Poker Skills Demonstration by Dai Vernon
Poker Face by Al Baker
You can tell that Mr. Vernon put a lifetime of thought into the construction of this, possibly the greatest Poker Demonstration routines ever. Everything looks so fair and sounds so conversational, yet the cards being dealt create a perfectly structured scam, turning every player into a Safety Raiser; people who will stay in the game and raise the bet, so when you win, you win the maximum amount.
Of course, this wasn’t designed to win money at the poker table; it was designed to entertain a room full of people watching a magician who is sitting at a table. With video support you could do this on stage; and if you have the right audience, this is a real show piece!
Following this is the Baker Poker Face routine; I heard Al featured this effect every time he performed with cards. He said, “There is no effect which requires so little skill while producing such a strong effect on every audience.”
By making the effect about reading the spectator and not about finding the card, it becomes an incredibly memorable, personal experience.
From "Easy To Master Card Miracles Vol. 2" DVD.
Michael has been teaching magic for 30 years. Mentored by The Professor, Dai Vernon, Michael began lecturing worldwide back in the early 80's. Since then he has been honored with six magician of the year awards from the Academy of Magical Arts and has been featured on The Tonight Show and David Letterman. His "Easy to Master Card Miracles" are the best-selling magic videos in the world.