Mode 2 Order

A routine with two selected cards and the suit of Diamonds.

The plot is similar to Alex Elmsley's "Diamond Cut Diamond." A previous handling called "Mode to Order" was published in our July, 2000 Linking Ring Parade. This version is impromptu.


1. The thirteen Diamonds are taken out and set aside face-down, in order from King on top to Ace on the bottom. "These are my cards. I'll show you how they fit in later."

2. The spectator shuffles the remainder of the pack, cuts it in half, then picks either half. You now Riffle Shuffle this section into the Diamonds and use the Riffle Shuffle Control (RSC) procedure to have two cards chosen (the Diamonds are innermost). Before you complete RSC with the final cut, drop one card from the top packet to the bottom. This has the effect of bringing one of the two chosen cards—the one not a Diamond-to the top of the pack. The Diamond chosen card will be fourteenth from the top.

3. Ask the spectator who looked at the uppermost card (a Diamond) to name his card. Spell its name, as explained below. As you deal, lay the cards out in a spread, overlapping from left to right.

If the value spells with three letters (ace-two-six-ten), you spell, for example:

Then turn over the next card. If it spells with four letters (four-five-nine-jack-king), turn over the last card. With five letters (three-seven-eight-queen), omit the word "of" and spell:

Then turn over the next card.

Place the remaining cards aside and work solely with the spread of cards on the table.

5. You need to cut the same number of cards, as the value of the Diamond that was chosen, from bottom to top. If it's six or less, eye-count from the left end of the spread. If it's seven or more, subtract from thirteen and eye-count from the right end of the spread.

Pick up the cards by closing the spread left-to-right with the left hand, until you hit the eyed card. Pick up this section and add it on top of the remaining cards, then close the whole spread and pick up all. Your right hand can cover the right end of the spread in the process.

This is a standard control which looks like nothing was done (unless someone really looks closely). Even in that case, it looks like you just had trouble picking up the cards.

Alternatively, you can injog the card with your thumb as you scoop up the spread and then give them a cut, or use a Pass.

6. Now tell the spectators that they may not have realized it, but the cards remaining are the cards you originally set aside. Turn them face-up one-at-a-time, revealing the Ace to King order. When you get to the chosen value, say it's Seven, deal the seventh card face-down, then continue dealing face-up (see below). At the end reveal the face-down card is the other chosen card.

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