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the_hidey
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How can I learn how to do the Ambitious Card? Is it done with a regular deck?
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Two videos: Daryl's Ambitious Card and Greg Wilson's Double Take
Take your choice.
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Euan
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Yes it's done with a regular deck Smile

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Daryl's Ambitious Card video is great! However, if you have a DVD player, go for the DVD instead of the video. The navigation is almost perfect. Smile
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On 2003-01-02 18:36, vinsmagic wrote:
Two videos: Daryl's Ambitious Card and Greg Wilson's Double Take
Take your choice.
vinny

I'll second both of these! Get them as quickly as you can! Smile
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Try his Ambitious Card Omnibus - It'll make you a better card worker and is about 10 times more comprehensive than a video.

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Although Greg Wilson's Double Take is a terrific resource for learning some wonderful routines and honing one's DL, the Ambitious Card routine performed on the tape is NOT taught on the video -- it is performance ONLY. (But, it is not difficult to figure out the routine once you're familiar with the basic Ambitious Card sequences).

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Get Daryl's Ambitious Card video!!! I mean, just look at the title of the video! It says it all. Then look at the author: Daryl!
Trust me, I have it and you really can't go wrong with it!
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Daryl's treatment of the Ambitious Card routine is the most comprehensive, but if you don't want to get that, the Ambitious Card is taught in lots of other resources as well. Card College - volume 2 (Giobbi), Royal Road to Card Magic (Hugard & Braue), Expert Card Technique (Hugard & Braue), On The Loose - volume 1 (Bill Malone), Easy To Master Card Miracles - volume 2 (Ammar) . . . and probably hundreds of others.
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Hi,

a good recommendation for learning the Ambitious Card routine beside Daryl's tape is Michael Ammar Easy To Master Card Miracles volume 2. This way you will learn Ambitious Card, but also some other terrific effects (like that's it, MacDonald's Aces, Card Warp, Twisting the Aces and Dc Daley's Last Trick)

This way you get more bang for your buck.

And the Ammar's series are known for the quality and clarity of their instructions (with the over the shoulder view and super-practice sessions).

It is not that the Daryl's video is not good, it is just that as you will grow in your magic (and sleights) you will by yourself add some steps in your Ambitious Card trick (because few magician can do Daryl's whole routine honor).

Hope this helps!

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Yup Daryls, and Ammar's are the way to go.

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Ammar teaches a very nice ambitious card routine. It is much more concise than most I have seen, however I think I would lean more toward Daryl in this case. Daryl's video seems to encourage a little bit more creativity on the part of the magician.. he presents all the various ambitious phases as if they're building blocks, and for me at least, constructing my own routine from the assortment of phases has been the real fun part of it for me..
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Getting a video is OK but you'll get more bang for your buck if you get a book (as always).
Daryl's book on the subject is a nice resource of ambitious moves. It has his routine plus many other moves that aren't. I don't think it's a good idea to take something as versatile as the Ambitious Card and get a video and copy the routine verbatim. There are so many different sequences, it's not that hard to come up with your own.
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As mentioned by many others here, I think that Daryl's Ambitious Card DVD is the way to go. He covers the routine so comprehensively in his DVD, all you have to do is to pick & choose your favourite methods.

It certainly helped me a great deal when I was learning the Ambitious Routine.
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And it looks nice on your shelf too. Oh wait...it's a DVD. Nevermind.
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Although I personaly like Daryl's routine very much, I think you had better learning from many other masters' routaining also.
I recommend Dai Vernon's routine described in "Stars of Magic" and Cy Endfield's one explained in "Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic".

Sometimes the ambitious card performance is compared with a jazz session.
By learning from maestros' thinking, you can construct your own routine.
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I think Daryl's routine goes on for too long, I wasn't keeping a talley, but it seemed like it was at least 30 phases.. Audiences get the point sooner than that. I wasn't too enamored with his 3 card sequence either. I realize he was mainly doing that to give himself an excuse to set up for the ultimate ambition, but I think that if his act was seriously streamlined it could only get better.

I like Ammar's routine because it is only 4 phases, but 3 of them are what I'd call "the standard ambitious phase" (ie.. put a card in the middle, gesture, its back on top). Its only on the 4th and final phase, that he introduces a novelty phase. By which I mean a phase where the card is revealed in a slighty more unique manner. In this case, "the pop-up card", which I think is one of the best possible endings for an ambitious card routine.

Larry Jenning's 7 phase routine also ends with the pop up card. My own personal routine is 6 phases and none of them are the standard phase, which I think helps to keep it interesting, because the audiences are always seeing something new.
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Anyone like Alex Elmsleys "Ambitious stranger" effect? It's very nicely structured and ends with a nice deck colour change.

Euan
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On 2003-01-14 09:35, Euan wrote:
Anyone like Alex Elmsleys "Ambitious stranger" effect? It's very nicely structured and ends with a nice deck colour change.


No but I'd like to read it, is it in the Complete Works of... ?

A similar concept to the color changing backs, is the one-way ambitious, where a you do the routine with a one-way deck, and a indifferent ambitious card.. then you do a mexican-turnover/diminshing lift sequence, to show that all the cards in the deck are the ambitious card, and finally end by saying that all the cards in the deck are really are all the same, just not the ambitious card... and you ribbon spread to show them the deck.
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Yep, complete works volume one

Euan
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