Detour De Force (John Bannon)

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Postby TheOldForum » May 6th, '01, 00:20

Name: John Bannon’s Detour De Force
Price: £11.99 ( )
Type: Card Prediction Effect
Difficulty: 1
Performance time: A few minutes
Examinable: No.
Reset Time: Instant, but you couldn’t repeat it to the same spectators
What you get: A specially gaffed deck of Hoyles and Bannon's usual detailed instructions.

The performer writes down two predictions, each on a separate piece of paper, and places them on the table in full view. The performer deals the cards in a face-up pile. The spectator can stop at any card! This selection is placed aside with one of the predictions. The performer shows the cards are marked by having the name of a card printed on each of the backs. The deck is then shuffled and the performer deals the cards into a face-down pile. Again, the spectator can stop at any card! This second selection is placed aside with the second prediction. Both predictions are now turned over to reveal and they are wrong! The predictions don't match the cards. The performer then explains that the cards may be marked, but the names on the back of the cards do not match the face. The two selections are turned over and the predictions now match perfectly!

A great trick, which I have as yet only performed to my long-suffering wife. She begrudgingly admitted that it was "quite impressive" when, really, I knew she was devastatingly overawed by the whole thing. In fact, she woke me up in the middle of the night and asked me what would have happened had she stopped at different cards. I will not repeat here, on this family board, what my response was in that cold, dark hour of the morning.

The fact that the cards are a nasty Hoyle deck, doesn’t matter a jot. If you always use Bikes and then produce this deck, I don’t think people would be suspicious, especially when you flip the deck face down to reveal huge card names (6H, JD, 10C, etc.) printed all over them; it’s obvious that the deck is different.

Also, the way the cards are selected and the “proving” of the deck to be mis-marked are so fair, that there’s very little heat on the deck.

There is no sleight of hand involved and, if you want, you can throw in a couple of Hindu shuffles, but it’s not vital.

All in all, a stunning effect, very easy to do. It’s also great fun if you like hamming it up and pretending you’ve made a huge a**e of yourself only to show, triumphantly, that you are a Mindreader Extraordinaire. In fact, after the brilliance of Twisted Sisters and then this, I am convinced that John Bannon is a genius and have ordered his Strangers’ Gallery, too. But if you were a real mindreader, you’d have known that.

Overall Rating:
9/10. Only because it’s not examinable.

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Postby wolves_167 » Sep 18th, '08, 15:19

is this the same as David Blaines ID?

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Postby magicmclovin » Sep 24th, '08, 01:15

I found it to be a little too easy to figure out. Even some of the less intelligent kids at my school understood it.

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Postby willthong » Sep 28th, '08, 10:58

Is it suitable more for a close-up or street setting?
I really loved John Bannon's Strangers' Gallery, but I only ever use it on a table, so it doesn't have as much appeal for me as other tricks do.

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Postby finneyfollower » Jan 13th, '10, 01:14

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:36 pm Post subject: DeTour defource by John Bannon


The performer writes down two predictions, each on a separate piece of paper, and places them on the table in full view. He then begins dealing cards into a face-up pile, allowing the spectator to simply tell him to stop at any point. This selection is placed aside with one of the predictions.

The performer then reveals that the deck he's using contains marked cards. The marks aren't meant to be secret, though, as each card is boldly labeled!
The deck is shuffled and the performer again deals the cards, this time into a face-down pile. The second spectator also simply tells him when to stop dealing and this selection is also placed aside with the other prediction.

Both predictions are now turned over to reveal...they are wrong!? The predictions don't match the cards! The performer explains that the cards are marked, but not correctly-the printed marks don't match the faces. When the first face-up selection is turned over, it's mark matches the first prediction and when the second face-down selection is turned face-up, it also matches the second prediction exactly!

Comes complete with the specially printed deck on Hoyle stock and detailed, 8-page, fully-illustrated instruction booklet.

This effect sells for less than $20.

(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)
I'll give this a 1; however, you need some audience management skill.

OVERALL: 10/10
I tweek the reveal by using two cards from a different colored deck.
Very practical to do and it is a mind blower. It can be played serious or as magician in trouble.
In my show, I usually have a portion like David Regal's set where I state, " I am sick and tired of having the POWER...I want to people who would like the power of the playing cards. and once you have the power, you can not fail!"
Detour de Force fits in very nicely to fill this spot....
This is an effect I will NEVER sell.

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