Despite competing attractions (such as the South Tyneside Festival and Mothering Sunday) a goodly number of supporters turned out to welcome Cody Fisher, from Texas.
From the outset, Cody assured us that he was not a knuckle-busting or finger-flinging merchant. Why risk the classic force, he argued, when a one-way forcing deck would do the job just as well and have exactly the same effect on the audience? Here was a man after my own heart!
Putting this theory into practice, Cody began with Marked Momma, in which a three of diamonds marked ‘3D’ on the back turned into an eight when the back marking was changed to ‘8D’ with the stroke of a pen – apparently at the suggestion of the audience! This included a very neat psychological ‘convincer’ that the reiterating deck was composed of different cards.
Twisting Vernon took a ‘twisting the kings’ idea and morphed it with Vernon’s Aces to produce a new effect, while the ‘card to box’, with a nod to Jay Sankey, used a cheeky technique (and a very large hole) to achieve maximum impact.
There was also a gambling routine involving a deck switch, and Cody had for sale the Unshuffled Deck as part of this, along with an attractive, silver-tipped wand incorporating a Sharpie pen.
Part two brought a new slant on the Cornelius prop called Pen Through Counterfeit Money (or Bill for our American cousins) and The Impossible Switch which came about when Cody saw an ‘Omni-deck’ lying in a drawer with an ‘all on one’ card underneath. This led to the concept of an ambitious card, with all the members of the audience shouting out a card – which thus became the 52-on-one with the ‘vanished’ deck beneath. A neat bit of thinking.