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1-on-1 : The Center Deal with Jason England March 10, 2009

Posted by mattlee in Uncategorized.

Theory11 is selling the Center Deal for$10. The same sleight that Dai Vernon allegedly tracked halfway across the country to find and learn, is now being sold for $10.

I suppose this is a timely reminder that although modern magicians can buy almost anything nowadays on the internet, the things that really make a magician are not for sale.

Stage presence, character, and hours of practice are all not for sale. Similarly, one will only truly acquire the center deal as a sleight in one’s arsenal after blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of practice.

Such things cannot be sold, and more importantly, cannot be bought.


Many hours of incessant practice must be spent to acquire the requisite amount of skill; but it must be remembered if feats at card handling could be attained for the asking there would be little in such performance to interest or profit anyone.

-S.W Erdnase, “Expert at the Card Table” Pg 72



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