First published in 1946 as part of the Stars Of Magic series Dai Vernon’s Triumph plot has inspired lots of variations over the years both in the hands and tabled. Many of these variants have looked to add numerous convincers for the face up and face down situation sometimes overkill or introduce a number of more advanced sleights into the mix but I’m a big fan of keeping it simple. The following routines are some of my favourites to perform each is unique in some way but overall they are all easy on the sleights.
Triple Cut For Triumph – JC Wagner
Published in the booklet 7 Secrets JC Wagner’s version starts with the standard Vernon Triumph move but ends in a triple cut sequence that puts the selected card exactly where it needs to be to show the cards have righted themselves without the need for the standard Vernon clean up. Whilst there is certainly nothing wrong with the Vernon clean up I’ve never really liked the idea of cutting into the deck whilst saying some cards are face to face, some are back to back as to me you are stating the obvious. By performing the shuffle and the triple cut this is more than enough to convince the spectators of the decks condition. A very similar method is published in the Classic Magic of Larry Jennings however this still requires the Vernon move to clean up the deck at the end.
Little Club Triumph – Jay Jayaraman
Published in Magic Magazine April 2015 under Steve Reynolds Your Magic column this version also uses the Vernon Triumph move to start but ends in a cutting display similar to that of Daryl Martinez’s famed convincer but with less packets. The other advantage this version has is that after the cutting display there is no need to right the deck per the standard Vernon righting move as the cutting display and gathering of the packets does this automatically.
Tri-Emphasis – Aldo Colombini
Published in Harry Lorayne’s Apocalypse Magazine Volume 17 No 4 this is as close to self working as self working gets. The spectator shuffles the deck to their hearts content and selects a card using the Cut Deeper force which can be done with the magicians back turned. After the deck is handed back the magician shuffles the cards once more and cuts the deck where upon the deck can be shown to have righted itself except for the selection. Similar in method to Steve Reynolds The Spectator Triumphs in his ebook SRO on Insights I prefer this version. Clean, convincing and simple to do.
TFT Touch Force Triumph – Andi Gladwin
Published in the December 2010 issue of Genii Magazine this version uses Gary Ouellet’s brilliant Touch Force and a slight discrepancy to produce a nice handling where not only does the deck right itself apart from the selection but as a kicker the mates to the selection also turn face up. There is also no overly elaborate convincers just a subtle spread of a few cards sells the illusion that the deck is mixed face up and face down.
Open Display Of Triumph – Jared Kopf
Published in the November 2007 issue of Genii Magazine this is a great magician fooler where what looks like the standard Vernon Triumph shuffle actually isn’t and magicians will be lost when you square the face up, face down deck fairly. Whilst it requires a little extra handling for the selection this is still relatively easy to do and clean.
Interactive Triumph – Eric Hu
Published in the October 2015 issue of Genii Magazine on the surface this looks like the standard Slop shuffle created by Sid Loraine and essentially it is however what Eric has added is a nice interactive element at the end where the spectator takes half and the magician takes the remaining half and holds them tightly in their hands. With a snap of the fingers the magicians half is shown to be all face down and when the spectator spreads his cards they are all seen to be face up with the exception of one card the spectators selection. It appears the magic has happened within the spectators hands out of touch of the magician and leaves a great moment with the spectator.
Whilst this is by no means an exhaustive list of Triumph effects (there is far too many to count !!!) i’ve found these to serve me well and might well have been overlooked due to being mainly published in Magazines. If there is one other tip I can add is when performing the Vernon Triumph Shuffle instead of using the heal of the hand to do the move try just squeezing the cards together under the cover card using the thumb and first finger in a pinching motion which is far more natural action when squaring the shuffled cards. This subtlety was published in the Randy Wakeman One Man Issue of Genii April 1991 under the effect Topsy Turvy Charlie.