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RooMan
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Oooo, cool...a Jim Steinmeyer Monte at Hank Lee's. Whatjathink?
Magicman862
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Sounds good, and I'm sure it is since it is from Mr. Steinmeyer
Wells34
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Yes, I am quite interested in this as well. I imagine it will be worth the money. It would be nice to see a demo.
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Nobody has seen this yet? Tim Trono? Any word on card dimensions?
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Hello All,

I'm pleased to announce that FUN Incorporated (makers of Card-Toon, The Exchange, The Cardiologist Deck, Newton's Nightmare, the Royal Magic line, etc.) have again teamed-up with Jim Steinmeyer to produce Soft-Shoe Monte. Last year we produced Matrix Poker, a co-creation of Jim and the late, great Alan Wakeling.

Soft-Shoe Monte is performed with JUMBO Bicycle-backed cards, and works well for in stand-up situations, kid shows, etc. The layers of impossibility build on each other progressively from phase to phase (there are three), leading up to a very strong climax. And the jumbo cards make the trick, in many ways, seem much more impossible than a close-up version. After all, how can you manipulate jumbo cards?

We've been working on building up stock of this item for a few weeks now (the mechanical cards are not easy to make), and just started shipping them out to dealers on Monday. I think those of you who buy one and try out the routine will be very pleased. As with everything Jim Steinmeyer releases, this is a keeper!

On an unrelated note, I also can heartily recommend Jim's new book "The Glorious Deception," which is also available in most magic shops.

Thanks for your interest.

Best,

Gabe Fajuri
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doug brewer
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In Device and Illusion Steinmeyer has a flap-gaffed type Monte card routine. Is this the same routine?
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I would have to dig out my copy of Device and Illusion but if I remember correctly it sounds similar in that the last phase is done with one hand.

That being said, I am always happy with Steinmeyer marketed effects and would think with the expert work that Gabe's guys do, that it is worth it to have a set professionally made.
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Actually, no. The routine in Device & Illusion is called "San Fernando Monte."

Soft-Shoe Monte uses an entirely different method.

Gabe Fajuri
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I saw the effect at Hank's site, but I would sure appreciate a blow by blow description or a video!
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I should also mention that the routine is available in Jim's excellent lecture notes "Reminding and Deceiving," which is where I first encountered it. Still, not many people will be able to make the special cards required to perform the trick, which was a major factor in us releasing the trick. Thanks again for your interest.

Regards,

Gabe Fajuri
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Excellent. Thanks!
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I got this from Hank Lee yesterday...the gaff is gorgeous, and I am curious to try it out for an audience. I'm having quite a bit of trouble following the suggested act, though - after reading through it twice with cards in hand I'm have most of the first part and am still a bit baffled by the other two parts. Quite a bit of the first part I had to infer as it almost seems like bits and pieces are skipped. Maybe it's just me, maybe I was tired, but the instructions for the suggested routine just confused the heck out of me.

I figure I'll give them another try tomorrow night (have plans tonight!) and either way, I can figure something out. The gaff is pretty cool, although it can't take any inspection - I'd say you'll need a few feet between you and the spectators - and even if I can't follow the enclosed routine I can make up my own routine.
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Got this today and it is excellent. The quality is top notch and the routine is possibly the best monte you can do on a stage. The instructions for me were very easy to follow. A well thought out routine. A winner and a fooler. Recommended.

For the record, the effect is simple. Show the money card in between two duplicate cards. Cards dealt onto the table and the money card is not where everyone thinks. You "explain" how you did the first part but once again the spectators get it wrong even though they were burning your hands. The last two phases are done with ONE HAND. The climax is similar to the Ultimate 3 Card Monte finale except these cards can be shown completely freely and looks even more fair (if that is possible). One card is cleverly gaffed. It is a great routine...
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Funny, it’s just my luck. My set the gaff is off by about an eighth of an inch and the cards tend to part exposing the gimmick. I find it a bit annoying when new items are useless to me due to defects. The gimmick is genius and if correctly made and aligned makes for a great monte handling. I will be contacting my dealer for an exchange.
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Steve Hook
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By the way, the demo is apparently no longer shown at Hank Lee's site.
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I'm looking forward to getting mine.
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Has anyone used this yet?
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majical
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Surely by now someone should have more to say about this....

Anyone?
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This reminds me of a kind of "manual" Gaeton Bloom Visible Monte. What I mean by that is that what Bloom's does mechanically and automatically for you, you must do by hand in this version. Of course, this uses Jumbo Cards while Gaeton's uses regular sized cards. I, frankly, thought Softshoe was okay, but nothing special.
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This reminds me of a kind of "manual" Gaeton Bloom Visible Monte. What I mean by that is that what Bloom's does mechanically and automatically for you, you must do by hand in this version. Of course, this uses Jumbo Cards while Gaeton's uses regular sized cards. I, frankly, thought Softshoe was okay, but nothing special.
jezza
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I have purchased this and uhmmm I'm not so sure about the gimmick (the card looks thicker and can only be shown face on)
david_a_whitehead
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If you use this stand up (which is what it is meant for) you can show the gimmicked card all around.
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Has anyone performed this for an audience?
How does it play?

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