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Ghost Deal (Martin Lewis, orig. issue 1970s)

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Martin Lewis is best known as the creator of Sidewalk Shuffle, and Cardiographic.  But he has given the magic world many excellent effects, and his Ghost Deal is one of the best, right up there with the two I just mentioned.

Ghost Deal is a take on the McDonald's Aces, but with a logical Poker game context.  So when all the Royal flush cards are separated into separate packets, and then all re-appear in the performer's packet, it makes sense.  The packets represent other player's poker hands, and the performer shows how he cheats by magically changing cards from one hand to another.

The handling that Lewis gives is almost sleight free, but experienced cardworkers will no doubt come up with their own handlings, or they can adapt the handling they already use for McDonalds Aces.

The cards are Hoyle back, and bridge size, but the props include enough cards to perform the routine, not just the gaffs.  So you do not have to worry about trying to find a matching deck.   (The context of the presentation is for the performer to bring out a packet of 25 cards from a fateful card game -- no deck needed.   The cards are wrapped in a replica 1000 dollar bill!)

A neat collectible piece of vintage card magic, but also an entertaining and amazing routine.

previously owned, vintage item from about 1975.  Complete as issued with original props, instructions and package envelope.   Cards still handle okay for the moves -- some slight friction from age. 

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