Winning at Blackjack
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On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I was approached by a
stranger. This stranger offered to teach me a sure-fire method
for winning at Blackjack. The cost of this knowledge was a measly
$100. The stranger assured me, however, that armed with this
knowledge, I would win many times that at the casino. Being
something of a gambling man, I decided to make a wager with the
stranger. I took out my deck of cards and asked him to pick a
card. I bet him that I could find his card. If I couldnt, I
would pay him the $100. And if I was successful, he would teach
me his secret method for winning at the Blackjack table for free.
The stranger, figuring he had nothing to lose since I was the
only one putting up any cash, eagerly accepted the wager.
The story above sets the stage for the magician to demonstrate
for the spectator how he found the strangers card. The
spectator freely selects a card (no force) and replaces it. You
give the deck several cuts, losing the card somewhere in the
You state that you will use the rules of Blackjack to find his
card. You deal one card face-up on the table. You explain that
the other card is normally dealt face down, but in order to find
the spectators card you need to look at it first. You show
the card and place it face down on the table. The spectator
realizes that the card he just saw placed on the table is his
card! But you are oblivious and just keep forging ahead with the
You note the total value of the Blackjack hand on the table and
count that many cards off of the deck. You claim that method of
counting cards will lead you to the spectators
card. Of course, he probably has a rather smug expression right
now because he knows his card is on the table. You reveal the
card in your hand and, much to the spectators surprise, it
is his card.
What a coincidence, you say. That stranger in
Vegas picked the very same card. And after I found his card, he
showed me the secret to winning at Blackjack every time and it
didnt cost me a cent.
You then finish your 1-2 punch combination by turning over the
card on the table to reveal that it has transformed into the Ace
of Spades, resulting in a perfect Blackjack hand for you.
Includes a FREE BONUS EFFECT: Sudden Death Blackjack.
This Blackjack-themed variation of Dr. Daleys Last
Trick ends in a startling transformation that occurs in the
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