The performer displays, by spreading the cards between his hands and showing one side and then the other, ten pairs of cards that have been glued back-to-back. Thus, they are shown to be a random mixture of twenty playing cards. The performer has a spectator cut the packet several times. Finally, the performer turns the cards face up and face down, further mixing them in a haphazard fashion.
The performer deals five cards to one spectator and five to another. He explains to the audience that in a moment he will spell a phrase, one letter at a time. Selecting a spectator in the audience, the performer states that as he spells the phrase, he wants the third spectator to point to either of the two volunteers who are holding a packet of five cards each. This gesture, he explains, will be a signal to the spectator who has been selected, to "duck" one card from the top of his packet to the bottom. The third spectator is to continue randomly pointing at either of the two packet-holding spectators until four words have been spelled.
The performer spells the word, W-I-L-L. As the spectator in the audience points, the designated volunteer "ducks" a card. When the word has been completed, the performer asks each of the two spectator holding cards to deal him the top card of their respective packets. The performer notes that two odd cards have been paired. He places them together on the table.
The performer spells a second word, T-H-E. Again, the spectator in the audience designates which volunteer is to "duck" a card for each letter in the word. When the word has been completed, the spectators deal the top card of their respective packets to him. Once more, the performer notes that the pair consists of two odd cards, and deposits them next to the first pair.
This same procedure is followed with two more words, C-A-R-D-S and M-A-T-C-H. As each word is finished, the two volunteers once again deal the top card of their respective packets to the performer who places them in the row on the table. There are now four pairs of odd cards on the table. The performer takes the remaining card from each of the two volunteers and places them on the table as the fifth pair. The performer notes that, despite the spelling of the mystical phrase, "Will the cards match?" they obviously do not.
Now the performer explains that despite the unfortunate glitch, he will show everyone something that's truly amazing. Turning over each of the five pairs of cards on the table (keeping each pair in tight alignment), it is seen that somehow, despite all the mixing, cutting and random "ducking" of the cards as directed by a member of the audience, there on the table is a Club straight flush! The performer comments that a straight flush is an excellent poker hand, however, the phrase that was spelled had nothing to do with poker. It asked the question, "Will the cards match?"
With that, the performer slides each pair of cards apart and lo and behold the five pairs of cards match perfectly. The second set is a straight flush in Spades!
Take it from me, the final layout is worth the wait. It is a spectacular and unexpected finish. You'll knock their eyes out. Jean Prost was crazy about the new version. Here's how to do the real work.
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