The Bent Corner Subtlety

The use of the bent corner in the 3 card Monte is genius on so many levels. It allows the spectator to defeat their own logic – they are utterly convinced that they know the identity of the bent card. The bend is sometimes put in openly and other times “by accident” but is removed and added to another card in seconds.

What I want to discuss here is the use of this subtlety outside of the 3 Card Monte trick. The only thing in my library I can find is Dai Vernon’s “The Bent Corner Prediction” from Inner Secrets of Card Magic. A brilliant card at any number trick using a switch of a bent card. Does anyone else know of any other tricks where this subtlety is used?

I’ve been experimenting and come up with a couple of nice uses for this subtlety which I’ll share with you soon.

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8 Responses to The Bent Corner Subtlety

  1. Tadej says:

    Hey. Love the blog, keep up the good work. And yes, Walton rocks.

    Regarding your question about the bent corner, etc. At first I was also reminded of Vernon’s prediction effect and then I remembered seeing Charlie Miller do a similar thing – the effect is on his Greater Magic Video Library, don’t remember really which volume that is.

    Well, the effect is somehow anticlimactic, because Charlie obviously bends the chosen card, he is bending it all the time and meanwhile bending the rest of the deck the other way. Then when all the cards are shuffled, he spreads them and one card is obviously standing out and everyone notice this. But when he turns it over it is not the selection. And that’s the effect. It looks okey, but not my style.

    Tadej

    • blendomagic says:

      Hey, thanks for the comment. You’re right – effect doesn’t sound too good but thanks for pointing it out. I haven’t seen any of that series – is it worth getting? I see the name Charlie Miller and instantly think it’ll be good but that doesn’t always turn out to be the case.

  2. Tadej says:

    Yes, well, the reason for getting videos was the name – Charlie was Vernon’s student, highly appraised sleight-of-hand master etc. Ricky Jay has a lot to tell about him and also The Great Tomsoni (if you listen the interview on the MagicNewsWire). So I thought, sure why not.

    You can see that he was very experienced as a performer, he was also a GP and had a lot of knowledge about the apparatus magic. I think he was doing the cruise ships quite a lot. And the effect I mentioned maybe does not suit us, but it certainly suited his character.

    Greater Magic Videos are great to watch true performers, I especially loved the Great Tomsoni – heard so much about his great act and then actually seen it – it’s brilliant.

  3. JoeP says:

    See BENT SINISTER in Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields

  4. Jesse Rijpkema says:

    I know that Ken Krenzel has a pretty good version of it but the best i’ve seen is Mike Skinner’s, just a thing of beauty.

    Good post, You can maybe do a routine with the aces, switch them , and bend the switched cards ( could be kings or X cards ) , maybe now ask the spectator to find the cards.

    There are alot of opportunities I think, this is just from the top of my head.

    Cheers,

    Jesse

  5. Jerry Lennings says:

    I know that Ken Krenzel has a pretty good version of it but the best i’ve seen is Mike Skinner’s, just a thing of beauty.

    Good post, You can maybe do a routine with the aces, switch them , and bend the switched cards ( could be kings or X cards ) , maybe now ask the spectator to find the cards.

    There are alot of opportunities I think, this is just from the top of my head.

    Cheers,

    Jesse

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