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09/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cubs Ace Dempster's Other Talent

Ryan Dempster cradled the card deck as deftly and lovingly as he does baseballs. He took the ace of spades from the top, shuffled it into seeming oblivion and removed a two of clubs off the top as proof.

"But I can make it come back," Dempster said coyly. He tapped the deck and flipped over the top card.

Bingo.

"See?" he said. "There's your ace."

A fine amateur magician, Dempster's best trick this season has been turning himself into an ace -- of the Chicago Cubs. His next stunt? Trying to make 100 years disappear.

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