Cardless Mentalism Trick

This beautiful and astounding effect has baffled top magicians and laymen for many years. All who witness this are completely mystified and the effect gains in amazement with repetition.

Slydini borrows a deck of cards and requests that they be shuffled by a spectator. After this is done, Slydini shuffles the pack himself, then hesitates and remarks: "I'll bet you think I have set the cards in some arrangement.. . Shuffle them again." Slydini continues: "Place the deck face down on the table; I won't touch the deck. All I want you to do is to take about six or ten or fifteen cards from the top of the deck, and place them face down in my hand."

Slydini takes the packet of cards, looks at the spectator and says: "I'll bet you won't believe I know how many red cards are in this packet. . ." The spectator usually says "No." Slydini feels the cards, looks at the spectator and states: "I have here five red cards —not four, not six— there must be five!" And he says this in a very positive manner.

Slydini slowly fans the cards, faces towards himself, squares up the packet and places it face down on his palm. He then turns the packet face up and slowly, one by one, deals out the cards onto the table—full faces showing, black cards to one side, showing each card to be a single card and counting the red cards aloud as he deals them out. When all the cards have been shown, Slydini's statement proves correct: There are five red cards on the table!

Slydini then says: "I know it is hard to believe, so please give me another small packet of cards." Again, he correctly foretells the number of red cards in the packet. If the spectator so desires, Slydini goes on until the end of the pack and requests the spectator to handle the cards if he has any doubts.

Preparation, Method and Presentation: Before beginning this effect, contrive to remove a couple of red cards from the pack and drop them into your lap. Hand the pack to a spectator to shuffle and, when he has done so, you shuffle the pack. Then inquire: "Do you think I have made some arrangement of the pack? . . . Please shuffle again. Shuffle well because if, when I ask you to give me some cards, they are all red or all black, we'll have to start all over."

Spectator shuffles a second time and is then told to place the pack face down on the table. Request that the spectator hand you a small packet of cards—six, ten or fifteen ... or any number between. Take this packet face down in your hand and, after ostentatiously feeling it, state the number of red cards in that packet. As you handle the packet, estimate the number of cards it contains: if you estimate nine or ten cards, state four red; if seven or eight cards, state three red. In other words: state one card less than half your estimate. Then turn the packet faces toward you, look at them with a "hopeful" expression (Foto 1), fan them slightly "close to your chest." It is not desirable that spectator make a tally of the cards (Foto 2).

If the cards are well shuffled, you can usually guess the correct number of red cards. If you see you have done so, deal out the cards one at a time, slowly, but keep the last two tightly together as in a double lift. This will build suspense as, slowly and deliberately, you separate the last two cards to show that you have predicted correctly.

If you have one or two cards over the amount stated, put them at the back of the packet and close the fan allowing the red cards to protrude about half an inch. Do this with hands resting at edge of table.

Now, with thumb and first finger of right hand, pinch the packet of cards together at a forward corner preparatory to turning the entire packet over (Foto 3; foto 3A is performer's view). Your left hand can do this by sliding over the faces of the cards to turn the packet (Foto 4); this enables your right thumb and palm to clip the extra red cards at the edge (Fotos 5 and 5A) in the Slydini back palm. The right hand remains stationary as the left moves to the left and you lean towards the left to look at the cards which you riffle with your thumb at upper left corner. Meanwhile, right hand rests momentarily at edge of table (Foto 6), releases the clipped cards without

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II \oii find onl\ one or two red c;iid- in llie packcl handed you, hide them behind the black ones, spread the cards deliberately and loosely between your hands (Foto 9) and say, "Now, you see? All black cards ... I told you to shuffle well. . . This doesn't count . . . Let's start again." Immediately close the cards, drop them on top of the deck and say: "Shuffle once more."

When you are handed a packet which is short of your prediction by one or two red cards, perform the Imp-Pass as follows:

After inspecting the cards (Foto 2), square them up, drop the packet face down on the table, to your left, and say; "Cut them" (Foto 10).

As you drop the packet on the table from your right hand, your left falls naturally into your lap—onto the lapped cards; now, bring your right momentarily to rest position at edge of table (Foto 11).

Having dropped the packet, raise your right hand in an invitation to "Cut the cards... Go ahead, cut them!" (Foto 12). This extra motion and patter gives your left hand the time necessary to pick up and up-end the lapped cards in order to put them in the position illustrated in foto 13.

After gesturing, your right hand drops to rest position at edge of table, with thumb and forefinger extending downward (Foto 14).

When you turn the cards up in your left hand, don't move your arm: turn your left wrist slightly and raise the cards with its fingers. In picking them up with right forefinger and thumb, your right hand must remain stationary at edge of table (Fotos 15 and 15A).

If your right fingers cannot reach the cards, don't lift your left hand: bring it closer to right by raising your left knee from your toes—or even off the floor if necessary.

Position the cards into your right hand ready for the Slydini back palm

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(Foto 5A). This is accomplished when left fingers —aided by left knee, if necessary —lift the cards into right hand as shown in fotos 15 and 15A. Note that right hand is perfectly positioned. Raise the cards and your right hand clips them between joint of thumb and center of palm.

As soon as spectator cuts the packet, your right hand (with the palmed cards) goes over right portion of packet and completes the cut. In this action, the palmed cards are added to the top of the packet. You can now proceed to count the red cards openly.

Slydini "Touches"

1. Make sure the cards are well shuffled. Too many reds or blacks together will make your task difficult. So, you shuffle the pack thoroughly. Then, give to spectator to shuffle.

2. Talk slowly, as if in doubt. Let your facial expressions give your audience the impression that you feel you just might make a mistake.

3. Choose a spectator towards your lefl. This will prevent anyone from catching a flash of the palmed cards.

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