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Dirtyfoucault, yes and yes.
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Dirtyfoucault, yes and yes.


Thanks man. With your help I finally nailed it over the weekend Smile
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I know this is an old thread but I really like this trick.
Without giving away any information in a non-secret session I wonder about others opinion of the last sequence.
It almost falls into that "too good to be true" category. It feels as if the spectator is not given any possible "out".
Feel free to pm me if you have similar thoughts.
Have been working in my head for an alternate ending.
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I know this is an old thread but I really like this trick.
Without giving away any information in a non-secret session I wonder about others opinion of the last sequence.
It almost falls into that "too good to be true" category. It feels as if the spectator is not given any possible "out".
Feel free to pm me if you have similar thoughts.
Have been working in my head for an alternate ending.


If you think that, then maybe you should stick with the original Dr Daley's Last Trick? Or altenatively, try Fechter's Be Honest, What is it? which is a terrific trick.
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Having performed it thousands of times over many years, you don’t need to change anything.

Trust me on this one Smile
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Having performed it thousands of times over many years, you don't need to change anything.


Jon, what suits you might not suit other performers. Don't get me wrong, the premise of "Double Back" is strong. Still, your presentation of the effect won't automatically fit everyone who tries it, especially hobbyists who predominantly perform for friends and family.

Steve, it sounds like you're struggling with the Too Perfect Theory as it applies to the classic two-by-two transposition. I agree that it does suffer from this issue, and you must provide a red herring to hide the method successfully. However, there are a few ways you could do this with "Double Back" without making significant changes to the trick's presentation. Jon's "quicker than the eye" comment suggests a clever sleight-of-hand switch is used. I prefer a line that suggests the effect involves manipulating people's memories, so use a presentation based on the unreliable nature of eye-witness accounts, i.e. creating a memory that the spectators could not have seen. Another packet trick you could apply this presentation to is "Limited Edition" by Gordon Bean and Larry Jennings. I think Eugene Burger did something similar with it.

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This trick needs no alternate ending. It's wonderful magic. The reactions from this are stellar.
That doesn't mean don't pursue something you might want to try. Be creative. Whatever.
But this is just too good to mess with in my opinion and you might ruin a great thing.
I've had visceral, emotional reactions ranging from stunned disbelief to actual anger. Long story about that guy, but he liked to see tricks and always got mad.
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I just got this (inherited from a friend) and I wasn't aware of it before. It seems like it's essentially NFW but with different cards and a different premise. So I have to ask -- what is the lineage of this trick compared with NFW (and Richard Sanders' Ace for that matter)? Were they created independently? Inspired by each other? Which one came first?
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Francois mentions the original effect about 4 posts above yours Smile
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It almost falls into that "too good to be true" category. It feels as if the spectator is not given any possible "out".


That's what makes it seem like magic!

Rather than an alternative ending, you should perhaps create an opportunity to clean up. (Or is that what you meant?)
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Francois mentions the original effect about 4 posts above yours Smile

The two effects he mentioned are really quite different. It doesn't address the whole NFW/Ace/Double Back issue.
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Francois mentions the original effect about 4 posts above yours Smile

The two effects he mentioned are really quite different. It doesn't address the whole NFW/Ace/Double Back issue.


NFW - Four jokers turn face down one at a time then change to four aces.
Ace - Four jokers change to four aces
Double Back - Two 5s instantly change places with two Kings.

What’s the issue?
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Francois mentions the original effect about 4 posts above yours Smile

The two effects he mentioned are really quite different. It doesn't address the whole NFW/Ace/Double Back issue.


NFW - Four jokers turn face down one at a time then change to four aces.
Ace - Four jokers change to four aces
Double Back - Two 5s instantly change places with two Kings.

What’s the issue?

Same gaffs/method. That was my question. Not an attack of any kind.
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"NFW" by Gary Freed came first. It was initially released in the late 1990s by Elmwood Magic (1999).

"Double Back" by Jon Allen has been around for a long time as well. I remember seeing it performed in the dealer's hall at the Blackpool Magic Convention years ago. I'm sure Jon can tell us when it was first released.

Although the tricks are different in effect, they share similarities in method. "NFW" is clearly a variation of Twisting the Aces (in fact, it was, most likely, inspired by "Twixter" by Jason Alford). However, the re-release by Penguin Magic includes variations that dispense with the twisting phase.

"Double Back" is a variation of Dr Daley's Last Trick. I like the premise and presentation of the trick, but there's no real need to use gaffs as the same effect can be performed with regular playing cards. Again, there's nothing wrong with the method, but it is far from perfect (any trick using the same method as "NFW" and "Double Back" is a pain because of the reset). However, I will say that these methods can work well for some performers and look great on social media because they bear repeat viewings.

