David Acer wrote:AHA! I just read the online version and it seems Mr. Kaufman made a little change to the text that's incorrect. In other words Dean, you're right - when you turn the top 15 cards face up and spread them, the crimped card is face up at the left end of the spread, not on top of the deck. Here's the problem sentence as I originally wrote it (if you do this instead of what's written in the magazine you'll be fine):
Say, "I'll start by making a prediction, and that's this card." At the same time, your right hand lets go of the spread and openly removes the first face-down card from beneath it by grasping its inner end and pulling it toward you. Say, "I'll put it in the middle of these cards so it's isolated." Without looking at it, insert the card face down into the middle of the spread, leaving it slightly outjogged (fig.2).
Follow along from there and it'll all work out.
Thanks for clearing this up, David. However (and it's probably me reading this wrong), when I follow these directions, after the "swiveling the whole deal clockwise" part, my crimped card winds up at the inner RIGHT corner, and subsequent references to the orientation of the crimped card are kind of backwards.
Can anyone clear this up?
And would it make sense to crimp the card on another corner, since when the original "15" cards are turned face up on top of the face down deck at the beginning, the crimp is visible to the spectators?
Thanks so much.