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I've done a search and haven't found exactly what I'm looking for.

So many self-working or tricks involving "simple" sleights involve an extensive set-up or a gaff. I'm looking for this type of trick that is either totally impromptu or involves a very simple set-up. Any suggestions?
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"Degrees of Freedom" in John Bannon's new book is self-working. The set-up (if you can call it that) is simple and definetely worth it. I overlooked this effect because it seemed like something I wouldn't be interested in but I used it a couple of weeks ago and people love it.

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Aldo Columbini has a 3 DVD set out on impromptu card magic called Impromptu Card Magic. My personal favorite is Daryl's Untouched.
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On the subject of John Bannon, his "Power of Poker" requires a very simple setup and is an amazing effect.

Overkill by Paul Harris also fits this category, though it requires one card from a deck of a different color.
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"Iconoclastic Aces" in "DMF" is a nice impromptu effect. "Discrepancy City Prediction" in Bannon's "Impossibilia" is also a good impromptu effect. "Time Machine" by Steve Freeman in "C.C.Vol.III" is a great impromptu effect. There are many to choose from. Good luck!!
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One of the first books I got when I started into card magic was Karl Fulves' Self-working Card Tricks. While some of his tricks require a bit of a setup (like a small stack of cards on top or on the bottom of the deck), the most complicated "sleight" required is the use of a key card (of course, I don't really consider that a sleight, but you know what I mean.)

One trick from it that requires absolutely no setup, no sleights, and no "numbers stuff" or counting is "Any Deck, Any Time". Neat little trick. Packs a decent punch, if you play it right. Probably my favorite from that book is "Quick as a Wink". If you perform it as described, it requires a little bit of setup. You can get around that if you rework it just a bit, though.

I've also heard good things about Bannon's stuff. I have one of his books ("DMF") on order, but I don't have it yet, so I can't comment from personal experience, but everyone I know seems to think it has some good stuff in it. (Realize, though, that it's not all self-working or impromptu magic. Only certain routines in that book fall into that category.)
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That Fulves book is great. Full of great routines that fit this crieria.

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Something from another Fulves book which I especially like is The Memory Expert (Self-Working Close-Up Card Magic, pp.27-28). A neat effect that requires no prior setup. It can be briefly described as follows:

A volunteer thinks of a number and remembers the card at that number. The deck is given a complete cut. You look through the deck to memorize the order. The spectator names his card, say the KH. Immediately you say, "The KH is 22 cards [or whatever] down from the top." It is. Now the volunteer divulges his thought of number. Say it was ten. You reply, "The tenth card is the 8D." And it is!
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Somebody help me with this one. It is by Lennart Green. He bases the patter on Numerology. Basically you write down a prediction. A deck is shuffled and the spectator pulls 13 cards forward face down. This is narrowed to 3 and then a final card which will match your prediction.

I saw this on Best of The Best by The International Magician's Society.

Does anyone know the name? This is my favorite with a borrowed deck.
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Try taking a look at Harry Lorayne's "The Magic Book". It has several great self workers; I like the Drinker and the Gambler personally as well as his Poker Deal. But also has wonderful instruction on basic sleights and great tricks using nothing more than a Jog Shuffle Control or a DL or a Glide, etc. Really powerful stuff with very rudimentary handlings.

BTW, I second the recommendations for any of the John Bannon material - Dear Mr. Fantasy or Impossibilia. Great books but not as "sleight-lite" as the Lorayne book I mentioned above. Bannon's books contain more sleight heavy material than they do the self workers.

R Shane, the moderator of Online Visions -, has a book of self workers that looks really incredible called Automata. I don't own it but check out the .pdf sample (there's a link at the top of the Online Visions home page). Cool thinking and presentational material even though Shane is more into Bizarre magic.
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I like a few of the above mentioned impromptu card tricks: Untouched, Power of Poker & Discrepancy City Prediction.

Another favorite in this category would be Dai Vernon's Out of Sight, Out of Mind.
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Whassup by Daniel Garcia. I love this ! I use it all the time in bars.
impromptu cap in bottle effect. it is oh so easy to do and the reactions you'll get are awesome. it's in his Next notes.
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I also like Overkill by Harris....great effect...
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Designed For Laughter from Royal Road is a killer effect with no set up and all you need to pull off is a glide.
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Yes and speaking of Royal Road, Gray's Spelling Trick is pretty awesome and all you need is a key card glimpse. I consider key cards to be in the category of self-workers since there is no sleight of hand required. Also Mountebank Miracle from the same book.

You could do a lot of miracles with a "self-working" force like the cross cut force.
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Card Warp - one tiny bit of prep and your ready to floor 'em
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"pre - configuration" on mark eldsons "before I forget" dvd
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