Performance Tifs

K$> In tricks like The Dunbury Delusion, the whole audience knows that you've got the wrong card (and that you've discarded the right card). In this effect, only the spectator knows which card he is thinking ol. This has an upside and a downside. The upside is that it adds a lot oi credibility to the apparent miss. It's easy to believe you might fail if you're trying to identify a card whose identity is locked in one spectator's mind.

The downside is that only one person knows that you've passed his card. When the spectator announces his card you want everyone to realize, not only that you're holding the wrong card, but also that the right card is lying on the table, beyond your control. This is the reason I have the spectator name each card as he rejects it; it increases the chances that when he names it again at the end, people recall having seen it already. (It was, after all, only two cards earlier.)

That's also the reason, as you'll note in the script, that I engage in a bit more by-play on this card, to make it more memorable.

Also, when the spectator names his card at the end, I always glance down at the table in surprise. This will hopefully trigger the audience's memory about the card having already been dealt. You don't have to use these specific techniques, of course. But you should do something to draw enough attention to that card that the audience will realize at the end that you already dealt it on the table.

$ In most versions of this type of effect the numerical position of the card correlates to the numerical position of the spectator. In my routine the card is one off. The first spectator's card is second from the top, etc. I think this is a litde more subtle. If, however, you find this feature confusing, just drop your poker hand on top of the deck last rather than first when initially collecting the cards. Each spectator's card will then correlate to his numerical position,

& 1 assumed in the explanation that all the assisting spectators were male. In fact, using at least one female spectator provides additional scope for humor. I'll leave it to you to as to how to develop this.

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