Obviously the Becker Bevel force can be utilized to accomplish a myriad of effects. What's important is the apparent freedom of selection. To begin, the deck is legitimately shuffled by the spectator. When the performer retrieves the deck and pretends to memorize the order of the entire deck in less than ten seconds (as described under "THE EFFECT") he actually memorizes the identity of just one card, the card second from the bottom of the deck.

Turning the deck face down, it is beveled to the left. The performer explains that this is done to enable the spectator to clearly see the edge of every card in the deck to facilitate a precision cut. The performer explains how he wants the spectator to cut the deck. The beveled deck is held from above.

The left fingers cut off a portion of the deck as shown. The decket in the right hand is turned faceup to expose the bottom card, the one cut to. The decket is replaced and the deck is re-beveled. The spectator is asked to cut the deck anywhere that he wishes, however, to prevent any hanky panky or sleight of hand,

the performer states that he will turn the bottom card of the deck, face up.

Here is where the "dirty" work comes into play. The left fingers slide the bottom card to the left and simultaneously flip it over, face up. The tips of the left fingers should be exposed as shown. Attention is drawn to the identity of the face up card.

The left hand moves to the right to replace the face up card on the bottom of the deck. It is at this point that the fingers of the left hand lightly touch the bottom card of the decket being held by the right hand. As the face up card is slid to the right, repositioning it at the bottom of the deck, the left fingertips carefully slide the bottom card of the right hand packet to the right until the face up card is even with the left edge of the beveled deck.

The cards are now positioned as shown in the worm's eye view at the right. The fingers of the right hand will hide the jogged position of the second card from the bottom of the deck. The spectator can pull out as much of the deck as he wishes. The force card will automatically be held back by the right thumb and fingers. Naturally, anywhere the spectator cuts, the force card remains the bottom card of the remaining decket of cards held by the right fingers. After calling aloud the identity of the force card, the fingers of the right hand grasp the right hand decket from the bottom and and the decket is squeezed into alignment as it is turned face up to expose the force card.

The Becker Bevel is extremely easy to perform, but difficult to describe. If I were demonstrating it for you in person, you'd grasp the procedure in no time at all. Hopefully, by following the description slowly, deck in hand, you'll have it down pat in short order. Believe me, it's well worth the effort.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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