Copyright © 1981 by Ron Bauer
My delusion is that somehow
someone will believe there's something
original in this version of
Charlie Millers DUNBURY DELUSION.
Oh, well... I suppose that
everyone who does a lot of card
tricks eventually comes up with a
version of Charlie's evergreen effect.
Me, too. I've always been able to
rely on it to go over well. This is how
I've presented it for well over fifteen
The effect, as you surely know,
Someone selects a card and puts
it back. The Card Trick Perpetrator
goes through the faces-down pack
and flips over three cards, one at a
time. Each of these cards, he claims,
provides clues about the chosen
card. He comments on the so-called
relevance of the colors and values of
each of the three cards, then discards
them, failing to notice one is
actually the chosen card. Now, for
the grand finale, he uses the numerical
value of the third card, and
confidently deals down to what he
expects to be the location of the spectator's
selection. But, when the spectator
names the card, it's not the one
on the discard pile. It's the one
counted to by that crafty conjuror.
Now, here are the details of this
Put a PENCIL-DOT on the upper
left and lower right corners of the
back of a THREE OF CLUBS. Put
the THREE in the THIRD position
from the bottom of the deck. Also,
memorize the FOURTH card from
the bottom. For example: SEVEN
- Casually overhand shuffle,
keeping the bottom four cards in
place. "This is sort of a SMARTY
card trick. It blatantly shows the ADVANTAGE
a magician has because
he knows that each card RELATES
SOMEHOW to the others near it...
no matter how the pack is mixed... This KNOWLEDGE is what
makes us so GOOD at FINDING
CARDS and BEING MODEST...
What's he talking about you ask?
PICK A CARD and I'II show you."
- Spread the cards for the selection.
MAKE SURE EVERYONE
SEES THE CARD.
- Square the pack, then undercut
for the replacement. Openly
drop the bottom half onto the selection
card square. The chosen card
is now THREE cards beneath the
PENCIL-DOTTED THREE OF
- Do a quick and casual shuffle,
but keep the chosen card group near
the center as follows: Shuffle off a
third into the left hand. Continue
the shuffling action, but pull off the
next third in a block by bringing
your left thumb up and over the top
long edge of the pack. Over-lap
enough to pull down on that second
third, and relax your right fingers
slightly. Continuing the shuffling
action, shuffle off the last third.
- "Now, I'll show you how easy it
is to INFALLIBLY find your card
without finger-moves... just highly
developed ARCANIC DEDUCTION!"
Spread the pack laces-down
between your hands.
- "...I DEDUCE, first of all, your
card is in this area. Of course, the
fact that I SHUFFLED helps me DEDUCE
that..." By this time, you
spot the PENCIL DOT. You're now
going to split the spread beneath a
SECRET TRIO of cards, the center
one being the PENCIL-DOTTED
THREE OF CLUBS. Look at FIGURE
ONE. Note that the left thumb
pushes the left card at the TRIO,
and, beneath the spread, the right
ring and middle lingers push against
the right card. Hold the TRIO as one
card against the bottom of the spread
with your right middle finger.
- "I'll use THREE CARDS in
this area to get the necessary clues... In fact, I'll find out all I need
to know by what I see on the FACES
and BACK of these cards... NO
HINTS, NOW. I WANT TO PROVE I
CAN DO THIS..." As you say this,
square the cards in your left hand,
and push the top one to the right
with your left thumb. Look at FIGURE
TWO. As the top card of this
packet almost clears the right edge,
flip it face-up onto the left packet
with the spread cards in your right
- "...This is the first card...
I'll use the FACE of this one..."
Thumb this card face-up onto the
- "...This is the second card.
I'll use the BACK of this one..."
Now we come to the sneaky stuff.
This card is pushed off and flipped
over just like the first one. However,
when it lands face-up on the
left hand packet, everyone sees
that its the chosen card. KEEP GOING.
Apparently you flip it face-down
onto the left hand packet and
thumb it onto the first card. Actually,
you secretly drop the TRIO
onto it as it's turned face-down. Look
at FIGURES TWO, THREE, and
FOUR. These represent the continuous
action of the FLIP SWITCH
MOVE. Note in FIGURE FOUR, the
left thumb traps the TRIO at the
upper left corner as the right hand
releases it and moves out of the way.
Now thumb the top card of the left
packet face-down onto the face-up
card on the table. At this point, the
MEMORIZED CARD has replaced
the CHOSEN CARD... and NOBODY
KNOWS (I HOPE!).
- The top card of the left packet
is now the PENCIL-DOTTED
THREE OF CLUBS. "...and this is the THIRD CARD... I'll use the FACE of this one, too..." Flip the top card of the left hand
packet face-up, using the right hand
spread, as before. This time leave the
card squared face-up on the packet.
Put the cards in the right hand
under this packet, and square the
- "Okay. Now I'm ready. You
see, the FIRST CARD is RED...
which tells me you chose a RED
CARD... or a BLACK ONE!... The
SECOND CARD tells me your card
had a BLUE BACK... How'm I doin
so far? Never mind, NO HINTS!... This THIRD ONE is a THREE, so
I know if I count THREE CARDS
I'll find your..." Obviously, no moves are needed
here, except an occasional DUCKING
MOVEMENT if anything's
- "...so I count... ONE...
TWO... THREE... THIS IS IT!
NAME YOUR CARD!..." Count the cards FACE-UP onto
the tabled cards as in FIGURE SIX.
The THREE OF CLUBS is ONE.
The next card is TWO. The THIRD
CARD is THREE – BUT DON'T
SHOW IT. Just slide it lo the right
outer corner of the deck and hold
it FACE-DOWN with your left
- When the spectator names
the card – PAUSE. "What?" They
will happily tell you again. "Well,
that's a relief! I was afraid it was
the SEVEN OF SPADES. Then
it would have been THIS CARD..." Turn the batch of four cards on
the table over by grabbing them
with your right fingers underneath
and thumb on top. All the
cards will be faces-down except
the SEVEN OF SPADES. See FIGURE
- "...instead of THIS ONE!" Grab the chosen card by its outer
right corner. Turn it face-up and regrip
it with the left thumb. If you want to be a real SMARTY,
snap it with your right fingers.
Thank you, Charlie.
Copyright © 1981 by Ron Bauer