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billmarq
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When I was a kid, I worked out a method on my own that provided an automatic break between two back-to-back halves of the deck. I prepared a deck by curving the left and right edges downward slightly, so that the entire deck was curled, or "arched" in the center. (In other words, the lengthwise center of the deck would be about 1/16th of an inch above the table if were placed there.) This allowed me to reproduce an effect I saw on television in which the magician revealed the chosen card as the only face-down card in a deck that had been "messed up" by having alternate packets reversed, the way a mischievous kid might shuffle(?)

My question is, has anyone else used a similar method for obtaining such a break? I know there are other ways to accomplish the same task, but the curved cards also helped in flipping over the lower half of the deck under the cover of my right hand. I ask this because I have not seen this technique described anywhere and wonder if it has any good use.
Honi soit quit mal y pense.
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Does anyone have information as to who might still make Martin Lewis "Switch? It is aJumbo Card that rises and is the wrong card. At halway up in the houlette it switces to the correct card.,
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Billmarq,

The technique you describe has been around a while and has a LOT of uses. In fact there are some very wonderful effects that utilize this principle.

Ahimsa,
Vlad

PS: I do like your reverse engineering though, NICE thinking Smile
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On 2011-09-21 05:22, lynco42928 wrote:
Does anyone have information as to who might still make Martin Lewis "Switch? It is aJumbo Card that rises and is the wrong card. At halway up in the houlette it switces to the correct card.,


lynco,

On the top of each section is a graphic displaying the words "Post New Topic." You will perhaps get your posts better noticed if you start a new topic. Your question has nothing to do with the subject of this thread.

BTW, welcome to The Magic Café!

Ahimsa,
Vlad
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Billmarq, this is Bro. John Hamman's Convex Longitudinal Bridge. He used it extensively in his card work.
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Thanks, guys. I was reminded of this method when I read an explanation by David Acer where he wrote something about inserting a finger into the "natural break" between back-to-back halves. My flat decks have no natural break, and I wondered if he was refering to this method. His write-up makes no mention of this bridge, and I honestly have not read of it anywhere. Admittedly, I am not as well read in the field of card manipulation as I should be.

I bring the idea to this forum as it is an easier method than using traditional sleights. I made great use of it in my youth for my signature card effect, as described above, which is something of a quasi-Triumph.
Honi soit quit mal y pense.
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Richard Kaufman describes it in The Secrets of Bro. John Hamman.
Combined with a helpful hint from Lin Searles, this is a nifty tequnique.
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