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Topic: My 2020 "Self Working, Sleight Free, No Set up, FASDIU" Trick List
Message: Posted by: Brad Ballew (Jan 11, 2020 04:11PM)
Years ago, I accepted the fact that I would never have the time to perfect card sleights and practice them regularly to my satisfaction. Also, I discovered that I could set up a deck for an initial trick that required a set up, but then after that I needed to be able to do stuff that could be From A Shuffled Deck In Use... or FASDIU. So my focus has been on finding the best self working tricks that are sleight free and can be done with a shuffled deck. What I like most about these tricks is that they make it so much easier to focus on presentation which is often that one thing that can mean the difference between a good trick and a great trick.

That being said, here is my list so far of card effects I like and use. I will update this list as I discover new effects and I am open to suggestions to add to the list.


"Applesauce" - in "AppleSauce" by Patrick Redford

"Degrees of Freedom" - in "Dear Mr Fantasy” by John Bannon

"Pedal to the Metal" - in "Destination Zero" by John Bannon

"4, 5, 6" - On the DVD “Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks” by Big Blind Media

"Impromptu Out of this World" – in Harry Lorayne's "My Favorite Card Tricks"

"Gemini Twins" in Karl Fulve's "More Self Working Card Tricks"

"Braude's Mental Card Trick" in John Scarne's "Scarne on Card Tricks"

"Automatic Ace Triumph" - on DVD "Awesome Self Working Card Tricks"

"We Meet Again, Doctor Jones" - in "We Meet Again, Doctor Jones" by Atlas Brookings

"View to a 'Skill" - in "View to a 'Skill" by John Bannon
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Jan 11, 2020 05:48PM)
I would like to add DESTINY, found in PRISM by Max Maven
Message: Posted by: Brad Ballew (Jan 11, 2020 06:29PM)
[quote]On Jan 11, 2020, Wravyn wrote:
I would like to add DESTINY, found in PRISM by Max Maven [/quote]

For some reason I had completely forgotten about this one. Just went back and read it and it an extremely clever effect. I'm going to have to try this one again soon. Thanks for reminding me of this one!
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Jan 12, 2020 03:23AM)
[quote]On Jan 11, 2020, Brad Ballew wrote:

For some reason I had completely forgotten about this one. Just went back and read it and it an extremely clever effect. I'm going to have to try this one again soon. Thanks for reminding me of this one! [/quote]

What I enjoy about it... on more than one occasion, I have nailed the thought of card.
Message: Posted by: mlippo (Jan 13, 2020 01:05AM)
Prophet Motive III by John Bannon

Mark
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jan 13, 2020 07:36AM)
[quote]On Jan 13, 2020, mlippo wrote:
Prophet Motive III by John Bannon

Mark [/quote]
Why do you prefer III over the others?
Message: Posted by: mlippo (Jan 13, 2020 01:16PM)
[quote]On Jan 13, 2020, magicfish wrote:
[quote]On Jan 13, 2020, mlippo wrote:
Prophet Motive III by John Bannon

Mark [/quote]
Why do you prefer III over the others? [/quote]


Well short answer is that I find it the most elegant of the three versions I'm aware of.

When I read Prophet Motive in Destination Zero, I kinda liked it, took note of it as a "maybe" in the future, but later set aside because there were better items (in my opinion) in the book. What I didn't and still don't like is the Bluff Oracle procedure (who owns the book will know what I'm talking about).

When I read Prophet Motive Redux from Mentalissimo, the Bluff Oracle procedure was given as an optional handling. But I much more preferred the second alternative (who owns the book will know what I'm talking about).

Then came Prophet Motive III (not aware of a II version - does it exist?) which I found in Genii July 2018. This version removed the Bluff Oracle part, retained the second option I was referring to, added the possiblity of the spectator shuffling the pack after the removal of the "prediction" and added the "burning" of the cards of the packet left after the procedure required by the trick.

