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Topic: Favorite self-working tricks: comprehensive collection of threads
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Feb 2, 2008 10:48AM)
There have been many threads on this topic in the past, so I figured I would post the links to them in a single post, for future reference and the benefit of other users. Many of these threads are buried in "The workers" forum, so this will make it easier to find them all. I've arranged them by the date of the initial post. You will find lots of excellent discussion and suggestions in these threads!

I hope this will be a useful resource for those researching self-working card tricks. Enjoy!

[b]BEST SELF-WORKING TRICKS[/b]

Self working favourite (October 27, 2002)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=12786&forum=2

favorite self-working trick (May 23, 2003)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=31518&forum=2

The "best" self-working trick (September 1, 2003)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=43388&forum=2

Your most powerful-easiest card trick (November 18, 2004)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=92263&forum=2
(includes some non-self-working tricks)

Best Self Working Card Trick (January 2, 2005)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=97419&forum=2

Self-Working Tricks for the worker (June 20, 2005)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=121280&forum=2

Self Working Card Tricks (with impact) (December 3, 2005)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=141166&forum=2

What self-working card tricks do you like the most? (January 11, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=145889&forum=2

What are some simple card tricks that every kid should know? (January 20, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=147252&forum=2

Impromptu Self-working Favorites (April 13, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=158902&forum=2

Favorite self working card trick? (June 5, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=165683&forum=206&117

Favorites? (June 29, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=168681&forum=206&35

Totally impromptu self-working favorites... (May 8, 2007)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=209549&forum=206&46

Favorites in "Scarne on Card Tricks"? (August 23, 2007)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=223263&forum=206&37

What do you think is the best self working card trick (December 8, 2007)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=237225&forum=2

[b]DEFINING SELF-WORKING VS NON-SELFWORKING[/b]

Explain self-working (May 5, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=161740&forum=206&45

Self working vs. Non Self-working (May 12, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=162467&forum=206&51

Real tricks? (September 16, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=178352&forum=206&22

[b]RESOURCES[/b]

Books on card magic that require minimum dexterity (March 8, 2003)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=24719&forum=2

Card magic books containing few or no sleights (November 12, 2004)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=91528&forum=2

Self-Working Card Book Library (January 25, 2007)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=195039&forum=206&35

[b]OTHER RELEVANT THREADS[/b]

Sleight-free tricks (June 25, 2005)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=121855&forum=2

What Was the First Self-Working Trick You Learned? (May 12, 2006)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=162529&forum=206&65
Message: Posted by: Ashley Cox (Feb 2, 2008 03:30PM)
Excellent post. Thanks for the research.
Message: Posted by: kingjay (Feb 3, 2008 02:51PM)
Nice...
Message: Posted by: Paul H (Feb 4, 2008 07:21AM)
Thanks for all your hard work Gregory.
Regards,

Paul H
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Feb 8, 2008 09:52AM)
Top notch list. Thanks Gregory.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 10, 2008 10:36AM)
Look for any threads mentioning 3 No Evil.
Message: Posted by: kent1985 (Feb 10, 2008 10:44AM)
Thank you for the research!
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Feb 16, 2008 03:52PM)
Here's an addition to the "BEST SELF-WORKING TRICKS" category, although it does include mention of some effects with gaffed cards:

What's the GREATEST Self-Working Card Trick? (November 7, 2007)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=233277&forum=203&44

The self-working effects that seem to be mentioned most often in the threads above are these:

Do As I Do
Lazy Man's Card Trick (Al Koran)
Gemini Twins (Karl Fulves)
Untouched (Daryl)
Out of this World (Harry Lorayne impromptu version)
Overkill (Paul Harris)
Devastation (Geoff Williams)
Message: Posted by: Ashley Cox (Feb 27, 2008 08:25AM)
I PMed Dave Scribner to see if this was sticky-worthy. Looks like he agrees it is (thanks Dave).

And of course thanks Topov for this collection of links!
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Mar 13, 2008 11:22AM)
Thanks for making this thread a sticky! Unfortunately I can't edit the original post to include new additions, so I'll have to add them this way:

[b]BEST SELF-WORKING TRICKS[/b]

Self-working transposition effects (February 5, 2008)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=244665&forum=206&6

Best "Self-working" effects without setups (February 23, 2008)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=247153&forum=206

Strong Routine using Only Self Working Effects (March 2, 2008)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=248289&forum=206&19

[b]RESOURCES[/b]

Looking for this kind of book (February 11, 2008)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=245563&forum=206&17

Bob Longe books (February 19, 2008)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=246617&forum=206&13
Message: Posted by: aktino (May 21, 2008 06:58AM)
I am trying to find a self-working/no-sleight version of the ambitious card. Any thoughts or ideas
Message: Posted by: manks123 (Jan 28, 2009 06:57PM)
Great work Gregory. Great collection of links.

