"Irreversible" card tricks

Discuss your favorite close-up tricks and methods.

Postby Guest » 04/29/04 05:58 AM

The other night, I found myself presented with an old deck of cards in a crowded stand-up situation (no table). Unfortunately, this deck was a casino reject: it had no border and it had two opposite corners cut off. As a result, all my favorite routines went out the window: a reversed card would stand out like a sore thumb! So I went with Steve Freeman's "The Time Machine" (thank you, Genii!).

But it left me thinking that my repertoire was severely limited... besided "Ambitious Card" what other routines could I add to a list of "borrowed deck -- no reverses -- no table" effects?

thanks, Doug

Postby Guest » 04/29/04 07:05 AM

How about a Cards Across? Oil and Water? Poker Demo? Ten Card Poker Deal? Specific tricks like "Liepzig's Opener", "The Lie Detector" (Ron Bauer's Version, from LINT by John Luka), Hamman's version of "Devilish Miracle"? That should get you started...

Best, PSC

Postby Larry Barnowsky » 04/29/04 10:01 AM

Tell one spectator that he will serve as a table. Instruct him to hold both hands out flat and touching each other. That will increase the number of effects you can choose from.
Apex Ace from Close Up Card Magic is a great effect can be done in your hands that also includes an ambitious card sequence.
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Postby Guest » 05/01/04 11:51 AM

Do the Mondo Nifty Invisible Palm (from Art of Astonishment) on the floor. How about a Hot Shot Cut location, followed by a standard boomerang/charlier location? I'm noy sure, but I think Reset should also be possible.

Postby Guest » 05/01/04 01:21 PM

"Homing Card", Carlyle's classic card-to-pocket effect. This is a hell of a good trick to do even with if there is a table available.

Also, not to go against a hundred years of magic theory, but I don't like the idea of making the spectator be your table. I know it involves the spectator in the trick, etc., but it seems to me to accomplish this in a rather undesirable way.

I think if you can let the spectator hold a card or two, or the deck, or something, that's great because it's a natural, informal (i.e. disarming) thing to do. But turning your spectator into a piece of furniture... well, I guess I'd love to hear more on this subject from people with more performing experience than I have (which is probably most of you).

Postby Guest » 05/01/04 10:14 PM

I once had a girl bend down on her hands and knees offering to be my table so I could show her friends some tricks that I knew. (She had already seen them.)

Weird, but true none the less. :cool:

Postby Guest » 05/02/04 08:36 PM

I'm surpirsed that Paul didn't also mention Ron Bauer's version of "Devilish Miracle" in John Luka's LINT.

Apex Aces would not work with the deck described since the reversed cards would stick out. In fact, even without the corners being removed a reversed card will still stand out quite a bit. It is pretty easy to see a reversed card in a Bee backed deck.


Postby Guest » 05/03/04 07:05 AM

Originally posted by Dave Kirkland:
I'm surpirsed that Paul didn't also mention Ron Bauer's version of "Devilish Miracle" in John Luka's LINT.

It's the version I do, David! I didn't want everyone trying it out - it just too good! Too late now, so I'll add it to the list I'd reccommend - and say that it is the best version I have tried in 20 years...

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Postby Guest » 05/07/04 09:49 AM

Simon Lovell has a video called "The Dog-Eared Deck" that covers just this situation. It's not his best stuff, but hey. One thing I got from it that I remembered kept popping up in magic books I read as a kid which I totally ignored was this stunt (which has since proven far more effective than I ever imagined):

Show the four queens and talk about how they are snobs and will only date their own kind (I tell folks that they are from West Virginia and will only date their own family, but then that's me.) Force any spade from the remainder of the deck and table it face down to the left (your left) of the queens. I don't remember if this was on the Lovell tape, but I position the Queen of Spades third from the face and Elmsley count, pointing out that the snobby queens are facing away from the tabled card and not even looking at it. You're pointing at the heads drawn on the queens, closest to you and at the top of the card from the audience's view. They are indeed looking to the right, and thanks to the EC they all are looking the same way. Wave the tabled face down card over the queens and talk about how Cupid's arrow has been flung. Drop the card to the left of the queens again and show them one at a time. The last card, the Queen of Spades, will now be looking towards the left, directly at the tabled card. Aha! This means it's a spade. You can then slide the queen of spades face up under the tabled card, then have her whisper in your ear the identity of which spade it is (since you forced the booger.) People poke and prod and twist at the queen, thinking that you somehow caused it's head to twist around, even though the slightest bit of common sense should tell them otherwise. It's one of those all out of proportion for the work involved things.

Postby Bob Farmer » 05/07/04 12:00 PM

Dan, that's a great idea. I'd love to have a published reference (other than the Lovell tape).
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Postby Guest » 05/19/04 09:34 AM

I've no way of checking, but since I read it as a kid it was probably in one or two of the Severin, Leeming, Elliot or Christopher books. Then there was that night I found what I thought was a postage stamp in my brothers' drawer and licked it, resulting in Bill Tarr's head rising out of the bathroom sink and giving me personal instruction. As I recall, though, his version of the Head Turning Queen used a front-to-back rear palm aquitment, fanning powder and a pull.

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