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Man, this string is still happening??? Smile

I think, like my buddy Vlad here above, I was also part of this back in 2010...Long time. Smile

And basically, I guess I still feel about the same, as to what's best and what's your favorite as to packet tricks.

I still like NFW, B'Wave and Doc Daley, but would add the classic "Double Back" and would throw in an off beat piece like "The World's Fastest Card Trick." And even "Capitulating Queens" is pretty nice and fun to do.

Now, as to what I do now (about 7yrs later)?...It's something I had never done much before..."Twisting The Aces." Smile I know, I know, I'm late to the party yet again... Smile But this trick has come to be my go to packet trick. It's so simple, engaging, pretty easy to do and very magical. In short, it's a darn near perfect effect to do on the spot, and most times just about the only one I play with and perform. Seems to be more than enough. Smile

...And I would also say that another offbeat trick has found its way to my hands, and I like doing it very much..."Find The Queen" by Assad (52Cards). Just a marvelous little presentation of the Monte variety. I like it because it's not really a trick you simply present, but you explain how it's done and involve them into it, or something like that. Smile Anyway, it's fun to do, has a good little handling to it, and always plays well for me. Smile

So, I guess I have evolved some, but there are so many wonderful packet tricks out there, and that's a really good thing. Smile
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When I am at those very special occasions and the time feels just right, I will pull out Miracle Monte by Wolfgang Moser and it never fails to amaze.
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My all time favorite: Daryl's Cardboard Chamelons
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I keep two packet tricks on me and ready to go at all times. First is Card Warp, and the second is Cascade by Walton. You can do both sitting or standing, and surrounded is no problem. I have been doing my version of these for thirty years, and they still play very strong after all this time.
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My vote goes to You Must Have Been Drinking. But classic
ungaffed packet effects are near and dear to me as well.
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I like stand up monte and variations of the princess card trick principle.
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If we are talking about gimmicked packet tricks, my favorite, and one that I have used for years is NFW.

If we are talking about an ungimmicked packet, I am a fan of 8-card brainwave, reset w/ a twist (Gregory Wilson's handeling of Paul Harris' effect), and Jazz Aces.
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I have been doing three packet tricks as a set for years. Twisting the Aces, Daley's Last Trick and Card Warp. I think the three play together really well (Ammar has a routine wherein he explains the cards ability to turn over / move and it frames the set really well). No gaffs, which is great (unless you consider Card Warp to have a gaff - I don't as it uses regular cards).

For a gaffed effect I like B'Wave along with just about everyone else, and am (finally) working on Standup Monte.
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B'Wave is a go-to. Recently added 'Printing' by Joshua Jay on his Close Up, Up Close Vol 2 DVD. Get's a GREAT spectator reaction.
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I still love "Factory Misprints" JC Wagner.

It's 3 tricks in 1.
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Spin Doctor. Corner of Piccadilly. Capitulating Queens.

Hands down to these three in my opinion. The use of regular cards is the one that gives more kick into each of these routines.
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I love this thread AND packet tricks.

My faves would be Twisting the Aces plus Last Trick of Dr Daley, Entourage, B'wave, stand up monte and Factory misprints.
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On Jul 29, 2017, Rick Holcombe wrote:
I still love "Factory Misprints" JC Wagner.

It's 3 tricks in 1.

This is a very underrated effect, despite having been taught in the Ammar Card Miracles series.
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I like Walton's Cascade and the Ronnay effects (Color Vision, Alpine Travelers, Sympathetic Cards, and Wild Wild 2000).
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Best packet trick of all time, probably not, but I like to perform it :"Nervous Breakdown" by Dominique Duvivier, you can find it in "Magie Duvivier" by Jon Racherbaumer.
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Color Monte has always been near and dear to me as it was the first thing I ever bought in a magic shop (remember those?) and I still love it today 30 years later! Is it the greatest packet trick ever? I don't know, but to me it's tough to beat. I'm also a huge fan of 8 card brainwave and card warp. I have also been known to perform the Sidewalk Shuffle although with the jumbo cards it's more of a parlor/stage effect so maybe that's why it hasn't gotten a lot of mention in this thread, but that's a great one as well!

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My two favorites are my versions of the gimmickless color monte and twisting the Aces.

My color monte is based on, and pretty close to Garret Thomas' color monte. The only difference is I had to change it up a bit because I have it in a gimmicked packet trick holder along with Dan Harlan's Vortex.

My Twisting the Aces uses the original moves, unchanged, just with different cards, not the Aces, and a different patter.

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Wow, this is a long runner, Way back in October 2010, I favoured John Bannon's "Twisted Sisters". Since then, I've seen nothing to beat that, as a standalone packet trick, until John unearthed "Duplicity." Well that has replaced "Twisted Sisters" in my repertoire. As for a 'packet trick' from a deck of cards, it has to be Max Maven's "Masque" from his book "Focus" (which I think was under his Phil Goldstein name) I include "Masque" as it neatly follows on and uses the same spectators from John Bannon's "Timely Departure."
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