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Hidden in Plain Sight by Kirk Charles

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Details: Hidden in Plain Sight is the most complete manual for marked cards ever published. Author Kirk Charles, a long-time professional magician, has written a book that explores this most powerful of all magical tools in great detail. From the history of marked cards to more modern developments in “reader” technology, Charles breaks down the advantages, disadvantages and nuances you’ll need to know. You’ll learn about commercially available decks as well as how to prepare your own custom-marked pack.

Additionally, Charles delves into the psychology involved in performing with a marked deck. From strategies for misdirection to key cards, stacked decks, and mnemonics, Charles explores every angle of the tips and tactics that can enhance tricks with any marked deck.

For the beginning card conjurer, an entire chapter of easy-to-do miracle material has been included. These tricks require little if any sleight of hand, yet pack a wallop when performed. Even amateurs, armed with a marked deck and these “Instant Miracles” will be amazing spectators in no time!

Best of all, Hidden in Plain Sight details the workings of the finest marked cards on the market, the Boris Wild Marked Deck. A lengthy chapter, written by Boris Wild himself, details the nuts and bolts of his stellar system, and includes two blockbuster tricks that will fool not only laymen but magicians as well!

For the serious student, a lengthy bibliography has been included, leading the reader to further information and uses for marked cards.

Contents:

INTRODUCTION 3
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND 6
PRINTED DECKS 9
HAND MARKING 12
READERS 19
Easy Readers 19
The Farmarx System 21
The Farmchas System 24
Luminous Readers and Juice Decks 26
Other Readers 29
Blob-o-vision 32

STRATEGIES FOR MISDIRECTION 36

INSTANT MlRACLES WITH A MARKED DECK 41
NameMyCard 42
Weighing The Options 43
Sealed Thoughts 44
Identical TIuins 45
Five Card Revelations 45
Out of This Shoe 48
Four of a Kind 49
Super-Power Memory 50
Pile Up 51
LumpSum 52
Run the Numbers 52

USING OTHER PRINCIPLES WITH READERS 54
Stacked and Memorized Decks 54
Lazy Man’s Easy Card Trick 55
Key Card 58
Voice-stress Analyzer 58
Estimation 59
Either/Or 60
The Virgin State 63
Blindfolds 65
One Out of Three 66
Overt and Covert Partners 68
Beyond ComPair 69
Curly, Moe and You 70
Mathematical Principles 71
Mental Poker 72
The Fifty-third Card Prediction 74
Forcing 75
The Pile Prediction 75
Card Mate Coincidence 77
The One-ahead Principle 79
Menage a Trois 80
Labeling and Pseudo-phenomena 81
Thanks ior the Memories 83
Miscalling 87
To Whom am I Speaking? 87
Mnemonics 88
Cold Decking 89
One-way Marked Cards 91
Half and Half 92
Never the Tiuain 93
Nail Writers 94
Sleight-of-hand 95
Funny Readers 95
Other Preparations and Combinations 96
The Cat’s Card Trick 98
Fortunetelling 99

THE BORlS WILD MARKED DECK 101
Genesis and Influence 105
Inside the Boris Wild Marked Deck 105
Getting Acquainted 112
The BWMD as a Confidence Builder 115
The Ideal Effect 116
Peek Sandwich 122
A FEW FINAL WORDS 129
BIBLIOGRAPHY 130

Special Section featuring the Boris Wild Marked Deck

  • Publisher: Fun Inc.
  • Pages: 137
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Edited by: Gabe Fajuri
  • Dimensions: 5″x8″
  • Date: 2005
  • Binding: softbound

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1 review for Hidden in Plain Sight by Kirk Charles

  1. Paul Budd

    Excellent!

    Not being familiar with a great number of marked decks, the Boris Wild MD seems to me to be a fine gem. This books is exceedingly well written and the author credits numerous persons who’ve gone on before him. A nice read indeed.

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