Deck switching

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Postby DR124C » 12/24/08 08:57 PM

I want to be able to switch a deck of cards that are uncased nor held by anything, e.g. rubber bands, etc. The cards cannot be put down (e.g., behind something for even a second), nor be placed in something. It is to appear that I received a shuffled deck and nothing happens, although I have made the switch.

A topit could be used to get rid of the first deck. I thought of a sleeve drop to get the second, but uncased, that risks some cards falling.

Is anything available commercially? Can anyone make a suggestion?

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 12/24/08 09:44 PM

A workaroo type item comes to mind - sorry not comfortable going into details.
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time
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Postby Steve Bryant » 12/24/08 09:57 PM

This is old news, but I love to watch it. You will see amazing card (full decks, single cards, etc.) and dice switches on youtube under "Doc's Cold Deck Expose" aka here:

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/24/08 11:09 PM

The guy's a real hustler who likes to show off.
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Postby Jim Riser » 12/25/08 02:28 PM

A deck dropper will do what you need.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/25/08 03:13 PM

I think he's trolling for cold deck moves.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/25/08 03:39 PM

Find the pencil deck switch and you will find your solution.
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Postby Mats Kjellstrom » 01/02/09 02:35 AM

Check out Carl Cloutier Topit DVD; a very slick deck switch.
But it takes some guts to pull off.

Simon Aronson has a very easy deck switch inbuilt in one of his memorized cards routines. Clever. You can find it on one of his DVDs.
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Postby Dave V » 01/02/09 04:09 AM

John Archer has a very bold but effective switch on his "Educating Archer" DVD.
"I still play with a full deck, I just shuffle slower"
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Postby Tenthumbs » 01/02/09 02:40 PM

If seated, the Natural Deck Switch (Marlo w/o Tears) rates high on simplicity and impact. (You'll find 10,000 variations across magicdom.) You also might want to check out the Duffie switch, found in Scotty Johnston's Sleightly Adventurous Mischief. There used to be a great little vid floating about...
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