The Basic Plot...
You have five cards; they have five cards. A mentally selected card
from your pile magically crosses over to their pile! You now have four
cards; they have six cards!
The Full Routine...
A deck of cards is shuffled, cut and mixed. You explain to your
audience the reasons why they should never play cards with a magician.
Offer to show them an example. Openly deal a face-up poker hand to one
spectator and yourself. As they look over all of the cards, they see
each card is obviously different. Collect the piles and give your
spectator their pile to keep in a safe place. As you spread your pile
of five cards, ask them to mentally select any one card and to burn
that card into their memory. Once done, close up the spread. Have them
reveal their thought-of-card for the first time. Slowly and
deliberately you deal down your pile of cards one at a time. There are
only four cards! Their selected card has vanished from your pile! Now
ask them to retrieve their pile of cards. You'll notice how the
expression on their face turns to one of disbelief as they begin to
realize what might happen next! You deal their pile one at a time onto
the table. Their pile of cards now has six cards. Yes, the selected
card now resides in their pile!
The vast majority of Cards Across type of effects that have been on the
market since the 1800's offer a similar plot, only done with twice the
amount of cards for obvious reasons. This version allows you to use
only five cards for each poker hand. They clearly see only ten cards on
the table. They clearly see five cards in your hand. Though the effect
is a high impact, stand-alone effect, we recommend that a deck or
packet switch is made before and after. This is a wonderful lead-in to
an Ambitious Card routine.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 20 April, 2006.