Double Dutch Loopers
By Professor Spellbinder
It is known by many names; Dutch
Looper, Kitsons Miracle, The Three Card Trick and perhaps
others. Unlike the Three Card Monte, which uses three different
and genuine (ungimmicked) playing cards and is accomplished by
skill and sleight of hand, the Dutch Looper (can we settle on
that name?) is a trick with a gimmick, played with two identical
spot cards and a face card (usually king or queen). The trick
usually ends with the performer showing three identical spot
cards, front and back. My version eliminates some of the
difficult moves of earlier versions, and some of the quirky
"obvious" moves as well.
Patrick Page's routine and
handling is about as good as they get, although others swear by
Bob Sheet's Killer Kitson Miracle DVD.
I will leave the history of the
trick for others to chase; it is as elusive as that queen in the
middle that keeps vanishing. No one seems to know (or admit to
knowing) who came up with the various names, who first gimmicked
a card in the manner you are about to be shown, or how old the
trick is (although most admit to it being very old.)
I will show you the results of my
research on the Dutch Looper, how to make various versions of the
gimmick (including a pitchman's version you can sell to
"punters", and how to perform both the Patrick Page
routine and Bob Sheet's routine with cleaner and easier moves. To
see Bob Sheet's routine, you will need to purchase his DVD. The
Patrick Page video is out of "print" and difficult to
find, so we will rely on the YouTube video for some of the
explanations... but using my own original moves instead of Pat's.
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