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The Very Best of Martin Nash - Volume 2




GAMBLER VERSUS MAGICIAN - A spectator chooses a card, which is left, sight unseen, on the table. The performer attempts to cut to the three mates of the unknown card and succeeds in finding the three 3s. Unfortunately, the spectator’s card was a King. All is made right, however, when the 3s are turned over to show that they’ve magically changed into the other three Kings!

MARLO’S ACE CUT ROUTINE - From a thoroughly shuffled deck, the performer dead cuts to three of the Aces. To find the final Ace, a spectator is asked to name any number between 10 and 20. The performer gives the deck a final shuffle and when the spectator deals the cards onto the table, the final Ace is found at his chosen number.

SPINNING THE ACES - The four Aces are placed into random places in the deck, which is then shuffled repeatedly. The performer dramatically spins four cards out of the deck, apparently from various locations, and when they’re turned over, it’s discovered that the performer has found the Aces.

SEGREGATING THE COLORS - The performer demonstrates an impossible card location, all the while preparing the deck for the miracle to follow.

COLORS ON THE MARCH - The deck is shuffled and all of the cards are shown to be fairly mixed. Yet, the performer is able to deal them according to color and according to the spectators’ wishes. For example, if the spectators call “doubles,” the performer is able to deal two red cards and two black ones. If they say “triples,” the performer deals three reds and three blacks. For a finale, the performer is able to totally segregate the red cards from the black ones. This is a showcase routine that will amaze even the most jaded audience.


NASH’S ACE CUTTING ROUTINE - The performer shuffles the deck and cuts it into four face-up piles. The audience is stunned to see an Ace at the face of each one!

NASH’S HANDLING OF DR. DALEY’S LAST TRICK - The two black Aces change places with the two red Aces under the fairest possible conditions. Nash’s presentation cements the positions of the cards in the spectator’s minds, making the transposition of the cards even stronger!

LORAYNE POKER DEAL - A lesson in how to subversively deal the four Aces into one’s hand during a game of poker apparently goes awry - until the performer turns over his hand to show that he now has a Royal Flush - in Spades!

CENTER DEAL DEMONSTRATION - The four Aces are distributed throughout the center section of the deck yet the performer deals them at will - and at any number the spectator decides.

WORLD’S FASTEST RUN-UP - The performer loses the four Aces into the deck and yet is able to stack the deck in only one shuffle - and in less than five seconds - so that he gets all of the Aces in a poker deal, the number of hands of which are determined by the spectator!

TWIST THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED - A selected card is lost in the deck. The four Aces, set aside previously, are fairly shown and placed into a spectator’s care. However, the performer causes the Ace that matches the suit of the selected card to turn face down. As a finale, the deck is spread to show that one card is face down. However, when the card in the deck is turned over, it’s found to be an Ace while the face-down card among the Aces is found to be the spectator’s card.

JACKS ARE BETTER - This is one of Martin Nash’s signature routines. A card, unknown to the performer or spectator, is placed between the two face-up red Jacks and the “sandwich” is lost in the deck. Another card is selected, and noted this time, by the spectator and also lost in the deck. When the cards are spread, the unknown card between the Jacks is found to be the card that was later selected by the spectator. Going a step further, one Jack is placed on top of the deck while the other is placed on the bottom. A card is selected, remembered, and returned to the center of the deck. With one deft move, the performer tosses the deck to the table, retaining the two Jacks. However, a face-down card is seen between them which proves to be the selected card. Taking it still further, the performer has another card selected and lost in the deck. Two spectators each return the Jacks to the deck face up in random locations yet when it’s spread, the Jacks have come together with only one card in between - the selected card. In the penultimate phase, the Jacks are placed face up into the deck and another card is selected. The selected card is upjogged and as the cards are spread, it can be clearly seen that the selection and the Jacks are separated by a number of cards. A spectator is asked to square the deck but when the performer re-spreads the deck, the Jacks have come together once again with the selected card in between. For the routine’s spectacular finish, the deck is riffled and a spectator is asked to merely think of a card he sees. The red Jacks are cut into the middle of the deck and with no moves whatsoever, the deck is spread and the spectator’s card is once again found in between the red Jacks.

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