All three versions are self-working and inevitably procedural. The III one is the most elegant, streamlined of them. IMHO

Mark
Message: Posted by: JoeHohman (Jan 14, 2020 12:40PM)
Two of the greatest from last century: You Do As I Do and Out of This World.

(Admittedly, OOTW isn't strictly FASDIU, but if you can walk and chew gum at the same time, you can probably pull off the arrangement while chatting with and listening to the spectators.)

I am also pretty fond of Dream Card by Daryl.
Message: Posted by: mtstic44 (Jan 14, 2020 06:09PM)
Another nice one you could add is "Eight of Diamonds" by Paul Gordon
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jan 15, 2020 09:20AM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, mtstic44 wrote:
Another nice one you could add is "Eight of Diamonds" by Paul Gordon [/quote]
That is a great item. Harry's version is called Gr(eight), and it is.
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Jan 15, 2020 01:35PM)
Jim Steinmeyer's 9 card problem
Message: Posted by: Pepsi Twist (Feb 28, 2020 03:10AM)
Hey man I love the list, this is an area of particular interest to me as well.
I'd add Vernon's Emotional reaction and Ben Earl's Red Herring to the list :)
(And even Earl's The Answer)
Message: Posted by: ALEXANDRE (Feb 28, 2020 10:41AM)
Great list and I love self-working material.

Let me toot my own horn for a moment ...

"As Above So Below" couldn't be easier and it's effective and fun to perform, at least for me. It's featured in "Connectivity". On that same manuscript there's the "Ancient Gypsy Experiment", using just 4 pairs of cards and also self-working.

On another manuscript I have a remote viewing experiment that is completely self-working and can be done over the phone. It was in my book from ages ago The Black School (it was named "Eight" on there) and now it's called "Dr. Wendy Woo's Remote Viewing Experiment V2". This routine is in the "Dr. Wendy Woo's Black Swan".

I thought I'd add these here because I've been doing them for years and still enjoy them.

Link on my signature. Any questions let me know.
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Feb 29, 2020 07:39PM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, JoeHohman wrote:
Two of the greatest from last century: You Do As I Do and Out of This World.

(Admittedly, OOTW isn't strictly FASDIU, but if you can walk and chew gum at the same time, you can probably pull off the arrangement. [/quote]

UF Grant's NWOOTW is completely impromptu, and there are also a couple of refinements to the original manuscript which make it even stronger.

Loving this thread!!

Cheers

Steve
Message: Posted by: Pepsi Twist (Mar 2, 2020 02:55AM)
Another suggestion is Joshua Jay's Impossible 3, very nice trick (download from Vanishing Inc).
My Gf rumbled me on View to a 'skill though :(
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Mar 2, 2020 09:16AM)
[quote]On Feb 28, 2020, ALEXANDRE wrote:
Great list and I love self-working material.

Let me toot my own horn for a moment ...

"As Above So Below" couldn't be easier and it's effective and fun to perform, at least for me. It's featured in "Connectivity". On that same manuscript there's the "Ancient Gypsy Experiment", using just 4 pairs of cards and also self-working.

On another manuscript I have a remote viewing experiment that is completely self-working and can be done over the phone. It was in my book from ages ago The Black School (it was named "Eight" on there) and now it's called "Dr. Wendy Woo's Remote Viewing Experiment V2". This routine is in the "Dr. Wendy Woo's Black Swan".

I thought I'd add these here because I've been doing them for years and still enjoy them.

Link on my signature. Any questions let me know. [/quote]

I purchased these mentioned e-books and I can attest that they are really good reads and the effects are excellent!
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Mar 8, 2020 04:27PM)
Just a decent-at-best coin guy here, but like the idea given by the OP as to such tricks...And with that, I offer up here, "Untouched" by Daryl. It is very clever and is big on presentation.
Message: Posted by: ALEXANDRE (Mar 13, 2020 06:42AM)
Thanks for the nod, Rowdy! My other stuff is almost self working, too, maybe a charlier here or false cut there ... but thank you, glad you enjoyed them.


