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My two favorite (semi selfworking) card effects are. 1. nu-way out of this world (just one of many out of this world effects).
2. You do as I do.
I have been doing these two card effects for over 32 years and have never failed to totaly amaze and entertain with these two feats of Magic. Especially with borrowed cards and done impromptu. Yes, I have actually borrowed a deck and right in front of the spectators performed nu-way out of this world. Now that is Magic.
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I just bought my first ID yesterday, and I have to say that it's absolute genius.
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Mine are Lazy mans card trick and odd/even trick (as long as you get the deck cut in the exact center).

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Rising card
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From the perspective of audience reaction it would be my handling of invisible deck, and I agree with Jive Turkey that Galaxy is outstanding. I started doing it again a few months ago when I was going through my old Magical Arts Journals. It was one of those that I had stopped doing for one reason or another and had forgotten about it.
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On 2003-07-16 22:11, Mago Mai wrote:
There is a nice effect called The Piano Trick. You can find it in The Royal Road to Card Magic.

It could become a killer when performed as a miracle.

Mago Mai

Yes I think so too.

In May 2000 issue of the GENII, you can find my variation of Piano Trick titled Piano Sans Keyboard. You can perform the trick complete ly without touching the cards.

When I lectured at Tokyo Amateur Magicians Club, encored trick was this trick. It means this trick completely baffled the magicians.

Hideo Kato

I don't think ID is a self-working trick.
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The Insurance Policy (ETMCM/Vol 1). Easy to perform, lots of humor and the surprise ending provide good entertainment.
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Gemini's Twin from Fulves' More Self-Working Card Tricks
Do As I Do from a bunch of sources (I think I learned it from Scarne on Card Tricks)
Overkill from ETMCM Vol. 2 & Art of Astonishment Vol. 2
Self-Evident from The Magic of David Regal Vol. 1
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I think Do As I Do and 8 Card Brainwave followed by Red Hot Mama.
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I can't stand self-working card tricks.
They are usually too long, involve too many cards,
involve a stacked deck, involve counting or spelling or making a clock out of cards, wierd shuffling or cutting, magicians choices, etc.

yuck. yawn.

that's just me. maybe because they are so hard to do effectively. harder than effects with slight of hand. using slight of hand, you've got miracles happening; with self-working, you've got to create miracles from the patter, etc., and for some reason, it just doesn't do it for me.

Acutally Sam the Bellhop is a self-working trick too if you want to think of it that way.

"Let's spell to your card"
"E-I-G-H-T- O-F- D-I-A-M-O-N-D-S"

Yuck. Can't stand it.
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Out of this World
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Xeroxed deck

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On 2003-08-19 11:06, Reis O'Brien wrote:
I just bought my first ID yesterday, and I have to say that it's absolute genius.

Yes it is.

If you do it right its as close to REAL magic as you'll ever get.
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Xeroxed deck is a ton of fun.
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There's a trick by Jennings which I perform very very often. It involves some open keycards and counting the cards (WHAT?!?!!) but it never fails to entertain. Everytime I perform magic for someone who has already seen that trick, it's the one they ask for!
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Hooser's color changing deck routine....
Invisible Deck....
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I think you mean Impossible Tielie. I absolutly love play it straight. I also love the odd card by martin Lewis
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I don't really see the invisible deck as "self working" but my favorite self working card trick is the rising card. The only problem is, I don't know how to do a deck switch.
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