left first and second fingers aid in the process, keeping the tabled cards in place. (Fig. 7)

This packet is then tapped against the top of the deck, which has turned its backs to the right for this purpose. Without too much hesitation, the packet is brought up onto the top left longitudinal side of the deck. (Fig. 8, an exposed, back-end view)

Your right hand then releases its packet while your left hand simultaneously moves towards the spectator (in a gesture). Say, "Let's see your hand!" During this gesture, perform the Visual Retention Change. (Fig. 9. Your view of the exchange.) Note that your right hand is no longer part of the exchange. Instead, your left hand alone makes the exchange as it moves forward in a gesture. The completed change, with your left hand holding onto the deck and pointing towards the spectator's dealt hand, is shown in Figure 10.

The Multiple Visual Retention Change accomplished across the table is quite deceptive. If done properly, it cannot be seen. A mirror will convince skeptics.

Chicago - 1961

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