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the AuditOrr
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You know the gag where you ask a spectator to pick a card and then you kinda move one of the cards below up and down to attract attention and also grab a laugh? "Any one you want. Don't let my influence your choice."

I've tried to do it a number of times and generally I can still get it done but it doesn't look good. I find either the fan begins to close because the movement is so much like a one handed fan close or else if it does pop out a bit it's angled really awkwardly.

I can do one after I do a right one handed fan but then the deck isn't in a great "pick a card" position.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Please and thank you.

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Wait, are you talking about forcing a card? Well, if you are, Mabye you need to learn the machanics grip, then learn this lil' doo-hicky!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=PTcQMn2Kdr8&feature=related
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No not forcing a card. I've known that for years. I mean when you fan out a deck of cards and then one card is pushed forward out of the deck more than half way. And you move it up and down the fan of cards joking with the volunteer about how he/she should choose one card. And it can be any one they want.
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30 People have read this and no one knows what I'm talking about?
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Lol! I'm not sure if it's a trick...can you find a video online showing it?
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I know what you are talking about. Its the gag where you are like "pick any card" as you have one blatantly moving around under the spread. Justin Miller did it in Army of 52 but he doesn't explain it.
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Then whats the trick called? I'll look it up. Smile
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I know what you're talking about too, a bunch of guys use it. I think the only suggestion is to practice it until it just happens. It's kind of a knacky thing. Sorry I don't have better advice.
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I just cheat.

Fan the deck, grab the bottom card of the deck between your fore and middle fingers and push it forward a few times underneaththe fanned deck. It looks good and I have gotten chuckles with it. Don't play this one for more than a few chuckles though.

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I saw that many times. Paul Harris has the move in tap dancing aces, but he uses it not as a pick a card move.
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Thanks. I guess it just comes down to practice then. I'll take a look at the tap dancing aces trick by Paul Harris. Thanks guys.

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It is a nice four ace trick.
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Is it in his Art of Astonishment books?
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What you are talking about is making a fan, any method you choose, and then taking the card on the bottom of the fan with your fingers and movint it to the middle and asking the spectator to select a card. The only advice I can offer is to practice. Make sure you are doing a good fan and keeping a good grip on it befor you try moving the card.
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The ability to do a nice fan and a good grip on it will make it possible.
It just comes with time, that simple

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Quote:
On 2007-12-05 00:49, Fraser Orr-Brown wrote:
Is it in his Art of Astonishment books?


I am almost certain. Use the search engine - someone once published a list of tricks in the books
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It is in his AOA series, and try using a small small fan and doing it. The DVD by LeClair that teaches his IT set up shows him doing that gag. Small fans make it easier to do.
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Use new cards, and use very little force on the card you are moving -- it is almost like you don't do anything at all -- like a ouija board.
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Ey TS,
youre not the only one. my fan breaks also when I try to do that. just grab the card and put it under the fan , then start doing it Smile
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Thanks for the tips! I'll try all of them! Smile

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