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[quote] On 2012-02-17 13:34, Cagliostro wrote: [quote] On 2012-02-17 09:06, LoïcJ. wrote: For a magic demo, the goal is to entertain spectators. You want to create the perception that you can do everything with cards. You can deal from everywhere, you can know any card at any position, you can win at any game, etc... For example, the Steve Forte's demo for the tv show "hidden secret of magic" is perfect. In 5 minutes, spectators think that Steve Forte can realize anything at anytime...[/quote] That is a good example. Even though I am not a magician I would think that a magician would or should use any subterfuge necessary to create the desired effect of fooling and entertaining his audience. For example, Steve Forte is about as skillful a card manipulator of gambling type moves that one can imagine, yet in the show mentioned above, “Hidden Secrets of Magic," Forte used a pseudo center deal rather than a real center. Even with his exceptional skill and ability, the pseudo deal was no doubt more deceptive than any real center deal that even he could do. In fact, in addition to fooling layman, I’m sure he fooled many magicians also with that deal. Further, he did not hesitate to use about three-quarters of a deck rather than a full deck for the demonstration to facilitate use of the bottom deal during that fake center deal. I might add however, that it takes considerable skill and ability to do this pseudo deal the way Forte demonstrated it. Darwin Ortiz also has a pseudo center deal where he apparently deals the Aces from different parts of the deck. That deal is clever and very deceptive. Generally speaking, I think a good pseudo deal is easier, more deceptive and far superior to an actual center deal when it comes to entertaining an audience. [/quote]
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