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It's all in the picturesssssssssssss
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Murrari, you're correct... Aaron has stated that the technique behind The Graduate was based on his own Illusion Control. As such, you get a breautiful illusion of depth right up to the moment that the deck is riffled and the card rises.
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Thought so ... thanks for the confirmation!

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If you only use 'The Graduate' as your sole method for your Ambitious Card routine, then you won't really amaze a lot of people. The same goes with any other visual rises. Sure, you can make them witness the card slowly rising to the top, and they would certainly conclude that you just somehow move the card to the top, a few cards up at a time. The sad thing is that is exactly what you are doing.

All visual rises cannot really stand on itself in an ACR routine. What they can do though is solidly establish the effect (card rising to the top) in a way that the eye can actually see. This will certainly make the more subtle, serpentine phases much stronger after this phase is shown, as the visual picture of a card slowly rising to the top is continually painted by their mind's eye during every subsequent phase (or subsequent mental playback of previous phases.)

Juan Tamariz pointed out that its spectator's cannot really grasp the fact that we have tons of methods to accomplish a particular effect. They think that there is only A way to achieve a particular effect. Thus, if we show them methods that cancel out possible theories, and methods that allows us to show strong mental pictures, all of the 'look and feel' of each will just blend into one particular means that they think we are employing in ALL of the phases. (i.e, if you can show the face of the card as it is inserted in the middle during one phase, they will think that you really could show the face of the card on ANY of the phases, that you have nothing to hide. In this particular case, they can actually see the card rise to the top while it is jutting out. After this is witnessed it will be really easy for them to conjure the thought that the card is slowly rising from the middle to the top even it is flush with the deck.)
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Aaron showed me this effect at a lecture last fall and it's been haunting me since. This pamphlet (and download) is excellently designed and goes into wonderful detail of this trick which could stand alone or certainly be a classy phase of an acr.
Like a lot of aarons work it's not knucklebusting but does require kind of a Kung-Fu self discipline. I have thought of a couple of ways to do it face up if desired.
I would be intereted to hear ben train's further thoughts on this booklet, particularly in respect to shift work broadly.
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I'm wondering how different or further developed this is, compared to what was called the Ambitous Graduate which was written up in a 2002 issue of Genii, and which also included an interview with Mr. Fisher and several of his effects and sleights.
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On 2010-12-19 18:44, Ben Train wrote:

But, so far, I'm really impressed. And I don't say that often.

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What Aaron says in the introduction is that he has refined it to the point where there is no finger movement at all. The description in Genii required a dip of the right fingers. The there is only one angle that shows any movement: directly below the hands.
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Harry's correct. It's evolved significantly to the point that there are big differences in terms of method and structure.

I'll soon be posting a video doing a comparison/contrast of The Graduate and the effect it seems to be compared to a lot for some reason, Uzumaki.
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I think it looks very nice and it has fooled me.
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It does look nice. It looks nearly identical to the Elegy Shift, which I got as a bonus with another DVD some time back. I'm sure there are differences in handling.

I like doing this particular shift, and it has tons of applications - my favorite being multiple shifts and sandwich effects.
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All I know is that, when Aaron lectured here in Austin a few years ago, he performed The Graduate just before the break. I've seen all of the alternatives mentioned above and they are great. My response to The Graduate was "I don't care what else comes in the lecture - this is the only trick I care about and want to learn" . Have been playing with it off-and-on since and still love it. People have no clue how the card is rising(not puzzled but amazed). I do it face up and have some framing so that this makes sense.

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