Stefan
Message: Posted by: QuailCreek (Jun 26, 2009 08:58PM)
Awesome job Topov. This will make my search simple.
Message: Posted by: h4lim (Jul 25, 2009 08:09AM)
Thanks Topov...I really loved selfworking...
Message: Posted by: ferryascanio (Jul 27, 2009 10:52PM)
Thank's Topov,
great information ...
some times sleight of hand tricks combine w/self working become great tools ...
and make the tricks mind blowing ...
Message: Posted by: punhus (Sep 8, 2009 06:58AM)
Thank you so much man... congrats...
Message: Posted by: MagicRocks (Nov 9, 2009 03:20AM)
Thanks for this thread .
Message: Posted by: johnmharris (Jan 12, 2010 10:32AM)
Allow me to add my thanks for compiling this list! Your work is appreciated.
Message: Posted by: webstercolby (May 15, 2010 03:29PM)
Thanks for the links. great post!
Message: Posted by: gphrenol (Mar 4, 2011 08:20PM)
Your organization is wonderful and gives perspective to the field. I am sure it also help anyone who is willing to do such work to become the expert too.
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Mar 17, 2011 01:41PM)
Cool post!
Message: Posted by: Sagar (May 16, 2011 11:44PM)
Nice post! Thanks a lot, Topov!
Message: Posted by: stefano59 (Sep 9, 2011 01:33AM)
I'm new to this forum and I just say THANKS for your reserch
Message: Posted by: KyleMacNeill (Sep 10, 2011 04:50AM)
Thanks!
Message: Posted by: bowers (Nov 7, 2012 03:24PM)
Thanks so much for the great list of effects.
todd
Message: Posted by: ummer21 (Jan 19, 2013 11:01AM)
The Magic Shop in Levittown NY on Wantagh, Ave has recently moved. Phil the Owner showed me a great one where you let them cut the deck as much as they want. Then you tell them how many cards theirs is from the top. he said its the oldest trick in the book, but I have spoken to young magicians who have never heard of it before. PM if you want the details.
Message: Posted by: WalterPlinge (Feb 11, 2013 07:44PM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-19 12:01, ummer21 wrote:
The Magic Shop in Levittown NY on Wantagh, Ave has recently moved. Phil the Owner showed me a great one where you let them cut the deck as much as they want. Then you tell them how many cards theirs is from the top. he said its the oldest trick in the book, but I have spoken to young magicians who have never heard of it before. PM if you want the details.
[/quote]

Sounds like the Lazy Man's Card Trick.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Feb 11, 2013 08:15PM)
That's what it is. - "Oldest trick in the book" except that nobody was doing anything like it, and I was fooling top names in magic with it, etc., - until I put it into CLOSE-UP CARD MAGIC in 1962. I think I can cite a couple of thousand tricks that are OLDER. I love this great piece of knowledge!
Message: Posted by: WalterPlinge (Feb 11, 2013 09:56PM)
[quote]
On 2013-02-11 21:15, Harry Lorayne wrote:
That's what it is. - "Oldest trick in the book" except that nobody was doing anything like it, and I was fooling top names in magic with it, etc., - until I put it into CLOSE-UP CARD MAGIC in 1962. I think I can cite a couple of thousand tricks that are OLDER. I love this great piece of knowledge!
[/quote]

Yes, that's where I learned it -- from your book, Harry. It is still one of my favorite tricks, and one of my favorite books!
Message: Posted by: louisk (May 3, 2013 08:13AM)
Thanks !
Message: Posted by: alicauchy (Jun 17, 2013 11:03AM)
[quote]

I hope this will be a useful resource for those researching self-working card tricks. Enjoy!

[/quote]

Have just discovered this thread of threads. I guess I will be busy for some time with all the material referred to.

Thank you for offering your search to the community.
Message: Posted by: galerius (Jun 17, 2013 01:51PM)
Yes, a very useful thread !
( Aw btw...first three links aren't working ; I don't know if it's just an issue of mine or they no longer exist - I get an error message - anyway I just wanted notify of this )
Message: Posted by: priyanshu (Jun 21, 2013 03:59AM)
The same problem here.
I think first three forum links are dead.
Message: Posted by: dmoriarty (Sep 24, 2013 10:39PM)
Wow, I came here to find some good SWCTs, and hit the jackpot! A hearty thanks is in order. I double-checked, and the first 3 links are, indeed, dead. Any chance to fix them or are those threads long gone?
Message: Posted by: AKMan (Feb 14, 2014 12:46AM)
I often open with Gemini Twins. It moves fast and the spectator thinks they're doing the magic. Lazy Man's Card Trick and Do as I Do are also great. I think Scarne's Cross Suits is a sleeper. Very strong and has worked for me.
Message: Posted by: BitterBrewerAZ (Jun 25, 2014 08:11PM)
It's nice to have these threads combined, thanks! Looking forward to breaking into High Caliber when it gets here. I like Overkill but don't do too many other self-workers.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 1, 2014 12:48PM)
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Message: Posted by: Bogbadger (Mar 26, 2015 06:25PM)
A fantastic and much appreciated resource. I'm going to knuckle down and try to work my way through as many as I can. I recently discovered Tamariz "neither blind nor stupid" which combined with a great little tweak to the ending suggested very kindly by a fellow Magic Café member now leads me directly into "out of this world." I'm now looking for the next step in my routine which I'm pretty certain I'll discover via this thread. Many thanks for creating it!
Message: Posted by: Amilkar (Jul 28, 2017 12:12PM)
Dear friend Bob,

As suggested in ROBERTO LIGHT book, you can finish this small routine with another mental effect of telephaty.

Truly yours,


F. Amílcar Riega I Bello.
Message: Posted by: docguitarman (Dec 20, 2017 10:06PM)
Another trick that I just found and is now in my favorites is Here's Your Card by Herb Rungie, described in J.G. Thompson's, "My Best."

http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=158119&start=46
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Jul 3, 2019 04:20AM)
Just updating this with some additional threads from the last decade or so, to add to the ones identified previously. I've only included threads that feature numerous suggestions and helpful discussion.

[b]The best selfworker is ...[/b] (Sept 2, 2008)
https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=273092

[b]Top 5 self-working, gaffless card effects[/b] (Aug 3, 2009)
https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=324410

[b]Best self working card prediction effect[/b] (Jul 18, 2010)
https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=372821

[b]Your most impossible looking self working card trick?[/b] (Jan 23, 2013)
https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=497250

[b]BEST Self Working Card Trick with No Setup / Gimmicks[/b] (Apr 1, 2013)
https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=506290
Message: Posted by: The Mysterious One (Jul 3, 2019 11:04AM)
Thanks for the update. This is a great thread.