Many magicians have been very fond of Juan Tamariz’s brilliant routine “Neither Blind Nor Silly” which was published in his marvellous book SONATA. I did this for a very long time and still use it as described for lay people. What an impact this trick has!
For magicians sometimes I do it differently and this way it has caused many bewildered faces, especially if the card experts know the Tamariz routine. Sometimes it is quite easy to fool experts…
Basically what I do is the exact routine as described in Juan’s book. BUT – there is a vast difference in the setup. At the beginning of my version I can show the deck to be genuinely shuffled (which it is). Absolutely no red/black alternating order!
The simple secret
Take a deck and remove the two jokers. Give the deck a good and thorough shuffle. With an Exacto knife or something similar mark the two indices of every second card with a little scratch. This is a very old marking system, but seldom used and not too well-known. It is one of my favourite systems and can be a deadly weapon in the arsenal of a card conjuror. This deck is really shuffled, but still in “red/black” alternating order. Just substitute red/black with “marked/ unmarked” and you are ready to go!
Perform Juan’s routine with this and you are sure to fool the hell out of them. Another wee little thing to confuse the magicians: sometimes I use the same preparation on a deck which is in the order of Dani DaOrtiz’ brilliant stack. This is not yet so widely spread in card circles. I apply the index marking of every second card to this stacked deck. The advantage is that I can do a few tricks with Dani’s stack, which do not disturb the deck order (or tricks that restore the deck order in the course of events of the routine) and then go into “Neither Blind Nor Silly”.
Try it out and enjoy the puzzled faces on the card experts. Keep this little secret a secret. More fun that way!
If you are any good at Lennart Green’s “Angle Separation” you can have the deck shuffled by a spectator. Then under the pretext of searching for the jokers or during a previous trick, separate the cards into marked and unmarked cards. And then enjoy the card men’s brains crunching.