"Ace" by Richard Sanders was first released as "4 Card Crunch" on his Supercards DVD (circa 2004). He also released it as a stand-alone packet trick called "Ten" as well (I prefer this presentation to "Ace"). The new handling of "NFW" by Rick Lax is, essentially, the same as the one invented by Richard Sanders (no credit is given in the videos).

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Thanks Marty. That's really interesting background. The history of magic fascinates me.
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"NFW" by Gary Freed came first. It was initially released in the late 1990s by Elmwood Magic (1999).

"Double Back" by Jon Allen has been around for a long time as well. I remember seeing it performed in the dealer's hall at the Blackpool Magic Convention years ago. I'm sure Jon can tell us when it was first released.


Double Back was created in 2001 and released in 2002 at the IBM convention in San Diego. Funnily enough, I was able to have a small area of Elmwood Magic's stand.

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"Double Back" is a variation of Dr Daley's Last Trick. I like the premise and presentation of the trick, but there's no real need to use gaffs as the same effect can be performed with regular playing cards. Again, there's nothing wrong with the method, but it is far from perfect (any trick using the same method as "NFW" and "Double Back" is a pain because of the reset). However, I will say that these methods can work well for some performers and look great on social media because they bear repeat viewings.


The use of a gaff is dependent on how far you want to push an effect. While DDLT uses no gaffs, it is also nowhere near as visually strong. The presentation afforded by the cards helps add to the strength of the effect. I have seen the reactions over thousands of performances and can tell you that the moment I reveal the cards in my hand have changed from what they saw a moment ago, and are now on the table/in someone's hand is what I strive to achieve with all that I do.

As for being a pain to reset, nothing could be further from the truth. At the end of the routine, the cards are instantly reset and ready to go for the next performance.

Double Back is not just about the effect. The presentation is also a major part of it. In fact, if I were asked to show just one card trick, I would do Double Back. Why? Because it not only involves the audience directly but the premise is based on assumptions people have about how magicians do their tricks and blows them out the water. I use it as a pre-cursor to the main card trick for any group, whether two people or a large table of 15 or so.
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Double Back was created in 2001 and released in 2002 at the IBM convention in San Diego. Funnily enough, I was able to have a small area of Elmwood Magic's stand.


Thanks for the information, Jon. I had a feeling that it was almost as old as "NFW".

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As for being a pain to reset, nothing could be further from the truth. At the end of the routine, the cards are instantly reset and ready to go for the next performance.


Sorry, I wasn't being particularly clear; I was not referring to the specific reset for "Double Back", but rather the general issues related to resetting any packet trick that relies on DST. They do require more careful handling and upkeep than tricks that do not use it; that's really what I meant to say. Is the extra effort worth it? Yes, sometimes. However, for a variation of Dr Daley's Last Trick, I don't feel it is 100% necessary, given I can perform the trick with regular cards. For example, Daryl's handling called "The Trick Question" has similarities to your presentation and I've found it plays just as well as "Double Back".

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Double Back is not just about the effect. The presentation is also a major part of it. In fact, if I were asked to show just one card trick, I would do Double Back. Why? Because it not only involves the audience directly but the premise is based on assumptions people have about how magicians do their tricks and blows them out the water. I use it as a pre-cursor to the main card trick for any group, whether two people or a large table of 15 or so.


I agree. In fact, I like the presentation so much that I developed a version that uses no gaffs soon after it was released, based on your presentation; it does, however, use two blank-faced playing cards to provide an additional kicker (I ask my participants to forget the identity of the two tabled cards, then reveal that the cards are blank). This is why I feel the gaffs are not necessary (at least for me). I do, from time to time, use your version when I have the cards on me. Don't get me wrong, I think "Double Blank" is a good packet trick, but I do struggle to justify the use of gaffs for this particular effect.
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Almost as old as NFW but not quite. I am demoing it for people who weren't born when it was created which is quite scary!

Of course, everyone has different requirements when it comes to what tricks they perform. For me, I have no qualms about using gaffs. If they can afford me a moment I couldn't get either visually or as fairly then I will use them. Is it worth it to for the look I see on people's faces? Absolutely!

While you don't feel the need to use gaffs, I wouldn't add a kicker Smile For me, Double Back is a presentational tool to show that laymen's thoughts on how magic works is not correct. I will show this before I go on to use those exact same thoughts in a card routine! Adding a kicker such as blank face cards takes it away from an explanation and into a stand alone magic tick. That's not to say it doesn't work; just that I created Double Back with the 'let me just take some cards form the deck and show you something' premise in mind.

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