MB! Love your coin stuff!


So for this thread, let me add ...

1) Sal Piacente's "The Encore Card Trick"
2) Sudo Nihm's "A Simple Truth"
Message: Posted by: peirceman (Mar 13, 2020 08:50AM)
What, no 21 card trick?!?!?!?! I'm shocked.

I don't know the actual name of the trick, but it is by Martin Gardner. It involves three piles of three cards and spelling out the chosen card. Performed it hundreds of times, even over the phone.

I also get a lot of mileage out of the piano card trick from Royal Road.
Message: Posted by: terrillific (Mar 13, 2020 09:49PM)
Untouched by Daryl is my favorite.
Message: Posted by: Great Domino (Mar 17, 2020 08:45AM)
I'm going to have to throw "AK-47" by Bannon into the mix. The single greatest card trick imo
Message: Posted by: terrillific (Mar 17, 2020 06:05PM)
My vote is for Crusade by Atlas Brookings
Message: Posted by: thekillingjoke33 (Apr 15, 2020 03:00PM)
I second Crusade/Dr. Jones and give a vote for REALLY?! by Harry Lorayne
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Apr 15, 2020 05:48PM)
This is Mindreading? -Lorayne
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Apr 17, 2020 08:42PM)
The Blind Voice Detector- Richardson
Message: Posted by: pnerd (Apr 25, 2020 03:39PM)
[quote]On Mar 2, 2020, Pepsi Twist wrote:
My Gf rumbled me on View to a 'skill though :( [/quote]
What do you mean by that? Sorry, I am not familiar with the phrase "rumbled me on".
.
Message: Posted by: ejohn (Apr 26, 2020 02:16PM)
Paul Wilson’s CON CAM COINCIDENTIA.





THANK
Message: Posted by: Pepsi Twist (Apr 26, 2020 02:58PM)
Sorry Pnerd I mean she wasn't fooled, she told me the method straight afterwards!
Message: Posted by: mtstic44 (May 11, 2020 07:16PM)
Oh yea I forgot about "IMPOSSIBLE" by Larry Jennings. Very nice.
Allen
Message: Posted by: Silversleights04 (May 20, 2020 10:47PM)
Great thread! Let's keep it going!

Pre-pre-figuration by Mark Elsdon from his first penguin lecture is my current favorite, a spell-to-card-location that's also a prediction and a four of a kind production, it's a hit for sure!
Message: Posted by: MrVincent (May 21, 2020 02:39PM)
I would also add "Really!" from Harry Lorayne, it fits all the conditions in the title of this topic !

You can find it in his last book "And Finally!" and also in the last section of his "The Classic Collection 1".
Message: Posted by: MrVincent (May 21, 2020 03:20PM)
While browsing the Café, I also discovered this very instructive topic :

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=706023
"10 of the Best Self-Working Card Tricks in the World" (December 2019)

Some of the effects described there require a set-up, but not all and they are all very good effects.

