Reconstruction of a trick – the spectators viewpoint

Found this rather amusing Yahoo question about our good old friend the Invisible Deck-

Reconstruction of tricks in the spectators mind is something I find facinating and Ascanio/Tamariz theories are essesital reading for  showing you how you can insert things into your performance which will make the sepctators misremember what actually took place. I’ll post more on this later.


Steve Brownley's Ultimatum Deck

I’ve mentioned Steve before in other posts and this Blackpool convention saw the unveiling of his “Ultimatum Deck”. Steve has improved an old method to create something which allows you to do some very clean card at any number routines. Steve has created 2 great routines – in the first routine “Three Choice Cuts” three spectators fairly select cards which are returned to the pack which is tabled. A spectator cuts the pack into three piles – the spectator turns over the top card of each pile to reveal each selected card.

In the second routine “Luck and Intuition” one selection is found at any number named for by the spectator who chose the card – they count the cards themselves. The second selection is found when the spectator tosses the first selection face up as the pack is dribbled on the table – the spectator checks and finds they have thrown their card next to the other spectators selection!

As well as allowing you to find a card at any number named by the spectator you can also do this with two selections and two different numbers – the spectator counts each time!

Available from The Magick Lounge.

Here is a recent video of the end of Steve performing a card at any number –


Trick of the Month – March 2012

This month goes to Woody Aragon’s “Weighing the Cards” from his “A Book in English”. It’s the best weighing the cards trick you’ll find around – the routine is perfectly constructed with phases which slowly build tension and become seemingly more impossible. He’s managed to create a magical feel to a trick which most perform as a demonstration of skill. Can’t praise this trick enough – it’s brilliant. If you don’t have the book then I highly recommend it.