This is the gambling demonstration that Cristóbal uses in his show "Cartas Bajo Control" ("Cards Under Control"). About ten minutes long, it's an entire act with four phases, showing almost impossible skills, like card location while shuffling, estimation, card control, and the legendary center deal. You can deal the four aces without spectators being able to see how it is done, even when they know what you are going to do.
It is not necessary for you to know how to do a center deal, though in some parts of this routine you'll need to know some techniques. References and links are included, even alternative handling.
In addition this ebook includes detailed explanations of original techniques for the first time like:
- A multiple card control for the table, without causing disorder to the deck (although the impression is that the deck is genuinely shuffled and cut).
- A new method to stack any number of cards for any players: spectator put the four aces face up anywhere in the face down deck, he squares. Without shuffling, or apparently moving any card, the magician is able to deal the four aces to a player in a game.
You can use these techniques and other ideas and presentations of the book in other routines of your own. Also, you can perform each of the phases separately.
About the routines:
- Only one deck is used.
- The deck is shuffled by spectators, no setup is required.
- There are no added cards, or gimmicks, or anything else.
- You can ask for a shuffled deck and perform this demonstration at a moment's notice.
- You can perform it surrounded: there is no lapping, or deck switches, etc.
- "My favorite cards": spectator shuffles the deck. The four of a kind that the spectator chooses transform in the four aces.
- "Dealing the aces (with surprise)": a poker demonstration.
- "Locating and estimating": the magician shows how gamblers can know the exact position of the cards while shuffling. This way the artist can locate the four aces one by one.
- "The center deal": the magician explains what is a center deal, after that spectator loses the four aces face up in the face down deck and squares it. Without shuffling, the magician deals five hands, with the aces appearing face up, apparently from the middle of the deck, each time he deals in his own hand. In this demonstration there are no shuffles or cuts.
The stack method explained here is something you are going to add immediately to your repertoire. Experts like Juan Tamariz
or Dani DaOrtiz
have praised the simplicity and fairness of it. That alone is worth the price of the ebook.
1st edition 2015, 26 pages.
word count: 4986 which is equivalent to 19 standard pages of text