This is a once in a lifetime chance to witness one of the greatest card mechanics living today. Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants was a HBO special that came out about 20+ years ago. Since we have a lot of young people in the Penguin discuss forums I thought I'd post a link to it. It's a one hour performance divided into four 15 minute segments, all of which can be linked to. This is a link to the first segment:
Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants 1/4:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQmNuRZU ... Jw&index=7
His first trick is basically McDonald's Aces but performed with Queens instead. I remember when he performed this routine on Leno a few years ago. Everything went fine until the performance was over and Ricky made the mistake of setting the deck within arms reach of Leno, who promptly made a grab for them. Ricky managed to grab them back but the incident screamed 'gaffed deck'...which it is.
But despite the ultimate gaffed deck being employed it took a tremendous amount if skill to pull off what has to be one of the best demonstrations of card handling the world has ever seen.
It's still been a hotly debated issue among myself and my magic friends whether Ricky was using real cards or shim cards to penetrate that watermelon. I've been trying to do it for 20 years and have never once been successful. I was however able to draw blood from a guy I got into a card throwing war with at a party...with regular Bicycles.
Ricky Jay has written several books, the most sought after is CARDS AS WEAPONS. I've seen first editions go for hundreds of dollars on e-bay. I've got a copy (not a 1st edition) and it's not really that great...well, there is the fact that all the photographs of the techniques are performed by a totally nude woman.
If for some reason the link above doesn't work just go over to Youtube and type in the header for this post. As a card man this is something you need to watch...perhaps more than once as this special has never been released on DVD or even VHS (if someone can prove me wrong about this PLEASE send me the link, thanks!).