Secret Agenda – March 13 – An Emotional Out

I’m not sure how many of you are actually pulling down books from your shelf and looking up an item when Roberto cites an effect or sleight, but I’m being careful to follow his suggestions (and I’m fortunate to have a large library).

I pulled down Dai Vernon’s Inner Card Trilogy and reread “Emotional Reaction” on page 7.  It was as if I was reading it for the first time.  How is it that we skim over items of this caliber, dismissing them because they’re too simple or don’t manage to bow us over, only to rediscover them years later (if ever)?  This effect, and Roberto’s expansion of it here is fantastic – utterly baffling.

And Roberto’s suggestion (offered as the last sentence) that this would be an excellent out when you have lost a card is such a great tip, and one worthy of memorizing since we’re all bound to lose a card (again) sooner or later.  If I lose a card, and follow up with this out, there is no doubt in my mind that it would completely entertain an audience – so much so that they might actually request I repeat it later on.

When an out is as strong as any of your effects, you can either strive to get stronger effects, or be thankful that you’ve found such a strong out.

I’m thankful.