Svengli Deck

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Postby walkinoats » 09/24/01 01:47 PM

I rarely used trick decks, but I sometimes use the Svengli. I have the deck about a week and sometimes what happens is when the deck is cut, it fails to force the card. The card other than the force card is chosen. The deck is in the proper order. Can anyone tell me why this happnes?

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Postby Bruce Arnold » 09/24/01 02:44 PM

Try tapping the bottom edge of the deck against a hard surface, such as a table, before performing the force.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/24/01 09:19 PM

In addition to Bruce's suggestion about tapping the end of the deck on a hard surface, it's also important not to hold the deck in a "death grip" when you tap the cards. If you hold the deck too tightly, then tapping the cards will do nothing! You must hold it loosely enough so that when you tap the end of the deck, all the shorter cards can move flush with the lower end.
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Postby walkinoats » 09/25/01 07:38 AM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions !

I also found that if the spectator cuts the deck by holding the sides, the spectator might not cut to the force card. Since most people cut the deck by holding the front and rear end, this usually won't happen.
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Postby Matthew Field » 09/25/01 02:05 PM

You can help ensure that the spectator cuts the deck holding it by the short ends via management of your working surface and props. For example, if the deck is placed with a long side near the card case, and the short ends facing the spectator, he will more likely grasp the deck by the more accessible short ends for the cut.

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Postby Guest » 10/02/01 08:57 PM

Switch to a Mirage deck, I find that it has all of the Svengali features and more. :cool:

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