The Svengali Deck is a magic trick deck that should be owned by every single person who does magic
My routine is as follows:
1. A card is freely selected with no force by
a spectator. I ask them to show it around as I look away, but I say "Make sure everyone can see that
you picked the (their card)."
2. Their card goes back somewhere in the middle of the deck,
then rises to the top with a snap of my fingers.
3. Their card is cut back into the middle
of the deck, with another snap again rises to the top.
4. Their card is cut into the middle
of the deck, I show it is not on top by showing whatever card is on top, snap my fingers, and turn
over the top card again showing that their card has now come to the top again.
5. At this
point I say some people think I'm using an extra duplicate card, some even think two duplicates, (I
cut to show 2 more of their card).
6. Then I reveal every single card in the deck is
actually their chosen card. A few people actually forget I showed that all the cards were different
in the beginning, and honestly think the previous tricks worked by the cards all being the same
7. I then change all the same cards back into completely different playing cards
exactly like a normal deck again, explaining that's what you need to show to people if you're going
to do card magic for them.
The effect of changing the ENTIRE DECK OF CARDS TO
THEIR CHOSEN CARD absolutely astonishes people.
I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW STRONG THAT
CARD TRICK IS.
This is coming from a magic shop magic trick demonstrator with 7 years of
experience too. I know what is strong and amazing, and what is not.
Svengali Deck routine with simply switching the deck for a normal matching one in your pocket at the
end to create an absolute masterpiece of magic!
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I ordered two of these Royal Svengali decks a few days apart (both from Penguin), and they came with
two different force cards, so I was very impressed and pleased by that. They also came with some
instructions for a few card tricks. These are bridge-sized cards, good for small hands like I have.