MyMagic eNewsletter #1,005
April 9, 2022
I recently ordered some card presses for my gambling store and was surprised that there was a price drop on them. As I was restocking them, I realized that they could be ideal for holding decks of cards in an isolated condition to enhance predictions.
The first routine I thought of uses an invisible deck and a Si Stebbins deck (or any deck with a known setup, or even a marked deck).
You place the invisible deck in the card press and lock it in place. You show it to everyone and explain that it contains your prediction. You can also hand it to someone for safe keeping to prove that you can’t get to the deck.
You then introduce the Si Stebbins deck. Give it a few cuts, let the spectator give it a few cuts and as your back is turned, they are instructed to cut the deck again, remove the top card without looking at it, turn the deck face up and insert the face down selection anywhere in the middle of the deck. When they are done you turn around and glance at the face card.
The face card will allow you to figure out the identity of the selected card by adding three to the value and hopping to the next suit.
You are now ready for the reveal. Have the card press unscrewed and the deck removed. Spread the cards face up showing the single face down card. Turn it over to show your prediction.
Have the spectator now spread their cards to find their face down selection. They will match perfectly.
►Playing Card Press:
Available in gold or silver tone.
Playing card presses have been around for more than a century. Early playing cards were very expensive and were made of poor-quality paper that would easily warp after a few uses.
To protect the cards and keep them flat these types of card presses were invented. As the quality of cards improved the demand for these presses dwindled. Modern card presses are used by card players who live in very humid climates and magicians who prefer using playing cards that are completely flat.
Get one, or both: HERE
Wanted to remind you that the introductory price for Paul Daniels’ The Magic Of Max Malini download will expire on Tuesday night.
►The Magic Of Max Malini:
In 2003 Paul Daniels staged a one-man show as a tribute to Max Malini, a legendary performer of the early 20th century who traveled the world performing in bars, hotels and theaters as well as giving command performances to many of the world’s leaders.
The popularity of Paul’s Malini show led to an expanded edition that ran in London’s West End in 2004. This video captures the casual and conversational London show in its entirety where you see Paul present many of Malini’s legendary routines and stunts. Along with the magic, Paul creates the historical background of each routine as well as recounting amusing and sometimes infamous anecdotes about Malini’s life and career.
Watch and buy: HERE
►Bicycle Rainbow Cards:
This is a custom deck of Bicycle, Air Cushion finish cards that were printed by the USPCC using some of their proprietary card backs that date back to the 1800s. The cards are printed using different colors to create a Rainbow Deck.
Comes with a 52-card deck with different backs and colors, three double backed cards, a Joker reveal card, and access to video instructions.
Watch and buy: HERE
Stay happy, Meir
PS: Just found out that a coin project I have been working on for more than two years is complete. It will be released in three phases. The first two are just a couple of weeks away. The third 1-2 months away. Stay tuned…