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Hello all!

I am hoping that my life will settle down soon into something like 'normal'. In the meantime I had a stimulating discussion with a magic friend in which I brought up a technique I used when I was performing regularly.

The idea behind what follows is simple: You have to be ready when doing 'pick-a-card' tricks to have something go wrong! You lose the card. The spectator who selects it lies about the actual name of the card and so on. Yes...the easy out is to always have the card signed, but for many effects that is not practical or wanted, so what do you do the those times that you do not wish to have the card marked in some manner?

My solution was not only simple, I am sure that I can not be the first to think of it! Essentially, I ALWAYS forced the card that was selected. In my case I used the Classic Force which at the time I had virtually 100% control of even with other magicians, but the manner of force is not really so crucial as the fact that I ALWAYS knew what the card selected .... WAS!

Think about it just a little bit and you will see the 'power' of this from a theatrical stand point. Let's say that the card is selected, placed back and then the occassional jackass who has to control the show insists that he be given a chance to shuffle the deck. My solution: Do NOT let 'him' shuffle, but hand it to a lady if possible and let her mix up the cards. This takes away some of the the obnoxious gents thunder and yet shows you are willing to take a challenge.

Once shuffled, you take back the deck and spreading it face up make note that the cards are all fairly mixed, etc. Upon spotting the selection close the deck and in the act of turning it face down I Invisible Turnover Pass it to the top. Other ways to accomplish the same thing will occur to you.

Basically, what forcing every selection does for you is give you a vast array of presentation options that you would not otherwise have. Oh...obviously you could have a card selected and you could peek it, etc., but I have found this to be a more chancey method of working.

In any event you will get tons of practice on your Classic Pass! All best,
Brad Burt
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