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Juke. An awesome variant of Wack Your Pack.
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On 2003-05-02 08:59, Pangea wrote:
I have a question about Las Vegas Leaper. I am very comfortable with the false counts involved, but there is one part which I got caught on last night while performing this trick. It was a fellow magician who I was performing for, so it's not a huge deal to me. But the part he said he saw is the backs of the 3 cards on the bottom when I handed him the packet of his 10 cards. Now, I handed them to him all squared up as tight as I could, and explained the count to him and told him to count out loud. But immediately after I handed him the packet, he started to spread them out a bit, thus leading to him spotting the packet on the bottom. This was the first time this happened, usually they just hold the packet tightly and start the count when I tell them. Is this something that I can control? How can I get my spectator not to fan the cards at all without making it look suspiscious?

The way I get around this problem is by very fairly counting the first two or three cards myself so even if the spectator does slightly spread the packet they will just think the cards they see are the ones I have just counted.

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Yes, that's the way to do it. I count the first two as a way of demonstrating to the spectator what to do. So you're covered if the cards slip a little.
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Backlash and Galaxy and most of the tricks in here are quite astonishing. However, I found a gem in the rubber band haunted deck.If you merely take some time to try and learn a spectators favorite card, this effect can become a miracle beyond proportion.
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I have done 'Leaf' here and there this can really blow your specs away. I mean one time they stood looking at the tree for nearly 10 minutes. Because this is like real magic to them, it is not really a commercial effect but just when you are out with friends or something, I enjoy doing it.
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In regards to Las Vegas Leaper, I recently tried the idea of turning over the first 2 cards to demonstrate for the spectator. Right away, he wanted to count them again on his own. I think this is because he was suspicious of my first 2 cards I counted for him. I feel the effect is much less suspicious and more impressive if they do the entire count on their own. No matter how fairly I count the first two, it seems like it will always be questioned at the end. As an alternative, I have recently been telling them to grip the pack exactly as I show them, and I say hold it tight so that I can't sneak in and do anything while they count. That seems to be working better.
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Can anyone show me a thread to reviews of the 3 volumes....thanks in advance Smile
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Regarding the count in Las Vegas Leaper, it sounds like it won't work with suspicious spectators. The people I've tried it with have followed my instructions ("Hold out your hand like this...") and haven't noticed the extra cards. You're definitely putting the trick at risk when you place those cards into their hands... but the reward is huge when it works right. My victims always say, "But.. I counted... only 10... how'd you do that?"

That's easily my favorite trick from AOA... it packs a punch, it's fun, and it's fairly easy to do. Next up for me is Big Time Leaper (book 3).
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Another vote for Juke! I think it is one of the most under-used gems of the series. I've never seen anyone do it, and it is fabulous!
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I have always found that Las Vegas Leaper works best with women. don't't get me wrong, I am not sexist and I have nothing against women at all but I would imagine that men would have more experience and would be more comfortable handling a pack of cards and therefore the chances of the cards spreading are greater.

On the other hand most women will hold the deck with a vulcan death grip because the last thing ANYONE wants is for the cards to slide around and possibly fall to the floor.

All we really want to say is "Okay, just hold the cards like this...", too much emphasis will arouse suspicion because at the end of the day, how hard is it to hold a packet of cards.
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On 2003-04-26 23:06, Tim Taylor wrote:
Does anyone else do the Ing bottle (cards in the bottle)? Smile

Reading about this was one of the things that really inspired me to buy AOA 2. I have done two of them now (48 cards in each -- because I keep all the kings)... and just to prove it:

They're really nice objects to keep around and everybody seems to feel the need to pick them up and shake them before asking 'how did you do that?'. The answer is, of course, that I accidentally left a deck of cards on top of the bottle overnight and it was like that when I woke up.

Travelling Triumph and Blackjack challenege are my favourite effects in AOA 2.

AOA 1 and 3 languish somewhere on my list of 'must buy when I have the money' Smile
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