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Do as I Do





The 'Do as I Do' trick is well know to all experienced Cardicians, it is a popular trick and has long lasting appeal. There are numerous variations of it, the version that I am about to reveal here is the standard trick but with a special twist that I will suggest later.

The magician places before his volunteer a deck of cards. The volunteer is requested to cut the deck into two piles.

The magician now asks the volunteer to touch one of the piles. Acknowledging the volunteers choice the magician takes up one half of the deck and the volunteer is asked to take the other.

"Please take your half of the deck behind your back - I will do the same." says the magician.

The magician continues.. "I would now like you to do as I do, select a card from those which you hold behind your back - I will also do the same"

"Please place your selected card on the table in front of you - as I do"

Both cards are placed face-down onto the table.

"Keeping the cards behind your back, take my card from the table (without looking at it) and slide it into centre of your cards face-up . I will take your chosen card and slide it into the centre of my deck face-up "

Have you done that ? OK, bring all your cards to the front" (The magician does the same.)

The magician Ribbon spreads his half of the deck face down on the table, he then takes the volunteers cards and Ribbon spreads those along side.

Within each row of cards is seen a face-up card.

The magician asks the volunteer to remove both cards - they are both Jokers !!

The remaining cards are turned over to reveal a normal deck of 52 cards !!

* * *

Preparation.

Remove the two Jokers and place them at the bottom of the deck.

The Method.

Commence by false shuffling the deck...

False Shuffle.

Hold the deck as for a normal shuffle, address your audience explaining 'the mystic forces that seem to emanate from your finger tips each time you pick up a pack of cards' (don't laugh). Instead of generally tossing the cards on top of each other - on this occasion only remove cards from the middle of the deck and toss those on the top - over and over again - thus leaving the two Jokers in position at the bottom of the deck !

Place the shuffled (?) deck onto the table and ask your volunteer to cut the deck into two equal piles.

You now want the volunteer to take the top portion of the deck whilst you have the bottom half, complete with Jokers.

To achieve this extraordinary feat you are going to use the...

'Magicians Force' (very mystical)

Ask the volunteer to touch one of the piles (it is important that you say "Touch")

If they touch the top half, push it towards them saying "Thank you", you then pick up the bottom half.

If they should touch the bottom half, pick it up saying "Thank you - would you take the other pile" (push it towards them).

You both take your respective halves behind your backs. You ask the volunteer to remove a card and bring it to the front - face-down. You appear to do the same but cunningly you bring out the bottom Joker and place that on the table face-down (don't be to hasty).

Following the description written above you ask the volunteer to add your card to the centre of their half, you say you will do the same but you don't !

Take their selected card from the table and place it face down onto the top of your half (held behind your back) remove the second Joker from the bottom, reverse it, and slide that card into your half of the deck.

All you have to do now is spread the two piles (with as much drama as possible) to reveal that you both selected the very same card - a Joker !!!

Now for that special twist.

'Do as I Do' is nearly always performed with a normal deck of cards but the final effect can be greatly increased by using a deck wherein all 52 cards are the same ! - commonly known as a 'One Way Deck'.

Let's say in this case they are all Blank !.

You will have to add two cards of the same value and type (as per the Jokers above) but the effect at the final turn-over of the cards is fantastic !

You could use the lines....

"It may seem to be an extraordinary feat of magic that we both selected a Joker, but I must confess that I cheated - yes - I used a special deck of cards, all 52 cards are the same !" (groans are heard from the audience as they assume that they're all Jokers).

You now slowly turn over the two rows of cards to reveal that the other cards are indeed the same !

They are all Blank !

Which seems to the audience to be even more impossible !





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