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Hi, Are there any published routines or methods where a spectator cuts a card. And then the magician cuts a higher card. Thanks!
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You can have a regular "cut to the high card setup" just near the end of the deck. The rest is easy, but not 100% secure unless you will bring all the aces to the bottom of the deck.
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Hi/Lo cutting deck ... 100% accurate every time.

Gambling Tricks with Cards - Part 2 by Nick Trost (last page)

Note that Trost has a few different "Gambling Tricks" books, but it has to be the exact title above.
The deck is a custom card gaffer item, and not particularly easy to make.
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Take any 2 decks of cards. Both decks should be brand new. Remove the high cards from one deck and the low cards from another. I typically tell the spectator that 8s are neutral. Shuffle these two groups together to form a new deck. Now, very lightly cut the deck (sides or ends doesn't matter). Cut the deck into several small piles, about 8-10 cards in each. Turn over each packet. You'll either find mostly high cards or mostly low cards. Turn the packets face down again and turn over all the top cards of each packet. You'll find mostly the opposite there.

Be sure to cut lightly, not forcefully. A soft touch is crucial.

It's not guaranteed but it's very strong. I've cut out 10 or more packets before and won every one.

New playing cards from the factory are never cut exactly alike. There is always a microscopic "Svengali" principle at play in any two decks.

By the way, if the deck you make first has the low cards cutting to the bottom and the high cards to the top and you would rather reverse this, then create another deck from the remaining packets. They'll go they opposite way.

Bicycles and Tallys work best for this, but it can also work with Bees and casino Aristocrats. It's just not always as sure fire. This principle also works with red/black or odd/even if you have a magic trick that needs it.

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Thanks a lot for the suggestions! I am working on them.

@JasonEngland

Amazing idea. Can you please also confirm the source for this idea?
Thanks!
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Shakuni,

Gambling supply houses used to sell decks that would do this. They used a single deck and removed all of the high cards and trimmed them a tiny bit. I believe they sold them for the game of "Banker/Broker" but I may be misremembering that detail.

So, the idea has been around for a long time. I'm not sure who first realized that modern playing cards could replicate this just by using 2 decks mixed together. I was told about it years ago.

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I believe the person who discovered this principle could work by shuffling 2 decks together is Jordan Cotler. He published a manuscript called The Impromptu Svengali Deck Principle about 10 years ago. H&R Magic used to carry it, don't know if they still do or not.

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I love "The Art of War", by Jason Ladanye. I think it's exactly what you're looking for, shakuni: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fezEJY9sceg

I believe it's available in his book/DVD.

(Also it's insane to be in the same thread as Jason England, a superb teacher and performer)
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Ladanyes routine has nothing to do with cutting cards.
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@JasonEngland

Thanks a lot for the info.
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Quote:
On Jan 3, 2019, Mr. Bones wrote:
Ladanyes routine has nothing to do with cutting cards.


In my new book Game Changer, I have a routine called High Card Hustle, which is a multiphase effect where the performer always cuts to a higher card than the spectator. Each time you play, you give the spectator more and more advantages and yet you still win.
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My comment referenced the video linked to in the post, and has nothing to do with your book.
In your video, a magician dealing cards out one at a time and declaring that they have "high card" has nothing to do with CUTTING to a high card.

Perhaps your effect in your book more closely resembles Banker and Broker, I have no idea.
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Great idea Jason..Thanks…. I had not heard that tip before Smile
Now I have to try it !
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I recall reading in some old book that long and broad cards were used for cutting. I guess, as I do not know, that if one cut long ways one got a high card and sideways low.
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