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Waterman

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Here is an idea that I have had on and off for many years. An ambitious card using an extra deck and spectator.

The basic routine would be:

Magician and spec both shuffle their decks.

Spec picks a card from magicians deck and magician places it into the middle of his (magicians) deck. 

Magician's card comes to the top of his deck. Magician instructs spec to turn over the top card of his deck and it matches the ambitious card from the magician's deck. 

Both shuffle and repeat the above procedures with similar results.

Next, both spec and magician pick a card and sign it. the cards are shuffled back into their respective decks. When the magician turns over his top card it is the signed selection from the spec's deck and the spec's top card is the magician's signed card.

I have a method for the first two phases, but need help with the third! My thoughts include having the magician handle the spec's deck as little as possible in phase 3 (for phase 1 and 2 the spec always has the deck in their hands). 

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I'll let others chime in on potential methods, but I do have one suggestion that will eliminate some of the palming and will go along with your goal to "handle the spec's deck as little as possible in phase 3".  

Use a signed duplicate.  Easy for you to have previously signed a duplicate card and you can add it to their deck.  Unless they look through their deck face up, they will never find it.  So just make sure that they don't.  Easy enough.

Have the card crimped (maybe breather-style) or use a corner-short so you can easily and surely find it.  When they sign their card, you make an excuse to handle their cards while they sign, or whatever.  You then take their card and "lose it" into the deck.  Actually, you control it, palm it and make sure to cut your signed card to the top.

So in the end, you are "one-ahead" because your card is already in their deck.  Come to think of it, you could even bluff signing a card and nobody need be any wiser.  You probably don't want to do that, but you could.  Your acting would just have to be good enough for it to fly.
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Excellent idea re the duplicate...a no plam method is defimitely my preference!
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