Preparation

The deck must be in Si Stebbins order or any other cyclical stack (Eight Kings, Hungry Jackass, etc.) By contrast to a memorized stack, a cyclical stack is one in which the cards are in repeating order, both as to value and suit. The value cycle repeats every thirteen cards and the suit cycle every four cards. The important thing for this effect is that any two cards of the same value and color are exactly twenty-six cards apart. (Just put the cards in Si Stebbins order and you can forget about all the other stuff I just said.)

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