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What are some of your favorite plots in magic? Maybe not your "favorite" per say, but ones that you find yourself coming back to, or a plot that you always enjoy learning.

I personally LOVE the Sandwich and Collectors plots, I just can't get enough of them.

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Hey Alex,
You have good taste (not to be confused with you taste good). I too dig the sandwich plot, and collectors ain't so bad either. I have worked quite a bit on both.

But if you want my absolute rock solid favorite, then look no further than the mystery card plot. It's Elmsley at his finest, and the idea disturbs me deep to my core. When done convincingly, it's the type of thing that no amount of “fast hands” or “long sleeves” can explain. It's one of the most magical plots I know of (in any genre). My favorite routines of this type are Jack Carpenter's Mysterious, the two from Reinventing The Real (Schlorange with cards, and Visual Lies with coins), Larry Jennings' The Mystery Card, an unpublished routine of mine, and Jack Carpenter's Mysterious (it's good enough for two mentions).

A close second would probably be the fusion plot. Norm Houghton's brainchild is almost like a torn and restored, but without the tearing... or the restoring. And even more magical. Chinese rings begin unlinked and end unlinked; Triumph begins all face down and ends all face down; fusion routines begin with two objects and end with just one. It's one of the rare effects which concludes in the altered state. It's brilliantly magical. I've developed several routines for it (two of which actually combine both the mystery card and fusion plots together), but my favorite is an unpublished Jack Parker routine called Chain Fusion. It was a genuine advance in the plot, and I hope for the magic community's sake that it sees the light of day at some point.

Tyler Wilson
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I'm with you on the Mystery Card plot, but wonder...do you think the mystery card should be visible the whole time, or is it better off secure, but unseen, like in a box or a pocket? Or does it matter?

Depending on your answers, I got a version of Sankey's Paperclipped to tell you about.
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Hey Curtis,
No question; it's better left in the open from the beginning.

Elmsley's original, and Jack Carpenter's Mysterious (among others) do both. They get the best of both worlds by isolating the card in the spectator's hands.

That's not to say stowing the mystery card isn't viable, it's just not preferable. You could make the card unique (signing it, tearing it, destroying every other playing card on the planet so it's the only one left, etc.) and then put it away until the revelation (the uniqueness being vital), but I just don't see the same clarity or openness as with the alternative.

Regardless of my views Curtis, you know I'm a big fan of yours and would LOVE to see your tricky-poo! Pretty please?

Tyler Wilson
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