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Pink floyd by Michael Close. Used to do it a lot. Has a satisfying method.
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OK. My first post for the Café after lurking for a few years. In a previous lifetime, around 1978-81, I worked at Magic, Inc. pulling orders and doing counter demos. I also worked at most of Chicago's magic bars; "Mr. C's Magic Lounge", "Little Bit 'O Magic" "The Magic Touch" and the premiere one, "The New York Lounge". I was fortunate to work with some great magicians; Bill Malone, Jim Molinari, Randy Wakeman, Terry Veckey, Bill Weimer, Heba Haba Al and the rest of the gang. Back then my repertoire across the bar for packet tricks were Twisting the Aces, Gypsy Curse, Oil and Water, Trost's Hot Dog Trick and 8 Card Brainwave, Cervon's Dirty Deal, Vernon's Variant, Dr. Daly's Last Trick and everybody's favorite, Color Monte.

Then I changed outfits and for the next 25 years performed standup comedy, owned a couple of comedy clubs in the Chicago area, went to NYC, wound up touring with Jay Leno for a bit, did some TV spots, wrote comedy for others, lived in the Caribbean for a few years, and finally settled in Orlando, FL. One day I woke up divorced with a bum back and realized I was getting old and burned out from years of touring, so I moved to Southern California for a change of scenery.

A couple of years ago I blew the dust off of my old close up case, perused my magic library and went back to performing close-up. These are my new favorite packet tricks. I don't think I've seen some of them mentioned in this thread yet. They are a bit obscure but still deliver a wallop.

Twisted Aces, by Daryl - Paul Harris Reveal His Most Intimate Secrets, pg. 86. This has replaced my standard Twisting the Aces routine. It's the same concept and presentation except for the vanish and revelation of the last ace face up in the deck sitting away from the packet, which is a real crowd stunner the instant you snap that card spread out.

NFW - I've seen this one mentioned quite a bit in here. I keep it loaded in a deck of Jokers. I tell the audience that I normally don't use Jokers in my routines, only the regular 52 cards, but I go through so many decks of cards each week, that I wound up with decks of unused Jokers...so I finally decided to create an effect using just the Jokers. I show them the faces of the Joker deck, turn it over and cull off NFW. It makes for a great way to introduce the routine plus you get a good call back if you done any previous 4 ace effects.

Masque by Max Maven - This was a dealer pamphlet years ago and it's now included in Max's wonderful book of packet tricks, Focus, pg. 135. I completely rewrote the patter for this, turning it into a World War I spy story, which allows me to use an incredibly bad French accent as part of the humor.

Thumb Fun by Sid Lorraine. This was also a dealer item from the 70's. I found another set on Ebay, then discovered David Ginn had bought up all of Sid's inventory and I snagged another set from him. Now I see that Lybrary.com is offering it in digital download. This one kills. I don't know why the appearance of your thumbprint causes lay audiences to gasp, but I dig gasping audiences. It's the silent audiences I hate. If you know how to use Photoshop and an inkjet printer to make your own gaffs and custom cards, print up some Thumb Fun cards on full-size Bikes.

B'Wave by Max Maven - A dealer item I see is also very popular in this thread. I have this one on me all the of time. This is the only packet trick that I insist in bringing it out in a plastic card wallet. I lay it on the table and build the story long before I ever open it up and take the cards out. It's one of the few effects I do that I haven't loaded up with my comedy writing. IMHO, it's just too good to try and turn it into a comedy bit.

Oil and Queens by Roy Walton - The Complete Walton, Vol. 1, pg. 6. What can I say? It's classic Walton, it's fun, it kills.

Day For Night by Max Maven - Magick, by Bascom Jones, Issue 236, pg. 1179. I went searching for a packet trick using a regular deck of ESP cards and found this gem by Max hidden in the middle of an old Magick issue from about 1982. Only 8 cards are used but it builds nicely into a prediction kicker nobody sees coming.

Boy Meets Girl - Dealer item still floating around. It's a bunch of gaffed cards that have the male and female sex symbols printed on them. You're limited to your own imagination on what you can do with them. I made up a bunch of stuff; Wild Card, some Trost routines, etc. Nice change of pace for old card routines with new story possibilities.

