Posts tagged control

Secret Agenda – March 22 – Fecther’s Slide Control

Secret Agenda – March 22 – Fechter’s Slide Control

For some reason it took a while to make sense of this description, and I place no blame on Roberto.  For the longest time I just couldn’t get it.  Finally, I made it work.  There’s a saying in Spanish, “No me llamó la atención.”  It just didn’t capture my attention.  If need be, I’ll double undercut the top card to the bottom and then do an overhand shuffle, retaining the bottom card.

Granted, it doesn’t fulfill the purpose that Roberto stated at the top of this entry, but I’m okay with that.

Secret Agenda – March 19 – A Not So Mathematical Contro

Secret Agenda – March 19 – A Not So Mathematical Control

I like Roberto’s thinking, especially as an example of the discipline required to spruce up boring (or rather, not too exciting) magic procedures.

As for this effect, I’d only perform it on somebody’s birthday.  And even then, I’d be hard pressed to not perform Simon Aronson’s “Happy Birthday” from Simply Simon (I’m a huge Aronson fan.)

But the lesson here still stands.  Find ways to interestingly justify crap.

Secret Agenda – March 18 – A Mathematical Control

Secret Agenda – March 18 – A Mathematical Control

I’m interested to see what Roberto comes up with tomorrow.  As it stands, I’d never do this.  But I’ve seen other people perform it (as a simple location) to mild response.

Secret Agenda – March 15 – The Goldin Pass

Secret Agenda – March 15 – The Goldin Pass

What isn’t made clear in the description of this interesting pass is the direction that the packets are turned over.

For example, in one variation, I can turn each packet over right-to-left (like a book).  Specifically, the first packet (top half) is turned over right-to-left (like a book).  Then the entire deck over right-to-left (also like a book), followed by the (new) injogged, top half right-to-left.  There’s a nice uniformity of action and efficiency in this handling.  Very crisp and clean.

But I prefer this variation – turn the first packet (the top half of the deck) over from left-to-right.  Then the whole deck from right-to-left (like a book).  Then the final packet (the new, injogged top half) from left-to-right.

This creates a more haphazard look.

Now, here’s my context.

Treat the whole pass as if it were a mistake.

You meant to turn over the entire deck (Make sure you’re not looking at the deck when you do the first packet), but upon looking down you realize only part of the deck (the top half) was turned over.  So you quickly try to recover by starting over – you turn the whole deck over (Second part. Right-to-left).  But that didn’t fix things either.  So now (a little more hesitatingly) you turn over the third packet (the injogged top half) from right-to-left.  Give a quick dribble to make sure all the cards are aligned correctly (which shows you’re not holding any breaks), give a little shrug, and you proceed.

With this approach, the justification or context that Roberto has assigned us to find is not a justification of the move.  The move was, in appearance, a mistake.  Your justification is correcting this botched attempt at turning over the deck.  Once you’ve corrected it, it becomes forgotten as a non-event, and cannot be thought of as conjurer’s procedural necessity.

I hope this makes sense.  I’ve played with it, and it fits my personality nicely.

Secret Agenda – January 29 – Bridge Control

Secret Agenda – January 29 – Bridge Control

I’m a bit of a prude.  I don’t like bending my cards (unless it’s a single card crimp or breather), but I tried this, and it’s very useful, especially if borrowing a deck.

And the detail of “accidentally” leaving some of the cards on the table as cover, is beautiful.

I cannot ever disagree with elegance, of any sort.  So I will endeavor not to be so prudish in the future.

Secret Agenda – January 15 – Control Ruse

Secret Agenda – January 15 – Control Ruse

This can be very useful. I’ve longed used double undercuts, overhand shuffles, and the old standby, “fiddling with the deck” to get a specific card into a needed position from the top (or bottom) of the deck.  This “ruse” appears very natural and is easy to do.  And I love the potential of incorporating it into an “Any Card at Any Number” (ACAAN) scenario.

Speaking of ACAAN, I, like many magicians, love the concept and enjoy reading whatever is written on the subject, but I think I like it more as an intellectual exercise than as a worker effect. In actual practice, I prefer a similar concept, the spelling trick. The ruse that Roberto has given us here can be inserted quite nicely into such a routine.

Normally, I have a spectator shuffle a deck, insuring that nobody can know the position of any card.  I then riffle through the deck and have them stop me anytime, remembering the card.  This card is then glimpsed.

I mention of the ability of many magicians to steal cards from the deck when nobody is looking. I then run through the deck so they can make sure their card is still present.  It is during this run-through that I mentally spell the glimpsed card (or even better, their name) starting at the point where their card lies,  and then mentally spell an additional card (which I memorize), positioned where the first spelling ended (or my name, beginning where their name ended).  When finished, I cut the deck at that point (or, if necessary, start a mini run-through again from the face of the deck and cut the needed number of cards to the back, and then I’m set to do a very entertaining double spelling effect – first a “random” card that I just “think up” (or my name), and then after being successful, their card (or their name), and ending on their selection.  The effect is that the spectator is so “magical” that when they thoroughly shuffled the deck, they magically (or subconsciously) programmed it to find their card.

The appearance of their thought of card at the end of its spelling, or at the end of their name, is stronger (in my opinion) than a randomly selected number.  (Unless that number has a special  for them – like a favorite age, or last two digits of their phone number, or date of their birthday, etc.)  It’s all about relevance.

But now, with today’s entry, I can have them name any card that might have significance to them, or that they like, and then pretend to find it and place it on the table.  During the “finding” of their card, I can position it to it’s needed position and I’m set to go.  (I’d still recommend they shuffle the deck first, and make sure they watch to see that I don’t remix the cards.  The cutting of extra cards to the front or back of the deck, by the way, isn’t noticed because I address them with a direct question or comment and separate my hands as if distracted – when I put both halves back together, it appears I haven’t done anything and nobody notices the cut.)

Whew!  This was a much more technical writeup than I anticipated.  If you have any questions on the procedure I just attempted to describe, please contact me and I’ll be happy to clarify.

Anyway – a nice control ruse that’s fun to play with.