The Very Best of Martin Nash - 3 Volume Set


The Very Best of Martin Nash Now on DVD 2 Tapes on Each DVD These videos capture, for all time, one of the very best card men in the world at the very top of his game. Martin Nash has spent his life exploring the entertainment possibilities in a simple deck of cards and the material you’ll see here is the result. This is cardmanship of the highest order. $34.95 EACH, $99.95 3-VOL SET



HUSBAND AND WIFE ACES - An amusing interlude where a woman spectator is seemingly able to find the Aces from a shuffled deck while her male counterpart fails. After the woman finds the first two Aces, the magician finds the remaining ones under increasingly difficult conditions. A great routine to incorporate audience members into your magic.

SLOW MOTION SLEIGHT OF HAND - Three cards are selected and shuffled back into the deck. The Aces are placed face up on top of the deck and, one by one, they vanish. When the deck is spread face down, the face-up Aces are discovered in the center with three cards in between them. When the cards between the Aces are turned over, they’re found to be the three selections. 1-2-3

SIMPLICITY - An Ace, Two and Three of Diamonds are set aside. A card is freely selected from the deck, remembered and shuffled back in. The spectator is then asked to select one of the three cards set aside earlier. The named card is isolated and when it’s turned over, is found to have changed into the spectator’s card.

SEGREGATION SHUFFLE - Cards are visibly turned face up and face down yet at the performer’s whim, they all magically turn the same way.

PAUL LEPAUL COLOR SEPARATION - Two spectators each choose a card. The selections are shuffled back into the deck and the performer asks the first spectator a number of questions to discover the name of the card. The second spectator is asked directly to name his card. During this time, the performer has been repeatedly shuffling the deck. The deck is split into two halves and, when the halves are turned over and spread, it’s found that one half consists of all red cards, except the first spectator’s black card, and the second of all black cards, except for the second spectator’s red selection!

PINOCHLE PINNACLE - A deck of four cards is shown to consist of two Queens and two Jacks. When the cards are shown a second time, all four of the cards are Queens. On the third display, all four cards are now Jacks. For a finale, the cards are shown to now be four Aces.

ANY FOUR OF A KIND - A spectator is asked to name any card in the deck. After a number of shuffles, executed by both the performer and the spectator, the deck is cut into four piles with the spectator’s card, in addition to its three mates, on the face of each.

THE IMPOSSIBLE STOCK - The performer produces four Aces and four Kings from the deck. The eight cards are shuffled back into the deck and the spectator is asked for a small number. Several poker hands are dealt and the Kings are dealt to the spectator’s designated number. The performer still wins, however, as he ends up with the Aces!

MARTIN’S A-2-3-4 - The Ace, Two, Three and Four of any suit the spectator names is set aside. The spectator is also asked to remember a peeked-at card in the deck. The performer causes the four cards to turn over in a very magical way, one card at a time. The spectator is asked to select one of the four cards, which also begins to behave in a very mysterious way. The spectator’s chosen card is finally turned over to reveal that it has changed into the previously peeked card.


KINGS INCOGNITO - A deck of cards is split into two halves. One half is turned face up and the two halves are shuffled together. The cards are even cut into piles to prove conclusively that the cards are really mixed face-up into face-down. However, when the cards are spread out, they’re all going the same way except for the four Kings. For the big finish, the performer counts the Kings into his hand yet when they’re dealt on to the table, they’ve magically transformed into the four Aces!

INVISIBLE PALM - One by one, the four Aces assemble into the leader pile despite the fact that the performer shows his hand empty each time. Martin Nash’s superb handling of Larry Jennings’ Open Travelers plot.

10,000 DOLLAR ACE ROUTINE - The classic four Ace assembly with the Nash touch. One at a time, the Aces change places with indifferent cards - while under the hand of a spectator!

DOWN THE GARDEN PATH - The four Queens are removed from the deck and a spectator’s chosen card is mixed among them. The performer claims that the spectator’s card has vanished and proceeds to show the four Queens, albeit somewhat suspiciously. Finally, the four Queens are tossed to the table, proving that the spectator’s card is no longer among them. It’s found to be face up in the deck that was set aside at the beginning.

LIMITED AMBITION - The Ace, Two, Three, Four and Five of Spades are removed from the deck. The Five is placed into the middle of the deck and magically returns to the top. This is repeated once more and to apparently make everything simpler for the spectators to understand, the Five is set aside. The Four is placed into the center of the deck and also returns to the top. The Four is removed and the Three is placed face up between the two remaining cards. However, when the cards are fanned, the Three has turned face down. Then, just as mysteriously, it turns face up again. It, too, is set aside, leaving only the Ace and Two. The Two is placed underneath the Ace yet it appears back on top of the two-card deck. Setting the Two aside, the performer asks the spectator the name of the remaining card but when they answer, he turns over it over to show, not the Ace, but the Jack of Diamonds!



