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Topic: Scruffy - The Ultimate Key Card from Steven Youell
Message: Posted by: jtcavataio (Oct 28, 2004 10:20PM)
Steven Youell just released a video introducing a key card that he calls Scruffy. It may sound odd, but once you've tried it, I'm sure you will make it an important part of your card magic arsenal.
It is unbelievably simple to prepare - it took me about 5 minutes from start to finish, and I was able to apply and use it very very quickly.
As part of the video Steven also shows you a great way to prepare your decks for use. The prep really improves your faros and just generally makes your cards feel really awesome.
Steven is a great teacher and his instruction is incredibly detailed so you will walk away with a full understanding of the material. You will not be disappointed. Its worth checking out.

http://www.cardguy.net

I almost hate to share this gem because its that good, and pretty near impossible to spot.

Enjoy

PS - There is also a nice little freebie available on his site so its worth the trip!!!
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Oct 29, 2004 02:14AM)
How good is this key card compared to Infinity or Breather key card or others?
Message: Posted by: jtcavataio (Oct 29, 2004 05:41AM)
I don't use either of those, so it honestly wouldnt be fair of me to compare them. I will look into it and let you know though.
Message: Posted by: smum (Oct 29, 2004 07:11AM)
"As part of the video Steven also shows you a great way to prepare your decks for use. The prep really improves your faros and just generally makes your cards feel really awesome."

See the Collected Works of Alex Elmsley volume two for ideas on this...
Message: Posted by: James Andrews (Oct 29, 2004 11:22AM)
In using Youell's Key Card, can you hand the deck for a spectator to shuffle? In other words, how noticeable is it when it is in the deck?

Can it remain in the deck undetected if you do other effects that require the deck to be handled by the spectator?
Message: Posted by: luvisi (Oct 29, 2004 12:38PM)
I haven't used (or made) Scruffy myself, but I know the secret and I would have no concerns about handing out a deck with Scruffy in it.

I'm not fond of gaffs, but if you're willing to use prepared key cards, Scruffy is definitely an option worth examining. It can be located by sight and by feel, and both methods are very subtle. It also has some advantages over standard key cards when doing table work. I hope I haven't given too much away.

Andru
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Oct 29, 2004 01:28PM)
Thank you!. You have given just enough away to make me
want it.
Message: Posted by: Steven Youell (Oct 29, 2004 01:48PM)
[quote]
On 2004-10-29 08:11, smum wrote:
"As part of the video Steven also shows you a great way to prepare your decks for use. The prep really improves your faros and just generally makes your cards feel really awesome."

See the Collected Works of Alex Elmsley volume two for ideas on this...
[/quote]
Actually my procedure goes WAY beyond the Elmsley methodology.

SEY


Posted: Oct 29, 2004 2:50pm
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[quote]
On 2004-10-29 03:14, Kjellstrom wrote:
How good is this key card compared to Infinity or Breather key card or others?
[/quote]

I believe it's better than both, but I
realize opinions vary and I'm obviously
prejudiced. However-- I KNOW it's AS GOOD
and would bet that you'll find it BETTER.

SEY
Message: Posted by: luvisi (Oct 29, 2004 05:41PM)
Scruffy vs. Breather, my take.

Advantages: The work will never "weaken" or need to be "put back in". I expect that getting control of Scruffy in a deck that's been worn or mangled a little during a spectator shuffle would be more sure fire than getting control of a breather.

Disadvantages: The work takes longer to put in to begin with.

Andru
Message: Posted by: Tommy Brown (Oct 29, 2004 06:07PM)
I am familiar with Scruffy's methodology and I agree with Andru on his comparison between it and a Breather Crimp. Very well said.

I have used Steven's method to condition the deck that "improves your faros and just generally makes your cards feel really awesome," as jtcavataio commented on. I recommend this highly.

Also, take advantage of Steven's generosity by checking out the freebie on his site.

http://www.cardguy.net/products.htm

Anything Steven Youell puts out I fully endorse.
Message: Posted by: blindbo (Oct 29, 2004 06:18PM)
If you use a gaffed key card and are happy, practiced, comfortable and mastered at it, there really isn't a reason for you to look for alternatives.
However, if your situation is less than what I've noted, then you might very well consider Steven's "Scruffy".

Andru pointed out that this card is easily found by sight and feel. Sight in more than one way and believe me, not at all obvious to anyone except yourself or if handed to a magician with the challenge of finding the gaffing (might still be only guessed at). Its very easily made, but its not made impromptu. I would feel very comfortable handing the deck out and having a spectator shuffle, cut, mutilate and spindle (what is spindling, anyway?).

If you don't use or plan to use key cards, don't get it. But, if you are serious about this type of gaff and don't have a favorite already, this will serve you well.

Overall, the value is there for what it is. Heck, a video with effects, a new utility card, and a method for keeping your decks in long lasting professional shape for 15 bucks postpaid anywhere in the world can't be beat (well, unless you are a friend of Vinny's).
Hope this helps those considering.
Message: Posted by: fwee (Oct 29, 2004 07:13PM)
I, like Andru, don't particularly like using gaffs in my card work. HOWEVER, Scruffy is the first gaff that I am going to weave into my card stuff for many of the reasons already mentioned:

-Simple to prepare
-Very easy to locate via sight & feel
-virtually undetectable
-does not wear out with use

The thing to keep in mind here is this comes from Steve Youell. I've been into card magic for a long time (>20 years) and Steve has some ideas about cards that leave me thinking, "what a great idea, why didn't I think of that, I'm going to use that"

Go check out his freebie offer as Tommy mentions and you will see one of those great ideas.

