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RogerTheShrubber
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Hands-Off Miracle is my favorite by a mile. I've done that one more often than all others in the book combined and have never had anyone catch on. However, you need to practice it over and over and over and over before even running it by a test audience. I've seen others try it and come across so poorly that they were busted on the spot. Once you've got the trick down and can do it well, you'll be baffling people forever.
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Check out my handling of this trick in Secret Sessions


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On May 31, 2014, RogerTheShrubber wrote:
Hands-Off Miracle is my favorite by a mile. I've done that one more often than all others in the book combined and have never had anyone catch on. However, you need to practice it over and over and over and over before even running it by a test audience. I've seen others try it and come across so poorly that they were busted on the spot. Once you've got the trick down and can do it well, you'll be baffling people forever.
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[quote]On May 31, 2014, LoveKey1988 wrote:
Check out my handling of this trick in Secret Sessions

I look forward to doing so, but I have quite a few posts to go. When I can, I certainly will. Thanks.

BTW, one more word on the original question: I remember getting a killer reaction from Automatic Pencil Writing. Those who need a trick to amaze kids into silence should try it.
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Future Deck!
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Roger,

I love your Café name! Ni!

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Future Deck!

Very clever !
And when you make people believe that things went the opposite way they actually did gives you an additional intimate pleasure Smile
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A personal favortie of mine from Scarne on Card Tricks is trick #5 Dunninger's Mental Card Trick. If you take the time to find an appropriate size crystal ball and a mini card. The effect is not only very errie for everyone involved, but also incredibly visual in an otherworldly sense...

Other favorites include: #100 Card on the Wall, #97 Scarne's Tappit, and #94 Martin Gardner's Five Nine King.

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Galerius- That's what I love about this effect (the way things happen the opposite way )- it is super clever. Sure, the deck can be only used for one effect, but you can easily switch it in and out during a routine and really pull off a cool effect.
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One deck you do as I do. (page 25 in my edition)
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Cristo,

I really love the Francis Carlyle effect where both spectator and magician select cards and replace their cards in each other's respective halves. The cards are them placed together face up packet between two face down packets. The deck is spread and everything proves to face the right way except the two selections. I don't remember the title! I think it may be "The Upside-Down Cards" or something of that nature.

I also loved "Cardini's Color Discernment" the second I read it.

There is a Dai Vernon effect that I love. The only way I can describe it is it resembles an Ambitious-Card-meets-Oil-and-Water-style routine in which three cards of the same value are interlaced between three indifferent cards with the entire six-card packet placed on top of the deck. When the cards are dealt face-up the three of the same value are seen to have "melted" back to the top. Again, I don't recall the name!


I think the Carlyle effect was a Do As I Do plot. I got so much mileage out of that effect as a kid. My copy from when I was a kid is so worn out from reading that it barely holds together now, but I wouldn't part with it for the world.
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No, the Carlyle effect is the third trick in the book and is exactly as the fritz describes.

BTW, regarding Automatic Pencil Writing, I should point out that I use a much different technique to force the card than the one recommended by the book. I prefer to eliminate unnecessary dealing whenever possible.
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A friend who knows I do magic just found that for me at a friends of the library book sale. This thread will be useful in reading it.
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Kinda tempted to see if I can pick up a cheap copy from somewhere...
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Just checked, can get it 2nd hand from an Amazon reseller for less than a fiver.
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Miraskill and Future Deck are beauties!
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There are several copies on Flea Bay for less than $5.00 at the moment. (One less than a few minutes ago 'cause I just bought it! Can't wait to dig in...)
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I absolutely love this book and I'm glad this thread was necro'd. I thought I'd toss out a favorite titled Carlyle's Migrating Decks. Two deck of cards transpose, that is, all except two selected cards. It's a very strong trick and I urge folks to learn this bad boy - it's REALLY strong.

Miraskill has been mentioned a few times. Stewart James was a master whose influence resonates to this very day. If you love Miraskill, all I can say is that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Anyhow, I don't want to derail the conversation about Scarne's (Braude's?) book. I was looking through the contents and the names of the magicians whose effects are included is like a pantheon of magic up to the 1950s although the Milton Berle trick has been rumored to be something that Scarne taught Berle - not that the Berle trick is that good, but it was kind of weird seeing the name of this guy who I think looked like a human Bugs Bunny. Smile

My buddy Turk wrote back in 2007 that magicians would talk down this book until he fried them with a few tricks from it. Well, let people talk down all they want as it keeps this jewel out of the wrong hands. We know better! Smile
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Thanks to this thread I ordered this from Amazon tonight. I can't wait!

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On Dec 9, 2007, Steve Landavazo wrote:
Did you know Scarne compiled his card book along with his magic tricks in one volume. Just some useless trivia for those that care...

Stever


I realize this is an old post, but wondered if someone could clarify what is being said here: I am aware of "Scarne Card Tricks" and "Scarne Magic Tricks" as separate publications. Am I to assume from the above post that both these books can be found under one cover? If so, what is the specific name of this compilation or the ISBN number? Multiple searches on the internet have led to naught...
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On Dec 9, 2007, Steve Landavazo wrote:
Did you know Scarne compiled his card book along with his magic tricks in one volume. Just some useless trivia for those that care...

Stever


I realize this is an old post, but wondered if someone could clarify what is being said here: I am aware of "Scarne Card Tricks" and "Scarne Magic Tricks" as separate publications. Am I to assume from the above post that both these books can be found under one cover? If so, what is the specific name of this compilation or the ISBN number? Multiple searches on the internet have led to naught...


The name of the book is Scarne's Tricks.

My edition is published by Crown Publishers, Inc. - New York. Copyright 1950 by John Scarne. There is no ISBN listed since the ISBN wasn't created until 1965.
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