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Cubs Ace Dempster's Other Talent

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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.

Read the whole story at The New York Times