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Card tricks have been a source of entertainment for centuries. Today I'm going to show you something new, you can amaze your family, dazzle your friends, and add one more trick up your sleeve to your arsenal of tricks. How do I know this is something new? It's quite simple, I invented it. Using a few card controlling and forcing tricks I learned from a book, I slapped them together, added a few deceptive tricks of my own and vualla! Up till now, no one has ever been able to guess how I do this trick, and it's been around for probably close to 8 years. I've never come up for a name for it until now, so let's just call it "Rapido".

It is very important when performing Rapido that you are facing the person the trick is to be performed on and that the backside of the cards are tilted toward them as well, although I have had people sitting behind me still not able to guess the trick... it's not a very good idea, particularly if they know anything about card tricks.

1. The first step in Rapido is thorally mixing the cards in whatever way you wish in front of the audience, even allowing a member or several members of the audience to mix: this gives a feeling of involvement and control to them. Secondly, when you receive the cards back, you want to ever so slightly spot what the bottom card of the deck is. You can do this by slightly tilting the deck and taking a quick but natural glance, or perhaps even engaging the audience in conversation as your use your hand gestures to get a quick peek. You can also take a quick peek as you're performing the trick as it is only natural that you should watch the deck when you handle it, but REMEMBER THIS, keep looking and talking with the audience at the same time, this not only makes them feel more comfortable, but averts their eyes from the deck and your hands.

2. The next step in Rapido is a form of card control. Once you know the bottom card, you will start a quick granny shuffle: for right handers, grab about 3/4 of the deck from the back in your right hand, and shuffle them in front of the 1/3 of the deck that's in your left hand, the cards in your right hand should be falling away front to back. The vital point here is that you have gripped the bottom card of the deck and have made sure that it is the last card placed, thus successfully shuffling the bottom-most card to the very top of the deck.

3. Thirdly in Rapido, is a trick called the slip force. You will hold the deck in your hand with the last digits of your fingers gripping the top of the deck to the side (index finger may be out towards the front edge of the deck) and your thumb at the top corner edge of the deck. You will ask the person(s) involved to tell you when to stop--as you continue to run your thumb down the edge of the cards. When you are told to stop, you will take the upper part of the cards you just passed and while keeping pressure on the topmost card with your fingers, slip the away the rest of the cards and put them on the bottom. This gives the appearance that you have split the deck at a random place, when in actuality you have kept the card you want on top. It helps when you slip the cards away to tilt the deck quickly and slightly upwards.

4. Next, take the top card and give it to the person involved, or you can ask them to take the top card, but I find a lot that smart allecks will say that they want this card or that card instead, so just judge for yourself what to do. Ask them to memorize the card and then to place it anywhere in the deck. Then ask them to shuffle it. It can be shuffled as many times and in whatever ways possible (just don't let them look at the deck as some will try to take their card out), just keep the shuffling on. And when it's handed to you, make one more quick shuffle. All this time remember to keep conversation and eye contact every now and then (with a smile, lol).

5. Once the audience is satisfied it has been mixed enough, you will proceed to sift through the cards (the face of the cards towards you) and at random (looking perplexed and busy) placing cards on what will be the bottom of the deck, until you get to your card, after that, continue sifting through the rest taking half a second to look at this one or that one until you are all done, remember to be patient.

6. With a look of perplexion and worry, tell the person you are doing the trick with that you may have lost their card and are going to have them help you find it, while you are telling them this be performing step 2. again.

7. Repeat step 3 and reveal the card.

Rapido is a wonderful trick to have in your arsenal of card tricks and party tricks alike to amaze your family and dazzle your friends. Enjoy.


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