Repeat Open Prediction

The first three methods, including all the variations, constitute a complete routine called "Repeat Open Prediction." It is implicit that all methods described in this treatise are interchangeable. However, as you study them, you will find that certain methods coalesce together easier and better than others.

Requirements: The only pre-requisite of the initial three methods is a dime-size Stik-Tack.17 A deck is borrowed and the Stik-Tack is applied to the center of any card's back. A method for openly applying this disk is explained in Alton Sharpe's Expert Card Conjuring in Marlo's "Stik-Tack Trilogy." For ease of explication, the card with the applied disk will henceforth be called the Killer Card since it is used to "kill" or cover another face-up or face-down card.

Set-up: Apply the Stik-Tack to any card—say, the 2C—then maneuver the following three cards on the bottom from the face: Ace of Spades - QH (face down card to be predicted - Two of Clubs (Killer Card). A facsimile card (QH)from another deck is removed and placed into view. Say, "This card represents my open prediction."

17 Stick-Tacks are no longer available but were precursors of the ready-made glue-sticks used today. These disks, discovered by Charles Kalish, were unusually effective when used in card effects requiring a temporary adhesive that must be easily removed, applied, and disposed. Other adhesives can be utilized in these effects, but in 1969, experimentation proved their inefficiency when compared to Stik-Tacks.

Casually Riffle Shuffle the pack, retaining the bottom stack. The pack is given to the spectator who follows the basic procedure of the Open Prediction as per your previous instruction: The spectator deals cards face up until he decides to deal a card face down. Say, "Deal the cards face up one at a time until you come to my predicted card, the Queen of Hearts; however, as you're dealing, anytime you feel like dealing a card face down, please do so."

As soon as the spectator has dealt a card face down, stop the deal and retake the remaining portion and places it face down in your left hand (dealing position). Say, "This is the card you chose to deal face down." As the first half of this line is delivered, your right hand comes over the deck and grasps it. Place your fingers at the outer end and your thumb at the inner end. Release the bottom three cards with your right thumb as your left pinky moves in to hold a flesh break.

Continue: "Remember, you could have chosen any of these cards." As the second half of the line is uttered, finishing the phrase, the pack is turned face up and the top three cards are dealt as one, followed quickly by the rest of the cards. (A technique for turning the pack and dealing the top three cards as one is described at the end of this treatise: "Marlo's Action Lift for the Open Prediction." Say, "Perhaps the Queen of Hearts is among these remaining cards?"

Square the cards and pick them up. With your left forefinger curled underneath the pack and your right forefinger curled above, your two opposing knuckles apply gradual pressure as the pack is further squared. After this brief squeeze, the pack is tabled and ribbon spread face up. Only one card will appear face down since the indifferent card actually dealt face down by the spectator is now covered by the adhering Killer Card. Ask the spectator to remove the face down card from the spread and turn it face up. This QH matches your facsimile card.

Concluding Note: Without belaboring the point beyond this mention, please note that the first card dealt onto the spectator's chosen face down card is the Ace of Spades, a card easily remembered by sharp observers. At the climax, when the spectator removes the only visible face down card from the spread, the Ace of Spades will be adjacent and to the spectator's left. Everything is copacetic.


Following the original explanation up to the point where your right thumb releases three cards. Do not release three cards, but instead turn the deck face up. Obtain a break below the top three cards in a deliberate get-ready, then immediately cut about ten cards to the top as your left pinky maintains a break. The same patter line is delivered to cover the actions: "You could have chosen any of these cards."

The cards are then spread as though counting them, allowing all the indices to show, as you still apparently look for the QH. The cards are spread until coming to the key top card of the three-card set-up (AS), then a three-card push-off is executed as your hands separate. All the cards fed into your right hand during the spreading action are dropped onto the spectator's face-down card, which lies on top of the previously dealt cards. This action puts the original three-card setup on top of the face-down card and creates the same condition of the First Method.

