A very fooling close-up routine using playing cards with progressively more impossible stages. Using minimum sleight of hand and a normal deck this has been a favourite prelude to show how the performer gained his intuitive abilities.
Luke Jermay Prelude from the full-length book Method:
My personal pick is "Dead Cut," which is not only very well constructed and cleverly composed but I am certain will be the perfect piece for many magicians who wish to bridge the worlds of the magic they have become known for and mentalism. This routine alone will be worth ten times the price paid for this book to those who recognise the way in which this narrative-driven piece can become, in the right hands with the right storytelling, a signature routine that will allow a traditional magician to segue directly into the performance of hard-hitting mentalism.
1st edition 2014, 5 pages.
word count: 1856 which is equivalent to 7 standard pages of text