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I find that most of them have setups,sometimes extensive setups. What effects do do you think are the strongest "self-working" tricks without extensive setups? "Do As I Do" is one I can think of; what are some others?
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Your best bet is to check some of the previous discussions on this - it's been discussed at length on more than one occasion. Some of the threads about "impromptu" favorites would be a good place to start. See here for a collection of earlier posts on this subject:

Favorite self-working tricks: comprehensive collection of threads
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=206&8
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"Scarne on Card Tricks", "Encyclopedia of Card Tricks", "Close-Up Card Magic" are three books I've cycling thru for ideas.
Not all the tricks in these are selfworking but I don't mind those with a simple setup of a couple of cards.

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Three great books, Jaz.
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I think 3 definite winners would be:

Out Of This world (or any of it's variations - there are impromptu/no set up ones)

21 Card Trick Outdone (the 'classic' but with the cards face down - seemingly impossible!)

and, as mentioned *many* times in the others threads

Devastation from Geoff Williams' "Miracles for Mortals Vol. 2"

I've also been getting big reactions from switching in a "Cheek To Cheek" deck after a couple of tricks where the spectator shuffles. The basic 'cheek to cheek' routine is the simplest thing in the world (no set up, just cut and shuffle the deck) and goes over Big Time!!
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I think my best bet is to go through all my books and see what tickles my fancy.

Sorry should have done that in the first place! Jaz and I are on the same page because I just went through CUCM again (as part of Classic Collection).

I guess I have a few I can do with and without sleights; it's just doing them!
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Gemini twins is one of my favourites.
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Daryl's "Untouched" is my favorite self-working, "set-up free" trick.

Miraskill is great, too!

Phil Goldstein's "Chromagnon" (from "Thabbatical") is a great trick which ordinarily requires a full-deck set-up, but can be done from a shuffled deck if you perform Miraskill first!
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Psychic Sense- Eugene Burger.
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Like Scott, Untouched is probably my favorite self-working trick too. It's hard to get much better than that. When presented properly, I think this trick comes as close to perfect as you can get.

magicfish,

I've seen a couple of posts on Eugene Burger's "Psychic Sense" lately. I'm not sure where to find it but I have just about everything he's written or released on video so I'll have to comb my library for it. I'll start with "Mastering the Art of Magic." Actually that's a great book, so I think I'll just enjoy rereading it regardless. Thanks magicfish.
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Hey Fritz, Eugene Burger put out a staple bound book years ago called Rediscoveries. It Contains three items. Each item is a unique reworking of an old favourite of his. Psychic Sense is a fantastic any time anywhere borrowed deck three card prediction. Eugene re-frames this effect and goes into great detail about how and why this overlooked old beauty is close to real magic! I've had people get shivers. The other two items are wonderful reworkings and embellishments on Ashes on the Palm, and Paul Rosini's Double Reverse. Mr. Burger adds a handkerchief to the presentation of the latter and the cards reverse visibly... spooky. Audiences love it.
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Sloshed or Sober by Paul Gordon
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If you have any of them or can get your hands on them. In my mind any of the semi automatic card trick books by Steve Beam. I have Vol's 1-5. Yet have only read thru 3 of them. In each book I don't think I have marked off any LESS than 15 effects that I could see myself doing. Each one has been a gold mind of info with many different types of effects. If you can check them out.
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Just recently learned it from the Ammar "Easy To Master Business Card Miracles" DVD:
Will The Cards Match? Although taught with business cards, it goes nicely with playing cards; I'm uncertain of its lineage.

5 cards are selected and shuffled, then ripped in half. The two packets are placed on a table, and the pieces -- from either or both piles -- are shifted from the top to the bottom according to the letter count in each word. A face-up and face-down piece are then paired on the table, and the process is repeated until all the pieces are dealt. In the end, the face down pieces are flipped, showing that all cards indeed match.

Fully automatic, and it kills. You have no idea how much time I've invested in what might pass as mediocre sleights, only to find that this self-worker is what really wows the crowds. Eh, that...and a little personality I suppose.
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For me the best is devastation and out of this world
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Lennart Green's "Stonehenge" from Green Lite must be added to this list.
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Sorry sloshed or sober needs a small setup so my vote goes for untouched.
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Harry Lorayne's Impromptu Out of this World from My Favorite Card Tricks (I think that's the book)

Larry Barnowsky's Natural Selection from Kingdom of the Red

Larry Jennings Impossible from The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings


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This thread I started keeps coming back to life doesn't it?

Here's a good one with a very minimal setup: Ron Bauer's writeup of Tony Chaudhuri's Feminine Side. That's one of the best of the Private Study Series in my view. Great presentational premise!
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4/5/6 Packet Trick by Sal Piacente is pretty stong and self working.
Self concept is destiny..
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