Fred
Message: Posted by: Darren Roberts (Oct 29, 2004 11:25PM)
I also posted this in the "for sale" section, but I will ALWAYS carry a "Scruffy" for use in my decks. It is a tool that magicians will use.

Try to learn anything you can from Steven as his teaching is phenomenal. I'm improving in leaps and bounds thanks to his guidance.
Message: Posted by: LeConte (Oct 30, 2004 03:54AM)
I also suggest getting his lecture notes if you have not yet done so before they are gone. Anything he releases is worth a purchase for that matter.
Message: Posted by: markjens (Oct 30, 2004 09:38PM)
I am not a big fan of gaffs in my card work, either. Scruffy is something else, though. Scruffy is just another card, along for the ride, who can help you fool the snot out of both the laity and your magic buds, without ever getting caught. Your deck can be examined, and unlike the breather or corner shorts, won't be caught. Scruffy passes the flip test, the tilt test, etc. What Steven is offering is great value for the money, and I try really hard to be in the front of the class with my hand in the air when he is around. I'm still wishing he hadn't let Scruffy out in public, though.
Message: Posted by: cgscpa (Dec 13, 2004 09:41PM)
Well, better late than never. I finally ordered my copy of Steven Youell's [i]Scruffy[/i] last week and received it in three days from CA. I use a C*S* in my deck but it will be replaced with Scuffy. In addition to the positive comments above, what fooled me was when Scruffy is in play the deck can be riffled shuffled. (I watched the two effects first before I watched what Scruffy was).

I saw Steven lecture at Denny's last year and picked up his lecture notes [i] Weapons of Mass Destruction [/i] and I highly recommend them as well.

Great lecturer and nice guy.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hallahan (Jan 28, 2005 09:26PM)
This is the best key card Iíve seen.

It's unique, you wonít find this in any magic book.

Steve Youell mentions many of the key card ideas and shows why Scruffy is less visible, and less detectable than them, and he also explains and demonstrates how you can let an audience member shuffle the cards without fear of detection.

He also includes an annoying trick. Steve Youell calls it annoying, not me! If you get this, I bet youíll use it on your magician friends.
There is also another good trick included.

Finally, as an added bonus, he shows how to make your decks last longer and Faro easier. This alone is worth the price of the CD. I wish Iíd known this years ago.

If you need a really deceptive key card, buy this now.
Message: Posted by: Carlo (Mar 12, 2005 03:18PM)
I don't even like to handle cards anymore, that haven't been treated by Steven's method.
Message: Posted by: MisterE21 (Mar 15, 2005 04:07PM)
I've got to agree with Carlo; I use both concepts on every deck I use now; both Scruffy and the entire deck prep. It's an amazing feeling, now, to pick up someone else deck...ew. I don't know, honestly, how I ever did without this!!! ::grin::
Message: Posted by: wulfie66 (Apr 10, 2005 03:56AM)
The posted link takes me to Cogitations.net and I'm not about to spend $20 for a 'subscription' for a 'freebie'. Just doesn't make sense to me
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Apr 10, 2005 06:46AM)
Cogitations is killer. You get Steven's Weapons of mass destruction for joining and those cost $30 at his lecture.

You also get all kinds of cardguy stuff. Well worth the price of three people eating at McDonalds.

Cheers,
James
Message: Posted by: wulfie66 (Apr 10, 2005 09:20AM)
Yeah, but being still fairly new to magic in general, I can't justify the $20 unless there is actually something there a 'newbie' can use ;)
Message: Posted by: roya (Apr 10, 2005 11:19AM)
Do I get Scruffy by subscribing to Cogitations?
If not, where can I purchase it?

Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Tommy Brown (Apr 10, 2005 12:06PM)
[quote]
On 2005-04-10 12:19, roya wrote:
Do I get Scruffy by subscribing to Cogitations?
If not, where can I purchase it?

Thanks.
[/quote]

No.

Scruffy is not available on Cogitations. It was released on a CD that Steven was selling some months back. I don't think it is available directly from him anymore, but H & R Books is selling it. I do believe that once they are gone, they are really gone.

Tommy
Message: Posted by: roya (Apr 10, 2005 12:18PM)
Thanks!
Message: Posted by: teejay (Apr 10, 2005 08:58PM)
Any body know of a UK dealer for this?
TJ
Message: Posted by: jtcavataio (Apr 10, 2005 09:22PM)
Why not contact Steven directly. He can probably tell you
Message: Posted by: teejay (Apr 12, 2005 04:20AM)
Does anybody know his email address?
Cheers
TJ
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Apr 12, 2005 12:31PM)
[quote]
On 2005-04-10 04:56, wulfie66 wrote:
The posted link takes me to Cogitations.net and I'm not about to spend $20 for a 'subscription' for a 'freebie'. Just doesn't make sense to me
[/quote]

It makes sense when you see that the link was posted over six months ago. Things change. Since then, he's stopped giving away things to everybody who stumbles upon his site and created "Cogitations" The freebies are now for members only.
Message: Posted by: Daegs (Apr 12, 2005 01:32PM)
Scruffy was never a "freebie" it was $15 dollars I believe for a Video CD mailed to you.

And also, you don't get scruffy with a sub. to cogitations, so what are you even talking about?