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Spectacular and extraordinary Svengali maps and focus with them


If you have a deck with the same cards, then you can literally show miracles, but sooner or later you will have to show the audience that all the cards are different. To do this, grab the deck with your hand, holding your thumb on the top edge of the deck, and the rest of your fingers on the bottom.

By pressing the index finger of the right hand on the back side of the deck, you can gently scroll cards from the right hand to the left, as they scroll through a book, showing each card individually when it falls. Don’t worry if this movement seems complicated to you, it will soon become a habit for you.

Since the "key" cards are shorter, your thumb will skip them when you scroll through the deck, so viewers will think that all cards are different. In fact, cards automatically fall in pairs, and each “key” card is hidden behind the previous regular card. Remember that when you show that all cards are different, then the bottom card lying face up should be normal.

Tip: Practice scrolling cards so that cards are scrolled in pairs and you can control the speed, as it is often necessary to show that all cards are different.

Scrolling (option 2)

Although it is not recommended to show that you are using a special deck of cards, you can give the impression that the deck consists of only “key” cards. Just repeat scrolling as described above, but do not hold the cards face-to-face, but so that they are facing the hand and the shirt out.

Performing this movement, check that the bottom card is a "key" card. This completes the illusion that all cards are the same.

Press the index finger of the right hand on the front side of the deck and carefully scroll the cards from the right hand to the left hand (Fig. 3). Viewers will think that the whole deck consists of three clubs.

Removing a deck of Svengali magic cards

“Remove deck” means taking about half the cards on top of the deck and putting them down the deck, thus mixing the cards. You can remove the Svengali deck without violating the Svengali principle.

Put the whole deck on the table. With your index finger, click on the deck, and with your other fingers grab the deck by one narrow edge, and with your thumb - by the other narrow edge, removing about half the deck.

Put the top half of the deck on the table next to the remaining cards. To complete the withdrawal, take the remaining cards and put them on the first half.

Taking cards by narrow edges, you always remove the deck to the "key" card. Look at the top card, if you did everything correctly, then at the top of the deck there will automatically be a three clubs.

You can also remove the deck by dividing it into several packs of cards. Hold the deck by narrow edges, release a few cards so that they fall onto the table. Slide your hand with the remaining cards to the side and release a few more cards so that they fall onto the table.

Repeat this until you have as many stacks of cards as you need. Now the top card in each of the packs should be three clubs.

The history of mysterious cards

This unusual deck appeared in 1909 in America. It was there that Herman Hans gave her such an original name. Why Svengali? It turns out that this was the name of a famous hypnotist in the circles of magicians and wizards. An Indian by birth, he enjoyed continued respect and popularity among colleagues in the field of activity. And one of his most ardent fans decided to perpetuate the idol’s name in such an unusual way.

At the same time, the inventor of the pictures themselves of this type was not Hans at all, but Burling Hill. It was he who invented the tricky move that allowed many illusionists to make their life easier. However, the name that the author gave (“Improved Card Mystery”) did not take root, but Svengali came into use quickly and forever.

Outwardly, the pack looks quite ordinary, but the internal content contains a pleasant surprise for magicians.

The composition is almost standard: 53 cards, of which one is a joker. However, the banality ends there. 26 pieces are not ordinary, but a size shortened by a couple of millimeters. The 27 remaining are ordinary in size.

However, this is not all. The main trump card in the device of this pack is that either standard 27 or truncated 26 cards are all the same in suit and value! That is, every second picture is repeated in a stack. It is easy to imagine how convenient and profitable it is for bright and spectacular tricks.

Svengali cards laid the foundation for a kind of industry for the production of special images for magic tricks. To date, in addition to Svengali, there are piles in which part of the cards are cut at the sides at an angle. They are called conical or conical. Anyway, cards with a wide variety of tricks are issued so that even the most difficult trick is easy to execute. For games, such cards can only be used by cheaters.

It is important! The true Svengali deck is very much appreciated, so beware of cheap fakes. They will be of poor quality and will quickly become worthless.

The most important trick with Svengali maps

The essence of the most amazing trick with such cards is to turn the entire deck into one card selected by the viewer. The focus effect is simply mind blowing. The audience is delighted, and the magician is on top!

In more detail, the focus looks like this. The stuntman flips through the cards and invites the viewer to say “Stop!” To him at any time. As soon as the participant said the coveted word, the magician stops. The viewer must remember the top card from the bottom pack lying on the table. Then the stuntman puts on top a second pack of components and focuses the public on the fact that the selected picture lies in the middle of the deck.

Invites the viewer to shuffle the entire pack on their own to make sure there is no fraud. Only in this case, do not look at the front side, so as not to know where his card is now, it will be even more interesting.

Well, now the most important moment of the issue: the wizard takes the cards from the hands of the viewer and puts the entire pack in his jacket pocket. Then he makes magical movements, pronounces witchcraft words and, lowering a completely empty hand in the same pocket, takes out a deck from there, where all the pictures are chosen by the viewer. Many wizards do not put the pack in their pocket, but simply hold them in their hands, making magical passes, and the result is the same.

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We examined Svengali maps and focus with them. Now let's study the mechanism and structure of the trick. As proof of the lack of communication between you and the deck, you offer the viewer to hold it in your hands and shuffle. Then let the same person or another choose and remember the card. Then all the salt of focus in the Svengali deck itself.

Since the cards vary in length, you can easily take 2 cards for a break right away. With 26 identical cards in the deck, you can always show the public a whole series of identical images. If you turn the pictures in the forward direction, the viewer will see all the cards different. Turning the deck over to people and so that when turning the cards fall into your left hand, the audience will see them all the same.

It is important! The most important thing in the performance is not to let the audience look at the cards in the deck for too long and carefully, as more observant people will see the difference in the cards and the uniformity of the deck.

A detailed video tutorial on various Svengali tricks, both the most common and more rare, can be seen here:

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