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Okay, here we go, an actual thread that doesn't just argue about what 'self-working' means!

The first self-working card trick I ever learned was 'Seven Drunken Sailors'. I was about eight years old, and I liked it because it didn't require any shuffling and you worked it with a new deck right out of the box.

Now, how about you?
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"21 Card Trick"

There are some self working tricks here:
http://www.card-trick.com/easy_card_tricks.htm
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I think mine was something like "the four burglars" where four cards (Jacks?) are supposedly placed in random places in the deck but then gather again at the top. I think the only "move" was turning over eight cards as four.

Hey, give me a break, I was only eight at the time.
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I learned about "One-Ahead" from my cousin Jimmy when I was 11 years old. He taught it to me because he knew I was really getting into magic.

Over the past 30-odd years, the routine has evolved into a masterful display of BS that I'm really quite proud of. I still use it in a pinch when using a dog-earred, sticky, nasty looking, biohazardous, borrowed deck. And the latex gloves add a definite touch.
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It was Stolen Cards for me. A derivitive of Gemini Twins.
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My first was a very basic key card trick where the you cut the spec's card to the key and then spread the deck face up, then have the spec point at the deck while you hold their wrist, feeling for their pulse and then you act like their pulse quickened when their finger moves over their card.

A little cheesey, I admit... but it was my first card trick and I remember it working quite well at the time!
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I'll still do the '7 Drunken Sailors' every once in awhile, when there's a new deck to be opened. There's something that laymen find impressive about doing a trick with a new deck that you've never even touched, even when the principle is so very transparent.
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Card at the number. With the selection of the card using the "Magician Selection" You know what I mean... What do you prefer red or blacks... spades or clubs... etc... And then with the deck on your pocket or in your back you start dealing cards until you get to the selected number and there is the spectator card Smile
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Chalk up another one for the 21 card trick when I was about 5. I was so proud of myself that I would show Dad over and over again it was never shocked, after all he was the one who taught it to me, but he would always pretend. But when I first started getting into magic properly it was the spectators upside down card in the deck. Everyone has version of it I can't remember who published this one but it was in a self working card trick book I got for christmas when I was about 13 or 14. I loved that trick.
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Hi;
Check out this one. It looks like his first 'self-working' trick?

http://media.putfile.com/best-magic-trick

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Gemini Twins. It still plays over well whenever I use it.

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Reis writes:
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My first was a very basic key card trick where the you cut the spec's card to the key and then spread the deck face up, then have the spec point at the deck while you hold their wrist, feeling for their pulse and then you act like their pulse quickened when their finger moves over their card.


Egads! I still do that one on occasion! I don't use a key card, though, because I prefer to let the spectators shuffle. It still a strong reaction.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Mine was Do as I Do... which is still fun because no spec ever catched on.
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Never knew the name, but the the aces were dealt into four piles, then the kings, then queens, and then jacks. The four piles were gathered together and then, after any number of cuts, the cards were dealt into four piles. All the aces, kings, queens, and jacks were now together in their own pile.

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Arghh, I can't think back that far...

I do remember watching Martin Nash (over & over & over) at a local mall years ago and figuring out Out Of This World. So, once you have the stack set, it's basically a self-working trick. And for a teenager (at the time), that was pretty strong material.

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Mongolian Clock Trick via Slydini -- still use it
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On 2006-05-12 17:48, Jaz wrote:
"21 Card Trick"

There are some self working tricks here:
http://www.card-trick.com/easy_card_tricks.htm


Ditto.
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The one where you have the spectator select a card, you turn the bottom card over and have them put their card face down in the deck, when the whole deck is face up except for the top card and then reveal that their card is the only face up one.... Yeah that one.
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On 2006-05-17 12:33, Patrick Differ wrote:
Reis writes:
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My first was a very basic key card trick where the you cut the spec's card to the key and then spread the deck face up, then have the spec point at the deck while you hold their wrist, feeling for their pulse and then you act like their pulse quickened when their finger moves over their card.


Egads! I still do that one on occasion! I don't use a key card, though, because I prefer to let the spectators shuffle. It still a strong reaction.


I still do this one as well, but using the key-card principle. I don't know the version you're talking about. Do you have a source for it?
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