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Hi Everyone.
What are some really good self-working gambling effects, in which you deal yourself a royal flush, or a winning hand? Where can I find these effects?

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RRTCM - Poker Puzzle
Close Up Card Magic (Lorayne) - Lorayne's Poker Deal
10 Card Poker Deals - Nick Trost & John Bannon
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Power of Poker - John Bannon's Dear Mister Fantasy
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"Fantasist at the Card Table" from Card College.
"Vernon Poker Deal" from the Dai Vernon book of Magic.
Both require fairly extensive setup but are worth the effort.

The Aronson stack has some features built into it that allow for this sort of thing with no real sleights necessary.

The "Lorayne Poker Deal" mentioned above is a great trick that allows for some fun presentation, and can be done with a minimal amount of sleight work.
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I second Power of Poker from Bannon's Dear. Mr. Fantasty book.

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David Reagal has a clever and fun routine called ten second poker!
If you do not mind palming a card, I posted my version in secret sessions where you demonstrate how casino's mark card with the aces and you cheat on the last one and also in cards and the 4 aces turn into a royal flush.
Malone also has a trick on one of his series where you could show all the aces one by one face up, magically have them turn face down 1 by one, deal one to your self plus a 5th card and you get a royal flush. Not self working. If you can do a good DL, you can show you have a POOR hand and change it magically Smile
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There are a lot of great poker deal effects in books that do not need a lot of moves. In the Phoenix there is the 10 card poker deal. Also in the book Dai Vernon's tribute to Nate Leipzig there is a nice routine called automatic gambler. And the book Scarne on cards by John Scarne has lots of effects that are poker deals that do not require a lot of moves.

I hope this helps.
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I would immediately think of the Marlo Opener, altered by Sal Piacente in his recent DVD, also with the help of Steve Forte(?)
Amazing self working thing, as long as you do the faro.
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Does anyone have Red Hot Poker from Stephen Tucker? ...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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As mentioned above, "The Power of Poker" from John Bannon's new book "Dear Mr. Fantasty" is POWERFUL. Alain Nu used the effect on his TLC special this past year.

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How about Paul Cummins' "Punken Droker?" What an effect.

"A trick does not fool the eyes, but fools the brain." -- John Mulholland
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If you Want to start off with an easy self worker, check out "A Poker Puzzle" from The Royal Road To Card Magic.
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Check out Piacente's DVD's for sure. His explanations are very good and the effects flow into each other nicely.
Dan Harlan has a little poker routine on his mindbogglers DVD that I often use and it goes along with gambling effects very well.
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Power Of Poker--Dear Mr. Fantasy--John Bannon. I just started doing this but I'm getting really nice responses so far. The effect is completely self-working. John provides a really nice premise and patter to go along with it. The spectator forms two hands of 5 card stud--by deciding in which hand--each of the 10 cards go. These are not "magician's choices"--these are free choices. Despite this--the spectator always gets a full house and the magician alwasy gets a straight flush or a royal flush.
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"The Gambler's Rehersal" from Tarbell.

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Try High Card Poker from Lew Brook's Stack Attack. I've seen it blow away laymen as well as magicians. Follow the link below for more info. and good luck!
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Ernest Earick has his own version which can be found in his By Forces Unseen book.

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Lorayne's "Magician Vs. Gambler" is my favourite self working gambling effect. Nick Trost had several in several booklets that are included in the hardbacked "The Card Magic of Nick Trost" and if you don't mind doing ONE sleight, then Martin Nash's "Beat the Cheat Poker" is the absolute tops.

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