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Topic: Cross-Cut Force Preference
Message: Posted by: R.S. (Sep 21, 2006 05:28PM)
As we all know, the tried and true cross-cut force is very effective with the proper presentation. My question to all is... do you think it is stronger to force the top card of the lower packet, or the bottom card of the upper packet? Something tells me that one of the methods must register as more natural and consistent in the mind of a spectator, but which one? I've seen both methods used brilliantly (Michael Close with one method and Michael Ammar using the other), so maybe I'm just splitting hairs. But the psychology of it is what I am interested in. Perhaps there is no inherently "superior" method, but it would be interesting to see if you guys have had better success one way or the other. Thank you!

Message: Posted by: Jaz (Sep 21, 2006 05:49PM)
If this can work with the effect then give them the choice. Either the bottom of the top(?) half or the top of the bottom(?) half.
Otherwise I don't believe it matters much.
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Sep 21, 2006 08:58PM)
Top card of the bottom half.
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Sep 22, 2006 09:08AM)
Message: Posted by: Juble (Sep 22, 2006 09:57AM)
I asked the exact same question, see

Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Sep 22, 2006 10:10AM)
On 2006-09-22 10:08, Rennie wrote:
On 2006-09-21 21:58, Patrick Differ wrote:
Top card of the bottom half.

I ditto the ditto.
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Sep 22, 2006 11:23AM)
Yep! Top card of the bottom half which is the top card to begin with.

This is such a great, and easy, force. Just make sure to pause before having them look at it. Talking, while doing nothing, is great misdirection for this.

Message: Posted by: meyegr (Sep 22, 2006 12:32PM)
Oh No - a 'rush' of ditto heads :arg:
Message: Posted by: MintonMagic (Sep 27, 2006 04:56PM)
I agree the top card of the bottom pack. The line that I use that drives it home is " Now lift the top pack off and Look at the card you cut to".

this usually helps when they back track. they think "I cut the cards, looked at the one I cut to and......"
Message: Posted by: John Heggie (Sep 27, 2006 08:52PM)
When you use the top card of the bottom pack the appearance of the force is very clean looking.