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Olszanski
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I've been playing with this easy but amazing effect and wondering if anyone has novel patter for it that looses the gambling or guessing game. The L&L pub. pamphlet has some good patter but the guessing part is still very much alive.
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Do a search on the topic, Skinner's Monte has been discussed here MANY times. Bill Malone does Skinner's Monte on his DVDs. I think it's the first DVD.
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Make up your own.
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In wish I could be of more help that the 'do a search' brigade, but I have to echo Bill Malone's version on one of his DVD's. If you don't use the patter, his handling is much better in my opinion.
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Its the Epic 3 Card Monte, It is best as a guessing game and or bet. Bill Malone has to be the best version that I have seen.
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I too like Bill Malone's handling... it's on Vol.1 of On the Loose!
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Bill-Ma-Lone for sure....
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If you eliminate the 'guessing' aspect of the patter then you'd be choosing the cards yourself. This might take away from the effect a bit as the spectator involvement would be reduced to simply witnessing rather than participating.
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I would go with bill Malone too. you can also do it after a normal 3 card monte presentation because there they were fooled by there eyes. but with skinners monte and Malones version their brain cannot compare to it.

what a wonderful effect that is indeed!
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A nicely timed ***k-*w***h would help with this trick too! Just take the required cards from the second! Smile
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On 2006-02-19 10:45, Roger Kelly wrote:
A nicely timed ***k-*w***h would help with this trick too! Just take the required cards from the second! Smile


Sometimes I use a small ultra-thin Himber wallet. I do Ultimate Monte and put the cards away. If the audience responds well and begins asking questions about three card monte, I go into Vernon's 3 Card Monte routine and show them the "street" version using regular cards.

I agree that Bill Malone's (and Michael Ammar's) routine is the best. The key is not making the spectator or spokesperson look stupid. And, if they do happen to pick the $$ card, Malone has a great line: "I can see that it's time to start playing for real money now!"

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Roger, why don`t you spell out the word deck switch?
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Thanks for the nearly unanimous Bill Malone vote! I'll check it out. As for clamon86, hey, thanks for that indepth help, you make this place seem like a real community!
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I use Malone's presentation of Skinner's Monte at every strolling gig I do. It ALWAYS plays extremely well.
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And, if they do happen to pick the $$ card, Malone has a great line: "I can see that it's time to start playing for real money now!"


Robert,

Thanks for sharing that! LOL


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Here's one I found a while back on the Café. I haven't used it, but I was amazed by the author's creativity. Unfortunately, I don't recall who wrote it!

Poetic Patter for Skinner’s Ultimate 3-Card Monte

I had just gotten paid on a Saturday night;
I was on my way home; there was no one in sight.
When out of the shadows stepped a man who said, “Sonny,
Let me show you a game that can make you some money.”

Then out of his wallet some cards I did see;
They were black, red, and black…that’s it -- only three.
“Lay down a ten,” he said with a grin.
“Find the RED ace -- that’s it -- you win!”

“Is it really that simple?” I asked with no clue.
He answered, rather shocked, “Would I lie to you?”
Well, I had money in my pocket, so I said, “I’ll try.”
Then he laid down those cards in the wink of an eye

The red ace went first; it was followed by black --
No mixing, no shuffling, he just leaned on back.
He said, “Now for ten dollars, which one’s the ace?”
I said, “It’s right there,” with a smile on my face.

He turned the card over and that’s when I could see
This game wasn’t as simple as he’d said it would be.
I felt I’d been cheated so I said, “Do that again.”
He said, “I’ll be glad to; just lay down your ten.”

The ace went in the middle; on the sides were the black.
I was bound and determined to win my ten back.
I threw my ten on the middle and stared real hard.
I didn’t watch him; I was watching that card.

But when he turned the card over it was a three
With the ace on the ends…now how could that be?
I started playing this game to win me some money,
But after only two turns I’d given him twenty.



“That’s it for me,” I said. “This game is all over.”
He walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder.
He said “Sonny, I like you, so here’s what I’ll do.
If you’ll lay down a twenty, we’ll play with just two”

Only one red and one black! How could I lose?
I laid down my twenty and he told me to choose.
I knew where the ace was; it hadn’t left my sight.
I started to laugh and said, “It’s on your right.”

He said “It’s no laughing matter when you’re playing for money.”
And that’s when I learned that I’d just lost my twenty.
He said, “The ace is right here; that’s as far as it goes.
But you’re not likely to find it when you play against pros.”

Well, that was my first game and also my last.
A learning experience right outta my past.
The lesson I learned about the card biz???
IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE…IT PROBABLY IS!
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Olszanski
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Wow, that is a great poem. It doesn't escape the gambling motif but it's so good I'll give it a try!
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It is a great poem! Anyway, for those of you who are interested in Malone's wonderful presentation, here is a link to the video he put up on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkFdjhdw5QE

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