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Can anyone suggest some good self working card prediction effects?

The only good one I know is Overkill by Paul Harris.
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The Best self working card prediction effect, eh? I have no idea! How could I? First, I'd have to have knowledge of every one of them, and I'd have to have an objective way to determine which one is best. What a ridiculous question!
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Whew! With that said, here's one that's worthy of your consideration: Your Fateful Hour by Carlhorst Meier, described in Robert Giobbi's Card College Lighter. It's a nice variation on the classic Clock Trick. It has a sound theatrical structure, it will fool and entertain people, and it's dead easy to do.
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Magic For Dummies has a good one. The spectator shuffles the deck and Magician places an envelope on top of the deck with a prediction inside of it. Doesn't get easier.

BTW, I didn't find your question ridiculous at all. jmo
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Amen Barry.

Phil, here are a few killers for you:

Prior Commitment by Simon Aronson in his book Try the Impossible.

Detour de Force by John Bannon in his book Smoke and Mirrors

The Annihilation Deck by Cameron Francis


Just a word: Barry's reaction is warranted. You had titled your thread with the word "best". Not only would anyone have to know every possible prediction effect extant, which is an impossibility, more importantly, the term "best" is highly subjective. "Best" is defined by what works for you. The adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is so very true. I think Harris' Overkill is an excellent effect. If it does not work for you, then of course it is a good thing to find different effects/methodologies to the plot. There really never IS a "best" and that's a good thing.

Subjectively speaking, The Beatles are the best rock band ever, Willie Mays was the best baseball player, and Kurzweil Music Systems makes the best workstation synthesizers. You see how ANY of these could be refuted easily? To ME they are the "best" but another would counter with Led Zeppelin, Honus Wagner, and Korg.

To your credit in your post you used the terms "suggest" and "good". While the term "good" is also subjective, it is not a superlative, so you will actually get more options and you avoid sidetracking your own thread.

Barry is a good guy and one of the most knowledgeable magicians I have ever had the pleasure of corresponding with. Take his "rant" as a positive sort of tough love. That rant is truly invaluable wisdom.

Ahimsa,
Vlad
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OK agreed the title of the thread could be better. The word "best" is very subjective

I find Overkill a good effect but I was just looking for any other variations of the prediction plot be it single card or multiple card predictions that are either self working or easy on sleights

Will definitely look into Bannon's Detour De Force and Aronson's 3 point spread
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Parody is wasted on the humor impaired...
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On 2010-07-17 13:55, magicphill wrote:
OK agreed the title of the thread could be better. The word "best" is very subjective

I find Overkill a good effect but I was just looking for any other variations of the prediction plot be it single card or multiple card predictions that are either self working or easy on sleights

Will definitely look into Bannon's Detour De Force and Aronson's 3 point spread

And Phil,
I mentioned Prior Commitment. It is very strong.

Ahimsa,
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Phil,

Vlad's recommendation is an excellent one. Simon Aronson has created effects that are very fooling and generally require few or no sleights, but conversely require a lot of thought before and during the routines.

Prior Commitment is an excellent usage of Aronson's UnDo Influence principle. Try the Impossible contains other effects that make use of this principle as well. A couple of these effects that I particularly like are Queenspell and Euph-Oracle. But any of Aronson's stuff is great.

Instead of just riding on Vlad's coat tails, I'll provide my own recommendation as well. There is an effect called the Spectator's Card Trick from The Card Magic of Nick Trost. After reading it you should also be able to devise a way to do it without touching the cards a la Daryl's Untouched. It's a great prediction effect that requires no sleights, you just need to be able to tell one card from another.
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Phil,

I have an effect that I perform as a prediction effect. It is at http://www.imentalism.com/e-books/cards/tocsnd I get amazing reactions to it and it involves no sleight of hand and everything can be examined. Thanks

Greg
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I like Daryl's Untouched (I think that's the name of it). Simple card prediction where you never touch the cards. I think it is taught on Ammar's ETMCM Vol. 4. I would say completely impromptu and you NEVER have to touch the cards and the spectator even shuffles them before-hand. Simple, but blows people's minds.
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I love these 3:

Quadruple Prediction, Steve Beam

LIIkelihood, Stewart James

43, Paul Hallas
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Let's not forget Stewart James classic "Miraskill" either.

So many additions have been developed to go along with this so there is loads of room for customization.

In fact, my friend Andrew Gerard fried me good back in January with an original touch on this classic.

I also second Aronson's "Prior Commitment". In fact, I really wish that one was all mine...LOL.

Cheers.
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If you only know of Overkill, you have much reading ahead. I wish you luck on your journey. There are hundreds if not thousands of prediction card effects in the literature. The ones listed above are good suggestions. Many are self working, many are not. My favourites are by Randy Wakeman, Jack Carpenter, Allan Ackerman, and Larry Jennings. Harry Lorayne has published some killers in this area. Check out his, "The Indicator" from Deck-sterity, an old favourite routine of Simon Aronson.
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And if you want to check out a prediction routine that many, over the years, have told me that they consider it "the best" (I never use "best" unless I know 'em all) check out my Amazing Prediction in Lorayne: The Classic Collection, Vol. 2. It may not be the "best," but it sure is a killer. HL.
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I agree, Sir. It is a killer. I have it on your Best Ever Collection Volume 4. The last revelation is the kicker!
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I learned it years ago from Rim Shots, and like Harry writes, its just impossible that you could have predicted so many things. Well presented, its deadly.
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This is Harry's performance of Amazing prediction.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk-PDqImyLI

It is self-working even though Harry throws in a few false cuts.
I watch that performance from time to time because it's such a good trick and so well done. His patter makes it look natural and non-mathematical, it never has a self-working feel to it.
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Harry's Amazing Prediction is a really nice self working effect. And a real killer. Impromtu and yet so many outcomes. Lennart Greene Eye of the Stonehenge is also a nice impossible prediction effect.
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There's nothng wrong with stating what one belives to be the best, yes, its subjective, but that's what most of life is. What a depressing world where one cannot give their opinion on what is best. We talk about the best tricks on this site all the time; people's favourites, which tricks are stronger, those that are most effective, most magical, most clean, etc etc. Anyway, that's just my subjective opinion.
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