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the AuditOrr
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Has anyone every tried Ultimate Three Card Monte on a table in a restaurant? I would think that the cards would get ruined really quickly as sometimes the tables are wet, also do the spectators ever go and grab them to see what card is what? Anyone ever tried it? What's been the pros and cons?
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You can carry a small close up mat with you to prevent the cards from getting wet, and it also makes the trick easier than on a flat table because the cards are not bent so the mat makes the cards easier to pick up. To prevent people from touching the cards it is just audience management. Make the trick look extremely fair and you should not have a problem. Also never have them guess where the ace should be just tell them otherwise they will be more inclined to check themselves.
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Do you find that the mat is a bit annoying and aggravating to carry around? I would think that approaching tables is akward while holding a close-up mat.
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I have a smaller cut down one I just fold and carry in my back pocket. It works for the trick because you don't really toss the cards, so the mat doesn't have to be very big. At least that's what works for me.
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To avoid carrying a close-up mat I often carry a couple of napkins.
Its not quite as good as a mat but it keeps the props clean and gives a bit of bounce to pick up coins etc.
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I can never understand how people can use close up mats or perform "lay down" card or coin tricks at restaurant tables. In my 17 years of working restaurants and all manner of corporate events, there's hardly ever enough room on the table to lay anything down and, more importantly, the people sitting on the far side of the table won't be able to see what's going on. The props and effects have to be raised up in your hands to at least chest level to allow everyone to see......which rules out a lot of fine effects including ultimate monte.
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RE: "Do you find that the mat is a bit annoying and aggravating to carry around? I would think that approaching tables is akward while holding a close-up mat"

I've been using a standard computer mouse pad for years... about 10 or so now I suppose. I use plain black or dark green for a nice contrast, non-slip rubber bottom negates the problems of a wet or sticky table top, it rolls / folds up into a small enough form factor that I can put it my pocket or in my walk-around bag, but it's big enough to do any coin or card routine I want to do.

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I perform the Ultimate Three Card Monte only after doing a couple of other routines and then only if I sense an acceptance of such a presentation. At that point, the spectators are glad to clear a little space on the table to see the magic.
So far, I've never had anyone try to pick up the cards because it does look so fair.
After all, there they are...three cards each shown one at a time and laid down in front of them. No fancy or sudden moves.
I might add that when I perform this routine, I don't perform it as a sucker effect. I present it as a strange wonder that is mystifying even to me. I find it works much better in this format than in the typical 'challenge'.


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Just to add one point if you DO want to use a small close up mat - take a look at the Mouse Rugs that are available. These are a small replica rug with a fringe at either end and accurate colouring (even down to slight flaws in the original design). Although they look like they might fall apart very quickly, trust me they are VERY hardwearing. I use one on a daily basis (as a mouse mat) and after a year of very heavy use it still looks as good as new.
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I've been using a close-up mat for as long as I have been performing in restaurants and have never found it to be a problem. My mat is very small, just the right size to do Skinner's Ultimate 3 Card Monte. In all my years I have never had a complaint.
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If you play around with the U3CM set, it is possible to do it without a table.
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On 2007-01-29 17:11, D J Hawkins wrote:
Just to add one point if you DO want to use a small close up mat - take a look at the Mouse Rugs that are available. These are a small replica rug with a fringe at either end and accurate colouring (even down to slight flaws in the original design). Although they look like they might fall apart very quickly, trust me they are VERY hardwearing. I use one on a daily basis (as a mouse mat) and after a year of very heavy use it still looks as good as new.



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A bandana is an option and can be used in other effects as well.
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On 2007-01-29 12:45, D J Hawkins wrote:
I can never understand how people can use close up mats or perform "lay down" card or coin tricks at restaurant tables. In my 17 years of working restaurants and all manner of corporate events, there's hardly ever enough room on the table to lay anything down and, more importantly, the people sitting on the far side of the table won't be able to see what's going on. The props and effects have to be raised up in your hands to at least chest level to allow everyone to see......which rules out a lot of fine effects including ultimate monte.



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