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....can't wait to see it, Vlad! Don't know whether or not I can purchase a tarot deck here in the UAE. Next layover am on the hunt for a magic shop!
Have you tried 'Up The Ante' yet?? The ultimate gambling demo....a self-working wonder! See the reviews here on the cafe.
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On 2010-06-21 23:08, Ustaad wrote:
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On 2010-06-21 13:02, Vlad_77 wrote:
Martyn and Panlives,

I am working out a method now for the Tarot routine. I will PM the "business" to both of you . . . .



And ME Smile Smile

No! Smile

Nevermind. Smile Smile

Smile


Namaste!

Yes lol AND you my friend!

Ahimsa,
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Wow! Thank you so much Vlad. Smile Smile Smile

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I am working out a method now for the Tarot routine. I will PM the "business" to both of you . . . .[/b]
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And ME Smile Smile

No! Smile

Nevermind. Smile Smile

Smile
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Namaste!

Yes lol AND you my friend!

Ahimsa,
Vlad
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Vlad,
I have always liked your ideas! Smile
Can I be included please?

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I plan on tightening up narrative templates for the “Married Couple” and the “Card Sharp North of Fremont” routines and PM the manuscripts to the Captain (and Vlad, of course). To the best of my knowledge, structuring this as an interlaced, 2-person participatory routine in the context of a relationship is original to me.

Vlad is right – a supplemental PDF download filled with user-driven routines is a smashing idea!
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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Well, chaps - am in on the idea of a supplemental pdf; need to collate lots of material and we will be onto something! Splendid idea!
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On 2010-06-22 17:45, captainsmiffy wrote:
Well, chaps - am in on the idea of a supplemental pdf; need to collate lots of material and we will be onto something! Splendid idea!


I am in – others?
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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On 2010-06-22 17:45, captainsmiffy wrote:
Well, chaps - am in on the idea of a supplemental pdf; need to collate lots of material and we will be onto something! Splendid idea!


I am in – others?


Smile Smile Smile

Smile

Smile
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Ok.

This great card routine has given me too much and I feel the compulsion to give something back.

Captain, Sir, I will begin working on my scripts and handling.

Let’s all hope we see an expanded release with experiences, anecdotes, thoughts, variations and multiple routines in due course!
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"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
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Thanks for your review, Vlad. It will prevent ocular atrophy! Smile

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Where can I buy the PDF?
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I seem to be chasing you all round the Café tonight sir!! Either google it or go to the magicshop.co.uk (merchant of magic).

Let me know if you are getting any trouble finding it.

Hope that you like it; feel free to pm me if you want to discuss it anytime.

Cheers

Martyn
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On 2010-06-28 17:32, insight wrote:
Thanks for your review, Vlad. It will prevent ocular atrophy! Smile

Regards,
Mike


My pleasure Mike! (Sorry about the ocular hemorrhaging though. Smile)

Namaste,
Vlad
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Vlad, the only reason I got this was on your recommendation. I had no idea it existed! Then, when I got it, I tried it, as I didn't believe it would work. It sounds impossible.

OMG! It works, every time! I have NO idea how. I just followed the instructions. My own Bicycle deck, I bought at the supermarket!! Impossible! I did it several times! This is incredible! I'm really not good at cards, either. I don't even have to handle the deck! Man, just when ya thought you'd heard it all...if, and I mean IF anyone's interested (I hope not, I want this for myself!), go here:

http://www.magicshop.co.uk/advanced_sear......x=8&y=13

I still want to know WHY this works. A cut and shuffled deck should not DO this! Thank you Vlad, and Martyn! This is a miracle!

Doug
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...another satisfied customer!! Glad that you are enjoying it, Doug. Now go and have a blast with your audiences, like I do!! So much fun to be had! Would love to hear how it is going 'in the trenches' so to speak.

There is a thread running in the card section with some good ideas for developing the routine a little further, I have just noticed.

Best

Martyn
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Hi all,
I had a chance to see Up To Ante. What I can say is that this is strong, very strong... If you want an unbelievable effect where you will be able to astonish everyone then this effect is for you.

I highly recommend it.

Bye,
Tommy
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Thanks for your testimonial, Tommy. Appreciated. (I think that his last word was 'Buy', urging you all to purchase it but that the spell-checker inadvertantly changed it to 'Bye'!! Only joking....but that shouldn't stop you all from buying it though....!!

Buy....Bye

Martyn
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On 2010-06-03 23:48, Vlad_77 wrote:
The Café's own Captainsmiffy a.k.a. Martyn Smith but only in the most nefarious pubs in Ol' Blighty, has created something that I think many here would love. Imagine some situations where, for example, you are ready to perform your KILLER pokerblackjackbridgebaccaratgofisholdmaid routine that even the great Darwin Ortiz himself could only DREAM of. You glibly ask the question "Does anyone here play poker?" And you hear those words that have lain waste to greater men than yourself: "I have no idea how to play poker." So, you can either bust out the sponge bunnies, explain poker, or do....