Alien Abduction - Dealer Item. I wound up with a couple sets of these from two different auctions I won on Ebay...so I rewrote the routine into my own presentation with a partially combined set.

Anyway, these are some of the packet tricks I'm having fun with now. Nice to meet everybody. Maybe I'll bump into some old familiar faces. I enjoy reading the posts in this place. It's good to be back where my roots in entertainment began. Tip the veal and try the waitstaff...
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Doug, I really like the way you introduce the multiple jokers. I like the idea of multiple jokers for my jazz aces routine (instead of random spot cards). I like that with jokers I can show each joker before it disappears and then reappears the same. If not jokers, one value disappears and a different value re-appears. The problem with my version is why do I have four jokers. I think your introduction is reasonable and gets me past that hurdle. Thanks!
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Doug, I really like the way you introduce the multiple jokers. I like the idea of multiple jokers for my jazz aces routine (instead of random spot cards). I like that with jokers I can show each joker before it disappears and then reappears the same. If not jokers, one value disappears and a different value re-appears. The problem with my version is why do I have four jokers. I think your introduction is reasonable and gets me past that hurdle. Thanks!


You're welcome, but introducing gaffs from a deck of cards is far from my original idea. Magicians have been doing it...forever. I got the idea from reading, Bob Cassidy I believe, who introduced his Princess Card effect from the top of a regular deck of cards. It just made sense to me do the same with NFW from a pack made up of unused collected Jokers. You can fan the Jokers, pull some out, let the audience examine them, etc. to put their mind at ease that these are plain old, rarely used Jokers. I thought it was a better way to introduce NFW into the show than bringing out that little plastic wallet, which IMHO, has the potential to telegraph to a lay audience "special cards". I choreographed a few 4 Ace effects early in the close-up performance; productions, assembly, collectors, twisting, packet, etc., stuff that can flow one into another so the audience gets conditioned to seeing 4 Aces in mircales, before going onto other card, coins or magical effects in the middle of the performance. I'll finish by pulling out my deck of Jokers, go into my story of "what do I do with all of these Jokers?", then NFW, and you have a great call-back with the ending and a patter of something along the lines of "Shall we go back to the Aces?"

IMHO, learning to choreograph your routines so they not only flow between each other but have that traditional 3 part theatrical structure of strong, establishing opening, entertaining middle, and the very best at the finish, is just as important as learning sleights and writing good patter. I have dozens of close-up "shows" I can do, each different, but all structured the same. (The same for my standup comedy shows; 3 part choreograph) No matter what style of magic you perform, you want to strive to be a magical entertainer first and foremost...otherwise, you're just somebody doing tricks...
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I like B'voque by Mark Elsdon. Certainly the same effect as B'wave but uses ungimmicked cards and a different and clever patter. And of course Color Monte and NFW. I also like Pter Nardi's Along for the Ride.
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Although very easy to do, Twisted Sisters is always a hit. Very nice routine and plays strong for laymen.
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As it often happens in our profession, things change. As of Saturday September 12th, mine has changed to an effect utilising Card-Sharks newly released "Magneato Cards" (the big question is, which of the many effects?). There are several that will fit the bill. Stay tuned. Smile
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I still think one of the best is Cardboard Chameleons (Daryl), So much magic so few cards and totally examinable. If we count packet routines just from a regular deck Reset (Paul Harris) is a hit as well as Too Many Cards (Derek Dingle).
One other comes to mind but for the life of me I cannot recall the name of it. But it was great cards with different colored circles printed on them were shown one by one and placed on the table. When the cards were turned over they were colored squares. Doesn't sound like much but it always played well.
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I too think "Cardboard Chameleons" is one of the best packet tricks ever invented (you can see an almost flawless performance of it by Glen Guldbeck in the video below):



I bought it directly from Daryl a few years ago, and, although it's not easy, it isn't as difficult as most people think (once you have the counts down pat).

I'm also a big fan of almost any packet trick by Peter Duffie.

