After seeing several effects from this ebook, author and collector Doug Edwards said:
"The stuff you do with a shuffled deck and one or two key cards borders on the miraculous!"
1. TEN-IS MATCH: The performer removes ten matching pairs from the deck. These are mixed by both the performer and spectator and divided about in half by the spectator. Yet somehow all the pairs line up. Based on ideas of Howard Adams and Gene Finnell.
2. TALONS OF THE HAWK: Two volunteers each think of a card from a group of ten. The packets are lost in the deck by the volunteers themselves. The performer finds both selections with a pair of elimination shuffles. Designed as a continuation effect after TEN-IS MATCH, or can be done with a borrowed, shuffled, incomplete deck. Inspired by Max Maven's The Hawk, but vastly different in method.
3. TALONS OF THE BAT: A variation of TALONS OF THE HAWK.
4. KAGI NO KAGI: (Key of Keys) A trick designed to baffle other magicians. Spectator selects a card from a shuffled pack in a manner designed to nullify any key cards. Nonetheless, the spectator finds his own selection. A clever way to position a card for Karl Fulves' Oracle revelation. The control is a mix of Aronson's UnDo Influence and Conticello's CAFE Control. Based on an idea of Geoffrey Scalbert.
5. NYC, IT'S YOUR CARD!: A presentation of KAGI NO KAGI for a lay audience. A freely selected card is found by spelling one or more of New York City's five boroughs. Inspired by Bill Nord's The Magic of Manhattan.
6. CONTROL AGENT 99: The performer removes two face down cards from a shuffled deck, which he says are predictions of two separate events in two different ways. Two volunteers each cut off a packet of cards and note the face card, then replace the packets onto the deck themselves. After the pack is cut, the performer extracts a small group of cards from which he produces one selected card. The performer explains that he knew which card was selected because it was between two Nines. The prediction cards are turned over to reveal the other two Nines! The performer points out that 9+9=18. The other spectator takes the talon and counts to the 18th card. It is the second selection! Uses the Aronson UnDo Influence and a simple version of the Marlo Prayer Cull to set the pack.
7. Bonus Effect: MISANTHRO-PIC: A spectator thinks of a character in a certain classic film and spells that name to select a card in a small packet. The selection is lost in the packet but the performer divines the chosen character and shows he has predicted the chosen card's final position.
8. THE WIDDERSHINS CUT: Conticello's popular sleightless four-way false cut is reprinted from The Shadow Placement with a new refinement. This cut is useful for several effects in this ebook.
1st edition 2016, 22 pages.
word count: 7827 which is equivalent to 31 standard pages of text