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I learned the hard way to always take out the dupes ...I got burnt badly once. Of course I do ultimate fusion, so dupes are not needed. But you couldn't pay me to leave them in.
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Interesting thread. Brings up a lot of audience management issues.

If it's practical, it's always a good idea to remove dupes - just in case one shows up at an inopportune moment in the routine.

Either way, it's a good idea to clean up and remove the deck from play. All attention should now be on the impossible object in the spectator's hands anyway. Some time misdirection here would help. If Anniversary Waltz is not your closer, perhaps do a non-card effect before bringing out the deck again.

But I also echo Max Fields' comment that the kid was pretty clever to know what to look for. Sign him up!

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I have one question: as I was reading this thread I thought to myself that you can remove only one of the dupes, as the other is necessary for showing that both cards have come together in the deck toward the end of the routine. Then WillburUK made the same point, after which David French pointed out that in Doc Eason's latest version no dupes at all are needed. My AW is the Eason version which comes with 3 handlings, the last being Eason's less awkward version, an improvement over the first two, neither of which is Eason's. But it requires that one dupe remain in the deck. Is there yet another version in which Eason improves again on his original improvement? I've had mine for maybe 5 years. Has Doc revised the instruction booklet in the meantime? I can't see how you can "show" the 2 cards side by side toward the end without using a dupe. If the spectators see the 2 cards together, one of them has to be an unsigned dupe. -- If anyone cares to respond, would you please send a pm, as I may not be able to find this thread next time. If you feel it'd be wrong to reveal anything, I'd be happy to know where Doc's new version can be found. Is it just part of the AW you'd purchase now? Thanks much.
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Just take the dupes out already. How easy is that. I do Docs latest version. If you can prevent a possible problem from happening, why not do it. I never let anyone handle the deck or any of my props unless it is part of the routine. Cheers! I love performing this.
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On Oct 1, 2009, derrick wrote:
I was performing at a wedding party this past weekend and as is customary for me, I made my way over to the bride and groom to perform Anniversary Waltz. For those who might not know, the effect has the couple sign two different cards. They are returned to the deck. The two signed cards are found and then placed between the bride and groom's hands. When their hands are separated, the two cards have become one with the groom's signature on one side and the bride's on the other.

I performed the trick for the newly married couple just as I explained above and even got a gasp out of the bride. Instead of putting the cards back in the box I just spread them on the table next to us. I got the usual how in the world questions and I noticed a 10-12 year old kid going through the cards, I didn't think much about it since it wasn't a gaffed deck. Pretty quickly, he announces the two cards that were signed, were still in the deck. I said of course they are; I can't perform my card tricks without all 52 cards. Everyone seemed satisfied with the reply but I can't help but think a little of sparkle was taken away from the effect. I've never thought about this being as issue in the past and maybe it isn't much of one, but from now on I think I'll be putting the cards back in the box when I am finished with it.

Just thought this was interesting.

Lesson learned. Put them back.
Props should never be handed out unless it’s built into a routine for specific reason.
It moves attention away from where it belongs.

In this case they weren’t handed out but it still moved attention from the couple and the moment to a bunch of cards and a kid. Hand Crafted Magic
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I agree. Unless it is part of the routine, I never hand out props or tell volunteers to check them out.
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I love pepka's comment about using a blank deck with a double blank card. With it being an older comment (over 11 years old) I am sure it is more commonplace now than I am aware of. As he mentioned, this would certainly solve the problem of duplicates (since there is none to remove).

It also takes it away from being a "playing card" trick. Has anyone performed it this way as well as with a regular DF? Same or different reactions?
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I don’t think he instructed the boy to examine the cards.. You did well Smile
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