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You might remember my post earlier this year on another wonderful packet trick, well there is another one that I've done for years and continue to come back to it over and over again because it's just awesome, and that is Jon Allen's, Double Back.

This is a remarkably smooth effect, not difficult to do and packs a punch so immediately potent that it hit's you up high right between the eyes and down low hard to the gut as you watch two Kings openly switch places with a pair of 5's (my set). Smile The effect is you show 4 cards, ask a few relative questions as you show the cards again, you instruct the specs to follow carefully as you put the two 5's on the table and clearly show the pair of kings up in your hands. And then BAM!!!...The kings are instantly shown to be 5s and the two kings are now there on the table. Just beautiful.

I like this effect a lot because it is easy to follow, it brings together some nice moves and produces some great magic. Jon hit it out the park with this one and that it was an instant classic proves how far he hit it, as it's still going with no seeming sense of slowing down.

I still have my old set and it's wearing down a bit but still producing amazement. I had the one that came with the yellow manuscript but nice to see that it comes with a DVD now. Nice and I'd like to see the update of it someday. Smile

As has been said around here, I'm mostly a coin guy but like to play with the cards a bit too at times. I've gotten better with them and can do a few neat things now to help break up all the coin work, but I still like the really good packet effects. Double Back is still certainly one of the very best IMHO, and anytime you do it, you've done a card trick that absolutely can't be beat. You don't have to be any such great card man to look like one if you do this effect. It absolutely blows the shoes off spectators, and is really cool to pull out and do anytime, anywhere. It's some of the most magic you will ever see with just 4 cards anywhere.

I still like other great packet effects like NFW, B'Wave, Capitulating Queens and even Lubor Fidlier's Royal Fantasy now and again, all fine packet tricks to be sure but Double Back can roll with the very best of them and if it's not in the conversation, well, then you're not quite talking about the best. Smile

Finally, most folks go through a lifetime without producing any particular piece of perfection of their own or for others. Well, Double Back is perfection, and I thank the fine closeup magician, Jon Allen again and again for sharing it with us yesterday, today and always. Smile

Take a look for yourself and see why it continues year after year to be so highly recommended. It don't get too much better than this. Smile

Then...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzwxcfQ4pUc

And Now... Still Just Perfect! Smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-rf_I1AQBtM#!
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Agreed sir.. just a great effect .. every magician should have this...
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I never get tired of that one.
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Never seen this before but looks very powerfull, might have to put this on the Christmas list.
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I've never seen this before - I have to ask - can this be done with borrowed cards? For only $15 bucks on Vanishing Magic, it has me wondering...
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Double Back is supplied with the necessary cards.
Fluent Spanish speaker, if I can help anyone, let me know.
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You might want to see my lousy performance too Smile

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Just checking back here. Not bad CardMaker, looks pretty good to me. Good job!

Hey, I have the old one with the yellow manuscript. I guess it comes with a disk now, how is it as to the explanation. And does it give any other pointers, etc. ? Just askin'. Smile
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Double back is one of the best card tricks ever invented.
Absolute genius.
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MB, I too am a fan of this fine routine. Wanted to ask you, if you go into this routine wtih a standard deck, as I plan to, how do you ditch the gaff so you can continue with your set?
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On 2013-01-02 09:00, Corbett wrote:
MB, I too am a fan of this fine routine. Wanted to ask you, if you go into this routine wtih a standard deck, as I plan to, how do you ditch the gaff so you can continue with your set?


Hiya Corbett, Smile

I typically don't do this from a deck, though I suppose you could well enough and go into the routine. Afterwards, I usually just gather the cards and put them away but I will think about how this could be done in relationship to using a deck. Perhaps others here might offer some ideas on it as well. Smile
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Is the outward reality for the spectator that much different to Doc Daley's Last Trick?
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PapaG,

This is better/stronger than Daley's Last Trick because you actually show the cards in your hands that you are supposed to have. With DLT there is a lot of implying going on. With DB you place the cards in their hands like DLT but then reinforce everything is as you claim by showing the two cards in your hands. Then they visibly change to the cards they believe are in their hands and the cards you just showed them are now in their hands. Much stronger in my opinion.
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Still not sure that the display is necessary. The addition is nice but is it worth carrying gaffs just for this added convincer. Obviously it's a real magician fooler but I just wonder whether laymen need that additional convincer.
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I think Paul gave it to you straight PapaG, as to why this effect is so powerful in comparison to the Daley Trick. I do that effect too and both tricks are nice but DB goes a bit further with the concept of the cards switching places. DB would be categorized as an absolutely "impossible" transposition beyond that of the Daley trick, which would come off in the "slickly done" category, IMHO.

Think if you did both, DB would get a stronger reaction everytime out, like the difference between a Mustang and Maserati. Smile And again, I still love the Daley trick as well. Smile
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Always been a fan of double back. I also believe its stronger than Daley's Last Trick (which was a staple of my walkaround card magic for a long time). You just can't beat that instant change right before their eyes.
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On 2013-01-13 18:22, PapaG wrote:
Is the outward reality for the spectator that much different to Doc Daley's Last Trick?


I think the bottom line is that the conviction is stronger, so therefore so it the effect. With DB, they know you have the cards in your hands that you are supposed to, so therefore the cards in their hands must be the others. Bam! The cards in your hands instantly change. That is their reality with DB.

The only thing that is going to convince you is to buy it and try. You will then be able to see the difference in the reactions.
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For me 'stronger reaction' is not always my goal of perfoming magic. Someitmes I seek strong reaction, sometimes I seek laugh, sometimes I seek deep reaction.

'Double Back' is a kind of pure transpositions and 'Daley's Last Trick' is a kind of sucker tricks. They are two different tricks. So I would use them at different occasions.

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I also have the yellow manuscript. Picked it up ages ago and still loving it!
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