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The Holy Dixie Cup
by David Devlin


(5 reviews, 7 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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The Holy Dixie Cup by David Devlin

A deck is borrowed. It is thoroughly shuffled by a spectator. The performer has any spectator think of any number between one and fifty-two, but not to reveal it to anyone until asked by the performer. Nothing is written down. The number is simply thought of. The performer now has a different spectator name any card. There is no force of any kind! After a very funny gag, the performer for the first time asks the spectator to reveal the number that he has merely been thinking of. Let us assume that the number is twenty three. Without any fumbling or manipulation of the deck, no cuts, no shuffles, nothing; the performer honestly and directly deals the cards down to the position of the number called out. The card at that specified location is handed to a spectator for a moment as the cards are spread to show them all to be different. After a suitable build up, the spectator turns over the card in his hand. It is the named card!

That is the exact effect. Those of you who are familiar with David's work know how honest and direct he is when describing his effects, and this is no exception.

  • It is totally impromptu.
  • It is done with a cold and borrowed deck.
  • There are no calculations to memorize.
  • There are absolutely no stooges including the instant type.
  • Truly any card can be chosen, and any number can be named.
  • The effect is absolutely straight forward. There is no b.s.
  • There is a move that you will have to learn which is not hard to do, but it is a move nevertheless.

1st edition 2014, 12 pages.
word count: 3469 which is equivalent to 13 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Alex Silva
★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 22 July, 2014

bad quality, not recommend

Reviewed by Ewen McLachlan (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Friday 04 July, 2014

The text implies a much more 'hands off' flow to this trick than is the case. In fact, it does require a sleight that you are likely to have to 'man up' to master. I have no objection to tricks based on such mechanics, but to my mind, that's not what the description suggested, albeit the reviews now do.

Which raises a different question - if you want to learn this trick but will have to learn a sleight to do it, is it worth your time to learn it? Possibly so, in fairness it is something you could also use quite organically to manipulate cards either for other tricks, or as a backup means of getting yourself out of a hole. Personally, however, there are other sleights I'd rather spend the time on.

Reviewed by Larry Becker (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 03 July, 2014

If you're familiar with my card effects you'll know I'll go to hell and back to simplify the working and eliminate any difficult sleight of hand. David's handling of the Holy Dixie Cup includes a card switch you SHOULD learn if you don't already know one. Man up and spend the time necessary to get it down pat. This is the first DH effect I've purchased and I'm glad that I did. Keep up the good work David. Warmest regards - Larry Becker

Reviewed by David Devlin
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 02 July, 2014

Hi folks...Just to clarify...there is no "false deal". There is a switch that is similar to a "bottom deal"; however the sleight would never be used as a false deal as in a gambling routine, and especially in "fast company". Again, it is a very slick switch. Sorry for the misconception.

Reviewed by Xavier Serra (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 02 July, 2014

I am sorry to say that, opposite to the claim in the product description, there is a huge false deal. I think it is important for any potential buyer to know in order not to be mislead.