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One of my favorite tricks requiring a pre-stack (of only seven cards) is The Miracle Worker Returns, which I learnt from Exclusive Card Secrets by Frank Garcia.  Frank credits Peter Kane for the effect.

 I had the great pleasure of performing this trick as part of the close-up show at The Midwest Magic Jubilee, where I appeared alongside Eugene Burger and Dan Harlan.  And then again at Magic In The Rockies, where I was featured alongside R. Paul Wilson, John Mendoza, Jason England and Suzanne. 

 Happy to report that the effect generates fabulous responses.

 Do any of you other fellows do this trick? 


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Really?  Nobody?  Although I must admit, I've never seen anyone else doing this trick.

You guys are missing a true gem!

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That sounds like a difficult book to get, maybe that is why nobody does this trick.
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You've got a good point there, Luigimar!  That hadn't occurred to me.
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I have the book, Arthur. Thankyou for mentioning this item. I will most certainly revisit it thanks to your generosity in sharing it here.
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I'm going through all my books... I'll take a look, think I learned it a long time ago, then something shiny must have come along.
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I think the display is what gives the effect sizzle. Thanks for reminding us about this little gem. I"m lucky to have the booklet.

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I think the display is what gives the effect sizzle. Thanks for reminding us about this little gem. I"m lucky to have the booklet.

Mike


Is this the Kane effect where at the conclusion you lift the deck with cards sticking from the corners to show a royal flush? I thought of this when you mentioned the display. If it is I put a video clip of this somewhere on the forum awhile back. 
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That's it Paul. Cool display. It get's the 5th card into play in a natural way.

I'll have to look up the Kane original. Garcia wasn't averse to "borrowing" ideas.

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That's it Paul. Cool display. It get's the 5th card into play in a natural way.

I'll have to look up the Kane original. Garcia wasn't averse to "borrowing" ideas.

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It's in one of the Kane "Session" booklets, either "A card Session With Peter Kane" or "A Further Card Session With Peter Kane". I bet Blathermist would know.  Great routine construction, I used to use it a lot!

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That’s the routine!  What I like about it, besides the end display, is that in the beginning you can have 3 different spectators shuffle the cards, then cut to the Aces … messing up on the last one when a King is shown … and then do the royal straight flush display.  I get fantastic reactions from this.  And it’s actually relatively easy to set up the stack in casual situations.


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By the way, if you lay the cards out neatly, and pinch the two halves of the deck tighter together when you pick up, you’ll get a much more impressive display.


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You definitely have to pinch the two halves together. If I don't, some of the cards fall.

Nice presentation Paul. 

I agree about the value of having the specs shuffle. I have previously seen the method used in the trick for retaining the stack while having sections of the deck shuffled by different people. I have a little work on it too. Does anyone know the origin of this tactic?

Mike


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The first time I saw it written up was as part of the routine I read in Exclusive Card Secrets.


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Garcia wasn't averse to "borrowing" ideas.

Good to see he gave the credit though. I think that usually got forgotten as well.

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It's in one of the Kane "Session" booklets, either "A card Session With Peter Kane" or "A Further Card Session With Peter Kane". I bet Blathermist would know.  Great routine construction, I used to use it a lot!



Nice work, Paul. This routine somewhat reminds me of an Erdnase routine from Expert at the Card table, where the spectator selects a card and does not look at it, but you predict that it is an 8, so you proceed to cut and reveal the other 3 eights in various manners, which are tossed onto the table or in his other hand. His selection turns out to be a king, but you, being a magician, snap your fingers and the other 3 eights have also turned into kings.

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