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Frankm6
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Anybody have a favorite? Any help would be much appreciated.


Thanks,

--Frank
Vlad_77
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Hi Frank,

Roberto Giobbi's Deck Switch should be out soon or is out. Definitely something I will buy. Ok tha said, here are some suggestions:

Tommy Wonder's Deck Switch - The Books of Wonder
Bait and Switch - Simon Aronson
Rubberband Deck Switch - Best of Friends (vol. 3 I THINK lol)
Chazpro D [
The Cooler - Christian Engblom
Also, look into Slydini's work on switches in general; his thinking is indispenable for any type of switch. He makes a strong argument for thinking sort of in reverse. Dr. Gene Matsuura's (The Annotated Magic of Slydini) book and also The Best of Slydini and More by Karl Fulves are two great resources.

One final thing: deck switches work GREAT in the context of packet effects -especially if you are doiung walkaround because putting the deck away is motivated by needing your hands to do the packet effect, then, you snag the iron man Smile

I know I have missed many, but these come to mind as ones I have used most. Fred Becker and I also invented an effect that really hurts audiences. Fred has taught it to his students and I to mine. When we teach this effect, none of them believe that it will actually work, and yet it is a very strong effect and has received praise from magicians who have seen it and spectators talk about our little effect years after they saw it. I have a few other effects created and I want to do an e-book but I want to get Fred's permission to include this as he is co-creator. Yes, it uses a DS but in a way so bold yet simultaneously subtle. Yeah, I guess I am proud of this little effect. Smile

Namaste,
Vlad
Dennis Loomis
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I will describe The simplest deck switch I know and then give you my little special "work" on it to make it even better.

You do a card trick with a regular deck during which a spectator shuffles the deck. Have him shuffle numerous time so that the audience remembers that the deck has been shuffled. You return it to it's case or box and pocket it. You then do a trick with something other than cards. A coin trick, rope trick... whatever. When finished you "remember" another card trick you would like to do and take the deck out. Of course this is your "cooler" or "iron man." You should immediately do a false shuffle and a false cut or two with the deck. Simple as this is, it flies for lay people.

Now here's my little added touch. I had a special leather card case made with my profile and the words "Loomis Magic." Mine is in black with a simple snap to keep it closed. It is ungimmicked, but I had two identical ones made. The first time I bring it out I comment on it and show my profile. Now when I put it away with the deck inside and then bring it out again it seems unlikely that the deck could have been switched. I doubt that many lay people are going to think that I had two such custom cases made.

Mine was made for me by Frank Starsinic and his workers at the web site: http://www.theambitiouscard.com

Dennis Loomis
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JanForster
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Nice strategy, and even better this one: Remove the Jokers, put them aside, do your routines with the ordinary deck... Put the deck back in its case as you want to show something else... But "forget" the Jokers... Do the switch, as you "discover" the Jokers (most of the time a spectator will do for you Smile - even better), shift them in the cased deck, leave the deck on the table. You are done. Jan
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Dennis Loomis
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Thanks, Jan. It's a great strategy.

Dennis Loomis
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Frankm6
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Thank you all so much-- Brilliant and subtle stuff Dennis and Jan!! Thanks for sharing. Also, Vlad, you are so right, I always try (if applicable) and do packet effects out of a full deck. Completely different perception from the layman's POV.
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I have never integrated any deck switches into any routine I do. I find with deck switches, the simplest methods are often the best (as suggested above by Dennis and Jan).
Woland
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Mr. Whit Haydn described, I believe in another discussion, a very elegant deck switch that takes place when you turn your back on the spectators, to allow the person who has selected a card, to show it around to the rest of the group. The key thing is to make sure every move you make is well-motivated.
b0sl0q7
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My favorite is Shawn Farquhar's! But you need a jacket.
Martin Joyal
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I just received an email from Hermetic Press regarding The Art of Switching Decks by Roberto Giobbi.

Here is the link:
http://www.hermeticpress.com/product_info.php?products_id=72


Last october at the Genii Bash, Roberto Giobbi did a lecture on Deck Switching. Before the end of the lecture, all of his lecture notes were sold, a hundred of them. Two months later, a copy was offered on eBay for $100. Mister Giobbi soon realized how important this topic was and decided to write a book on the subject. To make sure of the quality of his work, he put the whole project in the hands of Stephen Minch.

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