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Colors on the March
by Stephen Minch & Martin A. Nash


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Colors on the March by Stephen Minch & Martin A. Nash

Martin has used this one at police and government lectures everywhere. It concludes with one of the most deceptive dealing demonstrations possible with a deck of cards. Available again for the first time in 25 years!

The Colors on the March act consists of five interconnected routines. The major theme of the act is that of gambling - a topic that immediately captures the interest of both men and women. Notice how the requirements of each routine are secretly attained long in advance of the routine's performance, thus making the performer always several steps ahead or his audience. Also note that the pack is constantly shuffled and cut throughout the act, making the final controlled-dealing demonstration seem all the more impossible.

The act opens with a wonderful version of a modem classic, Gambler vs. Magician. A tale of the world's greatest gambler challenging the world's finest magician is related. A card is chosen, sight unseen, and the magician is challenged to cut to the three mates of the unknown card from a shuffled deck. He succeeds in cutting to three mates, but it is discovered in the end that they do not match the value of the selected card. A surprise ending is achieved when the three mates are caused to magically change into the proper mates to the selection! The three vanished mates are found reversed with their fourth part in the center of the deck. The deck is shuffled. Then, in the cleanest style imaginable, three Aces are cut from the center of the pack, one by one, in a most impressive manner. The fourth Ace is found at a number in the pack called for by a spectator. The spectator deals to the Ace himself!

The Aces are convincingly shuffled back into the deck. Yet, with a fast series of cuts, these same Aces are sent spinning from the pack, one by one. The deck is once more thoroughly shuffled and a card is selected. The spectator returns the card to the deck with it out of the performer's hands and then cuts the cards. The peformer attempts to determine the selected card by something akin to telepathy. He fails several times, but finally triumphs by causing one of his failures to transform magically into the selected card!

The finale of the act is Martin's exceptional treatment of Bill Simon's Call to the Colors. From a fully mixed deck the performer shows his ability to deal the cards in either alternating reds and blacks, pairs of colors, triplets of colors and even quadruplets. All this is done on demand, the spectators determining what combinations of colors are dealt at each stage. In the end the performer separates the last of the pack completely into reds and blacks apparently by controlled dealing! This last demonstration of seemingly total and willful control of a pack of cards will leave an unmatchable and lasting impression on any audience.

15 pages.
word count: 6945 which is equivalent to 27 standard pages of text