From the lost files of Jason Michaels comes one of the most devious and baffling psychic card routines every invented!
It is a four-phase routine in which you locate selected cards SIGHT UNSEEN. It was one of the most talked about feats of Jason Michaels and even fooled the skeptics. This appears in print for the first time.
Jason never liked using blindfolds except for blindfolded drives and even then he put newspaper over the windshield. The reason for this is that no matter how clever or deceptive a blindfold is, there are always people who still think somehow you can see through it. Jason developed a blindfold routine, not using a blindfold. He invited a lady to come forward from the audience and cover his closed eyes with her hands. Try it yourself. Seeing is impossible.
Under these conditions he developed a multi-phase card revelation routine that was done using genuinely shuffled decks, while the lady had her hands over his eyes. Now hear this, there are NO STACKS of any kind. The effects below are accurately described. This is exactly what happens in real performance.
Effect 1: The performer's eyes are covered by the lady hands and a spectator freely selects a card from a deck. There is no force of any kind. He returns the card to the deck and genuinely shuffles the cards BEFORE handing the deck back to the performer. Finding the card would seem impossible, especially since the performer cannot see (he really can't.) In a matter of seconds while the lady still has his eyes covered, he correctly locates the card. Baffling beyond words.
Effect 2: A second spectator selects a card from a deck in his own hands and buries it into the deck and hands the deck to the performer. Again there was no force of any kind. The performer put the deck into his jacket pocket for a few seconds and removes it and gives it back to the spectator. Remember, the performer still cannot see. The spectator is asked to look through the deck for his freely selected card; it has vanished from the deck. He reaches into the performer's side pocket and there is his card. There are no duplicate cards and the selected card could be signed! Nothing else in the pocket but the selected card.
EFFECT 3: Both spectators shuffle the deck and give it back to you. You spread the cards and have one selected and returned. You give the deck a few cuts and turn it face up and hand the face card to the spectator. It is his card. Positively no sleight of hand card control. No double cuts or breaks.
EFFECT 4: The strongest phase of all. This time, both spectators select a card, while your eyes are still covered and returns them to the deck. You riffle the cards and ask the lady to tell you when to stop. She does so and you turn that card face up and say you will use it to locate the other two spectator's cards. Leaving the card face up you cut it into the deck and cut the deck several times and hand it to one of the spectators. He spreads until he comes to the face up card and removes the cards on both sides of it. Believe it or not, these are the two selected cards. Positively no sleight of hand required to do this location, it is almost self-working.
FINALE: While your eyes are still covered, you ask the lady to concentrate on her card. Believe it or not, you name her card. It seems impossible that you could do this since the cards have been repeatedly shuffled by the spectators and keeping track of any card would seem impossible.
Remember the lady keeps her fingers over your eyes from start to finish. She never removes them anytime during the routine allowing you to get a peek at anything. This is why the routine is so baffling. Also the cards are genuinely shuffled by the spectators between each phase. This is why the routine seems so impossible, but is exactly as described.
These are all one man-effects that require no secret assistants or codes.
- NO ELECTRONICS
- NO STOOGES
- NO STACKS USED AT ANYTIME, UNLIKE OTHER ROUTINES ON THE MARKET. No extra cards, just a deck of 52 cards.
- NO DIFFICULT SLEIGHTS, all you need is the ability to handle cards while your eyes are covered. This is easy with a bit of practice.
- YOU REALLY CANNOT SEE, YOU ARE TOTALLY BLINDED DURING THE ENTIRE ROUTINE.
1st edition 2016, 13 pages.
word count: 3229 which is equivalent to 12 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Ronald M Levy
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Monday 13 June, 2016
Sight Unseen Revelations is a well thought out, well written, and helpfully illustrated book of instructions for doing a stepwise series of four card revelations that build to a climactic fourth revelation. All four need not be done at the same performance. What is amazing is that they are all meant to be done while the performer's eyes are securely covered from behind by a spectator, so that the performer cannot see! It is if the performer does the card revelations while being blind!
These card revelations are interesting enough that they would be entertaining even if the performer could see. Devin has choreographed them into an astounding blindfold card routine, that has a young woman standing behind him covering his eyes at every step, (which is a more secure method of rendering the performer sightless than any blindfold.)