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What are some of the your favorite effects from ths series? Which ones have slayed audiences for you?
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method or procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers. -- Harry Houdini
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Hi Sirbard -

I've been a fan of the Private Studies series for over 6+ years.
All of the presentations in the series are designed for maximum impact and provide the setup and payoff that a lot of magic fails to provide. Each of the scripts have a premise and plot that actually makes senses and provides a rationale for doing the trick.

#1 Gadabout Coins Revisited is one of my favorite opening effects. This isn't a two-in-the-hand-one-in-the-pocket trick. It consistently gets great reactions.

#5 Hornswoggled Again is the best hornswoggle short change effect I've seen in years. I always have this one on me since it fits into my money clip. This one gets a great reaction from the audience because of the ending.

#2 Sudden Death Gypsy Curse and #8 The Cursed Ring go well together since their presentations refer back to one another. I perform #8 more often since I alway have my Cursed Ring on me.

Those are the presentations that I have on me ready to go whenever someone asks to see a trick.

#9 Fair and Sloppy is often compared with Triumph but its presentation as much better impact on the audience.

#10 Charlie Miller's Left Handed Hank goes over great with women due to the jokes.

I'm also a fan of #13 Senator Crandall's Cut Up Card Trick since it also plays towards women and there is a lot humor built into the presentation.

I'm currently working on #19 Milt Kort's All Outs Think Of A Card and #23 Bob Longe's Worn Out Deck.

In summary, all of these effects will have a strong impact on your audience.
The strength of the series is the consistent reactions you get from your audience rather than the inconsistent reactions you get from other tricks the market. I'm sure you have a collection of DVDs full of effects that you just won't do mainly because the performer either puts too little or too much into one trick and doesn't know when to stop.

You will also find you bring your own personality to each script. I've met a few magicians who like to write their own "patter" and feel if they follow a script they will be constrained. The benefit of the script is it provides you a direction and you can bring your own personality and subtext to the trick.
A few of my friends perform #1 Gadabout Coins Revisited and each of us delivers the same lines in the script, but each presentation is unique.

In a world where magician's keep promoting "my routine" or even worse take someone's old routine and put their name on it without credit to the author, I've found it refreshing to find a few effects that people can analyze and discuss the different reactions. Your audiences benefit in the end.

Hope that helps.

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Finally Aces #21 is my favorite. It is a rework of Brother Hammans Final Aces into a poker routine which makes it look like a completely different trick. If you have the Final Aces cards, get the book. I think Ron charges $8 for a set of cards.

check out It has a complete poker routine free in it.

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I've enjoyed great reactions from Ode to Poker Dan... all of Ron's routines are winners in my opinion.
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I forgot to mention to check out the Inside Info section of the site.

They have a number of freebies available that provide examples of Ron's work.

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