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When I was starting out in magic, the packet tricks that works very well for me and still are my fav. tricks - Lethal Tender, Impossible Matrix by John Kennedy, and Magic Stop Light Cards.
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I used to like the Nick trost Twisting the Aces, but now I can do it with ungimicked cards and I like that even better. So my all time favorite packet trick would have to be Wild Card, not only is it visual but there is a certain logic as to why one would have a small packet of cards as opposed to using a few cards from a deck.

I also enjoy performing MIKO but that is not technically a packet trick.

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Wild Card
Color Monte
Acrobatic Aces (using that "extra something special")
The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley
Don Alan's Twick As Lovely As A Twee
Twisting the Aces (Vernon)

Although I consider that last one a bit advanced for the beginning card magician...

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As many have recommended, you'll get the best mileage as a beginner with Color Monte. If you are working your way into the Elmsley Count, then go for Twisted Sisters. The multiple surprises are great. NFW is nice, but personally, I don't like what you have to do to reset. Another good Elmsley packet trick is Eye Test from Danny Archer.

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B'Wave gets my vote. It's easy to perform and packs a wallop! You will use it for a long time and if you do parlor magic you can use the Jumbo version.
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I like "MacDonald's Aces" as it was my first packet trick and "A Dream of Aces" (different handling of MacDonald's Aces by Gary Ouellet).
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The problem I have had with packet card tricks over the years is the memory of the set ups and all the different counts that the magician has to remember. Plus counts that reverse the packets order etc.

I like color Monte and wild card. The reason is that the set ups for them are easy to remember. Easy to get ready. And the effects are strong and very entertaining for the lay audience.

Wild card was my opening effect with cards for many years because the plot was simple. And the magic effect for it was very strong!
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Ah yes, Color Monte. I am very fond of this, as it was my first packet trick I purchased. It certainly helped teach presentation/storyline skills, along with some handling. I still use does slay.

NFW is a bit more advanced, but is sooo worth the effort.

I have purchased others, but these two stand up to the test of time, imo.
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I've always liked Color Monte, especially since you end completely clean. Also, the few times I do this effect (or anything involving three card monte), I like to "explain" it afterwards with Larry Jennings Close-Up Illusion. Basically, it's a three card monte effect using two blue-backed cards and one red one where the spectators can visibly see the card moving from bottom to middle or vice-versa. I think it's on the ETMCM series, but I can't remember for sure.
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Start with Color Monte, then move on to NFW - you can't go wrong!
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Twisting the Aces gets my vote.
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I am a beginner, and Nick Trost's Eight Card Brainwave, as described on Michael Ammar's Easy To Master Card Miracles Vol 1 gets my vote. The moves are simple, the cards ungaffed, and it's very visual.

Your spectator thinks of a card from an 8 card packet and names it. You put it to one side. You then show that the rest of the packet all came from a single pack by showing the backs. The one card that your spectator thought of is then turned over and is seen to have a contrasting colored back.
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My favorite packet tricks that I own are Michael Skinner's Ultimate 3 Card Monte and NFW. Both have given me great reactions whenever I perform them. They even fooled my Mom, who is rarely fooled by magic tricks anymore. Both of these tricks are relatively easy for beginners and are resonably priced. The only problem with 3 card monte is that it almost looks to perfect but that's why it leaves people stunned! I especially like Bill Malone's presentation of this effect. If you don't already have these tricks, I'd recommend getting them if you are looking for hard hitting packet tricks.
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Because it seemed such a popular packet trick here, I purchased Color Monte a few days ago. I love it. It has great built-in patter, it is not gaffed at all and is very visual. You'll learn a couple of useful sleights.

I did find the written instructions appalling! I remember seeing a message where someone was praising the "concise" instructions. I found them too brief for a beginner, especially as there were no diagrams. There are only two sleights involved, and they're pretty easy to do, but they are difficult to visualize without the assistance of pictures. Fortunately, I bought my copy from MJM Magic, and the short teaching video clip you get access to (from Café member Jeff Mash) was extremely helpful. I might have relegated CM to the "junk drawer" otherwise.
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Another really good packet trick is Patrick Paige's 3 card trick. I don't know how or where to find it now. If someone knows, please post a website or something.
But it is a very good 3 card monte type of effect that really throws those off that think they know the method after the first couple of moves.
It's a nice routine and it can be home made using bicycle cards but I would recommend purchasing it if you can find it. It comes with a video and the cards but if I remember correctly the cards are not bicycle stock.
Just another suggestion to consider.
I used to carry this around all the time and really enjoyed performing it.
Oh, and thanks Vinny, I mean Godfather! for introducing me to this wonderful effect!


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One of good at my favourites is Kings to Aces - very easy to do but quite good at keeping people guessing if done correctly
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Not for beginners - but a killer packet trick is Cardboard Chamelions by Daryl. The documentation spells out the slights quite nicely and you will learn some good false counts from the routine. The trick is quite involved which, in my opinion, makes the routining harder than the slights. The slights themselves are not so tough if you put in some time. Again, this is one to aspire to, but well worth the challenge.
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"The web" is very easy to do and has a great impact
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Michael skinners ultimate 3 card monte!!!!8 card brainwave..card warp..factory misprints..somehow I find these are the ones that gets me great reactions..
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I have to echo everyone who's said 9 card brainwave. The sleight is very easy and it's amazingly deceptive. Good for building confidence if you're the kind of person who worries about getting caught.
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