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David Thiel
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C'mon. Be honest. Wouldn't you like to be Bob Cassidy for just ONE day? You know he's going to walk into Jack's Pub at MindVention next month and immediately be surrounded by guys wanting his opinion on...well...everything, people buying him an endless supply of his beloved rum and Cokes...

He drops little nuggets of forehead slapping "why didn't I think of that?" thoughts here at the Café and over at the Master Mindreader's Workshop. Personally I freely admit, without the slightest ounce of duplicity, that he's changed the way I perform mentalism. I know I'm not the only one.

So when Cassidy says he's going to share the routine he closes his show with, there's this expectant silence because people are listening.

Does he levitate David Copperfield using only the power of his mind? Does he read a 22 digit number an audience member is simply thinking of? Does he actually manage to divine the phone number of that lovely kilt-clad waitress in Jack's?

Nope.

Cassidy close his show with...a card trick.

Did I hear a disbelieving..."Um...What?" from out in Internet-land?

You heard me: the closer of the Cassidy show isn't 4DT. It's a card trick.

A...card...trick?

Nah. Actually it's not a "trick" at all. It is an utterly stunning-remarkably-easy-to-do memory routine where the performer says he's going to memorize half of a preshuffled deck of cards and, using only his memory...will hand half the deck to one volunteer and half of the deck to the other volunteer...and proceed with lightning accuracy to say which guy is holding which card. Presumably, the performer is relying on a perfect recollection of the 26 cards he saw to eliminate the 26 he didn't see.

The volunteers prove Cassidy is correct by tossing the cards to the floor of the stage. And as he goes through the routine, he's saying the name of the cards faster and faster and the cards are raining down on the stage like they've been shot out of a card fountain. Cassidy is actually naming the cards faster than the volunteers can find them. It's very funny, sort of spooky, extremely visual and a triumphant demonstration of a master memory.

The package is made even better for we, the visual learners, because it includes a couple of outstanding private recordings of the method required and Cassidy performing the effect in front of a live audience.

I'll be honest: I've never been thrilled by "feats of memory." It smacks of the performer standing on-stage and showing off. And done badly, I expect that's exactly what this routine could become. But the nuances Cassidy teaches and the richness of his instruction transform this effect into a thing of real world wonder. It's suddenly about showing the audience a remarkable performer doing something remarkable.

It's also the very definition of "packs small and plays big" since all you need carry is a single deck of cards and then, during the performance, fill the stage with energy, flustered people and cards flying through the air.

I can see this effect playing beautifully on the largest stage or in an intimate setting. It's intense. It's funny. It's utterly brilliant.

At the very least, investing in this manuscript will deliver a masterclass in how to design a routine and how a masterful performer takes something potentially mundane and makes it into an ovation inspired miracle.

Cassidy's Master Card Memory is a gem. A treasure.

Five billets out of five. Absolutely no question.


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Well said David,

This is one of Bobs masterpieces Smile
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Thanks, David. But you're wrong about one thing. I DID get that waitress's phone number. She must be pretty religious, though, because when I called the number later it was Dial a Prayer. Smile
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Bob, you were off by a digit, I dialed and got actually her. She told me that I didn't have a prayer.

Maybe I'll have a better chance with your brilliant new work. Read it once already for pure pleasure. The next time is for real!
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I've received a few queries about how this release differs from the card memory routine I previously published in the first volume of "The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy" and in my recorded lectures and in the DVD "Mental Miracles."

"Master Card Memory" contains not only the original routine, but an entire history of the effect going back to Al Baker, alternative methods and handlings, how to allow the pack to be freely and legitimately shuffled by JUST ONE participant and STILL end up with the cards in the proper order, how to do the effect without any trickery at all, what to do when a spectator drops the pack, etc. It also contains variant presentations including the Five Card Memory routine, a partial deck version by Ross Johnson, a comedy variation based on an actual fiasco that occurred during one of my shows many years ago, switch methods, "No Switch Switch" and an add-on variant which, like many of the other alternate presentations in this book, have never been in print before.

