Skip's Trick

By Dominic Twose - Wednesday, January 6, 2021


One of the most talked-of tricks at the Colon Get Together in 1948 was attributed to a man who apparently was not a magician. He was said to have been a professional gambler, there to show the boys what he could do. The reports on the trick he did caused many raised eyebrows and a prolonged search for the operator, ‘Skip.’ But nobody located him - perhaps he had left town.

Skip had a card selected and shuffled it back into the deck. He held the deck face up and dealt the cards off the face of the deck one by one, turning each card face down as it was dealt. In the course of the deal he was seen to pass the chosen card. Finally he stopped at a card which naturally enough was not the chosen one. He turned this card face down and announced that it was the chosen one. When he was told that the chosen card had been passed, he asked what the card was, and without a false move showed that the last card dealt had changed into that card. The rest of the cards were turned over and no duplicates were found.

Those familiar with Clyde Carey’s Dick Tracy Card Trick (sometimes attributed to Vernon) may recognise the basic plot. But Skip worked with the deck face up. The Dick Tracy trick was published in My Best in 1945, so magicians would have been familiar with it – the method used by Skip was something different.

But what?

Next month I’ll share a solution. Meanwhile, you might want to think of one yourself. Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below.


Reader comments:

Bruce

Thursday, 07 January 2021 22:52 PM - Reply to this comment

My guess:
If the turned over cards are not in a neat pile, the chosen card can be flicked to position of placement under cover of turning the card in hand over and disposing at the side.

Isaac

Saturday, 09 January 2021 00:38 AM - Reply to this comment

when dealing the selected card u could do a snap deal and load it back on bottom then when ending he could have done a modified bottom deal to place the selected card on top.

Marco Batista

Friday, 15 January 2021 09:42 AM - Reply to this comment

Hi Dominic, this one got me thinking and I am eager for your solution on it. Thanks.

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