The rest of the cards in your left hand are spread and taken off in groups, then dropped onto the tabled cards until all the cards are exhausted. The cards are squared and the performer concludes the effect as explained in the First Method.

This technique appears to be a more expedient means of showing the remaining cards instead of dealing them one-at-a-time. This will appeal to some cardmen and in certain instances is more deceptive.


Follow the beginning of the First Method, but turn the deck face up and hold it in your left hand and say: "You didn't see the predicted card among those you dealt, so it must be somewhere in this half?" Your right fingers then deliberately riffle the front end of the deck upwards, stopping when the key card shows up. This key, which you had taken the trouble to remember before doing the effect, will be the card fourth from the face of the pack. Your right fingers at the front end momentarily hold back three cards as apparently the last card remaining from the upward riffle. Your right fingers then apparently lower this card(s) flush with the deck; however, the tip of your right pinky engages the outer right corner of these cards, lifting upwards slightly. This causes the right side of the three cards to open lengthwise and down to the inner right corner where your left pinky moves in and holds a break below the three cards at the face. The deck has been apparently squared.

Using deliberate actions, you have obtained a break below the three-card set up. All that remains is to perform a deceptive three-card push-off on the subsequent deal-through. The rest follows the procedure of the original outline of the First Method.

The deck is given a cut with your left hand. Your right hand (with the palmed card) drops to your side (if standing) or moves backwards to rest its fingertips on the back edge of the table (if seated).

Hand the pack to the spectator for shuffling. Since the pack is exchanged from hand-to-hand and you make an overhand shuffling gesture, the spectator is likely to perform an overhand shuffle. As he shuffles the cards in an absent fashion, point out that the spectator has apparently accidentally reversed a card during the shuffle. The spectator will then turn the indifferent card face down. This is a subtle, open, and effortless way to "right" a card.

If you choose to cop the bottom card, the Killer Card will already be in the proper palm position (back outwards). If the card was lapped, then your right hand must casually drop to your lap, retrieve the card, and palm it into the correct back-outwards position. This palm can be a regular Full Palm or any type of Edge Palm where the right side of the card lies against your palm and its outer left corner is engaged by the tip of your right second finger. The card's outer right corner should be at the base of your palm between your right second and third fingers) Retrieving and placing the card into either palm position is made while the spectator is busy accomplishing the basic procedure of the Open Prediction. On this occasion, the spectator deals all the cards himself.

When the dealing has been completed, pick up the face-up pack with your left hand. Both hands move together for the purpose of spreading the cards and the cards are spread onto the palmed card in your right hand. Continue spreading cards until you comes to the spectator's original face-down card. Say, "You didn't find the card I openly predicted and you only dealt one card face down. Correct?"

As the performer closes the spread, the palmed card is loaded under the face-down card. This loading action with a fully palmed card is slightly mannered. With an Edge-Palmed card, it is practically automatic. Therefore, the full-palmed card can be shifted into a Count Cop position (See Chapter Two of Action Palms in the Revolutionary Card Series) to make the loading action easy.

The pack is squeezed and the cards are immediately ribbon-spread face up across the table or close-up pad. Only the face of the Killer Card (2C) will show after the performer turns the double-card face up. Likewise, only the back of the originally dealt indifferent card will show when the cards are spread face up. Remove, show, and place the Double Killer Card face up at the end of the spread, then the spread is scooped up, squared, and tabled face down.

At the climax of the Third Method, you can conclude the routine, leaving the double card on the bottom. If you like, it can be used as a locator card in subsequent effects. You also have the option of beginning the Second Repeat Version.

Before describing the Second Repeat Version, here is a procedure that duplicates the preceding routine without using Stik-Tacks. These three impromptu methods are the fourth, fifth, and sixth methods. The first eight Methods were devised by Marlo on December 10, 1968. (Some were actually conceived prior to this date, but the entire series were finished on December 10, 1968).

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