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Zach Allen
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Finally, free effect number one is here, SCISP - ready for your reading. For those of you who perhaps haven't followed the other thread, I'm putting together a book of about 30 effects or so for publication, and I decided to release two effects for free. The Café members voted, and this was the top effect, and so now it it being released free as a downloadable PDF file.

Here's the scoop on the other one. Today, I was finishing up the editing on the PDF, when everything crashed. I was able to get back some of the PDF, but had to redo a good deal of it, which means that the PDF is not as polished as I would've liked it to be. There are several spelling/grammatical errors, which normally I would fix. However, I did promise you that it would be out tonight, so I'm posting the link now and I will make the changes tomorrow, and post the link to the updated file. As for Slo-Mo, I lost the text and the graphics. If I can sit down for one night I will be able to get it all done, but odds are it might take until the end of the week until you get that one. But like I said, it will definitely be here before Thanksgiving.

I uploaded the file onto a Geocities server...as a result, there may be pop-ups and the page may quickly go over its capacity and not allow people to access it. If you can't get to the file, post a message in the forum and I will do my best to remedy the situation. If anyone has a more secure server, and wishes to host the file for me (which is small, only about 85KB) I would be forever indebted.

As I said, the file is small, so no matter what modem you have, it should be easily accessed. All you need is a fairly recent version of Adobe Acrobat and you're all set.

I look forward to the comments/criticism. Enjoy!

http://www.geocities.com/magicpdog/scisp.html

I'm not sure if this will automatically become a click-able link. If not, I apologize.

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Zach,

If the cards are placed on the participant's palm face up then pocketed, the "selection" will be withdrawn back outwards, contrary to the picture in your file, correct? I'm just thinking that that fact makes an impromptu approach more appealing whereas the pictures would make it seem impossible to get away with. This way there is no need for a dupe. In fact, one could allow a free selection to be withdrawn from the deck by the spectator then signed, thus subtly impressing its singularity.

Also, from a presentational standpoint, I'd recommend not stressing naturalness in palming. Demonstrate by forming the spectator's hand into a claw-like position. This would increase the security of the alignment and make your own palming less recognizable (unless you palm badly like that!), making it feel less like exposure.

Going into an AC routine after that seems to me that it would make the palming demonstration a throwaway bit. Why not instead continue with the "teaching." There's a face down card on the table--have it replaced in the deck (have the deck cut, card placed on top, and the cut completed?) then have your assistant shuffle the cards. Explain that at that point the magician would have the spectator think of a number between 10 and 20. Have him chose a number then count down to that card, setting it aside, face down. "Wouldn't it be pretty impressive if that was your card?" Of course it would be! Have him turn the card over, revealing that it is not the signed selection. "Well, that would have been good if it worked! But there's no way that could have been your card, could it?" Ribbon spread the deck face up (I'm assuming a no dupe version here) to show the card is gone. (Gasp!) Where could it be? They'll think of their pocket soon enough, and if not, gently guide them to that conclusion. Compliment him on how quickly he learned to perform magic.

(Yes, this is basically Carlyle's "Homing Card," but in the spectator's pocket!--borrowing from Scott Guinn's "Downs Home" presentation.)
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Paul - Thanks for pointing out the picture discrepancy. I will correct that tomorrow when I am a bit more awake.

Point number 2 - I actually don't have them go for a natural look in the palm, but more so the "claw" look that you mentioned. I'll have to make sure that I make that more clear in the manuscript.

3rd point - The presentation you mention is actually quite similar to the original presentation I used to do. However, I determined, after performing this both ways, that when I "changed the moment", so to speak, by performing some other routine, the appearance of the card in the pocket would be not quite so magical. As both David Regal and Simon Lovell pointed out to me, it would lead to the spectator thinking that the card must have been put in their pocket by way of themselves - not too magical. I agree, "teaching" them more magic is a great idea - but in doing so, it would probably be best to put some time in-between the placing of the card in the pocket, and the revelation. I speak from experience on that point - As I mentioned in the manuscript, the first 12 times in a row I performed it the trick failed. What I didn't mention is that out of the times after that until I "changed the moment" of the revelation, my feelings went from elation at the fact that the card ended up in the pocket without them knowing to absolute downheartedness when the spectator said, "Hey, I must've put the card in my pocket myself. I'm not quite so sure how I did it, but that was pretty clever of you."

But, of course, I encourage different presentations; after all, I don't want everyone trying to be me. (Even though that would be a nice boost for the ego. Smile )

The two things I keep stressing are, TRY THIS, as it will work, and put some time in-between the spectator removing the duplicate from the pocket, and the revelation in the pocket.

I'll be pleasantly surprised if any of that was coherent, as it's getting on 1 in the morning here. Thanks for the feedback, Paul; it is much appreciated.

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Greetings!
A little point to add in:
In any type of routine where you are dealing with the exposure of palming, whether it be an "Invisible Palm" routine, etc., NEVER refer to it as palming.

