Heresy No

You can do this modern version of the "You Do As I Do" type of trick without any of the faults which haunted your first instruction sheet. Nobody exchanges decks, and it looks awfully fair to the initiated. This can follow either of the #1 or #2 effects because it needs only a marked deck and no stacking. The spectator gets the marked deck and you keep the one that is ordinary. Both of you shuffle well and then put your decks on the table opposite each other — both decks are face down.

Ask him to think of any number, not too large. He tells it aloud. Each of you count off together cards from your dwn" decks until the number is reached. The last card (at number) of each pile is put aside from the pile onto which the other cards were dealt. Then each of you peek at that card you have selected — something like looking at the "hole card" in a stud poker game.

The performer says, "Put your card back now, anywhere among the others, and shuffle. I do the same." And then, quickly, as an afterthought, (but after your will has been done) say. "I'm sorry, but the cards should be face up in the decks instead of face down. I'll turn around and reverse mine that way — and you do the same, just turn your card over among the others."

You again face each other. You call for a coincidence. Have him spread his pack across the table with the backs up. In the middle there turns up his selected card facing everybody. You spread your deck in the same manner. And the card face up in your deck is the same as his.'

Coincidence? No. This time it was simply a case of one marked debk. The spectator gets it and can shuffle well because "stacks" do not enter here. The counting business is purely "business". The selected cards are laid aside and then much ado made of the peeking at them. It doesn't matter what you have. Your ability-is used for getting the name of his card from its back. The aftermath allows you to find the duplicate of the spectator's card and turn it over. How can you go wrong after that?

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