The card memory routine has long been the closer to my show. It appears to be a perfectly legitimate demonstration of incredible memory performed at high speed. It's designed to bring the show to an exciting close and to bring the audience to their feet.

I hope you find it to be a useful and powerful addition to your repertoires.

For further information see: http://marketplaceofthemind.com/products/mastcard/

Good thoughts,

Bob
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I grabbed this at MindVention and we all saw the sheer power of this killer routine when Dr Bob performed it.

I concur with David - top billet.
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Since this is a public forum, I'm going to be careful with what I write, but lately, in a close-up environment, I've been combining this routine with Aronson's Shuffle Board. I start off with a m*m****** d***, and go into the Aronson routine. Each spectator shuffles their portion of the deck, exchanges cards, reverses them, shuffles (if you're not familiar with Shuffle Board, not sure this is going to make sense). Anyway, at the end of the shuffle sequence, there is a deck of cards with supposedly a random number of cards face up in a face down deck. I then proceed to perform Shuffle Board as a demonstration of mental photography. I quickly riffle through the cards once, and then am able to announce exactly how many cards are face up (per Shuffle Board). I then have spec #1 count the cards, separating face up and face down cards. Indeed, I'm correct with the number of face up cards.

Next, I move into the Master Card memory phase. I have spec #1 take the face up cards, and have spec #2 take the face down cards. I explain that while spec #1 was counting the face up cards, I quickly committed them to memory, and then proceed to call out the entire deck of cards in Master Card Memory fashion. Since both spectators were able to shuffle the deck freely during the Shuffle Board sequence, it seems impossible for there to be any determined order to the cards. But thanks to using a m*m****** d***, I know exactly which cards are in which pile.

Make sense?

If you're not familiar with Shuffle Board, you should check it out. These two beautiful routines fit together nicely.
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Oh, that's good.
Thanks for sharing it.
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My pleasure. Glad you like it.
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I love this type of effect but wasn't aware of Bob's version until seeing it here on the Café and am chomping at the bit Smile

A little while ago I bought Barrie Richardson's 'Quartet' from a local Magic Shop and I really enjoy using it.

However, without going into detail, I am conscious that although many participants may not notice the discrepancies which make Barrie's effect possible, some will and indeed have!

The ones who have noticed, have never made any sort of comment which would detract from how powerful this effect really is but if Bob's version eliminates the possibility, then I am very interested in it.

Would anyone who is familiar with both Barrie and Bob's versions, please drop me a pm to help me decide?

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I'm not familiar with Barrie Richardson's but Bob's has no inconsistencies for the audience for the audience to spot. It's an absolutely beautiful routine and I wish I could fit it into my act. Unfortunately it clashes with the blindfold card calling.

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Caigy-

Here's a video of me doing my original version back in 1997:

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On Mar 1, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
Caigy-

Here's a video of me doing my original version back in 1997:



Is Marc Salem the participant, "Moe?" I've heard him say before that his name is Moshe, and it sure looks like him.
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[quote]On Mar 1, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
Caigy-

Here's a video of me doing my original version back in 1997:



Beautiful!!...thank you Bob.

Decision made Smile

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Yes, and Doug Dyment is the other gent!
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Yes. The two participants are Doug Dyment and Marc Salem. The video was shot in Minneapolis at the PEA's 1997 Meeting of the minds.

(BTW, in the index picture of the video, the lady with the red hair in the front row, almost directly in front of me, is my mom. who came to that public show along with my brother and sister-in-law who are sitting next to her.)
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So THAT'S how it's all done...stooges!
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LOL!
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Will this eventually be a video download Bob from Penguin? I love watching your specials.
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Magic Brent-

There are no plans for that at the moment. But the basic routine (as shown in the video above) is already explained in the first volume of "The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy" as well as on my DVD "Mental Miracles" (which is where the video first appeared).
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