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This is probably a non-starter- but is there a reasonable/usable Bible based Gospel routine using "The Invisible Deck"? Again, I don't want to force a round peg into a square hole. Most card tricks simply don't have a non-contrived or silly Gospel reference.

If no, this is still a great trick in my judgment in an adult setting to "earn the right to be heard" later.

I have quite a few versions of this great card trick, including the very reasonably priced jumbo Invisible Deck version (Dan Harlan) available from Penguin Magic. I probably did my first "invisible deck" trick more than 50 years ago, was always well received even as a teen performer. I once saw a very big name illusion show performer in Vegas do the jumbo version (while changing sets) and get the wrong reversed card- so it is important to be able to do very simple math in one's head "under pressure". I whispered to my wife- he is reversing the wrong card!!! The performer then did a "well that was at least close" line which kinda fell flat to say the least.

Another fun short children's gag that I know of no Gospel routine for is "Hat-A-Rama" by Devin Knight (also available from Penguin Magic). This too is another example of a good "warm up" fun thing to do with kids as the first non-Gospel portion of an overall routine (unless anyone knows of a Gospel application for that- I can't think of one).

As we are expecting another major snow blast in SW Michigan tonight, one trick for sure I won't be doing Sunday morning is the trick hated by all janitors everywhere: the beautiful but very messy "Snowstorm in China" (from the fist ala Kevin James) routine... I posted this true story before- I once saw a teen performer walk down the aisle in an indoor auditorium doing this trick- and I saw the standing janitor watching from the back practically having a heart attack while he saw his cleaned rows and rows of hard to clean theater sets being trashed with fine white confetti by an uncaring magician... Not good... I always wondered if that janitor made the teen magician later sweep and clean the seats of the entire auditorium.
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I did a simple routine a long time ago where I talked about making the choice to turn your back and go against the flow of the world... you will stand out when you're willing to turn from sin.
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Hi Roger,
I purchased the invisible deck 35 years ago at Disneyland's main street magic shop. I love it. This may be overly general and seem contrived, but this is how I use it.
Emphasis: God's Omniscience, foreknowledge

I hand out the deck in it's box with rubber bands enclosing it having spectators watching it the whole time. While doing the trick I emphasize the phrases "know" and "ahead of time" several times in my patter. "There is no possible way I could have known what you would think before we even began" etc

After the reveal - This is a trick, I can't really know your thoughts or know what you would choose ahead of time, but the bible tells us that God knows everything. The bible tells us that God knows our every thought and feeling. He even knows them before we think them. Before God created you, he knew you, and knew every thought you would ever think. He knew every secret and sinful thought you would ever have, and yet even with that knowledge He still chose to love you. Romans 5:8 God chose to love us, and Jesus chose to die for us even though he knew how sinful we really are.

Card tricks with a standard deck never seemed to translate well with kids. Several years ago I made my own invisible deck with UNO cards. Kids just relate to this so much better. The other thing I do with kids is have 2 spectators, one boy and one girl that have to work together to choose the card from the invisible deck. This is hilarious, and amps up the comedy of the invisible deck and card.
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On Feb 8, 2018, MagicBus wrote:

.. so it is important to be able to do very simple math in one's head "under pressure".

Even with a masters in statistics, I can goof up while under pressure. A simple work around, if the performance setting is appropriate (audience in front of you), don't do any math - just hold the cards upright as you spread the cards. You just need to remember what the chosen card was (I can even mess up there too Smile )

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love your approach to this problem.
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