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Bob - that question about Chicago Surprise was posted in 2005! But you are absolutely right - it is available from Pop H's website (& Penguin).

The original post was about repeating an effect WITHOUT changing the method each time. Generally that is regarded as a bad idea - so it's an interesting question.
It seems to me there are three problems (generally) with repeating the same method -
1. The spectator now knows what to expect
2. They are much more likely to be looking for clues to "solve the riddle" rather than just enjoy the effect
3. Many methods rely on apparently casual gestures etc to disguise sleights. The first time round these aspects of the presentation seem irrelevant to the audience, and don't register consciously. When they are repeated, their significance quickly becomes apparent. I guess these would be the "clues" I referred to above.

So that suggests a repeatable effect would need to be very direct and streamlined, in order not to "leak" information about the method.

Interesting that someone above mentioned Trick That Cannot Be Explained. That basically is jazzing (improvising) - so slightly different each time. I have heard it argued that you should never repeat a trick with multiple Outs. But actually I think you could with TTCBE - the fact that it differs each time would make it more baffling.

My suggestion would be some versions of Open Prediction which use a DF. At the end of the first performance you are nicely set up to perform exactly the same effect with a different prediction (using exactly the same method).
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