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trapper keeper part 2
Sup. Continuing from the previous post- here are some trick ideas. We’ll start off with some simple straight forward ones. There’s a little set up- but nothing you couldn’t do pretty quickly.
3 card predictions. You either openly remove 3 cards and place them aside or start with them inside the box. Run through the Trapper Keeper sequence. And after they see what card they ended up with, you bring attention to the cards you removed at the start (or reveal you have three cards in the box), which will help you figure out their card. They turn out to be a 3 fours, let’s say 4H, 4D, and 4S- which means you left one in the deck- their card, the 4 of clubs.
_Method: Note the face card, and remove the other three of a kind- or you place the cards in the box in advance instead of during the performance. Then cut the deck so the face card is in the middle. When you run the TK sequence, cull the card that was cut into the middle as the force card.
3 card prediction v2. Similar to the above, except you force 3 random cards instead of one. At the end of the TK sequence when they spread through, they’ll find three cards sandwiched in between. They can think of any one of them. They name the one they think, and you reveal you had a prediction inside the box that matches their thought of card. And you can choose to reveal you predicted the other two as well.
_Method: Set up in advance: note the 1st + 3rd + 5th cards from the face, and remove their three mates. Cut the deck to reposition the three cards into the middle. You can put all three mates in the card box, OR put each one in a different location for multiple outs.
You may want to use a pair that’s easy to identify as the sandwich cards- like red aces. Have them hold on to the red aces first. And take them back when you execute cull de select. Btw- the reason you skipped every other one during the set up is so when you cull, you don’t have to cull three right next to each other.
When you show them how to shuffle, make sure to have them to push off a good amount of cards the first time, because on the last shuffle, they have to clear a 6-card stack instead of 4.
If you’re revealing all three, go to the box and remove the one they name. Then reveal you actually have the other two as well. If you’re revealing just one, then use multiple outs- and really play up the changing their mind’s bit.
Mate prediction. Instead of predicting 3 cards, your prediction is the mate. This is pretty straight forward, so I won’t get into it.
Okay.. now a couple more ideas with more interesting plots.
Angle-Z. You can hide a torn corner through this whole process. When they’re holding the cards face up, I prefer the non pipped corner nearest you. When they spread through to find the stack, you have them lower the cards and show you as they go. When they get to the stack, your palm down hand covers where the torn corner is with your fingers and pull the card out towards you a bit so half the card is now up-jogged. Then mime tearing off the corner and make it vanish.
You’ll have to keep track of where the torn corner is so it doesn’t flash. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how to ring in the card. But it should be in the middle of the deck when you start. Obvs.
One thing to consider- instead of having the corner transport, give them the real corner to put into their pocket at the beginning. When the corner vanishes and is reveal they’ve had it in their pocket the whole time, it’s pretty trippy.
Tally marks. You’ll need a sharpie for this one. To prep, you take your force card and put a bunch of tally marks on the back- but closer to the center so they don’t flash when casually spreading through. When you get to the reveal, instead of the usual mind reading “It’s a red card, it’s a heart, etc etc”, you start unsure but then get excited- “Is it a number card? Oh, is it a heart?? Okay, wow- I can’t believe it worked again! It’s the 4 of hearts, right?? Show me..” And they do. And you go “okay, wow, that’s amazing… it’s always the 4 of hearts, and I keep a tally… ” Pull out the sharpie, turn over the card, and add one more tally mark.
Keep in mind the tally card just can’t start at the top. It’ll need to start or be added to the bottom, then cut to middle.
And these tally marks can be added to the earlier ideas too- I’ll let you figure that out.
Initials. Exact same idea as ↑ except you use initials instead of tally marks.
Remember this post? Apply the same idea except to the back of the card. Just make sure the initials are closer to the center and leave a space for them to add their initials. But even if they accidentally spread to wide and see it- just play it off like it was from another trick then bring it back full circle at the end.
I think there’s interesting potential to this given how hands off it is. You don’t even have to go straight into a reveal. You’re so far ahead and all that’s happened is a shuffling process. And the shuffling is simple and easy to explain.
Some food for thought to cap off this idea for now.
The ideas above use this as a launching off point- you start off with the sequence then go on from there. But you can also lead up to this instead- I haven’t thought about that much- will report back if I think of anything worth sharing.
You’re already in a sandwich position that you can remove from the spread and go on to do other tricks having already forced three cards. You can also use two random cards instead of two mates (probably have multiple spectators so each can help remember each card. Hell, those can be selections too since you’re culling everything).
If you can hide a torn corner, you can also hide a mis-pipped card for some dual reality goodness or transpo or transformation or whatever, really.
Lastly, at it’s core, this is EASY. It’s not some complicated algorithm you have to memorize or hardcore sleight. It’s just culling cards, elmsley count, and remembering a key card. And I just want to reiterate… it all happens in their hands. While shuffling.
If nothing else, this is at least an interesting and random way to have a card selected. Hit me up if you come up with anything. Always open to jam. ✌