However, my favourite is "The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley". I have, believe it or not, around 50 variations of this plot in my notebooks. You can learn one of them called "Big Bullet Monte" on my blog:

http://wp.me/P3aDns-N

To access the page, you'll need to enter a password. The password is the answer to the following question: Which book can Daley's routine "The Cavorting Aces" be found in? Enter the password as one word (all lower-case).
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I have a hard time saying only one as Emerson West put out so many great routines. The (w)hole card, Ace In The Hole, know Fu Ling, the Star Wars trick come to mind. I'm not sure all of those are Emerson West but just a few I really think are fantastic.
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Another vote for Mr. John Cornelius' masterpiece: "Marked for Life"
(For those, of you, who are not familiar...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj5DX3zJ5tw

And on Mr. Ammar's DVD: "Classic Renditions #4": http://www.penquinmagic.com/p/S4343

Or, from Michael's site: www.ammarmagic.com/roll-over-aces-classi......-dv.html (It's the 2nd. effect)

Enjoy!
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Uuuuuh, I can't only pick one Smile

First off I do not like that much packet tricks that come from anything different than a deck of cards, so all my packets get ready and taken off the main pack. This also means I have never played around with gaffed cards effects.

With that in mind...I have to say my top 4 have to be

-Look, an Illusion! (awesome effect by Larry Jennings, spectators chooses a card and it's lost in the deck. Performer takes the first 4 cards of the pack, and then proceeds to create an illusion where all 4 cards are copies of the selection. Then one last card, the Joker let's say, gets added from the deck to try and break the illusion. But now 4 out of 5 cards appear to be the Joker, with just 1 copy of the selection! You discard the joker, and straight out change the 4 cards into the four Kings)

-Queens at the bar (actually I do NOT remember the name or origin of this one. Basically it's a story packet trick with 4 cards, where you tell the story about a couple of kings with their spouses going into a bar, and things happen. The 4 cards first are displayed as 2 black kings and 2 black queens, then displayed again as 2 black kings and 2 red queens, then 2 black queens and 2 red queens and so on, in line with the patter. I think I saw Bill Malone do this once and it's where I got floored by it and started doing it. If anyone knows the origin or credits please tell me!)

-Jazz Aces (by Darwin Ortiz, great packet Ace Assembly with...jazz ending!)

And as a lot of others have said,

-Dr. Daley's Last Trick (I'm guessing everyone knows it - I use the variation "Be honest, what is it" that keeps the deck in hand of the performer)
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Don't know if it counts as a packet trick since it also uses a 6-sided die, but I love Dice Man by Andy Nyman.
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Don't know if it counts as a packet trick since it also uses a 6-sided die, but I love Dice Man by Andy Nyman.


Yeah, it qualifies Smile Loooong time since I used that one. Smile
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I was well familiar with Luke Rhinehart's "The Dice Man" novels before I ever heard of Nyman's effect, and it fits well with my "mad scientist" stage persona. I've also experimented with a version that the gaff is the die instead of the cards...
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-Queens at the bar (actually I do NOT remember the name or origin of this one. Basically it's a story packet trick with 4 cards, where you tell the story about a couple of kings with their spouses going into a bar, and things happen. The 4 cards first are displayed as 2 black kings and 2 black queens, then displayed again as 2 black kings and 2 red queens, then 2 black queens and 2 red queens and so on, in line with the patter. I think I saw Bill Malone do this once and it's where I got floored by it and started doing it. If anyone knows the origin or credits please tell me!)



Twins - Brother John Hamman (commonly mistakenly called Gemini Twins which is a Karl Fulves effect) to the best of my knowledge
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Twins is amazing. I first saw it at the magic castle and was also floored. I had to learn it. Really good!
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My favorites Ace by Richard Sanders Extrem burn and Strange Travelers
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-Queens at the bar (actually I do NOT remember the name or origin of this one. Basically it's a story packet trick with 4 cards, where you tell the story about a couple of kings with their spouses going into a bar, and things happen. The 4 cards first are displayed as 2 black kings and 2 black queens, then displayed again as 2 black kings and 2 red queens, then 2 black queens and 2 red queens and so on, in line with the patter. I think I saw Bill Malone do this once and it's where I got floored by it and started doing it. If anyone knows the origin or credits please tell me!)



Twins - Brother John Hamman (commonly mistakenly called Gemini Twins which is a Karl Fulves effect) to the best of my knowledge


Thank you so very much for the source!!
At least now I can go and try and find the original to study Smile
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