A series of novel and above all entertaining card tricks, all requiring a minimum of skill, the simplest of apparatus and all designed for the maximum entertainment and audience appeal.
No. 1. "A Double-Dose": Predestined and Black and Red Computation II.
Two effects, both using the same subtle principle, credited to Nick Trost.
PREDESTINED is for platform performances. You can use a Jumbo pack of cards and four cardboard plates. You will make this up in a few minutes and have a good program item. The working is simplicity itself but, being more interested in the presentation possibilities for a modern audience, Ken has altered the ending, and given you two different presentations, one with jumbos, and one with regular-size cards.
The plot involves two members of the audience, and they count cards on the plates. There's a surprise finish when it is discovered that you have predicted the number of black cards and the number of red to be chosen.
BLACK AND RED COMPUTATION II is a close-up version of the same effect and in this instance, the effect is not presented as a prediction, but rather as a series of coincidences. Easy to do and both effects are fully illustrated by Ken himself.
1s edition 1985, PDF 12 pages.
word count: 3186 which is equivalent to 12 standard pages of text