In early 2012, while attending the Ascanio memorial convention in Madrid, I was shown one of the most powerful sleights I’ve ever seen, David’s Cull by David González.
At 3:00 a.m. in a small hotel just outside of Madrid, I was packed and ready for my 4:30 a.m. taxi. In the next room, Jason England was sharing with Derek DelGaudio. After three nights of non-stop sessioning, I needed an hour in bed to make it to the airport alive. I said my goodbyes, closed the adjoining door and lay down for an all-too-short nap.
Ten minutes later, I woke to someone banging on the door. There was something I just had to see. Half asleep, I struggled out of bed and shuffled my feet until I was standing back in Jason’s room, shaking hands with a stranger. David Gonzáles asked to borrow my deck of cards, quickly spread through, then finished with a cut. The reds and blacks were separated.
Suddenly wide awake, I shuffled and handed him the deck again. I blinked as I watched the cards quickly pass through his fingers. Again, the reds and blacks were apart. He repeated with the aces and kings and I knew I was watching something new.