GAMBLER VERSUS MAGICIAN - A spectator chooses a card, which is left, sight unseen, on the table. The performer attempts to cut to the three mates of the unknown card and succeeds in finding the three 3s. Unfortunately, the spectator’s card was a King. All is made right, however, when the 3s are turned over to show that they’ve magically changed into the other three Kings!

MARLO’S ACE CUT ROUTINE - From a thoroughly shuffled deck, the performer dead cuts to three of the Aces. To find the final Ace, a spectator is asked to name any number between 10 and 20. The performer gives the deck a final shuffle and when the spectator deals the cards onto the table, the final Ace is found at his chosen number.

SPINNING THE ACES - The four Aces are placed into random places in the deck, which is then shuffled repeatedly. The performer dramatically spins four cards out of the deck, apparently from various locations, and when they’re turned over, it’s discovered that the performer has found the Aces.

SEGREGATING THE COLORS - The performer demonstrates an impossible card location, all the while preparing the deck for the miracle to follow.

COLORS ON THE MARCH - The deck is shuffled and all of the cards are shown to be fairly mixed. Yet, the performer is able to deal them according to color and according to the spectators’ wishes. For example, if the spectators call “doubles,” the performer is able to deal two red cards and two black ones. If they say “triples,” the performer deals three reds and three blacks. For a finale, the performer is able to totally segregate the red cards from the black ones. This is a showcase routine that will amaze even the most jaded audience.


NASH’S ACE CUTTING ROUTINE - The performer shuffles the deck and cuts it into four face-up piles. The audience is stunned to see an Ace at the face of each one!

NASH’S HANDLING OF DR. DALEY’S LAST TRICK - The two black Aces change places with the two red Aces under the fairest possible conditions. Nash’s presentation cements the positions of the cards in the spectator’s minds, making the transposition of the cards even stronger!

LORAYNE POKER DEAL - A lesson in how to subversively deal the four Aces into one’s hand during a game of poker apparently goes awry - until the performer turns over his hand to show that he now has a Royal Flush - in Spades!

CENTER DEAL DEMONSTRATION - The four Aces are distributed throughout the center section of the deck yet the performer deals them at will - and at any number the spectator decides.

WORLD’S FASTEST RUN-UP - The performer loses the four Aces into the deck and yet is able to stack the deck in only one shuffle - and in less than five seconds - so that he gets all of the Aces in a poker deal, the number of hands of which are determined by the spectator!

TWIST THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED - A selected card is lost in the deck. The four Aces, set aside previously, are fairly shown and placed into a spectator’s care. However, the performer causes the Ace that matches the suit of the selected card to turn face down. As a finale, the deck is spread to show that one card is face down. However, when the card in the deck is turned over, it’s found to be an Ace while the face-down card among the Aces is found to be the spectator’s card.

JACKS ARE BETTER - This is one of Martin Nash’s signature routines. A card, unknown to the performer or spectator, is placed between the two face-up red Jacks and the “sandwich” is lost in the deck. Another card is selected, and noted this time, by the spectator and also lost in the deck. When the cards are spread, the unknown card between the Jacks is found to be the card that was later selected by the spectator. Going a step further, one Jack is placed on top of the deck while the other is placed on the bottom. A card is selected, remembered, and returned to the center of the deck. With one deft move, the performer tosses the deck to the table, retaining the two Jacks. However, a face-down card is seen between them which proves to be the selected card. Taking it still further, the performer has another card selected and lost in the deck. Two spectators each return the Jacks to the deck face up in random locations yet when it’s spread, the Jacks have come together with only one card in between - the selected card. In the penultimate phase, the Jacks are placed face up into the deck and another card is selected. The selected card is upjogged and as the cards are spread, it can be clearly seen that the selection and the Jacks are separated by a number of cards. A spectator is asked to square the deck but when the performer re-spreads the deck, the Jacks have come together once again with the selected card in between. For the routine’s spectacular finish, the deck is riffled and a spectator is asked to merely think of a card he sees. The red Jacks are cut into the middle of the deck and with no moves whatsoever, the deck is spread and the spectator’s card is once again found in between the red Jacks.



CENTER DEAL ACES - The performer deals five hands of Poker from a shuffled deck and despite the fact that the cards are cut and shuffled between each round of dealing, the performer still ends up with the four Aces.

ONE-ARMED BANDIT - Nash’s handling of Vernon’s classic Ace-cutting routine. The Aces are distributed throughout the deck and though it’s shuffled, the performer easily cuts to the first three - with one hand! For a finale, the performer cuts to a spot card, again with one hand, and counts to its value to find the last one.

