All Set For a Card Trick


How many card tricks should you do in your close-up show?
A lot of people say they don’t like card tricks. I think what they mean is: They don’t like the type of trick where they take a card and you find it. They are basically all the same, because no matter how impossible it might seem, you are going to find their card. It may be in your shoe; stuck to the outside of a window; or inside a box that has been standing on the table since you arrived. The only certain thing is that you are going to find it and, as the outcome is known in advance, there is never a true sense of amazement.
But, there are other types of card tricks; ones that don’t include having a card chosen.
I like to include a lot of these in my sets.
How many tricks should there be in a set? I go for three or 4. Usually, it is three. If I’m going to use the four Aces, I like to produce them in a magical way. This you might say is trick number one, but I tend not to count it towards my three card set. So you could say my three trick set is really 4. Please yourself.
I also like to choose a sequence of tricks where I can set up another trick during the previous one. For instance: I openly remove the four Aces prior to performing Dr Daley’s Last Trick. As I am doing so, I move the two black Kings to the top of the deck as I need them there for the following effect.
After I use the Kings, I space them throughout the deck and, as I show them well separated, I reverse the Seven of Spades on the bottom in preparation for the next trick.
If you always perform the set in the same order, you’ll always have the next trick set up.
Just because you have three card sets doesn’t mean you can only do three effects. If your audience seem happy, do a second set. I have two sets where the last trick in the first set leaves the cards ready for the second set. If no-one wants any more card magic, I can put the deck away, knowing I can go to the next table ready to perform my second act.
So, choose your tricks so there is plenty of variety, and so you can set up your next trick during the previous one.


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