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As we are on the cusp of closing out the decade, I am curious to know what was your favorite release during the past 10 years.
I am personally leaning towards the Mindreading Goose though there were certainly many other strong contenders.
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I agree with multi dimensional. That is a go to effect....
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I don't buy anywhere near as much magic (as in props) as I used to but thinking back, I can't think of ANY effect that has floated my boat since the Millennium - certainly nothing that I have killed for or put into any of my acts.

On the book front (my major love) I would have to give a massive thumbs up to Paul Gordon. He has produced a raft of excellent card material over the past 10 years. I judge written material by assessing how much I take from a book to actually practice then perform. Since the passing of my old friend Joe Riding, I think everything that I've added to my act has been Paul's.

Maybe I'm getting old and miserable; but most effects I see these days are simply old ideas regurgitated. Gone are the days of exclusive releases by Ken Brooke - magic items that actually got me excited!

As I type, I just thought of one gimmick - the Invisible Thread Reel.....but thinking back, I believe I got a couple from Keith Bennett in the late 90's - so these don't even qualify! Smile
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The ITR reel was invented in the 1950's and published in the Linking Ring. So it wouldn't even come close as the best of the pack!

I liked Tricycle from the get-go, because it is extremely surprising and it has very high impact. It will even work for multiple spectators at the same time. When I performed this for Father Cyprian four years ago, the look on his face was one of being absolutely dumbfounded! That was good enough for me.
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Bill, is that the DGarcia item where you let them suddenly see something?
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Yes, that's it. Danny Garcia and Luke Dancy put this out. I bought several of them, because it's a staple of my strolling work. (when I work!)

The nice thing about it is that you don't have to be circumspect at all about how you handle the gaff. I used to be almost furtive about the way I worked with it, but I decided to try various levels of boldness with it when I performed. Basically, nobody notices the gaff. When you perform the revelation, it "slaps them upside the head," as we say in Texas.

When I did this for Cyp, it was one of those moments where I felt good about really surprising him. Not so much about fooling him, mind you. The expression on his face was one of wonder.

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The ITR reel was invented in the 1950's and published in the Linking Ring. So it wouldn't even come close as the best of the pack!

Actually, I made a mistake here. It was published in 1965 in the Linking Ring. Here is a link to more information:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=133
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What distinguishes the ITR from the Tornton Windlass and its ilk going back to Germain and before?
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If you tried to pull IT with a Thorton windlass, it would snap the thread. The ITR described in the Linking Ring article was designed specifically for low breaking point thread, i.e. a single strand from a nylon stocking, as used by Bruno Hennig in what was later known as the Fred Kaps Floating and Dancing Cork.
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Witches Almanac is my vote for effect of the decade

Fresh, unique, fun, intriguing, mysterious. Once you get a little familiar with the effect it does not even appear like a magic trick, it seems real IMO.
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There has been a lot of interest in the rebirth of Stewart James' Sefalaljia this past decade- beginning with my plastic crate version from The Wizards' Journal #10, and then Tabman's magnificent reproduction in wood, along with a lot of in-between Astro Ball Cabinets that started with the ball in glass and then expanded into semi-Sefalaljia Cabinets by adding more effects and the same kind of expansion among owner of Dean's Box. As a result, there are a lot more haunted boxes of all types out there than there were at the beginning of the decade. It also demonstrates the truth of this forum; that everything old is new again.
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It's all so personal. Depends on what works for you. I would put forth "Extreme Burn" by Richard Sanders. It takes Patrick Page's routine to a new level.
I have had an amazing journey with this effect.

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There has been a lot of interest in the rebirth of Stewart James' Sefalaljia this past decade- beginning with my plastic crate version from The Wizards' Journal #10, and then Tabman's magnificent reproduction in wood, along with a lot of in-between Astro Ball Cabinets that started with the ball in glass and then expanded into semi-Sefalaljia Cabinets by adding more effects and the same kind of expansion among owner of Dean's Box. As a result, there are a lot more haunted boxes of all types out there than there were at the beginning of the decade. It also demonstrates the truth of this forum; that everything old is new again.

I remember the Milson-Worth version of the ball in glass from the late 1970's.

Posted: Feb 2, 2011 6:41pm
One thing to bear in mind about the different manifestations of Sefalalgia, is that it's not a new trick. So it wasn't released this decade. Maybe dressed up a bit more nicely.
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One thing to bear in mind about the different manifestations of Sefalalgia, is that it's not a new trick. So it wasn't released this decade. Maybe dressed up a bit more nicely.

If you're going to apply that criteria to the concept of "best trick or effect released this decade" you will have to eliminate every trick or effect that has been suggested so far, including your own Tricycle. They all have backgrounds into past decades and are merely evolutions of very old magic ideas.
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The newer iterations of Sefalalgia bring very little to the table. They are simply variations on a principle. They are also very nicely done.

So, what is the most direct source for "Tricycle," which, by the way is NOT my "own." It's Danny Garcia's and Luke Dancy's.
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Tricycle, really - a plain sight revelation like that has a precedent in magic? Okay, where?
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Perhaps this will refresh your memories:
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Perhaps I should suggest this effect from my Dollar Store Magic series for combining magic marker with dry erase marker to bring this old saw back to the 21st century as the "best effect released this decade." Naaaah.

But then there are all those old oriental lettering effects. You guys really don't remember them?

When I said "your own Tricycle" I meant your choice for the coveted (or not so coveted) award that is the point of this thread.

I have no problem with Tricycle. It is a cute trick, but hardly something to make my socks drop off. My problem is with the criteria you seem so quick to apply to everyone else's nominations.
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I'm not sure precisely what "criteria" you are referring to. I have only one criterion (singular of criteria). That is that it should be reasonably new.

This thing you are showing in the picture has absolutely NOTHING in common with Tricycle. In Tricycle, nothing is taken away.

I do remember all of those (or nearly all of those) oriental lettering things, including the neckties.

The biggest difference with Tricycle is that the card case is sitting there right in front of them and they don't notice that it doesn't say Bicycle. It uses a psychological phenomenon called accommodation to conceal the name of the card in plain sight.

But I'm not going to argue with you over this. You are far too thin-skinned to carry on a discussion without blowing up.

Maybe you are suffering from Sefalalgia, or more properly, cephalalgia.

Not to be condescending, but it means "headache." It's a medical term.

BTW, "condescending" means talking down to someone that you don't think is your intellectual equal.
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