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Scripted #4: The 21 Card Trick
by Larry Brodahl

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(4 reviews, 35 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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Scripted #4: The 21 Card Trick by Larry Brodahl

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A free e-Manuscript that illustrates how scripting, routining and analysis can turn even the oldest and most well known trick into a true performance piece.

Who doesn't know the 21 card trick?

Nobody, that's who. And that unfortunately includes many laymen. So, the author of "HOW TO WRITE A SCRIPT" decided to tackle this trick - in it's classical format - as a challenge to create a script and handling that disguises the mathematical method while entertaining the onlookers.

This ebook supplies the script and simple moves that resulted from that challenge. The script has audience involvement, NEVER asks "Which row is your card in?", and has a surprise ending. The ebook also takes you through the an overview of the steps of the script writing process used to create script.

And best of all, it's free.

1st edition 2016, 21 pages.
word count: 3178 which is equivalent to 12 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Kakas Etterem (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Friday 11 November, 2022

Funny variation of this standard routine!

Reviewed by Alfred Dowaliby (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 10 July, 2016

Today I acquired "Scripted #4: The 21 Card Trick. As a professional magician for over 20 years who believes that patter (aka script) and presentation are the most important component of selling a routine to the audience, I was delighted. Mr. Brodahl has combined and incorporated elements of deception, psychology, comedy, and what Dai Vernon called an "emotional hook," into this very cleverly devised routine. The 21 Card Trick is a very old trick and quite likely the first card trick learned by the overwhelming majority of people who try their hand at doing a card trick. In its original incarnation, it is still a baffling effect: After all, when asked in an interview how he got into magic, Ed Marlo said [paraphrased], "I saw the 21 Card trick and that was it; I never turned back."

Mr. Brodahl has cleverly camouflaged the fact that, in essence, the trick is the 21 Card Trick. The hook is a test of the spectator's psychic abilities which from the outset, diverts the focus upon it being a hackneyed mechanical/mathematical card trick. I am sure that, at least laymen, will not recognize it as the trick they themselves learned. Without the necessity for difficult or complex sleights, there are a number of ruses and deviations from the classic handling that create impermeable layers of disguise that will not be seen through by any but perhaps the most ingenious of observers - and that's what this script and routine created by Larry is: ingenious.

Postscript: Despite my many years in magic, I had never come across the Jay Ose false cut, which is utilized to great advantage in the routine. It is amazing and ironic to me that if the cards were cut into three piles (as in the initial part of the cut) and then reassembled "fairly," i.e., in a manner that would result in the cards being truly cut, it would look like a false cut, whereas when the procedure of the Jay Ose false cut is followed in the reassembly of the three piles, it looks like a real cut. I will be definitely using the cut in my card magic.

Reviewed by Ferry Gerats (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 09 July, 2016

Very good publication. Amazing that it is free. Mr. Brodahl shows you how to turn the old hackneyed 21 cardtrick into entertainment. At the same time the given presentation obscures the fact that a mathematical procedure is the modus operandi for locating the chosen card. On top of that Mr. Brodahl also gives you an insight how the presentation came about. So if you want to acquire the skill to make your own presentations there is a wonderful lesson to be learned here!

Reviewed by Dave Arch (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 09 July, 2016

Who can make the 21 Card Trick entertaining? Larry Brodahl and does in his Scripted #4 manuscript. In addition, I found several of his script ideas immediately applicable to other routines I currently perform. The greatest mystery of all is why it's free. Some very fresh thinking.

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