FOUR ACES BACK ON TOP - The four Aces are visibly shuffled back into the deck yet they end up back on top. The Aces are returned to the deck, which is shuffled once again - the Aces are back on top!

FOUR ACES TO THE BOTTOM - Once again, the Aces are shuffled into the deck but at the end of the shuffling sequence, the Aces are found to be assembled at the bottom of the deck.

SECOND DEAL DEMO - The Ace of Spades is clearly placed on top of the deck yet the performer is still able to deal it to himself after dealing three other cards. The deck is turned face up and the Ace of Spades is placed on top face down as the performer demonstrates the Second Deal, continuously dealing face-up cards to the table while retaining the Ace on the face of the deck. The performer places the Ace of Spades back on top of the deck and continues to deal random numbers of cards, all the while retaining the Ace, even when the deck is held lengthwise in the hand.

MARTIN’S BLACKJACK ROUTINE - A winning Blackjack hand is placed on the bottom of the deck followed by a reversed card that ensures that there won’t be any cheating. Nevertheless, the performer deals himself the winning cards and then shows that the reversed card is still in place.

SEVEN CARD STUD POKER ROUTINE - The red Aces are placed on top of the deck and the black Aces on the bottom, yet the performer is able to deal the first three Aces to his own hand in a six-handed game of Poker. The deck is cut for the final round of dealing, placing the last Ace in the center, yet the performer is able to deal it to complete his four-of-a-kind!

ACE THROUGH TEN MIRACLE - The Ace through Ten of Hearts is removed from the deck, placed into numerical order and distributed back through the deck. The performer then shuffles the deck several times while claiming that one of the Hearts has been taken out of sequence. A spectator is asked to select a card that is not one of the Hearts. The card is replaced and as the performer shuffles again, the spectator is asked to call out a number between one and ten. The top ten cards of the deck are dealt face up - they’re the Hearts in order! - and the card at the spectator’s number is dealt face down. When it’s turned over, it’s found to be the spectator’s card and the missing Heart card is found face up in the deck.


ANY ACE CALLED FOR - From a shuffled deck, the performer finds all of the Aces - in the exact order the spectators ask for them!

GAMBLER AND CARD SHARK - Nash’s handling of a classic Harry Lorayne effect. The four Kings and four Aces are found under impossible conditions.

CENTER DEALS - The four Aces are openly distributed throughout the deck yet the performer, during a Poker-dealing sequence, is able to deal all of them into his hand.

DECK SWITCHING ROUTINE - A card is selected, remembered and shuffled back into the deck by a spectator. The deck is placed into the performer’s pocket and without asking any questions, removes one card from his pocket. The card is turned over and shown to be the selected card.

MARLO’S ONE CUT TRIUMPH - A spectator is asked to glimpse at a card. The deck is then split into two piles and one half is reversed and shuffled into the other half. Even though the deck is unequivocally shown to consist of face-up and face-down cards, when it is finally spread across the table, all the cards have turned face down except for the spectator’s card.

MATCHING THE CARDS - The cards are shuffled and a spectator is asked to cut off a small parcel. The performer removes a card from the bottom half and it’s found to be the mate of the card the spectator cut to. The deck is shuffled and cut once more and once again, the performer locates the mate of the card at the spectator’s cut. The deck is then cut into two piles and the spectator is given a choice of either pile. He is asked to deal cards into a pile and stop whenever he wishes. The stopped-at card is turned face up and left at its position in the spectator’s pile. When the cards in his and the performer’s pile are dealt simultaneously, the mate of the spectator’s face-up card is found in the exact same position in the performer’s pile. In the next phase, the spectator is asked to select and reverse three cards in half of the deck. The entire deck is reconstituted and the performer gives the deck one shuffle. The reversed cards have found their respective mates.

ONE IN A MILLION - For a finale, the cards are dealt into two even piles with the performer and spectator each taking one. The spectator deals his cards face up onto the table and the performer deals one card onto each of the spectator’s, forming 26 pairs of cards. When they’re turned over, it’s shown that each card is paired with its mate.

VARIATION ON DARYL’S BOOMERANG CARD - The deck is shuffled and cut into two packets. A card is glimpsed in one half, which is then shuffled. The spectator is asked to dribble the cards down onto the table. The performer splits his half of the deck and, reaching into the stream of cards, catches one in between the halves, which proves to be the spectator’s card.

ONE HANDED ACE CUTTER - The Aces are evenly distributed in the deck, which is then shuffled by both the performer and the spectator. With one hand, the performer finds each Ace in a dramatic and flourishy way.

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