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Belly StrippersBelly Stripper Card Decks

The Belly Strippers I am now selling are cut a little differently than the original belly strippers George Sands created.

Deck One is trimmed the same -- ( ) --

Deck Two is not trimmed -- ) ( --  Deck Two is trimmed narrow -- II --.

The trims are still a "Gambler's Cut" and are virtually undetectable if you are not familiar with belly strippers. The new decks work just as well as the old decks. You will not be disappointed.

USE THE “ESP” EXTRA SANDSATIONAL PERCEPTION DECK TO:

  • Memorize a shuffled deck of cards
  • Recite the entire deck, or any part of it, by “ESP”
  • Magically name everyone’s Bridge hand

USE THE OUT OF THIS WORLD DECK TO:
Perform the classic effect “Out of This World” created by Paul Curry, using a deck of cards shuffled by the volunteer.

USE THESE DECKS UNSORTED FOR THE TRICKS ABOVE, or...
Use them to perform an endless variety of tricks, with a shuffled deck that normally takes a set-up to perform, including Ambitious Card, Four Ace tricks, and much more!

SKILL LEVEL
If you can handle a “stripper” deck (see example), you can perform every effect listed here! Most 12-year-olds are able to perform these effects with minimal practice (about one hour, including interruptions)!


HISTORY
In the mid-1970’s George Sands was developing an ESP act. After reading the book Magical Ways & Means, by renown magician Al Baker, he mastered Baker’s mnemonic approach to memorizing a deck of cards. But this method was a chore to learn, requiring him to remember 52 key words corresponding to each card in a deck. He knew that he needed a simpler approach.

A SIMPLE, NEW METHOD WAS BORN
Instead of memorizing the entire deck of cards, George devised a way to use a “stripper" deck (see example) to achieve the same effect. He created an original code to pre-set the deck that was easy to learn and remember. He could then strip the deck and tell each person by “ESP” what cards they were holding. Audiences were dumbfounded!

As George performed this new method and perfected the code, he found that the set-up was vulnerable; if one card was reversed in the deck (usually as the volunteer shuffled) or the cards were dropped or fumbled, the entire set-up was destroyed. A better solution was needed.

THE “BELLY STRIPPER” SOLUTION
After months of experimentation, George developed a unique approach using symmetrical “belly stripper” cards that was simple and foolproof; no matter how a volunteer shuffled or even dropped the cards, the set-up remained intact. Then at a machine shop George had custom dies made to produce his "belly stripper" cards and personally supervised each custom deck cut to perfection.

Today, the second generation of these cards are now hand-cut, one card at a time, with a $4,000 papercutter.

This routine is so powerful that you will use it to end your show and leave everyone convinced that you really DO read minds!

WHAT YOU GET:
We have two different pre-sorted decks of “belly stripper” cards available. One deck is used to perform Extra Sandsational Perception, the mentalism routine described above. The second deck is pre-sorted to perform Paul Curry's Out of this World. Each pre-sorted deck is sold separately. You can also buy two unsorted decks together as a set andcreate your own effects. These brand new, authentic Bicycle decks are available with a choice of red or blue back. You also get printed instructions how to use the decks and perform the effects, a DVD and the instructions are also available on vimeo if the DVD ever stops playing.

WHAT ARE “BELLY STRIPPERS”?
In a standard "stripper" deck the entire deck has been custom-cut so that one end is slightly wider than the other (see example). If you rotate one of the cards and replace it back into the deck, one end of this card you reversed will stick out wider than the others. By running your fingers along the edges of the cards, you can easily locate and slide this wider card out of the deck. “Belly strippers” are similar, but not all the cards are cut the same way.

With a “belly stripper” deck (see diagram), one half of the deck is cut with a thin waist; the middle is shaved slightly thinner (concave). The other half of the deck is shaved in the opposite manner at all four corners (convex). Cut this way, no matter how the deck is handled - shuffled, reversed, with cards turned face up or down or the deck dropped and scattered - when you lift the deck you can easily strip the cards into two packets and they will always separate into the same two packets.

These cards are precision die-cut from authentic quality Bicycle decks of cards. Two pre-sorted tricks are available, or you can purchase the decks unsorted and create your own effects (note: to create your own custom effects you will need two decks, one of each deck).

THE SANDSATIONAL DIFFERENCE
Why have so many of George Sands' methods become classics? The answer is “simplicity.” Most of his inventions and routines (with a few exceptions among earlier work) are impressive with little skill or practice, they have a low failure rate, and require no complex set-ups. This is what makes magic created by George Sands so spectacular and popular.

NOTE: As of February 2014, Alan has no more original Belly Stripper decks left. New Bicycle decks are now hand-cut. Please see top of page. The new decks are designed differently than the illustrations but operate the same. You will not be disappointed.


Item #ESP-R:
1 Deck of RED Authentic Bicycle ESP “Extra Sandsational Perception” Belly Stripper Cards for only $20

+$5.80 Shipping & handling in the USA
E-mail Alan for rates outside the USA:
AlanSands@gmail.com


Item #ESP-B:
1 Deck of BLUE Authentic Bicycle ESP “Extra Sandsational Perception” Belly Stripper Cards for only $20

+$5.80 Shipping & handling in the USA
E-mail Alan for rates outside the USA:
AlanSands@gmail.com


 


Item #OTW-R:
1 Deck of RED Sandsational Authentic Bicycle “Out-of-This-World” Belly Stripper Cards for only $20

+$5.80 shipping & handling in the USA
E-mail Alan for rates outside the USA:
AlanSands@gmail.com


Item #OTW-B:
1 Deck of BLUE Sandsational  Authentic Bicycle "Out-of-This-World" Belly Stripper Cards for only $20

+$5.80 shipping & handling in the USA
E-mail Alan for rates outside the USA:
AlanSands@gmail.com


 


Item #2D-R:
2 Decks of RED SandSational Authentic Bicycle Belly Stripper Cards for only $30

+$5.80 shipping & handling in the USA
E-mail Alan for rates outside the USA:
AlanSands@gmail.com


Item #2D-B:
2 Decks of BLUE SandSational Authentic Bicycle Belly Stripper Cards for only $30

+$5.80 shipping & handling in the USA
E-mail Alan for rates outside the USA:
AlanSands@gmail.com


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