I have a thing for tricks where the cards are thoroughly shuffled yet somehow the laws of chance are bent and strange coincidences occur; cards repeatedly match, order is produced etc.
My favourite is a Wayne Dobson trick the name and source of which has currently fled my memory. David Britland on his Cardopolis blog posts a lovely version which is worth checking out as is “Four Way Prediction” by John Murray found in Jerry Mentzers “Card Cavalcade 3”.
So I’ve been playing around with the Mexican turnover recently when trying to solve a card problem using dice and also a mentalism routine. I remembered this trick from The Complete Works of Alex Elmsley volume 2 which uses the move but in an incredibly clever way (typical of all Elmsley tricks).
The effect is given as follows –
The performer runs quickly through the deck and sets two cards facedown on the table. He explains that’s these cards, in combination, serve as a duplicate to one card in the deck. One of the pair predicts the value, the other predicts the suit.
To test the validity of the prediction, someone is asks to push any card at random out of the spread pack. When the two cards are turned up they form a precise composite of th selected card.
If you have this book (also available as a PDF from L&L Publishing) then I would recommend re-reading the trick as it may spark other off beat ideas for this move.
Five years ago I posted about this excellent book and now it’s been released as a pdf file available via Peter Duffies’ website.
Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in card magic; it contains very strong material with clever methodology and entertaining plots. Plus at the moment it’s on offer and a bargain.
Issue 2 of The Journeyman is now available – either click the link at the top of the page or the image in the sidebar. Same as before – once payment has been received I will email you the pdf file.
This issue contains –
- Poker Dice Prediction – a spectator freely rolls five poker dice, the cards are then thoroughly shuffled. Several hand of cards are dealt and the spectators chosen hand contains the exact same cards as those shown on the dice.
- Poker Dice Prediction 2
- Four Wheeler – an excellent contribution from Scottish card man Gavin Ross.
- Switchless Switch
- Rising Aces – a three phase multiple ambitious aces routine.
- The Real Hindu Shuffle
- Switchless Leaper
So just putting the finishing touches to issue two which will be ready in the next few days.
Am very happy with how this one has turned out; now with two extra pages and bonus amateur illustrations. Issue 2 contains several new cards tricks, top tips, some interesting observations on the Hindu shuffle and more.
Usually the children here at the orphanage are very energetic and a little rowdy at times (just kids being kids) which is hard when you’re trying to teach ten at a time how to vanish a ball.
None of the children here have ever watched magic before so I showed them Yu Ho Jin’s incredible manipulation act and they were all completely mesmerized; literally silent and in awe the entire time; it really is a beautiful piece of magic.
Following this they wanted to see some card magic so on I popped Ricky Jay and his 52 assistants and here they are all silent and enthralled –
So I’ve been teaching children magic here in India and it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. Beginners card magic I’ve found the most fun but I also bought some magic props for the younger kids.
This the state of the them after two days. Almost everything broken 🙂
I also forgot just how diverse a subject magic is – you have to learn the physical sleight of hand, have good memory skills, teach them how to present and get them to think about what to say.
The old number trick has been a help in practicing mental arithmetic –
Some of the kids are picking it up very quickly and a good test has been teaching a simple coin or ball vanish –
In issue 2 of the magazine I go into more detail on the card trick they are being taught and the methods I’m using to try and help them improve quickly.