Here’s what the effect looks like:
The spectator freely cuts the deck as many times as they like.
They then cut the deck and turn it face up on ANY card (no crimps or gimmicks of any kind).
Using the identity of the card they cut to, you count/spell to a random card—which turns out to be the exact MATE of their card.
Why is this effect called the ‘Marty McFly’ effect?
There are many potential connections, but here’s one we like…
Remember in the Back to the Future films, how Marty is constantly jumping back and forth in time? One minute he’s in 1985, then 1955, then 2015, then 1885, then 1955 again. Throughout this, he’s getting dropped into completely crazy situations.
But no matter where he gets ‘dropped’, Marty is able to quickly think on his feet and adapt.
In this routine, the spectator can cut the deck ANYWHERE they like.
In other words, they can ‘drop’ you anywhere they like.
But, armed with this effect, we can react to ANY situation they drop us in. No matter where they cut, we can use the identity of the card they cut at to spell/count to the MATE of their card.
For ANY card.
Now, let me demonstrate a ‘sneak peek’ of how this works:
First of all, you’ll want to get set up in the Mnemonica stack.
(if you don’t have time to do so now, just bookmark this email or leave it open on a tab so you can come back to it. I promise it’s worth it…I’m about to blow your mind.)
For reference, here is the Mnemonica stack:
4C, 2H, 7D, 3C, 4H, 6D, AS, 5H, 9S, 2S, QH, 3D, QC, 8H, 6S, 5S, 9H, KC, 2D, JH, 3S, 8S, 6H, 10C, 5D, KD, 2C, 3H, 8D, 5C, KS, JD, 8C, 10S, KH, JC, 7S, 10H, AD, 4S, 7H, 4D, AC, 9C, JS, QD, 7C, QS, 10D, 6C, AH, 9D.
I’ll give you a minute to get set up.
Now, let’s say you just handed the deck to your audience, and they cut to a random card.
Let’s use the 5D as an example.
Cut your deck at the 5D and turn the packet face-up on the table, with the face-up 5D as the top card.
Now comes the cool part…
Take the 5D and lay it face up to one side on the table, in full view. Now, holding the face-up packet in your hand, spell ‘The Five of Diamonds’ beneath it, one card per letter.
When you spell the last letter, you’ll be left holding the EXACT mate of the 5D…the 5H!
Here’s one more example just to prove this isn’t a ‘one-off’ deal…
Let’s say they cut at the 5C.
Cut your deck at the 5C and turn the packet face-up on the table, with the face-up 5C as the top card.
Now comes the cool part…
Take the 5C and lay it face up to one side on the table, in full view. Now, holding the face-up packet in your hand, spell ‘The Five of Clubs’ beneath it, one card per letter.
When you spell the last letter, you’ll be left holding the EXACT mate of the 5C…the 5S!
Believe it or not, I’ve worked out a system to do this with ANY card in the deck.
(it’s a great example of how the highly structured nature of the memorized deck allows so much freedom. They have the freedom to cut wherever they like because of the structure the memorized deck gives.)
You’ll get a chance to get your hands on the full list when we give you the chance to get our full memorized deck training collection soon.