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magicfish

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Hey fellas, I recently learned this effect by Bruce Cervon. I've never heard it mentioned. I really like it so far.
Are any of you familiar with it.or have any experiences with it?
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I had to go to Behr's http://www.conjuringarchive.com to find this item. It's on p. 45 (in my edition) of Vernon's "Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic."

IMO the procedure is clunky. I do like the effect. I'm going to give some thought to a re-handling that ends up in the same place. The ending is strong.

The effect is basically this: Magi removes and shows the faces of 10 cards. They are the ace through 10 of clubs in order. The spec has a free selection which is replaced. Now the spec moves cards from top to bottom. She moves the same number of cards as the value of her selection. So if she took the four of clubs, she moves four cards from top to bottom. The magician takes the packet and spreads it FU. The card at the value of the selection (in this case four) is reversed. Also, all the cards are in order from Ace through 10. However, when the reversed card is turned over, it's a joker. The selection is in the magician's pocket or wallet etc.

My first thought is to start with the Curry bit where the spec switches cards to seemingly reorder the group. Since this procedure doesn't change the order, you can go right into the Cervon thing with the feeling that the packet has been randomized. Now to address other issues that, at least for me, seem "clunky" for lack of a better word.

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magicfish

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Thanks so much for your response Mike.
Do you own Quantum Leaps? Check out Mr. Lorayne's An Extraordinary Prediction on pg. 168.
Lorayne writes, "One of those magicians said that it was similar to a Bruce Cervon routine in Dai Vernon's Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic. I checked it, and although there may be a similarity, the two routines are entirely different- in concept and handling."
Harry is correct of course, they are different.
Its amazing how after all these years I had overlooked both routines, discovered them both independently within a month of each other, and realized that Lorayne makes reference to Cervon's.
Ahhhh the joy of books.
Anyway, dont get me wrong, I worked through Lorayne's routine decades ago with cards in hand but it was obviously beyond my abilities at the time or I just didnt realize its value and left it behind for so many years.
Long story short- what a killer! I LOVE this Lorayne effect. Check it out, compare the two, see if you agree. Let me know your thoughts?

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Don't have either of those sources but have come across something similar years back. Seem to think it was in one of the  "New York Close Up Symposium" books (though not the first). Version I saw didn't have the cards transferred as far as I recall, maybe it was a Daryl routine, but don't have access to those books anymore. I remember playing with it but not the details of it. 
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I must have lost sight of this thread. Sorry for not responding Trini. When I get back from California I'll check the Lorayne routine.

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   Oh - just came to me...I teach it in MATHEMATICAL WIZARDRY. Check it out - if you didn't know it before you will LOVE it now! (Title is - Count On Your Fingers.)
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    PS: It's also in LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Vol. 5.
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       Just realized that I should have posted my above two posts in the Memory Failure thread. I'll do that now.
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