Invisible Deck - Do you put the card back in Reversed in front of Audience?

Dec 7, 2016
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On the Invisible Deck Instructions by Daryl. He says to put the card back in front of your audience. (My example being a walk-around, table hoping magician) Because it will have you instantly reset for the next table. Which is great yes! But i don`t like putting it back in the deck in front of the audience. Or at least i don`t have good reason to tell the audience why i`m putting it back in "upside down". It looks suspicious to me and after a mind blowing trick. Daryl said to say something like, I think this is going to be the card the next person is going to pick. Which isnt a bad reason at all. I`m just in search for more reasons why I would put it back in reversed. Have you any good ideas on what a magician could say to the audience in this situation?
 

WitchDocIsIn

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Why give a reason at all?

The trick is done, the reactions are happening, put the card back in the deck and put it away. If you explain it, it draws attention to it. If you just do it, people will forget about it.
 
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Why give a reason at all?

The trick is done, the reactions are happening, put the card back in the deck and put it away. If you explain it, it draws attention to it. If you just do it, people will forget about it.
You have a fair point Christopher. Thanks making that a whole lot easier.
 

Josh Burch

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I don't give a reason either, I just put it away and move on.

If you were worried about it, you could cut the deck at the reversed card and remove it. If the deck is square it look innocent on all sides. Place the deck without the selection face down inside the box. Wait a beat, then place the card face up in the box. The time misdirection will fool just about anybody. Besides, after the trick is over the cards lose their importance in the minds of the spectators.

Dan Harlan puts the cards behind his back to "set up" the reversed card. If you wanted to use Daryl's ploy you could place the card and selection behind your back, assemble them as needed, and say that you are setting it up for the next group. With the cards behind your back they don't see which card it will be.
 
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I agree with Christopher and Josh's thinking and approach on this, which are in line with an old and wise saying in Magic: "Don't run when they are not chasing you." And they are not chasing you at the end of the ID; they are too busy picking their jaws up off the ground and are not going to give it a second thought if you simply place the card back upside down (i.e. face down) right where it was. This is assuming they even notice that you did so, which is highly unlikely. My own approach is to have them draw the face down card out of the deck, and as they are looking at it and/or showing it around, I simply cut all the cards to the right of the selection to the bottom. When I take back the card, I just casually place it face down on the bottom and I am reset to go. This works for me because I never have the cards in any particular set order. I have never had a single person even appear to notice what I've done at the end of the trick, much less call me on it or express suspicion. Is it necessary to do it that way? I would say no, but it's the way I've been doing it for decades, probably out of my original (and unwarranted) paranoia that it would look suspicious if I stuck it back face-down in the same place.
 
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I don't give a reason either, I just put it away and move on.

If you were worried about it, you could cut the deck at the reversed card and remove it. If the deck is square it look innocent on all sides. Place the deck without the selection face down inside the box. Wait a beat, then place the card face up in the box. The time misdirection will fool just about anybody. Besides, after the trick is over the cards lose their importance in the minds of the spectators.

Dan Harlan puts the cards behind his back to "set up" the reversed card. If you wanted to use Daryl's ploy you could place the card and selection behind your back, assemble them as needed, and say that you are setting it up for the next group. With the cards behind your back they don't see which card it will be.
Thanks very much Josh. I think I'll just put it back in reversed. To be honest, cutting the invisible or just putting it any other way other than its original form would confuse me. I'd be paranoid I would accidentally put it in an order I wouldn't understand.
 
Dec 7, 2016
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I agree with Christopher and Josh's thinking and approach on this, which are in line with an old and wise saying in Magic: "Don't run when they are not chasing you." And they are not chasing you at the end of the ID; they are too busy picking their jaws up off the ground and are not going to give it a second thought if you simply place the card back upside down (i.e. face down) right where it was. This is assuming they even notice that you did so, which is highly unlikely. My own approach is to have them draw the face down card out of the deck, and as they are looking at it and/or showing it around, I simply cut all the cards to the right of the selection to the bottom. When I take back the card, I just casually place it face down on the bottom and I am reset to go. This works for me because I never have the cards in any particular set order. I have never had a single person even appear to notice what I've done at the end of the trick, much less call me on it or express suspicion. Is it necessary to do it that way? I would say no, but it's the way I've been doing it for decades, probably out of my original (and unwarranted) paranoia that it would look suspicious if I stuck it back face-down in the same place.
Thanks man. They're good tips. Like I just said to Josh. If I cut the deck and changed the original order. I would be paranoid I wouldn't be able to understand it. Thank you for your reply. Appreciate it.
 
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No prob, Graham, you're welcome! Enjoy it and of course do it in the way that's natural and comfortable for you. It has been around for a very long time, and remains one of the very strongest effects, not just in card magic, but in all of Magic, in terms of audience reaction.
 
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On the Invisible Deck Instructions by Daryl. He says to put the card back in front of your audience. (My example being a walk-around, table hoping magician) Because it will have you instantly reset for the next table. Which is great yes! But i don`t like putting it back in the deck in front of the audience. Or at least i don`t have good reason to tell the audience why i`m putting it back in "upside down". It looks suspicious to me and after a mind blowing trick. Daryl said to say something like, I think this is going to be the card the next person is going to pick. Which isnt a bad reason at all. I`m just in search for more reasons why I would put it back in reversed. Have you any good ideas on what a magician could say to the audience in this situation?


Hey, he means put it back in the same way as the deck. He even says that it's not the sort of trick to do twice in a row.
 
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