Up the Ante. This effect is really excellent in its own right but, I find it to be perfect because while it does have a gambling theme, there are no "rules" that the audience has to know.

So, I will begin my scribblings by giving you, in the good Captain's own words the effect. Grab a pint all, this is going to be a fun ride.

EFFECT: Imagine if you will that a spectator is able to cut, deal and shuffle your cards, without you touching them whatsoever and yet you are able to make the most unbelievable bets upon the outcome of his dealing of the cards to the table! There is no sleight of hand and this works with totally un-gaffed cards! You are able to bet that the first several pairs dealt face-down to the table will contain both a red and a black card. When you have had enough of challenging your opponent in this way, you then propose that the next group of cards dealt will contain one card of each suit! This is repeated a few times before you make the final, outrageous wager that, if thirteen face-down cards were dealt then that group will contain an ace right through to a king – thirteen different cards in all! Amazingly you are able to repeat that feat a second time.
If you did not possess a reputation as a card-sharp before this routine, you certainly will at the end! Remember that you did not shuffle or indeed even handle the cards!

Folks, that is PRECISELY what the audience sees. Furthermore, there are NO gaffs, and NO sleights. The audience DOES cut the cards, the audience DOES shuffle the cards. It is truly a hands off effect that plays VERY strong. Any of you that perform Simon Aronson's Point Spread" will love this effect. The two are quite different, but, as in Point Spread, there are no rules, just an impossible demonstration of wizardry that, because of its construction, builds suspense and which each step, the impossibility of what you are claiming to bet on becomes insanely fun to the audience. Now, to some nuts and bolts.

This is NOT an impromptu effect. This is not in my opinion a weakness. This effect is one of those that I believe the great Theo Annemann and Stewart James would have LOVED. I do feel however that I needed to point this out for the impromptu only folks so they can decide whether to read on. I would urge you to however, as this effect CAN be used for those special occasions like the table you wowed earlier in the night and they want an encore. Perhaps there is a client you wish to impress. Of course, in a formal show, this is definitely a set piece.

I would not open with this effect because there is a lot of dealing. Now, DON'T run away. The dealing is NOT the old down and under stuff. In fact, the dealing is not only motivated, it is an intrinsic part of the build up to a dazzling display at the end. Remember, with each step, you are challenging the audience to up the ante, that is, bet AGAINST you. And remember, you are have NOT touched the cards except to take them out of the case. This is one of those rare effects again where the dealing gets the audience INVOLVED. Phil Cass talks about this sense of involvement in gambling routines in his Three Shell Game DVD. Up The Ante plays very well in this respect.

Martyn has a keen eye for detail. His instructions are clear, and he makes certain you understand what is going on at each step in the process. The manuscript is very clear in a nice font that is very easy on the eyes.

Some who read Martyn's observations at the end may disagree somewhat with one assertion he makes regarding the method - I am one of them. Purchasers will know exactly what I mean when they read. However, this does NOT detract at all from the effect, but, I felt I needed to comment on this. He IS right in that there is much more exploration that should be done, and on THAT I wholeheartedly agree.

The real beauty of this routine is that you can present in so many ways. In fact, and I hope Martyn is reading this, I am working out a presentation using Tarot cards. Martyn also gives you some tips on how to shorten the effect if you so desire. I think this is important due to the nature of the effect. If you are performing this for somewhat inebriated punters at the pub you may want to shorten it. Conversely, this is also a PERFECT effect for the pub. Think of the ULTIMATE bar bet!

So, the "xtreme card guyz" will not like this effect. A pity, but there you have it. There is absolutely NO room for jugglery and other jiggery pokery in this effect. Any manipulation of the cards by the performer will ruin it immediately. Strictly impromptu workers will have to decide if they wish to add this beauty to their repertoire.

This one is DEFINITELY going into my repertoire. Point Spread is great, but, you still need to do a little explaining about point spreads for that effect to achieve maximum impact. Up The Ante is a straight ahead killer gambling routine where the stakes and the impossibility of it all rises and builds.

I do hope that those of you reading this will give it a try. It is strong, well structured, and I can see this as a - to borrow a term from Harry Lorayne - a "pathway effect" in that I sense there are as yet unexplored avenues for this effect.

Thanks for reading this. Oh, and apologies to the sponge bunnies Smile

Ahimsa,
Vlad


Where can I buy this product thought?? It sounds so AMAZYING. =D

- Arthur
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Arthur,

About 5 posts up there is a link to the magicshop.co.uk from where you can purchase this; otherwise pm me if you have any difficulties. Let me know how you get on with the effect. Am always available here on the Café when I am not flying.

Cheers

Martyn
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This is so good, that although I have had the download for quite a while, I just had to buy the booklet version as well!!...an absolute pleasure to watch and perform.

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