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sohaib
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It's a new year, so why not start a new thread about this? Here are mine:

Rainbow Deck - my own routine with influences from Nick Trost's Technicolor Change
21 - Mark Mason
Four Blue Cards - a Juan Tamariz routine based on Oliver McKenzie's My Drink Trick
Pauldela
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- My Ambitious Card with Card to wallet
- A Ring on String routine with Departure ring flight
- Invisible deck (gotta love it!)

Those are the ones I have most fun with and have got the most mileage!


Oops, I didn't see you say card effect. In that case... A Chicago Opener, or perhaps Anniversary Waltz type routines.
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- Ambitious card with card to mouth
- An effect of my own called "The Mirror Trick"

I can't chose beyond that.
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MickeyPainless
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What standard of measure are you using for "best"? Your own opinion, your significant other, friends and family, paying audience, your mentor, YouTube comments etc.?

Mick
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I think you can chose your own definition of best. I based it on practicality and recent performances. I'm sure there's a few standardised scales for measuring how good an effect is through youtube comments, though.
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Pauldela
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As I stated - Those are the ones I have most fun performing and have got the most milage out of.

They may not be 'best', but in context to what he's saying, I figured out what he meant.
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On 2009-01-19 18:56, huruey wrote:
I'm sure there's a few standardized scales for measuring how good an effect is through youtube comments, though.

I'm intrigued. Please describe these standardized scales that can be used to measure how good a magic effect is.

(OK, I'll tip my hand; for a variety of reasons, I don't think that YouTube can or should be used to measure the goodness of a magic effect. But I'd be happy to be proven wrong).
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On 2009-01-19 19:06, BarryFernelius wrote:
I'm intrigued. Please describe these standardized scales that can be used to measure how good a magic effect is.

Exactly. And since there are no such scales, threads like this are meaningless.
But then again, the Café is overburdened with threads like this.

One poster said words to the effect that "You can use your own scales..."

Doing so doubles the meaningless.

SEY
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On 2009-01-19 19:06, BarryFernelius wrote:
I'm intrigued. Please describe these standardised scales that can be used to measure how good a magic effect is.

(OK, I'll tip my hand; for a variety of reasons, I don't think that YouTube can or should be used to measure the goodness of a magic effect. But I'd be happy to be proven wrong.)


(([Number of comments]*[Number of comments mentioning Criss Angel]*(Current date - Submission date))/([Number of days video has been up]*[Total Comments]*([Total Comments]-[Number of comments that don't mention Criss Angel])) + [How good the trick is out of ten] - [Number of videos]


If I have done the math right, then you should find that this formula accurately equates to a number between 1 and 10 which indicates how good the effect is, where 10 is good and 1 is bad.
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We all have our scales of satisfaction, happiness, romanticness, etc. They do somehow have instruments for them to measure... But than again, in real life, my mood today is a 8 and I like 3-Card Monte and it'll get a 9.5/
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I would have to say:
Ambitious card - My owned
Finger Flicker - Pit Hartling
Recon - Dorian Rhodell (though similar stuff have been around for a while)
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Las Vegas Leaper (Paul Harris)
Under My Skin (creation of my own)
B'Wav (Max Maven)
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Yesterday I did three card effects with a borrowed deck which were fun to perforrm:
1. Sanverted (Carnecopia)
2. Urokinase (KOTR)
3. One At A Time Aces (Marlo in Tarbell)
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On 2009-01-19 18:46, MickeyPainless wrote:
What standard of measure are you using for "BEST"? Your own opinion, your significant other, friends and family, paying audience, your mentor, YouTube comments etc.?

Mick


Everyone has their own take on what their best routines are, and what best means in their performances; everyone has their own standard of measure. This is why I like these kind of threads - it's intriguing to see what every performer here considers their best pieces of card magic and why. For me, those effects are best which get the best reactions from audiences.
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The best for me, and my audiences (based on their response to what I do, and the joy I feel while performing these pieces) are:

'The Empanada' by Armando Lucero

'HCE' by Paul Vigil

A pet showpiece combining Kenton's 'KK', Paul Brook's 'Deuterium' and an extra little something which makes this combo so freakin' clean and sweet every time!

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MickeyPainless
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***it's intriguing to see what every performer here considers their best***

AH! The original question did not ask what WE "Considered" our best! What I think is my best verses what my wife (or mentor, audience, kids, dog et al) may "consider" my best may (usually IS) be different!

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Oh, Please !!!

This isn't rocket science now! It's just a simple question.
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Open travellers or invisible palm by Larry Jennings.

I do not know if it is my best,but is the one I feel I get a better audience reaction
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sohaib
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All of you have chosen fine pieces of card magic gentlemen - even finer is that you've made them your own. Let me share some comments on routines that have been mentioned so far in the thread.

Ambitious Card - everyone puts a personal touch on Ambitious Card. We all understand what it is, but not one routine is the same; there are so much possibilities with this plot, and the card to wallet and card to mouth endings are certainly very effective and surprising ways to conclude.

Finger Flicker - David Blaine used this concept from Card Fictions on his recent special. It's not the routine described in Pit's book, but it uses the Finger Flicker concept. David has the spectator think of a card, and then has them flick to it. I've been doing a similar routine for some time using the Cut Force and a memorized deck. The effect looks much cleaner on TV - to magicians - since the camera can pull away as David positions the card for the Flick Force after it's thought of. I think the applications for the Finger Flicker concept are numerous. One idea I have is to use two decks and have two spectators both flick to the same card.

Finally, let me briefly talk about Sanverted, Las Vegas Leaper, and Invisible Palm. These are all fantastic routines that I have used in my performances - they have always received an exceptional response by audiences. John Carney's Carneycopia is one of the best books in close-up magic, and Sanverted is one of the numerous exceptional effects in the book. I learned Las Vegas Leaper and Invisible Palm originally from videos - Michael Ammar's Easy to Master Card Miracles Vol. 1 and The Larry Jennings Video Vol. 1. Later on, I read the books that the routines are published in - The Art of Astonishment series and The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings. Besides having the aforementioned two effects, these books are full of exceptional material that I've still not finished studying.

- Sohaib
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On 2009-01-19 19:36, Steven Youell wrote:
Exactly. And since there are no such scales, threads like this are meaningless.
But then again, the Café is overburdened with threads like this.
SEY

And comments like this Steven! Because you are so revered and knowledgeable hardly gives you the right to slate others' well-intentioned topics. No wonder folk avoid this place.

My 'best' at the moment Sohaib are "Beyond Belief" by Dave Campbell, "Cut em High & Tie" by Swain/Malone and "Mix & Match" by Dave Cambell. But, as has been alluded to, they do change from time to time.
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