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The Very Best of Martin Nash - Volume 3




CENTER DEAL ACES - The performer deals five hands of Poker from a shuffled deck and despite the fact that the cards are cut and shuffled between each round of dealing, the performer still ends up with the four Aces.

ONE-ARMED BANDIT - Nash’s handling of Vernon’s classic Ace-cutting routine. The Aces are distributed throughout the deck and though it’s shuffled, the performer easily cuts to the first three - with one hand! For a finale, the performer cuts to a spot card, again with one hand, and counts to its value to find the last one.

FOUR ACES BACK ON TOP - The four Aces are visibly shuffled back into the deck yet they end up back on top. The Aces are returned to the deck, which is shuffled once again - the Aces are back on top!

FOUR ACES TO THE BOTTOM - Once again, the Aces are shuffled into the deck but at the end of the shuffling sequence, the Aces are found to be assembled at the bottom of the deck.

SECOND DEAL DEMO - The Ace of Spades is clearly placed on top of the deck yet the performer is still able to deal it to himself after dealing three other cards. The deck is turned face up and the Ace of Spades is placed on top face down as the performer demonstrates the Second Deal, continuously dealing face-up cards to the table while retaining the Ace on the face of the deck. The performer places the Ace of Spades back on top of the deck and continues to deal random numbers of cards, all the while retaining the Ace, even when the deck is held lengthwise in the hand.

MARTIN’S BLACKJACK ROUTINE - A winning Blackjack hand is placed on the bottom of the deck followed by a reversed card that ensures that there won’t be any cheating. Nevertheless, the performer deals himself the winning cards and then shows that the reversed card is still in place.

SEVEN CARD STUD POKER ROUTINE - The red Aces are placed on top of the deck and the black Aces on the bottom, yet the performer is able to deal the first three Aces to his own hand in a six-handed game of Poker. The deck is cut for the final round of dealing, placing the last Ace in the center, yet the performer is able to deal it to complete his four-of-a-kind!

ACE THROUGH TEN MIRACLE - The Ace through Ten of Hearts is removed from the deck, placed into numerical order and distributed back through the deck. The performer then shuffles the deck several times while claiming that one of the Hearts has been taken out of sequence. A spectator is asked to select a card that is not one of the Hearts. The card is replaced and as the performer shuffles again, the spectator is asked to call out a number between one and ten. The top ten cards of the deck are dealt face up - they’re the Hearts in order! - and the card at the spectator’s number is dealt face down. When it’s turned over, it’s found to be the spectator’s card and the missing Heart card is found face up in the deck.


ANY ACE CALLED FOR - From a shuffled deck, the performer finds all of the Aces - in the exact order the spectators ask for them!

GAMBLER AND CARD SHARK - Nash’s handling of a classic Harry Lorayne effect. The four Kings and four Aces are found under impossible conditions.

CENTER DEALS - The four Aces are openly distributed throughout the deck yet the performer, during a Poker-dealing sequence, is able to deal all of them into his hand.

DECK SWITCHING ROUTINE - A card is selected, remembered and shuffled back into the deck by a spectator. The deck is placed into the performer’s pocket and without asking any questions, removes one card from his pocket. The card is turned over and shown to be the selected card.

MARLO’S ONE CUT TRIUMPH - A spectator is asked to glimpse at a card. The deck is then split into two piles and one half is reversed and shuffled into the other half. Even though the deck is unequivocally shown to consist of face-up and face-down cards, when it is finally spread across the table, all the cards have turned face down except for the spectator’s card.

MATCHING THE CARDS - The cards are shuffled and a spectator is asked to cut off a small parcel. The performer removes a card from the bottom half and it’s found to be the mate of the card the spectator cut to. The deck is shuffled and cut once more and once again, the performer locates the mate of the card at the spectator’s cut. The deck is then cut into two piles and the spectator is given a choice of either pile. He is asked to deal cards into a pile and stop whenever he wishes. The stopped-at card is turned face up and left at its position in the spectator’s pile. When the cards in his and the performer’s pile are dealt simultaneously, the mate of the spectator’s face-up card is found in the exact same position in the performer’s pile. In the next phase, the spectator is asked to select and reverse three cards in half of the deck. The entire deck is reconstituted and the performer gives the deck one shuffle. The reversed cards have found their respective mates.

ONE IN A MILLION - For a finale, the cards are dealt into two even piles with the performer and spectator each taking one. The spectator deals his cards face up onto the table and the performer deals one card onto each of the spectator’s, forming 26 pairs of cards. When they’re turned over, it’s shown that each card is paired with its mate.

VARIATION ON DARYL’S BOOMERANG CARD - The deck is shuffled and cut into two packets. A card is glimpsed in one half, which is then shuffled. The spectator is asked to dribble the cards down onto the table. The performer splits his half of the deck and, reaching into the stream of cards, catches one in between the halves, which proves to be the spectator’s card.

ONE HANDED ACE CUTTER - The Aces are evenly distributed in the deck, which is then shuffled by both the performer and the spectator. With one hand, the performer finds each Ace in a dramatic and flourishy way.

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