Instead of calling it "palming", I call the move "the secretly hiding the cards in your hand move" as if that's the actual name we magicians call it. The spectator's also find that notion humorous, too!
Just a thought.
Cheers,
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Zach, I've just read it, and I have just one thing to say.

MOOOHAHAHA

I'm not sure I'll have the nerve to try it, but what an inspired idea! Unquestionably the most interesting thing I've read in years!

Keep up the good work my friend!

Liam.
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I will definitely be using this, but performing it slightly different, safer way.

I will talk about how magicians have the same skills as expert pickpockets (or something like that), and I will demonstrate this. I will then go on to tell them how we can plant things in their pockets as well as taking things out, putting the double into their pocket MYSELF at the same time, and then removing the single.

Although this won't be as hard-hitting as the original method, it's a lot less risky

Excellent idea Zach, congratulations. This is the sort of thing I would expect to read in the Art of Astonishment books.
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Innovative! I don't think I'll have the ***** to pull that one off, though.

Zach, I know that you said that you put the PDF together in a hurry, and that of course explains the typos. But if and when you've "polished" it, if you'd like it proofread, I'd be happy to oblige. I'm not a professional proofreader. But I have the knack of proofreading. I often find that I read articles or books with a pencil in hand, marking up all the typos. A member of my magic club prepared some notes for publication, and two other members proofread them. Then I read them, and found quite a few further typos. Drop me a PM if I can help.

Thanks for sharing SCISP with us,
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Thank you Zach, it is very nice. I think watch stealing takes guts, so I think I'll be able to do this after some practice. Thank you again. Smile
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Once again Zach, you have shown the innate ability to rock hard-core. Smile Smile Smile Smile

Enough of the smiley show..

Got it memorized and prepared. I'm going to see how it goes at school today, if I can summon up the courage to pull it off.

I personally think that this was a great effect to release for free. It would be a shame to purchase an effect that is just so gutsy that it would turn someone away. Overall, awesome trick!!!

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Zach,

I certainly understand the benefit of time delay. It just seems to me there should be some pay off for the "exposure."

I suspect miscalling the card (if, in the scenario I described, the performer places the card in the cut) could compensate for the time delay. But I suppose I'll have to try it to know for sure.

Thanks for sharing your work.
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Thanks all, for your comments.

tropicalpenguin,
That was my original thought when I first was planning on releasing this. I wanted to include the effect along with other routines, so that the buyer wouldn't feel "cheated" purchasing a secret, essentially, that had a possibility of failure. Tim Trono was the one who first opened my eyes to that. I had a gut feeling that SCISP would be one of the winners of the free trick giveaway, and even if it weren’t, it would still be in a book with about 30 other tricks, so no one could say that they had been cheated when they bought it.

Paul,
I can understand you looking for more payoff from the exposure. One scenario that I could see myself performing would be to actually have the spectator perform a trick. After they have loaded their card into their pocket, and removed the duplicate, have them do the same, but with their right hand. Of course, you'd want to place the card face down on their palm this time. Then, after they practice palming with the right hand/pocket, move on to a "trick". Give them about half the cards, and instruct them to place their card on top. (You could turn over the top card of your half to show that you will guide them)

Then, turn your cards face up and perform an overhand shuffle, throwing the rest of the cards underneath, so that the original top card ends up back on top at the end of the shuffle. Hopefully that made sense...and while you are doing those actions, you're instructing the spectator on how to perform the same control… more exposure again. Then, have them palm the card - right hand - place it in their pocket - "Be sure not to look at your hand, as it will look suspicious"(and keep them from looking at the duplicate too carefully) - and then pull it out of their pocket.

You could have them build it up, and shuffle the cards, snapping their fingers and making it vanish. For even more time, you could poll the audience, asking them if they were fooled, and how well they thought the spectator did. Then, take all the cards back and tell them that it is your turn to do a trick. Place the selection in the middle, have the spectator shuffle the cards, and then fail to make the card come to the top. Then, yell at the spectator for "practicing your trick when I didn't tell you too...now give me the card back so I can try again" and then they will be amazed when they see that the card has jumped to their pocket. Seems kind of long-winded, but I think you get the point.

Paul, I'm not trying to be critical of your idea at all; on the contrary, I think it is an excellent one. I'm not familiar with your performing style at all, so I can't say whether or not your idea will have the necessary time delay in order to make SCISP a convincing effect. If you do try it out with your presentation (and I urge you to do so) please let me know how it worked, as I would be very interested to find out. Thanks again for your thoughts!

Keep the comments coming.

Zach

By the way, I had a couple of PM's from people complaining that they couldn't access the PDF file. The site appears to be working fine now.

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Got to work on the pocketing method. For me, it works better if you tell them to push their hand to the outside of their pocket. It makes sure that they don't touch the cards after they are in their pocket. I only have a limited number of duplicates in my wallet that I use for other tricks, so I only tried it once. I also got to work on my DL. (It really, REALLY sucks.) But other than that, It was pretty good. Thanks again!
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Zach,

I must say, I was not disappointed at all with this. At first I was like, "Excuse me...?" Then, I thought about it, and I KNOW this will work, provided you can make your spectator focus so much on what you SAY that the 'palming' hand is secondary in their focus.

