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Geoff Williams
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What's your favorite effect that uses gimmicked, or at least severely altered, cards?

Mine would have to be Larry Jennings' "The Close-Up Illusion" from the book Lake Tahoe Card Magic by Louis Falanga. A real stunner.

Also, I like Mark Mason's "Tempus Fugit": a drawing of a clock on the back of a signed card changes time (the hands move) just by shaking it lightly. Very visual.

And, using the lowly double-facer, you can't beat "Anniversary Waltz" from Doc Eason.
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Double facers in general are my favourites. I used to use them for all sorts of things. That reminds me to get them back out.

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B-wave always gets a strong reaction, and it's so simple - no complicated moves!!!
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"Decked Out" - produced and distributed by JB Magic (UK).

I don't know how suitable it is for performing in 'real world' conditions given the extensive gaffing of the deck, however, in the context of a 'formal' close-up show it's a strong effect.
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Bruce Cervon's 'Dirty Deal'! Smile
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Color Monte has never let me down. I get requested to do this one routine all the time.
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I like Switchback. Four cards are used, each one turns over, the backs change colour to blue (from red) and then all the backs completely change to a different design. Not too sure who invented it, anyone know? In terms of a gimmicked deck, the invisible deck takes some beating in my mind.
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I have an effect posted in this months
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It is a play on "The last trick of Dr. Jacob Daley" except the cards change place one at a time and are visually shown in your hand before they change places on the table.

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Hey Leeo, don't you save your trick instructions? The originator is probably mentioned there. I think we should know the names of the people who's material is doing us good service.

The effect description could match various marketed packet effects, but would be interested to know who Switchback is credited to and if there is a copyright date on the instructions.

Difficult to name a favourite effect, but the double faced card seems to me to be the most versatile gimmicked card, I use one in The Duplicator Button effect in Son of Totat but also have done the effect without the gaff.

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I've always like Paul Harris' Solid Deception. Don't know why but just something about throwing that solid chunk of deck out there and hitting the table with a thud that makes me all warm and cozy inside.

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I like using a Svengali deck...
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Twisted Sisters. Smile
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As well as a Svengali deck, I have to agree with yakandjak, Twisted Sisters is very cool.
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May favorites...MacDonald Aces (the most requested trick from my clients), Kane's Elongated Lady and an old effect called 5 Card Stunner that was taught to me by Frank Garcia many years ago.
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Double back red/blue for grandpa's con.

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My vote goes to 'Twisted Sisters'
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My favourite trick with gimmicks is Monkey in the Middle. A very strong mention for the Quartet gimmick distributed by Guy Hollingworth. Comes with a book of ten routines with crystal clear instructions/photos.
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My long time favorite gimmicked card trick is one that I call "Witnesses." I've been doing it for about 15 years and have never seen anyone else do it. Unfortunately, I no longer have any idea who originated it, what it was originally called or where I got it. I do know that it is in print somewhere.

The effect is that each of two spectators is asked to select and remember one card from a face up deck. The deck is then turned face down and one of the spectators slides out any card. The face down card is placed between the original face up cards and each spectator, seperately, is given a peek at it.
When the spectators are asked to simultanueously call the name of the odd card, each names a different card and when the card is turned face up it is neither of the cards named. The handling is very clean, there are no sleights as such and only three cards are used.

The gimmick is a pasted up double-facer with one side diagonally split to show two different cards. The experienced magician should be able to work out the routine from this information. I very much doubt that any unqualified "secret seekers" will be able to.
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My current favourite effect using gimmicked or heavily altered cards that is not my own creation is Anniversary Waltz. Is there a better trick for a bride and groom?

I hope to have a review of my favourite trick reviewed here soon so I won't say anything about it yet.

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Walt Maddison's Exodus has given me many years of good service and has a good reaction from lay audiences.
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