The reason I use jumbo cards is two-fold. They are easier to see and better for stage use. Second, their size substantiates the use of more than one person to shuffle the pack. To begin, remove the jumbo cards from their case and fan them so the audience can see that they're all different. Have four spectators stand in a row behind you. Proceed as previously described to hand batches of cards to the four spectators for mixing. Approach spectator number four on your right and quickly thumb off cards from the top of the pack (left to right) until you spot the telltale dot on the eighth card from the top of the deck. Hand the first eight cards face down to the fourth spectator. Moving to your left, thumb off and hand about 13 cards (don't count, just estimate) to spectator number three. Divide the remainder of the pack approximately in half between spectators two and one.
Turn your back to all four spectators and request that they MIX their cards thoroughly. When they have done so, turn and collect the cards beginning with spectator number one. Add the second spectator's cards on top of the first participant's packet. Place spectator number three's cards on top of both and finally, the eight cards held by spectator number four are placed on top of all. The pack has now been reassembled. As far as the audience is concerned, the cards have been well shuffled, however, your 8 cards are now on top of the pack. Hand the deck to spectator number one for a moment. Remove the prediction envelope from your pocket explaining that it contains an impression which you have written and sealed in the envelope. You are committed. Hand the envelope to spectator number four to hold in full view. Turn to spectator number one and ask him to cut off approximately half of the pack and hand it to spectator number two on his left. Take the remainder of the pack from spectator number one. At this point, things are beginning to move fast. Don't hesitate for a second, lift up a corner of the top card and glance at the indices. Ignore the actual value of the top card and miscall it by saying, you've cut to an eight...will you sir (point to spectator number two) please deal eight cards face down to the gentleman on your left (spectator number three).
Gesture towards spectator number three and ask him to hold his hands out flat to receive the cards being dealt. As soon as the 8 cards have been dealt, take the balance of the cards from spectator number two and drop them on TOP of the cards you are holding. Casually hand the pack to spectator number one for safekeeping. (Note: The number of cards being dealt will not be considered important by the audience, therefore, you don't have to be nervous about the miscall. It goes by so quickly, no one will suspect a thing.) Face the audience. Recap what has transpired being emphatic when you state that a randomly selected number of cards has been dealt to spectator number three from a pack of playing cards thoroughly shuffled by four different people. Now, you're all set to finish. Proceed as outlined under the description of the effect.
Ask spectator number three to fan out the cards he's holding so that only he can see the faces of the cards. Tell him to allow his eyes to scan the cards and to fix his attention on one card...(pause)...the Ace of Diamonds. (Note: It should appear to your audience that the spectator elected to look at any card and that you have correctly identified the one card that he is looking at. Actually, the way the patter is structured...he is directed to the card you call out.) Continue by stating that if you are correct, he should remove the Ace of Diamonds and show it to the audience. Then, direct him to hand the card to spectator number two. Since the 8 cards are in the Si Stebbins rotation, you simply call them in order: AD...4C...7H...10S...KD ...3C...and 6H. When only one card remains, have spectator number four open the sealed envelope and read your prediction aloud. Naturally, it matches the last card being held by spectator number three...the Nine of Spades.
That's it. A perfect stage presentation with no sleight of hand. Nothing is added or taken away. It's absolutely clean, simple and totally baffling. Try it.
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