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Frank Thompson's "The Cold Deck" Manuscript

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Frank Thompson was widely regarded as a master at creating close-up techniques and routines even though he resisted publishing much of it. This booklet was a rare exception. As the original publisher explained, "Frank Thompson's Cold Deck routine was performed at a private lecture in the Boston area. Those present were so impressed they pleaded for detailed instructions on the methods involved… Frank Thompson agreed with me to publish this in manuscript form."

The routine is basically a multiphase gambling demonstration using an ordinary deck of cards. You begin by producing the four aces from different parts of the deck. The aces are lost back in the deck with a shuffle and cut but when you deal five hands of poker your hand contains the four aces. Both you and the spectator now shuffle the cards but when five more hands of poker are dealt… Amazingly the hand of poker you are now holding is a Royal Flush. As a kicker ending the deck is cut into four packets and they are shuffled face up and face down. When the deck is ribbon spread all of the cards are now facing the same way.

The writing style is a bit difficult but worth the trouble. A 24-page booklet with 10 illustrations by Guy VanDuser. Introductions by Herb Zarrow and Ed Voorhees. A Meir Yedid Magic product originally published by Ray Goulet's Magic Art Book Co. in 1976.

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