This is a completely new principle. One rarely stumbles upon something like this. Often we find variations on old themes, slight alterations or modifications. However, this is a completely new principle. It is actually the combination of two known methods but in a completely new and unique way enabling completely different and much stronger effects.
Imagine a deck being fairly and thoroughly shuffled by yourself and the spectator. Under total test conditions, the spectator selects any card. You will immediately know the identity of the selected card. At any time, the deck can be passed out for full examination.
You will say: "This is too good to be true." I thought the same when I first read about the Titanic Deck. But you will find out this is indeed true. Very clever. Extremely useful and practical.
- No marks
- No rough and smooth
- Nothing is added or taken away
- No switches
- The deck consists of 52 different cards
- The deck is cleanly and legitimately shuffled
- The deck can be examined at any time
- No sleights necessary besides being able to shuffle a deck of cards
Some of the effects taught with the Titanic Deck are:
The deck is fairly shuffled until the spectator is happy. Then the spectator is asked to look at the cards as you riffle through them and merely shout stop whenever he likes - while all this happens your head is turned - also the cards are riffled very slowly to prove there is no funny business going on (as in no force!). The spectator then shouts stop, she is handed the card and then you are in a position to reveal the card in any way wanted.
Under The Table
The deck is fairly shuffled, the spectator is then handed the deck to check that no cards are previously reversed and asked to shuffle the cards if they like. The spectator is then told to put the deck under the table and cut it as many times as he likes and turn the deck over, then turn the face card face down and put it into the center of the deck. You are the only person in the world that knows the identity of the card!
The spectator is shown a picture of spread cards and told that the way in which the picture is taken will influence his choice of a card. She is then instructed to think of any of the cards. Then in order that there is proof of her selection, she is asked to take the shuffled deck (yes she can shuffle it) and remove her thought of card. Then by means of 'reading her body language' you reveal the colour, suit then value of the card!
The Third Principle
There is the explanation of the 'third principle' if you think you know how the Titanic Deck works. This piece of genius is well worth the price of the ebook for the mere applications it could have for everything else you could do in magic and mentalism. A very small amount of thought and reference to the works of Anneman and Juan Tamariz for instance and your creativeness will be brimming over in every which direction!
There are also two bonus effects
This is an advancement of the 'picture this' idea with out the photo and with two spectators, and this takes it to a whole new level! Picture This has been regarded as the best effect in the book and Resist makes it even more powerful. This effect truly is a gem, it's a stage effect with cards, and some Titanic Deck users have reported that it has caused them to reconsider putting cards back into their professional acts!
This is a secret bonus effect, but we will say that its a killer and will give you so many possibilities to play with!
1st edition 2005; 55 pages.
word count: 7547 which is equivalent to 30 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Bill Dekel
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Wednesday 17 November, 2010
My Titanic deck has served me well. They can look for marks forever, you can shuffle the deck; they will never discover the secret. Effects are a little more limited than with a normal marked deck, and they can't choose a card as freely, but its well worth it.