With that aside, I have an idea I would like to share with you. This will greatly increase the conviction of the selected card being on the table whilst it's actually sitting snug in the pocket.

Force a card, mark it the usual way and ask them to sign it. Then, do an Ambitious card routine or whatever signed card routine you wish. After that, take the signed card and you sign YOUR name on the back of the card and call it a souvenir.

Hand them the card and as they take it from your right hand, your left hand goes into your pocket to cop the duplicate of the signed card, but the dupe also has YOUR signature on the back of it. Quickly add it to the bottom of the pack.

Then you say that you're going to teach them some Las Vegas quality cheating skills for being such a wonderful audience. Take the signed card back and say you're going to use this as an example because since it’s signed, it's easier to keep track of. Place it on top of the deck and get a break above the signed dupe… double undercut whilst talking about Las Vegas cheating. This should place the signed dupe above the selected card on top of the deck and no one will be the wiser as the dupe has your signature on the back as well. Then do a double lift, and carry on as per SCISP. Though this time, when they remove the card, the conviction is already there, they see your name on it. Indeed you can still flash the face, but having seeing the back being different from all the other cards makes them feel a lot more comfortable and less prone to question the authenticity of it - furthermore, after the effect is completed, with this added convincer, it'll be hard for them to trace the trick backwards to see how it was done.


Then you go into a little 'Invisible Palm Aces' routine and talk about Las Vegas Cheating whilst the dupe sits on one corner of the table - the spectator is convinced that that is their card. After that little routine, you get back to their signed card and do with it what you will! You could even do an invisible palm of the signed card (so when you let the dupe drop back on the deck, do a quick wrist kill) and rub in on the pants pocket of the spectator and the card materializes in their pocket!

Real magic!

This is good stuff Zach and I hope many benefit from it as well as the ideas in this thread!

Thanks, I WILL USE THIS!

Take care buddy,

Logan
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Excellent, Logan. I like those ideas a lot.

See, this is what I love about the MagicCafe...so many magical minds meeting and sharing ideas. The ideas that spawn from the group discussions are priceless, and help to move the art of magic further along. All of these contributions have helped to move SCISP (which in my honest opinion is a pretty good trick, but of course, I WOULD think that Smile ) further along the path to becoming greater.

Thanks again, all.

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Zach,

You da man! Thanks a lot!

Wayne Smile
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Great effect Zach.

How about after the card is loaded that the dupe is put back face down on the pack and you use the following patter on the spectator.

"Now we go into advanced mode"

Get them to do some silly finger moves and say some preposterous "magic" words and then hold their palm over the dupe card on the top of the pack.

"Now lift your palm up and show it to everybody. Nothing there hey! that's what everybody thinks but you are in the middle of the famous Allen manipulation Mr Spec and everything is going well !"

"Hold your hand just near to your pocket and say under your breath (So nobody hears) "Ziccy Zaccy Zac !"

"Let me see your hand/ Well done you've done it !"

"Don't believe it hey! Well sometimes it is so smooth even I don't believe I've done it..but check your pocket !"

"Round of applause for our new master magician !"

Of course the silliness of the finger moves and the magic words tells everybody that you really did all this.
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I enjoyed it. It is quite bold, but when I was reading everybodys comments I expected something different. I may give this one a try.
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Eggshell, nice presentation...I like it.

Logan,
After reading your idea I came up with a killer addition to that which would make it appear even more impossible.

The setup is the same as in SCISP, except sign the BACK of the card the spectator will pick (the one second from the top) with your signature.

The performance is the same as in the original SCISP, up to when the duplicate is removed from the pocket. (If following Logan's handling, make the corrections) The duplicate they removed will have the duplicate signature on the face, and nothing on the back. Because of the nature of the effect, the card in their pocket has both your signature and their's on it.

Now, you can do your Ambitious routine or whatever. Afterwards you sign the back of your card, saying that you want to give it to them as a souvenir, per Logan's patter. Tell them that you'll give it to them in a magical manner. Do a tent vanish or Erdnase change or something to make the card "disappear", and then reappear in their pocket. Because of the convincer of the signed card that has both signatures on it (and yours was added after it had been removed from the pocket the first time) the transfer seems much more magical.

I was also toying with the idea of instead of your name on the back of the card, use some kind of psychological force on the spectator and draw their "free choice" of a number, figure, etc. on the back of the card...as if the original version didn't take enough ***** to perform, now you have the added chance that the psychological force will fail. Smile

This is actually a bit different approach than the one Logan took, as I believe he was going for the visual convincer that it was their card when it was removed from the pocket the first time. This variation I just posted is more for a convincer in the magical appearance in the pocket. Well, to each their own...

Thanks for the comments, all. I really appreciate them.

Zach
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Hey Zach,

Your idea really sounds wicked man! And yes it's true, both our methods support different things. Yours makes it more impossible, and mine is more convincing, maybe I'll switch between methods Smile

Take care man and good luck,

Logan
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