Best regards.
Message: Posted by: Silversleights04 (Jun 22, 2020 08:51PM)
Haystack by Patrick Redford is another fantastic effect I've recently gained an appreciation for, it's available in his book Cardboard or his Photographic Deck videos. I think it's a tremendous impromptu intuition effect, especially when paired with Applesauce! Highly recommended!
Message: Posted by: Ioannes (Jul 8, 2020 03:47PM)
I don't know if this one applies, but I think that the Whispering Queen is a great trick with no setup and no sleights required.
Message: Posted by: Cebulon (Jul 10, 2020 12:50PM)
I'd like to second "Degrees of Freedom" and to add another one from J. Bannon: "Collusion". And maybe "Jumbo Coincidence" by Aldo Colombini. Well, not absolutely self-working but very easy to do. And you don't necessarily need the special half cards (and not in jumbo). I especially like the fact that the cards are completely reset after performing it.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jul 10, 2020 10:00PM)
Optical Sandwich- Krenzel
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 25, 2020 02:55AM)
A third vote for Really! by Harry Lorayne.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Aug 27, 2020 01:48PM)
All Systems Go- Jennings.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Aug 29, 2020 03:26PM)
[quote]On Aug 27, 2020, magicfish wrote:
All Systems Go- Jennings. [/quote]
Woops. Sorry guys. This one isn't sleight free
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Sep 4, 2020 02:25AM)
I don't know if you count using a key card self-working or not, but Turnover Card from Mark Wilson's CCIM is pretty much self working, is fun to perform and gets great reactions.
Message: Posted by: ejohn (Sep 4, 2020 01:04PM)
Slydini’s Impossible Miracle from The Best of Slydini and More meets all the criteria, is very easy, and is fooling.
Message: Posted by: ejohn (Sep 4, 2020 01:07PM)
Oops. It’s Slydini’s Impromptu Miracle.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 9, 2020 08:21PM)
Take Five- Lorayne
Message: Posted by: markc1975 (Oct 2, 2020 05:11AM)
Hello,

I love self-working effects. One of my favourites is by Lennart Green on his Penguin lecture. He starts his card magic segment with it, borrowing a shuffled deck and predicting the outcome of reds and blacks in 2 piles. I'm not sure what it's called, I just refer to it as 'Reds & Blacks'. The routine also finishes with a kicker ending involving a numerical 4x4 square, some free choices from the spectator, and a card location reveal to close.

Does anybody here routine self-workers? I'd be interested to see how other people have strung tricks together that require very little work, but hit big.
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 13, 2020 07:51PM)
The effect is a kind of [b]Do as I Do[/b] + [b]Triumph[/b] by Liam Montier, and it's easy to do.

[youtube]yLs3WlUxYzI[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Oct 15, 2020 01:14PM)
Super Card Rise- Dingle
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 16, 2020 09:16AM)
[b]The Prace Rise[/b] by Jeff Prace. A gimmickless rising card effect.

[youtube]clp3cEI_ULU[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: pnerd (Oct 16, 2020 11:22AM)
[quote]On Oct 16, 2020, SamChak wrote:
[b]The Prace Rise[/b] by Jeff Prace. A gimmickless rising card effect.

[youtube]clp3cEI_ULU[/youtube] [/quote]
I'd be quite surprised if this is sleight-free.
.
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 17, 2020 12:38AM)
[quote]On Oct 17, 2020, pnerd wrote:
I'd be quite surprised if this is sleight-free.
[/quote]

Yeah, because Jeff Prace cleverly used the knowledge of Physics, [i]Gravity[/i] and [i]Friction[/i], to achieve the beautiful illusion of the Rising Card.
Message: Posted by: Mofman (Nov 15, 2020 07:46AM)
I recently picked up a Simon Aronson book which had Prior Commitment in. I use the Queenspell variation which is fantastic. Spec 1 cuts the deck and selects card, spec 2 does the same, both cuts are replaced. Magician finds the 2 red queens then spells out The Queen of Diamonds then Hearts and both cards are found. Minimal handling. Superb trick.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Nov 15, 2020 06:22PM)
Take Five- Lorayne.
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Nov 16, 2020 08:22PM)
[b]Twinkle[/b] by Simon Lovell

[b]Effect[/b]: There are two colored decks. A spectator cuts the cards from one of the colored decks, and then chooses three random cards behind their back. Next, the performer picks up the other deck and does the same. In the shocking revelation, all three cards from the spectator match the performer's!

[youtube]Zw1AeVSk0os[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: mtstic44 (Dec 5, 2020 01:34PM)
I just learned this one from Dai Vernon and that is "Rendezvous". A great impromptu no set up trick.I still don't know how it works.
Allen