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Topic: Is anyone still performing Devastation by Geoff Williams?
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Jul 3, 2019 08:57PM)
A decade ago, Devastation by Geoff Williams was all the rage. Nowadays I don't see it mentioned very often at all, although Big Blind Media did include it in their "Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks" Vol 3 DVD (2014).

Is anyone still performing this at all, and is it standing the test of time?
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jul 3, 2019 09:48PM)
I never learned this because I couldn't find it in print.
I saw it done a long time ago but I don't remember the effect.
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Jul 3, 2019 11:09PM)
It can be found on his DVD [i]Miracles for Mortals[/i], (Volume 2).

To my knowledge, the following effects use the same basic principle:
"4,5,6 Packet Trick" in Sal Piacente's [i]Expert Card Magic Lecture Notes[/i], (Volume 2)
"Three Piles Trick" in Hugard's [i]Royal Road to Card Magic[/i] (pp.71-73)
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jul 3, 2019 11:36PM)
Dang. I don't watch DVDs or downloads.
Books only for me.
Thanks for the other references.
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Jul 4, 2019 12:00PM)
Devastation was in print before there were the DVD's. It is still available in the compilation of Geoff's first two sets of lecture notes called No Adult Supervision. You can get the notes at Lybrary.com . A hardcopy can be had directly from Geoff at https://gwilliamsmagic.wixsite.com/gwproducts/notes

Devastation is actually a Tom Daugherty trick made popular by Geoff Williams.
Message: Posted by: adiabaticman (Jul 4, 2019 12:08PM)
Devastation is an amazing trick. I love it. "We meet again, Dr. Jones" by Atlas Brookings has similarities to Devastation.
Message: Posted by: IanL (Jul 14, 2019 07:01PM)
I think it was in his Penguin Lecture too.
Message: Posted by: mtstic44 (Aug 15, 2019 07:19PM)
I learned it on one of the Self Working videos from Big Blind Media. Great Effect.
Message: Posted by: KokoB (Aug 15, 2019 08:29PM)
I learned this effect in Big Blind Media's Ultimate Self working tricks V3 & I was in love with it! Such a great effect. This made me go back n re learn it. Thank you
Message: Posted by: thekillingjoke33 (Mar 28, 2020 04:09PM)
I second Dr. Jones. I perform both versions regulary.
Message: Posted by: nnylfmit (Mar 29, 2020 04:37AM)
I love it!
It Devastates a spectator, and is repeatable for another spectator, although I usually follow it up with Zingone 12 card mental problem... If I follow it up at all!
Message: Posted by: terrillific (Apr 2, 2020 06:07PM)
I do it with a MD and it is killer.
Message: Posted by: ipe (Apr 3, 2020 04:22AM)
[quote]On Apr 2, 2020, terrillific wrote:
I do it with a MD and it is killer. [/quote]
I totally agree. I add a psychological subtletie from "Fragment" (Michael Murray). Moreover, I prefer to just ask the spectator, after the shuffle, to take a small packet of cards, around a quarter of the deck, avoiding the creation of 4/5 packets.

I really love this effect!