Tarbell – Every Trick in the Book Book 1 - Lesson 11

Lesson 11: Impromptu Card Mysteries

As a well-rounded magical performer, it's a good idea to be able to pick up a deck of cards wherever you are and entertain with it.

And to do that, you must be more than impressive... You must be interesting. Dan will show you how to take an ordinary deck and perform extraordinary things with them.

Remember, when it comes to cards, the old song rings true, "It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it."

As in music, there are endless combinations and variations, but the most pleasing results rely upon a well-structured approach to a small set of possibilities.

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to apparently read the most imperceptible "tells" during a fast game of stud poker.

Dan will also show you a classic get-ready that allows you to instantly straighten out a face-up/face-down deck he'll give you an interactive variation.

Then we'll update an old effect to the digital age and you'll see how to program a deck of cards to reveal a secret code number.

You'll also turn the Ace of Spades into a chosen card detector that seems to melt through the cards until it finds the right one.

You'll be able to find cards by letting a spectator choose a number where the selected card should appear.

And, Dan will show you his preferred approach to a magician-in-trouble scenario where you'll change a random card into the one you want.

Then, we'll explore a very direct and simple approach to using two cards to locate and trap another one between them.

And finally, Dan will show you a fun way to turn any spectator into a magical star with the uncanny ability to find selected cards simply by wearing your jacket.

As you learn these Impromptu Card Mysteries, pay particular attention to the way Dan focuses more on the people than the pasteboards.

Tricks Included:
  • Joe Berg’s “Count Down” Card Mystery
  • Tenkai’s Reverse Cards Mystery
  • Royal Card Discovery
  • Birds of a Feather
  • Card Appearance at Selected Number
  • The Change-About Card
  • Find the Burglar
  • Selected Cards from Spectator’s Pocket
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