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Kjellstrom
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I discovered that you can use your steel card guard as a very effective mirror!
Put the card guard flat on the table and you can now use it to peek bottom cards.
Very useful if you use some kind of stacks.
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Another extremely effective mirror is a dinner knife (if you are performing at a dinner table).
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Nick, you are a hero. Today I was performing some card magic at a party and I used your idea to peek a card. Very ingenious.
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Kjellstrom,
I'm glad you tried it, and that it worked for you. The dinner knife as a mirror concept is incredibly powerful since the dinner knife blends into the table during a meal. It is so natural an item on the table that it is essentially invisible in the minds of the spectators. I honestly don't remember where I learned it -- I've been using this principle for well over 25 years.
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That reminds me of a picture I saw in a magic book I studied many, many years ago. I will not be able to recall the name of the author or the title of the book.
But the picture showed the point of a dinner knife used to cut (!) a deck allowing the performer to peek the index of the card mirrored in the knife before the spectator looks at his cut-to card.
I was impressed by the ingenious idea, but honestly I have never used it.
Nick's use of the knife without calling attention to it is undoubtly more subtle.
But there might be a place for the "cutting" idea in the right context.

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Trolle,
The book is "Al Koran's Professional Presentations" (1968, published by Harry Stanley, London, England)) and the piece is call "The Encore Card Stab". It is a brilliant routine that I still perform to this day.
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I use Joe Porper steel case which are black (and excellent) but alas, no reflection on black surface. I'll get for knives... Thank's for the sugestion !
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Nick
Thank you!
The trick was "well hidden" at my own bookshelf!
One of the first serious books I bought back in the 70's. I never used the trick because I was not ready to use a stacked deck at hat time. I guess it was too advanced for me - but it made me think.
Time to go back and reread!
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Nick, Wonderful Tip I will definately take it for a spin. By the way I really enjoyed your work in "Best of Friends"
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Ha, I never thought of that. Cool. Or you can use just about any dark liquid heh.
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I have been known to use the card guard as a "Shiner" as well.
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Yes - the use of a cup full of coffee is even better, and nobody see any reflection unless they are looking after it.
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Very nice idea... (why I didn't think of it Smile)

Thanks for the idea

Andre
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These are ace ideas guys. Just the sort of thing I need for impromptu settings.

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If you wear a watch with a metal band and a wide smooth clasp on the back, this can sometimes function as a shiner.
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